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Tennessee Cello Workshop (all online in 2021)

February 26, 27, and 28, 2021

The Tennessee Cello Workshop (TCW) is a three-day exploration and celebration of cello playing and music making. The workshop consists of a series of master classes, lecture presentations, movement classes, hands-on technique and scales classes, cello ensemble events, cello competitions, and concerts. The Tennessee Cello Workshop 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, along with a big crew of the most eager young student cellist registrants. This is a happy pairing! 2021will continue this tradition, even as we move this year’s TCW to an online-only format.

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, movement classes, 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 27, 2021. This shorter event is geared for younger Suzuki students (up to age 11), and will include a Suzuki play-in, small group classes, a movement and dance session, technique classes, and a recital at the end of the afternoon featuring all the Suzuki workshop students. Very young Suzuki students (ages 3 to 5) may elect to come to the Suzuki Workshop for a half day. If your cellist is age 11 or younger, but is ready instrumentally and has the maturity and stamina for the full 3-day event, they are welcome to choose that registration.

The TCW gratefully welcomes and thanks our many sponsors, including the University of Tennessee School of Music, and several wonderful Violin Cello Shops. During the weekend workshop participants have special access to our sponsors’ websites with discounts on music, cellos, bows, and accessories, only for TCW participants. Many thanks to you, dear sponsors!

Even as we continue to endure the challenges from Covid-19, we invite you to experience another great TCW this February. The camaraderie, inspiration, stimulation, growth, and joy of another TCW await you this February. Join us!


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