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July 21 – 27
Skill Builder Workshop

July 28 – August 3
Ensemble Workshop

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2019 Workshop Information

Enrollment is limited for each week. Application forms are available as a link on this web page and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to view our new tuition rates.  Participants who register by April 1st will receive a $100 discount (Early Bird rate). Participants who register after May 15th will pay a $75 late fee (Slow-Poke rate).  Registrations are not complete without their accompanying deposits.  There are a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 64 participants at each workshop week. 

The ratio of faculty to participants is 1 to 4.

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Click Here to download skill level samples from our 2017 workshops.

Skill Builder Workshop


July 21 - 27


(Sunday morning – Saturday morning)



 Focus: Individual Skills 

Participants are divided into four groups based on experience:

Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced  

The program includes:

· Technique and Musicianship Classes

· 6 half-hour (or possibly 3 1-hour) private lessons with faculty member

· Time daily for individual practice or pick-up groups

· Optional afternoon activities

· Individual recital performances with piano accompaniment


 To view a past Skill Builder Workshop schedule, please click here.




Ensemble Workshop


July 28 - August 3


(Sunday morning – Saturday morning) 


      Focus: Ensemble Skills

Participants are divided into four groups (I - IV) based on experience for placement in the Cello Choir and Quartets.

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· Technique Classes and Sectionals  

· Quartet Coaching and Performances (music assigned at the workshop)

· Cello Choir (music prepared in advance)

· Time daily for individual practice or pick-up groups

· Optional afternoon activities

· Final Concert featuring performances by the Cello Choir and Faculty


To view a past Ensemble Workshop schedule, please click here






Faculty for the 2019 summer workshops won't be finalized until Spring of 2019 but our 2018 faculty is representative of who will be teaching again. 2018 faculty included the following cellist/teachers. Note that there is a 1:4 ratio of summer workshop participants to teachers each year.


Marion Baker, Robert Battey, Nancy Baun, Lynne Beiler,  Louise Butler, Jihea Choi, Katlyn DeGraw, Carl Donakowski, Jorge Espinoza, Alan Saucedo Estrada, Gary Fitzgerald, Kristin Gilbert, Ismar Gomes, Robert Jesselson, Sean Neidlinger, Camilo Pérez-Mejía, Dan Shomper, Natalie Spehar, Irina Tikhonova



Facilities and Accommodations

Bryn Mawr College • Bryn Mawr, PA

The workshops are held at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  This Cellospeak11_06_6212.jpgoutstanding facility provides for an exciting and enriching experience for all participants.

Facilities include:

·          Fully air-conditioned spaces

·          Large and small rehearsal and teaching rooms

·          Lovely lounge and patio for receptions

·          Dining hall that serves delicious, healthy meals

·          Single-occupancy rooms; Doubles available for guests 

·          Elevators to ease transportation of your cello



       To view travel information, please click here.

Cello Rentals    

If you live far from Bryn Mawr, consider renting an instrument from a local shop. Cellos are delivered directly to campus and retrieved at the conclusion of the workshops. Contact the shops to reserve a cello. Refundable deposit is required.


6665 Germantown Av.

Philadelphia, PA 19119



Enrollment Deadlines and Fees

Tuition includes Instruction, Room, & Board

Full payment is due by June 1st

Skill Builder Workshop  (July 21 – 27)  OR  Ensemble Workshop  (July 28 – August 3)

RateRegistration/Deposit DeadlinePrice
Early BirdApril 1st$1325
RegularMay 15th$1425
Slow-PokeFor registrations  
submitted after May 15th
(includes $75 late fee)

Both Workshops (July 21 - August 3)

RateRegistration/Deposit DeadlinePrice
Early BirdApril 1st$2550
RegularMay 15th$2750
Slow-PokeFor registrations 
submitted after May 15th
(includes $75 late fee)

Other Costs

Saturday (Early) Arrival$60/person
Late Payment Fee 
(for tuition payments made after June 1st)

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