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, movement classes, hands-on technique classes, 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. In 2020, our 22nd year, the TCW continues this tradition. TCW guest artists include Dmitri Apatine, Kim Patterson, Tao Ni, and Wendy Warner. We welcome back to our faculty roster long-time TCW faculty members Dan Allcott, Kirsten Cassel Greer, Lisa Liske, 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, 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 29, 2020. 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.
The TCW gratefully welcomes and thanks our many sponsors, including the University of Tennessee School of Music, and several wonderful 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!
The 22nd annual TCW takes place February 28, 29, and March 1, 2020, 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 next TCW!