Teaching and Audition information

Cellists audition for Cornell Orchestras, Chamber Music groups and/or placement with a private instructor each August just prior to the start of classes. I accept students based on a combination of the level of their musicianship and their ability to balance Cornell’s rigorous academic requirements with a commitment to their musical activities. In the event that I am unable to admit a cellist to my class, I can usually arrange for them to take lessons with a visiting cello lecturer.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, auditions have been scheduled for:  Wednesday, August 23, 10 AM – 3 PM

Please contact Prof. Chris Kim cyk8@cornell.edu to set up an appointment if you are interested in auditioning. In addition to the Cornell Symphony, the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, and private lessons, student cellists may participate in small chamber ensembles and receive weekly coachings with a member of the Music faculty. Please contact Lecturer and chamber music co-ordinator Miri Yampolsky, my86@cornell.edu, to arrange an audition for placement in a chamber group.

About my teaching:

When working with students, I focus on an ergonomic approach to cello playing centered on breathing control, relaxation techniques, and motion analysis as they relate to musical expression. As a musical coach, I strive to enhance students’ interpretive skills through the understanding of form and stylistic performance practice. I encourage students to explore a wide range of musical styles and repertoire during their time at Cornell and to interact with one another through the diverse activities and resources offered by the Music Department. If you have questions about cello at Cornell or other inquiries related to my teaching or performing, I welcome you to email me at jah242@cornell.edu

Department of Music — Cornell University

The Department of Music at Cornell provides opportunities for the study and performance of music under the guidance of a distinguished faculty, as part of an education at a great university. Students study music for many reasons. Some students may devote considerable time and energy to it, either through enrolling in the major or by taking a series of elective courses. Others find the study of music a natural way to pursue an interest without necessarily committing a large amount of time.