On Thursday Evenings from 8-9:30 PM, the Cornell Cello Class will alternate between Cello Ensemble reading sessions, Open Chamber Music reading sessions, and Cello Studio (Performance) Class. All cellists are encouraged to sign up to play selections from the repertoire they are studying at least twice per semester during the “Studio Class” sessions. (Cello Studio Class dates are 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, and 11/12 — please sign up for dates to play using the form below). The cello studio has reserved Lincoln Hall B-20, B-21, and 231 for these sessions to allow multiple groups to play synchronously with ample social distancing.
Approximately every other week, Cello Ensemble Class will be opened to non-cellist faculty and student guest musicians for open chamber music reading sessions. Repertoire for these sessions will be requested and scheduled in advance to allow for preparation by all participants. (Open Chamber Music Reading Sessions dates are 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/5 — please use signup form below to make repertoire suggestions for pieces you would like to play.)
Please note: Repertoire difficulty should be compatible with participants’ ability to prepare for a proficient reading session. Do not choose pieces that you will not have time to prepare adequately — for everyone’s enjoyment, we want to avoid lots of stumbling around and getting lost in chamber music sessions. A little technical sloppiness is acceptable (these are reading sessions, after all!), as long as it is in the spirit of musical expression, but please familiarize yourself with the planned repertoire in advance.
Whenever possible, we will read from PDF parts and scores on a tablet or computer using page-turn pedals. These will help us maintain social distancing, and also make it easier to distribute music in advance of our sessions. Please remember to bring a computer or tablet to each chamber music session, as well as a page-turn pedal, if you have one.