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 Cellospeak Studios
Overview. Because of the cancellation of our 2021 Workshops due to continuing Covid-19 concerns, we are planning two all-new Cellospeak Studio programs in 2021. The Technique Studio (Friday July 16 – Sunday, July 18) will focus on particular skills and will include troubleshooting sessions on particular pieces for different skill levels. The Performance Studio (Friday July 30 – Sunday, August 1) will include technique presentations but will focus on skill development and rehearsals specifically for a virtual group performance a Gary Fitzgerald arrangement of the Gustav Holst St. Paul’s Suite Jig.
Please visit our 2021 Summer Offerings page for more details.
2020 Cellospeak Studio
Overview. 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.
Summary. Please click HERE for a detailed description of everything that happened at our first Cellospeak Studio!
Videos. Videos of most of the technique classes presented at the 2020 Cellospeak Studio are available to Members. Please visit our Technique Videos page for more information.