Cello

Studio Overview

Cello studies at Colorado State University support the full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our students not only participate in orchestra, but also play chamber music regularly. Most of the cello students choose to take our series of cello pedagogy classes, as well as cello literature.

Special features include the possibility of choosing a performance option for those students who are not in the performance degree, but are serious about their cello studies. We meet once a week for cello studio class and make a point of introducing our new students to the routine with a mentor program and numerous ways to connect socially.

“The cello studio at CSU is like a hodge podge family! We play for each other every week, and we all discuss, praise, and critique our performances afterwards. The first studio performances are always nerve wracking, but the camaraderie between us all makes it a comfortable and constructive environment. We have a Facebook page where we share music and ideas! All the cello [students] are very supportive and fun...I wouldn't want to play any other instrument at CSU!"

Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Music, Performance

  • One concerto movement
  • One movement of a Bach suite
  • Two scales (three octaves)
  • One etude

Memorization for the concerto and Bach are strongly encouraged.

Bachelor of Music, Music Education; and Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice (i.e. Saint-Saens:Allegro appassionato; a Vivaldi sonata; Bach: G Major Suite
  • Two scales

Bachelor of Music, Composition

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice (i.e. Saint-Saens:Allegro appassionato; a Vivaldi sonata; Bach: G Major Suite
  • Two scales
  • Prospective composition students will interview for admission to the composition degree at the end of their freshman year; students submit a portfolio of at least two compositions completed in the past five years during the interview.

Bachelor of Arts; and Minor in Music

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice (i.e. Saint-Saens:Allegro appassionato; a Vivaldi sonata; Bach: G Major Suite
  • Two scales

 

Master of Music, Performance Option

  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto movement
  • Two contrasting movements of Bach
  • Two three-octave scales
  • One etude

Memorization is strongly encouraged for the concerto and Bach portion of the audition.

Master of Music, Music Education Specialization and Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization
  • One concerto movement
  •  One movement of a Bach Suite
  • Two three-octave scales
  • One etude

Guest Artists

2009-2010

Regina Mushabac, Baldwin Wallace University

2012-2013

Dennis Parker, dennisparkerland.com

Michael Haber

2013-2014

Pablo Mahve-Veglia, Grand Valley State University; pmvcello.com

Adriana Contino, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and Anderson University

2014-2015

Bruce Uchimura, Western Michigan University, The Merling Trio; merlingtrio.com

Annual Guest

Yeesun Kim, Borromeo String Quartet; borromeoquartet.org