Cellospeak Studio

Registration Now Closed!

Announcing Cellospeak Studio™!

General Information

In light of the cancellation of the 2020 Workshops, many of you have asked whether Cellospeak could host a virtual event instead. We are very excited to announce that we will host our first virtual Cellospeak Studio event on July 31 – August 2, 2020. The event is unlike anything we have done before, and we hope you like it! This new program offers the following:
  1. Diverse faculty technique presentations (choose 2 different ones each day).
  2. Guided instruction on a piece or duet (choose 1 for 3 consecutive days).
  3. Virtual faculty performances.
All sessions are presented via Zoom, with time for socializing with fellow participants. This is a great opportunity to improve your skills, socialize with friends and support both Cellospeak and our esteemed faculty.  We hope to record the technique classes and make them available to registrants.  However, this is our first attempt at a virtual program, and there are likely to be some glitches.  We appreciate your understanding and enthusiasm for Cellospeak! For any questions please feel free to contact us at info@cellospeak.org.

Tech Tips

The Zoom log-in information will be sent to you prior to the event. You don’t need any fancy equipment to participate. Using your laptop or iPad camera and microphone should be fine.  We are aware, however, that internet connections can be unreliable.  Here are some tips that may help ensure a good experience:

  • A laptop or a computer is generally better than using a handheld device (iPad, smartphones, etc).
  • Be sure your choice of device has the most up-to-date software, firmware, etc.
  • If possible, connect to the internet through an ethernet cable (straight from the wall or a router), rather than being on wifi. This minimizes interruptions and lags.
  • Use a set of earphones during sessions.  This will allow you to hear the teacher better.
  • While in a class, exit or log out of all other windows and programs.
  • Try to have good lighting focused directly on yourself.  Avoid sitting with your back or to a window or light source.

Registration and Policies

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 15, 2020.  All registrations must be received by the deadline to allow sufficient time to distribute music in advance of the event.

Click Here to Complete and Submit Registration Form (CLOSED)

REGISTRATION FEE: $295
The Registration Fee covers all sessions on all days of the event. It is not possible for Cellospeak to charge for specific sessions or classes, so no partial Registration Fees will be accepted. Payment in full of the entire Registration Fee must be made at the time of submission of the Registration Form.

Click HERE to pay Registration Fee

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: July 15, 2020. Except as set forth below under “RIGHTS RESERVED”, no cancellations or refunds will be allowed after this date.

RIGHTS RESERVED: A minimum enrollment is required to run this event. Cellospeak reserves the right to cancel this event, or any individual class, for insufficient enrollment. In the case of cancellation of a class, registrants may be asked to select a second choice. In the case of cancellation by Cellospeak of the entire event, all Registration Fees will be fully refunded. Cellospeak reserves the right to assign faculty to duet classes based on enrollments. It is not possible to accommodate participant requests for particular faculty for duet classes.

Faculty

Faculty participating in this Cellospeak Studio include: Bob Battey, Nancy Baun, Lynne Beiler, Amy Ward Butler, Jihea Choi, Katlyn DeGraw, Carl Donakowski, Jorge Espinoza, Gary Fitzgerald, Bob Jesselson, Ken Law, Devree Lewis, Susanna Mendlow, Camilo Perez-Mejia, Alán Saucedo, Natalie Spehar, and Irina Tikhonova.  See faculty bios HERE.

Program Schedule and Materials

On each of three half-days, there will be 4 different one-hour Sessions, each with several concurrent classes. You will register for the specific classes you will attend during Sessions #1 and #2 each day. You will select the same duet or exercise class for Session #3 for all three days. Bob Jesselson will teach the Feuillard exercise class.  Cellospeak will assign faculty to duet classes based upon registrations.
Click HERE for General Information + Printable Program Schedule

Duet music and Feuillard exercise #32 are currently available at the link below.  Additional materials for other classes will be posted as they become available.  Be sure to check the Program Materials page before the event to be sure you have seen everything.

Click HERE for Music and Program Materials

Program Summary

Day 1 – July 31, 2020
Welcome and Socializing (12:00-1:00pm) – Bomin Collins (everyone invited)

Session #1 (1:00-2:00pm) – Faculty Technique Presentations (choose one class)

  • Bow Warm Up Before Playing (All Levels) – Jorge Espinoza
  • Beating Stage Fright: Tips to Keep your Cool! (All Levels) – Susanna Mendlow
Break (2:00-2:30pm)
Session #2 (2:30-3:30pm) – Faculty Technique Presentations (choose one class)
  • A Unifying Theory of Fingerboard Geography (Intermediate) – Bob Battey
  • A Balanced and Fluid Approach (All Levels) – Katlyn DeGraw
  • Note Change: Lifting the Veil of Mystery from Comfortable and Expressive Cello Playing (Part I) (Intermediate) Carl Donakowski

Break (3:30-4:00pm)

Session #3 (4:00-5:00pm) – Guided Piece or Duet Practice (choose one class, which will be the same for all three days)
  • Easy: 3 Duets (1. Dancla – Sonatina; 2 Lee – #7 and #8; Kummer – Duet 1 – Andantino)
  • Intermediate: Allegro from Concerto for two cellos in G minor – Vivaldi
  • Advanced: Allegro from “Eyeglasses Duet” – Beethoven (arr. Latham)
  • Intermediate to Advanced (Exercise Session): Feuillard #32 – Bob Jesselson

Dinner Break (5:00-6:30pm)

Session #4 (6:30-7:30pm)
  • Faculty Concert
Day 2 – August 1, 2020
Session #1 (1:00-2:00pm) – Faculty Technique Presentations (choose one class)
  • Improv 101: Learn to Jam Along! (Intermediate) – Natalie Spehar
  • How to Spot Elementary Techniques in Intermediate/Advanced Pieces (All Levels) – Jihea Choi

Break (2:00-2:30pm)

Session #2 (2:30-3:30pm)  – Faculty Technique Presentations (choose one class)

  • Practically Perfect Practicing (All Levels) – Bob Jesselson
  • What’s Going On Up There, Including What To Do If It’s Me Up There? (All Levels) – Gary Fitzgerald

Break (3:30-4:00pm)

Session #3 (4:00-5:00pm) – Guided Piece or Duet Practice (choose one class, which will be the same for all three days)

  • Easy: 3 Duets (1. Dancla – Sonatina; 2 Lee – #7 and #8; Kummer – Duet 1 – Andantino)
  • Intermediate: Vivaldi Double
  • Advanced: Beethoven “Eyeglasses Duet” Duet
  • Intermediate to Advanced (Exercise Session): Feuillard #32 – Bob Jesselson

Dinner Break (5:00-6:30pm)

Session #4 (6:30-7:30pm)

  • Faculty Presentation
Day 3 – August 2, 2020
Session #1 (1:00-2:00pm) – Faculty Technique Presentations (choose one class)
  • Secrets to Shifting (All Levels) – Alán Saucedo
  • Warm Up Like a Singer (Intermediate) -Camilo Perez-Mejia
  • Exploring Lesser Known Russian Short Pieces for Cello (Intermediate/Advanced) – Irina Tikhonova

Break (2:00-2:30pm)

Session #2 (2:30-3:30pm) – Faculty Technique Presentations (choose one class)

  • Community Orchestra Music – Untangling Rhythms! – Nancy Baun
  • Scales Bootcamp (Or How I Learned to Love F# Major!) (All Levels) – Lynne Beiler
  • Vibrate Without Fear (G 3-octaves/The Swan) – Amy Ward Butler

Break (3:30-4:00pm)

Session #3 (4:00-5:00pm) – Guided Piece or Duet Practice (choose one class, which will be the same for all three days)

  • Easy: 3 Duets (1. Dancia – Sonatina; 2 Lee – #7 and #8; Kummer – Duet 1 – Andantino)
  • Intermediate: Vivaldi Double
  • Advanced: Beethoven “Eyeglasses Duet” Duet
  • Intermediate to Advanced (Exercise Session): Feuillard #32 – Bob Jesselson

Dinner Break (5:00-6:30pm)

Session #4 (6:30-7:30pm)

  • Faculty Concert
  • Socializing!