Teaching

For the past twenty-five years I have taught cellists of all levels and ages in my private studio, and as a guest teacher and as a faculty member of numerous music institutions. My teaching is infused with the principles of the Alexander Technique, emphasizing the establishment of a healthy approach to the instrument and the cultivation of the whole person. At the same time I firmly believe in the necessity for skillful building of fundamental technique, each new skill and level built on the establishment of competence and clarity in the previous step.

Most importantly, I strive to help the student to listen well, and to practice with intelligence and inventiveness.

My cello studies included many wonderful teachers, including Leonard Rose, William Pleeth and my first teacher, Florence Reynolds, herself a student of Felix Salmon and Luigi Silva. Chamber music studies have been extensive. It is hard to list all the invaluable influences; the Juilliard, Tokyo, Vermeer Quartets, Felix Galimir, and the myriad of colleagues with whom I have been lucky enough to perform.

My teaching has evolved from all these sources, until it is difficult for me the say where I learned any individual element. My teaching is necessarily an amalgamation and a reframing of all I have learned and discovered.

Teaching positions held; Peabody preparatory Division; Baltimore School of the Arts; The Juilliard School, MAP program; The Juilliard School, Graduate assistant to the Juilliard Quartet ( as member of Shanghai Quartet) ; University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia (as member of Shanghai Quartet); School for strings, Summer Chamber Music Program faculty; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Young musician’s Program chamber coaching faculty; The Music Academy, Ramapo College, cello faculty; Kent Music, adult String Quartet intensive, faculty; New York Youth Symphony, Chamber Music faculty; Mannes Prep., cello faculty; University of Minnesota, guest String Quartet coach; Cello, an American Experience, Summer program (St Olaf College, MN) cello faculty.

Some of my students are now attending Juilliard and Manhattan Preps, Ithaca College and the Eastman School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Great Britain, and Swarthmore and Kenyon College.