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2016 TCW participants

Tennessee Cello Workshop

February 23-25, 2018

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2018!

The Tennessee Cello Workshop is an extensive three-day exploration and celebration of cello playing and music making. The workshop consists of a series of master classes, lecture presentations, cello ensemble events, cello competitions, and concerts. The Tennessee Cello Workshop (TCW) encourages all interested in the cello--professional and pre-professional cellists, amateurs of all ages, young cellists, & cello enthusiasts--to participate. One can participate on a huge variety of levels of proficiency on the instrument. The one unifying characteristic of all registrants is a great love for the cello.

Over the years the TCW has had many of the country's foremost cellist pedagogues on our faculty. For 2018 we celebrate our 20th annual TCW event with new amazing guest artists: former principal cellist of both the Houston Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and current cello professor at Rice Univerisity Desmond Hoebig; Professor of Cello at Central Washington University John Michel, and Professor of Cello at Furman University Christopher Hutton. We also welcome two guest artists who are former TCW participants and TCW competition prize-winners: Anne Richardson and Hannah Moses. (Hannah and Anne will share the stage in a recital on Friday night.) Rounding out are faculty are returning TCW guest artist faculty Dan Allcott, Kirsten Cassel Greer, Avi Friedlander, Lisa Liske-Doorandish, and Alicia Randisi-Hooker, along with TCW founder and Director Wesley Baldwin.

The first 60 registered cellist participants for the three-day event, as well as the first 30 Suzuki workshop registrants who request to, may perform in a master class at the TCW. Interested cellists may also elect to participate in one of our four cello competitions (including the "uncompetition"). We round out our activities with concerts, group scale and technique sessions, cello ensemble activities, lectures on cello-related topics, and the chance to observe the many TCW master classes. There is lots of cello playing throughout the weekend.

Embedded within the TCW is the One-day Suzuki Workshop, held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Collaborative pianists interested in the opportunity to perform with TCW participant cellists in master classes may apply directly for those opportunities as well. (If you are a pianists interested in this experience, please email TCW director Wesley Baldwin at
The TCW gratefully welcomes and thanks our many sponsors, including the University of Tennessee School of Music, and several highly regarded Violin (read "cello") Shops. During the weekend workshop participants have the chance to thank representatives from these organizations, as well as shop for music, cellos, bows, and accessories, or get their bows re-haired. Many thanks to you, dear sponsors!

This year's TCW takes place from February 23, 24, and 25, 2018 in the beautiful Natalie Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. We invite you to experience a great weekend of stimulation, growth, and enjoyment at the 2018 Tennessee Cello Workshop!

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