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Cellopaloosa VII: March 14 (beginner/intermediate) and 15 (advanced)

VCU Music is proud to bring international cello clinician Irene Sharp to campus for two days of Cellopaloosa workshops, joining faculty member Dana McComb and Richmond Symphony Orchestra cellist Jason McComb. Students aged 4 to 18, as well as cello and strings teachers, are invited to register.

The first day of the workshop, Saturday, March 14, is for beginner and intermediate cellists, and the second, Sunday, March 15, is for advanced cellists.

If you have questions about which level to register for, or for more information, email Dana McComb dmmccomb@vcu.edu.

Registration

Registration Information

Early Bird Special (by 2/1/15) | $75
Cellopaloosa workshop and parking included.

Regular Deadline Participant (by 3/10/15) | $85
Cellopaloosa workshop and parking included.

Teacher Access Pass, March 14 & 15
This pass allows private and public school teachers to participate and observe both days of the Cellopaloosa Workshop. Cellopaloosa may count towards recertification points with county approval for public school teachers. The fee is $75 if postmarked by Feb. 28, 2015. If you have three or more students attending, enter discount code CP315 for $50 off your registration! You will need to fill in the names of students attending.

 

2015 Schedule

Saturday, March 14, 2015: Beginning/Intermediate Cellists

This workshop is geared towards cellists playing repertoire from Suzuki Book 1 up through pieces such as Squire-Tarantella, The Swan, Marcello-Sonata, or at a similar level.

12:30-1 p.m. Registration (W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts)

1-1:50 p.m. Cello Choir Sectionals with VCU faculty Dana McComb and Jason McComb

2-3 p.m. Beginner and Intermediate Level Cello Group Class with Irene Sharp

3-3:15 p.m. Cookie break!
Gather with other cellists and share your thoughts and ideas about the cello; network; enjoy!

3:15-4:45 p.m. Masterclass with Irene Sharp*

5 pm – 5:45 p.m. Cello Choir Rehearsal

6:00 p.m. Cello Choir Concert (James W. Black Music Center Recital Hall)
Enjoy the fruits of our labor in a concert open to family and friends.

Sunday, March 15, 2015: Advanced Cellists

This workshop will be geared towards cellists playing at the advanced level, or at least Suzuki Book 6. Advanced solo repertoire includes concertos, Bach solo suites, Brahams sonatas, or at a similar level.

12-12:30 p.m. Registration (W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts)

12:30-1:20 p.m. Cello Choir Sectionals with VCU faculty Dana McComb and Jason McComb

1:30-2:30 p.m. Advanced Level Group Class with Irene Sharp

2:45-3:15 p.m. Repertoire Discussions
What goes next? How do I choose a college? Which summer festivals are best for me?

3:15-5:15 p.m. Masterclass with Irene Sharp*

5:15-5:30 p.m. Cookie break!

5:30-6:15 p.m.  Cello Choir Rehearsal

6:15 p.m. Cello Choir Concert (James W. Black Music Center)
Enjoy the fruits of our labor in a concert open to family and friends.

 

* Masterclass participants will be chosen via YouTube audition. For more information, download the instructions here: Cellopaloosa Masterclass Audition Info

About our Faculty

Irene Sharp

Cellist Irene Sharp is an internationally acclaimed teacher on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and the University of California at Berkeley. She maintains private studios in San Francisco, Palo Alto and New York City. She is Professor Emeritus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has served on the faculties of Meadowmount School for Strings, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Indiana University’s String Academy. Ms. Sharp has worked with students worldwide, including in London, Salzburg, Hamburg, Tokyo, Taipei, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

Dana McComb

Canadian-born cellist Dana McComb holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Irene Sharp and Bonnie Hamilton. In May 2013, Ms. McComb performed the world premiere of William Soleau’s “Chasing Cello” with the Richmond Ballet. She has also performed in the Toronto Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Richmond Symphony. Ms. McComb has participated in the Banff Chamber Music Academy, National Orchestral Institute and Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and was awarded the top prize in Chamber Music at the Canadian Music Competition.

Jason McComb

Mr. McComb has been the assistant principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony since 2002. A native of Portland, Oregon, he earned a Bachelor of Music from the Julliard School, where he studied with Joel Krosnick and Zara Nelsova. He then went on to study with Bonnie Hamilton at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he earned his Master of Music in cello and chamber music. He has participated in numerous festivals, including Aspen, Musicordia, Kent/Blossom, Banff and Tanglewood, where he was awarded two prizes for outstanding cellist. He has been a member of Orchestra London Canada, and has served on the faculty of Brandon University in Canada.

Suggested Hotels/ Parking Information

• Crowne Plaza | 555 E. Canal Street Richmond, VA 23219

• Doubletree Hotel | 301 W. Franklin Street Richmond VA 23220

• Hilton Garden Inn | 501 E Broad Street Richmond VA 23219

• Holiday Inn Express | 201 East Cary Street Richmond, VA 23219

Limited on-street parking is available, but all-day parking is available at the VCU parking garages.

Previous Cellopaloosa Guest Artists
Cellopaloosa I: Bonnie Hampton, Juilliard
Cellopaloosa II: Peter Wispelwey, International Artist
Cellopaloosa III: Zuill Bailey, International Artist
Cellopaloosa IV: Joel Krosnick, Juilliard Quartet
Cellopaloosa V: Clive Greensmith, Tokyo Quartet
Cellopaloosa VI: Alisa Weilerstein