Cellopaloosa VI: March 29, 2014

Weilerstein_2_c_Jamie JungFeaturing special guest artist


with VCU faculty Dana McComb and Jason McComb
& guest faculty Jorge Espinosa and Erin Espinosa

Register here!

Join VCU Music for Cellapaloosa VI on March 29, 2014 – a cello extravaganza that includes a recital and  Young Artist Masterclass with MacArthur Fellow recipient Alisa Weilerstein; sectionals with VCU faculty and guest faculty; and a massed cello choir performance, which has included as many as 107 cellists! Don’t miss this phenomenal event at VCU! Open to cellists of all ages.

Please e-mail Dana McComb dmmccomb@vcu.edu with any questions about Cellopaloosa VI.


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

Visit ALISAWEILERSTEIN.COM for more information and to hear sound clips.

Dana McComb,Canadian-born cellist, is sought after as both a performer and teacher. Ms. McComb has been invited to give recitals from San Francisco to Montreal. She has performed in the cello sections in orchestras throughout the continent: the Toronto Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony, among others. She has participated in the Banff Chamber Music Academy, National Orchestral Institute, Kneisel Hall Music Center, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Meadowmount Summer Music School. Ms. McComb was awarded the top prize in Chamber Music at the Canadian Music Competition as member of the Continental String Quartet.An avid teacher, Ms. McComb has served on the cello faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Eckhardt-Gramatte Conservatory in Manitoba. She has spent her summers on the faculty of The Orchestra Project, the Summer Music by the Lake Festival, and the International Music Camp in North Dakota.

Dana McComb received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Bonnie Hampton and Irene Sharp. Currently she resides in Richmond, Virginia where she has a private studio and is on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jason McComb has been the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Richmond Symphony since 2002.Having received his early musical training in his native Portland, Oregon, Mr. McComb earned a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Krosnick and Zara Nelsova. He then went on to study with Bonnie Hampton at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received a Master of Music in both cello and chamber music.

Mr. McComb has participated in many festivals including Aspen, Musicorda, Kent/Blossom, Banff and Tanglewood, where he was awarded two prizes for outstanding cellist. Among numerous chamber music performances are ones with Joel Krosnick, Donald Weilerstein, Mischa Amory, Ian Swensen, William Preucil and the Miami String Quartet. He has been a member of Orchestra London Canada, and has served on the faculty of Brandon University in Canada. A very active teacher, Mr. McComb has a private studio and is on the faculties of the University of Richmond, University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2009 Mr. McComb performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with conductor, Keith Lockhardt.Jason McComb lives in Richmond with his wife, cellist Dana McComb, and his three sons.

Erin Eyles Espinoza, cello, made her concert debut with QuinTango on the 2004 tour to the Florida Keys. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra as a regular cello substitute since 1998. She free-lances in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, performing solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoire. As a soloist, she has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower theater and with the United States air Force Strings as featured soloist on tour. Erin has concertized in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. She holds a master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory and an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in cello performance.

Jorge Espinoza, cello, has been QuinTango’s principal cellist since the summer of 2002. He made both his European and Piccolo Spoleto debuts with QuinTango. He can be heard on the group’s new release, “To Buenos Aires with Love.” He is a 2001 prize winner in the Doctor Luis Sigall International Cello Competition in ViZa del Mar, Chile. He received the Gregor Piatigorsky Scholarship at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where he served as teaching assistant to Stephen Kates. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of Santiago, a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and Graduate Performance Diplomas in Cello and in Chamber Music from Peabody Institute.

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