Cellopaloosa VII: March 14 and 15, 2015

Cellopaloosa VII will take place on March 14 and 15, 2015. Check back soon for program specifics about our popular cello extravaganza!

Please email Dana McComb dmmccomb@vcu.edu with any questions.

2014 Schedule

1:00 pm | Registration (Singleton Center for the Performing Arts)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  | Young Artist Masterclass with Alisa Weilerstein.
Gifted young cellists perform in an open class for the internationally renowned master cellist.

3 pm – 3:15 pm | Break
Gather with other cellists and share your thoughts and ideas about the cello; network; enjoy!

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm  | Sectionals

VCU faculty Dana and Jason McComb and guest faculty Jorge and Erin Espinosa share their pedagogical approach as they explore the cello choir literature in smaller groups. Appropriate for cellists of all levels and ages.

  • Fournier Group: Remains in 1st position only. A part suitable for beginners is also available.
  • Du Pre Group: Shifts into 2nd and 4th position.
  • Rostropovich Group: Shifts anywhere, but doesn’t go beyond 4th or 5th position.
  • Casals Group: Anything goes!

5 pm – 5:45 pm | Cello Choir Rehearsal

Cellists of all ages and levels are invited to participate in a massed ensemble divided by level to create a wonderful sound and playing experience for all!

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Cello Choir Concert (James W. Black Music Center Recital Hall)
Enjoy the fruits of our labor in a concert open to family and friends.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Dinner Break
Enjoy dinner with other cello friends at a nearby Richmond restaurant  of your choice

8:00 pm  | Rennolds Chamber  Series: Alisa Weilerstein, cello (Singleton Center for the Performing Arts)

Participation Levels

Updated: Early Bird Special Participant (by 2/21/2014) *date adjusted due to inclement weather | $75
Cellopaloosa workshop, Weilertein concert ticket and parking included. Dinner not included.

Regular Deadline Participant (by 3/28/2014) *date adjusted due to inclement weather | $85
Cellopaloosa workshop, Weilertein concert ticket and parking included. Dinner not included.

Observer-Only Participant (register anytime) | $45
Non-playing observer who attends all events. Ideal for teachers. Parking and concert ticket included. Dinner not included.

PLEASE NOTE: Any parent/guardian of a registered participant may observe for free. Concert tickets may be purchased through the VCU Music Box Office.
Teachers who have 3 registered participants receive complimentary admission to all events.

Updated: Young Artist Masterclass application fee (by 2/21/2014) *date adjusted due to inclement weather | $30
Advanced Cellists may apply to perform and work with Alisa Weilerstein in a public session. Applications for live audition unlisted youtube link are due February 14, 2014. Only registered Cellopaloosa participants may participate in the Young Artist Masterclass.

If chosen for the master class, a pianist will be provided for Cellopaloosa, or participants may provide their own pianist.

Suggested Hotels

  • 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

About our Faculty

Information coming soon!

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