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Tennessee Cello Workshop

The Tennessee Cello Workshop is an extensive three-day exploration and celebration of cello playing and music making. Now in its 16th year, the program consists of a series of master classes, lecture presentations, cello ensemble events, cello competitions, and concerts. The Tennessee Cello Workshop TCW encourages all interested in the cello--professional and pre-professional cellists, amateurs of all ages, young cellists, & cello enthusiasts--to participate. One can participate on a huge variety of levels of proficiency on the instrument. The one unifying characteristic of all registrants is a great love for the cello.

Over the years the TCW has had many of the country's foremost cellist pedagogues on our faculty. This year I am joined by guest artist faculty Stephen Balderston, Melissa Kraut, Dan Allcott, Kirsten Cassel Greer, Nick Curry, Avi Friedlander, Charae Kruger, and Alicia Randisi-Hooker.

The first 60 registered cellist participants for the three-day event, as well as the first 30 Suzuki workshop registrants who request to, may perform in a master class at the TCW. Interested cellists may also elect to participate in one of our four cello competitions (including the "uncompetition"). We round out our activities with concerts, group scale and technique sessions, cello ensemble activities, lectures on cello-related topics, an orchestral excerpts session and sessions for teachers, and the chance to observe the many master classes held throughout the weekend. There is lots of cello playing throughout the weekend.

This year we have a special collaborative piano component, with piano faculty Kevin Class and Shigeo Neriki and a small group of fellowship collaborative piano registrants.

Finally, the TCW gratefully welcomes and thanks our many sponsors, including the University of Tennessee School of Music, and several highly regarded Violin (read “cello”) Shops. During the weekend workshop participants have the chance to thank representatives from these organizations, as well as shop for music, cellos and accessories, or get their bows rehaired. Thanks, dear sponsors!

I invite you to experience a great weekend of stimulation, growth, and enjoyment communing with our wonderful cello community at the 2014 Tennessee Cello Workshop,  February 21-23, 2014 in the beautiful new Natalie Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

-Wesley Baldwin,
Professor of Cello, University of Tennessee
Director, Tennessee Cello Workshop

Click here to see a video of the David Ott Double Cello Concerto, performed at the 2013 TCW by Wesley Baldwin and Carter Enyeart, with the UT Symphony Orchestra and Maestro James Fellenbaum!

UT School of Music