Elite Cello Student Program


In recent years, many of my students have become more interested in cello as a life-long, high level pursuit. Some of these students have decided to pursue performance as a career after high school, and found regular lessons and extracurricular cello activities to be lacking. Most requested more advanced, conservatory-level training and expectations in their cello lessons. 

For these students - and those like them - I began a conservatory prep program that combines my regular teaching philosophies with the educational and performance experiences I gained in my conservatory and university musical education.


Elite Students will see rapid advancement in their musical and technical abilities; will learn to teach themselves in their practice sessions; and will see their musical goals come to fruition! Many students will go on to successful college and conservatory, and performance careers!


Acceptance to the Elite Program is by audition only, as openings arise, and registration for the program is capped at three students per year. Students who wish to be accepted to the Program should show potential to perform at an exceptionally high level with evidence of their past, serious musical study: leadership positions in major youth orchestras; All State Orchestra acceptances with high placement; awards from competitions, auditions, and adjudications; solo performances; or a serious desire to study music at the conservatory level.


Elite Program students receive a weekly cello lesson, bi-weekly rehearsals with a pianist, bi-weekly orchestral audition lessons, and college audition preparation workshops. All Program students are expected to perform one full solo recital, annually, with music representing different musical eras and forms. Each year, students will learn a full concerto, unaccompanied Bach Suite, sonatas and other pieces for cello and piano, and works from the 20th- and 21st centuries, in addition to the standard etude and exercise repertory.

Program students are expected to place an emphasis on cello playing above their other sports, clubs, or extracurricular group activities, with only school work (homework, studying, etc.) considered a higher importance. As such, Elite Program students will devote no less than ten hours each week to practicing outside of their lesson and other musical pursuits.

Elite Program students are expected to audition for placement in Atlanta's most prestigious extracurricular music programs, including (but not limited to) the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony, and Franklin Pond Chamber Music programs. In addition, all Program students will be expected to participate, yearly, in the Georgia Music Teachers Association annual statewide auditions, Music Teachers National Association competition, American String Teachers Association competition, or other local or national concerto/chamber music competitions. Study at summer music programs - such as Meadowmout, Interlochen, and others - is highly encouraged.

Interested in auditioning for the Elite Cello Student Program? Begin by registering and selecting "Elite Student Program" as your program of interest.