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. Students are admitted to my studio based on scheduling considerations was well as an overview 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.

Each summer, Prof. and Orchestra Director Chris Kim (cyk8@cornell.edu) arranges auditions for the Cornell Orchestras.  I attend these late-August auditions to help adjudicate, and to meet cellists who are interested in taking individual lessons.  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 Juliana Pepinsky, jm857@cornell.edu, to arrange an audition for placement in a chamber group.  Cellists may also contact me for more information about chamber music, orchestra, or individual cello lessons in Cornell’s Music Department.

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