How it Got Started
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel our summer workshops for the first time in 20 years. It was very disappointing, but we managed to turn that lemon into lemonade by innovating an entirely new form of virtual program, called Cellospeak Studio, which turned out to be extremely popular.
The intent of our Cellospeak Studio program is to offer a menu of technique classes, informative presentations, guided practice and faculty performances that can be enjoyed from your own home. We combine broad exposure to our faculty, attention to a wide range of cello technique topics, focused study on specific pieces, the enjoyment of faculty concerts and opportunities for socializing with old friends and new acquaintances. It’s a formula that allows us to stay in touch when we can’t get together in person, to reach cello enthusiasts who can’t travel to a workshop, and to supplement the informational resources and educational content we can offer our community. Both the format of the program and the substance of the presentations have been very well received, and we plant to offer more Cellospeak Studio programs in the future!
2021 Virtual Performance on YouTube
Please enjoy the virtual concert of Gary Fitzgerald’s special arrangement of Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite Jig, performed by registrants and faculty of the 2021 Cellospeak Performance Studio!
Cellospeak Studio Summaries
2020 Studio. We held our first virtual Cellospeak Studio event via Zoom for 3 half-days during the July 31 – August 2, 2020 weekend. For this inaugural Cellospeak Studio event, we had 71 registrants from all over the country and 17 faculty offering a very diverse and satisfying program of technique presentations, guided etude and duet practice and faculty recitals. Some of the common themes of the technique sessions included body mechanics (or ergonomics) (for both the right hand and arm and and left hand and arm), techniques for achieving great intonation and sound, and strategies for demystifying the process of learning new music. Please click the button below for a detailed description of everything that happened at our first Cellospeak Studio!
2021 Studios. Because of the cancellation of our 2021 Workshops due to continuing Covid-19 concerns, we presented two all-new Cellospeak Studio programs in 2021. The Technique Studio (Friday July 16 – Sunday, July 18) focused on particular skills and included troubleshooting sessions on particular pieces for different skill levels. The Performance Studio (Friday July 30 – Sunday, August 1) focused primarily on development of specific skills and sectional rehearsals designed specifically to prepare for a virtual group performance a Gary Fitzgerald arrangement of the Gustav Holst St. Paul’s Suite Jig. Please click the button below to read the Chronicles summarizing all of the sessions at both 2021 Studios.
For All Members: Cellospeak Studio Technique Videos and Resources
After an initial period reserved for exclusive access by Studio registrants, the instructional videos and related handouts from all Cellospeak Studios are available to all Cellospeak Members. Members are invited to click the button below to visit the Technique Videos page for more information.
For 2021 Cellospeak Studio Registrants:
Videos and Technique Resources
Videos of the technique sessions at both Studios are available for streaming, and associated handouts are available for downloading, exclusively by Studio registrants on password protected pages until the end of 2021. Thereafter, all videos and handouts will be available to on member-only pages.
2021 Technique Studio
Registrants for the Technique Studio will be sent the password to access the 2021 technique videos and materials from that Studio event. Click the button below to access the page.
2021 Performance Studio
Registrants for the Performance Studio will be sent the password to access the technique videos and materials from that Studio event. Click the button below to access the page.