Thriving and passionately committed to excellence define the cello studio at TCU. Select students from the United States and abroad come to TCU to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as the Artist Diploma. We offer a wealth of guidance, study and performance opportunities in lessons, studio classes, orchestra excerpts classes, master-classes, in the TCU Cello Ensemble, in solo recitals, chamber music ensembles, orchestra, opera, and in Collegium Musicum TCU.
Since 2020, the TCU Cello Studio welcomes Allan Steele, Principal Cellist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to teach orchestra excerpts. At TCU, cellists enjoy a strong team spirit where challenges and successes are shared and lifelong friendships are formed.Members get valuable performance experience in concerts on and off campus.
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The TCU Cello Ensemble draws from solo, chamber music and orchestra performance techniques through a focus on intonation, coordination and balance between voices, communication and projection in settings with and without a conductor. The ensemble features TCU undergraduate and graduate students from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, China, Korea, Taiwan and the Bahamas.
All cello majors must enroll in the ensemble, and non-cello majors may audition to join.
Since its debut in 2005, the TCU Cello Ensemble has developed a wide repertoire in a variety of styles and settings — with music ranging from Albinoni, Bach and Verdi to Samuel Barber, Dave Brubeck, Scott Joplin and Enrico Mainardi. The ensemble also plays music with soloists by Popper, Dvořák, Samuel Zyman and Vivaldi.
Expanding the repertoire is an important part of the advocacy for this medium. The ensemble presented Tan Dun’s Secret Land and Marlos Nobre’s Canto a Garcia Lorca (U.S. premiere performance), as well as music especially written for the ensemble by Martin Blessinger (Waltz), Blaise Ferrandino (Symphony for Cellos), Robert Garwell (Anxieties of the Heart and Broken Solitude) and Till Meyn (Urban Ragas).
Members get valuable performance experience in concerts on and off campus.