Cellopalooza IX: March 17, 2018

Cellopalooza is a biannual celebration for performers, teachers and fans of the violoncello, featuring guest clinicians and performers from around the world. Cellists ages 12 and up (suggested age, but younger welcome) are invited to the day of masterclasses, workshops and cello choirs. This year’s headline artist is Cleveland Institute of Music’s renowned faculty member, Sharon Robinson.  Sharon and her Grammy-nominated trio, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform at 8 p.m. to cap the day.

Guest Artists & Teachers

Sharon Robinson, Cleveland Institute of Music
Dana McComb, VCU Music
Jason McComb, VCU Music & Richmond Symphony
Neal Cary,  William & Mary College and Principal Richmond Symphony
Brent Idleman, Randolph Macon College & Rappahannock Youth Symphony

Cellopalooza Registration fee covers everything on the schedule: choir, workshops, masterclasses, dinner and one ticket to the evening concert.

Information for Family and Friends

Cello Choir recital at 6:15  is free and open to the public. Family members may join cellists for dinner at Shafer Dining Center (cash or credit card accepted for non-Cellopalooza participants).

Additional tickets to the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio concert at 8 p.m. are available to family and friends at 50% off the ticket price ($17.50 opposed to $35) for walk-up purchases at the box office the night of the concert.

Tentative Schedule: March 17, 2018

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. — Registration

12:30 – 1:30 p.m Cello Choirs Level I & II Rehearsal

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. — Sharon Robinson Masterclass** 

3:10 – 3:55 p.m. — Workshop Sessions: Improv workshop | Digital & Youtube Practicing | Sightreading Workshop 

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. — Breakouts: High School Master Class** (Dana McComb), Middle School Master Class* (Jason McComb), Leonard Rose Bow Technique Class (Neal Cary)

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. — Cello Choirs Level I & II, plus combined Cello Choir

6:15 p.m. — Cello Choir Recital

6:45 – 8 p.m. — Dinner at VCU Shafer Dining Center (meal ticket provided!)

8 p.m. — Guest Artist Concert: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio


Master Class Information

A master class is an opportunity where students see a master teach. A couple of students play solos for the class, the master teaches (like a private lesson), and everyone else observes.

* Middle School Masterclass participation: Space available first come first served, please indicate interest on registration form.

**High School level Masterclass (D. McComb) and College level masterclass (S. Robinson): Auditions required for these masterclasses. There are 2-3 available for each class. 

Additional details

  • Cello choir music will be assigned and posted 3 weeks before the event
  • Dress is casual (bring a sweater)
  • Masterclass participants will be referred to a Richmond pianist for accompaniment. Piano accompaniment for non-solo repertoire is required for the college level class, and strongly suggested for the high school level class.
  • Final schedule of the day, parking info and directions (and some things to do around town for parents) will be emailed before the event
  • Discount tickets for the KLR concert at 8pm will be available at the box office that night for friends and family (up to 4)

Registration Costs and Deadlines

By March 1: Early Bird Registration $50
After March 1: Regular Registration $60

Since we are so close to the event, we are now processing payments electronically.  At the end of the registration form, you will be directed to a payment link for the $60 fee.


Participants must register through the above Google form and then mail their payment check to:
Susanna Klein (Cellopalooza)
VCU Department of Music
922 Park Avenue
Box 842004
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2004
All checks should be made payable to VCU Department of Music. Early bird registrant checks must be postmarked March 1 or earlier. Please write attendee’s name in the memo.


For more information, email Susanna Klein, VCU Coordinator of Strings at sbklein@vcu.edu.


Previous Cellopalooza Guest Artists:

Cellopalooza I: Bonnie Hampton, Juilliard
Cellopalooza II: Peter Wispelwey, International Artist
Cellopalooza III: Zuill Bailey, International Artist
Cellopalooza IV: Joel Krosnick, Juilliard Quartet
Cellopalooza V: Clive Greensmith, Tokyo Quartet
Cellopalooza VI: Alisa Weilerstein
Cellopalooza VII: Irene Sharp
Cellopalooza VIII: Paul Watkins

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