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Tennessee Cello Workshop

February 23-25, 2018

Faculty

Alicia Randisi-Hooker

Alicia Randisi-Hooker

Alicia Randisi-Hooker has been an active cellist and teacher for more than twenty-five years. She holds a Master of Music degree in cello performance from Temple University in Philadelphia PA, and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her principal teachers were Mary Fraley, Lev Aronson, Deborah Reeder, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, Laszlo Varga, and Valentin Erbin of the Alban Berg Quartet.

An enthusiastic champion of the Suzuki philosophy, Alicia was the first cellist in the Philadelphia area to complete all ten units of Suzuki cello teacher training in both a long term Suzuki apprenticeship with internationally acclaimed teacher trainer Annette Costanzi, and through individual units and courses offered by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She presently enjoys a richly varied career teaching students aged five through fifty both in her private studio and at Maryville College. Her students have been the recipients of many prizes, scholarships, and competitions, including the Philadelphia Orchestra's Young Artist Competition.

As Artistic Director and head of the cello department at the Academy of Children's Music in Fort Washington PA for ten years, she supervised the growth and development of the cello program from one to more than forty students. She was among the first graduates of the Music Together program of early childhood music education, and has worked not only with musically gifted children, but also those with special challenges. She has been named Outstanding Teacher in the state of Tennessee by the Governor's School for the Arts, and continues to develop the musicianship of young cellists and chamber musicians in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Alicia has performed extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician in both the United States and Europe. She has been a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the Philly Pops, and many other orchestras in the Philadelphia area. As a member of Trillium, she performs regularly in and around the Knoxville area.


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