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Orchestra Clinician



My studies and adventures in music education influence how I approach working with younger orchestras. When rehearsing with students, I prioritize sharing skills and concepts that can be applied throughout their playing and in their lives beyond. My ensemble experience includes:


- Guest Conductor for multiple professional and university symphony orchestras

- Conductor, Andrews University Symphony (2018-); Assistant Conductor, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra (2016-18); Assistant Conductor, Peninsula Music Festival (2018)

Private Cello Instruction


I have experience teaching cellists of all ages and abilities, including beginners and emerging professionals. My cello students' accomplishments have included Steinway Young Artist designations and membership in the Illinois All-State Honors Orchestra. Components of my teaching philosophy and strategies include:

- Using universally-recognized teaching materials for beginning and intermediate students, including Suzuki Method repertoire and etudes by Popper, Sevcik, Duport, Mooney, etc.

- Developing customized technical strategies for each student's needs, including using self-published technique books

- Comprehensive approaches to performing traditional cello repertoire, including familiarity with multiple styles and periods

- Documenting lessons so that students can set and keep track of their goals and Chris' suggestions on an ongoing basis, with self-identified long term goals in mind

- Supplementing solo studies with chamber music experiences, including playing duets with cello and/or piano, cello choirs, and public performances

- Finding and arranging music in any style, as desired, to provide students with relevant and practical experiences

- Additional skill studies may include focusing on orchestral audition excerpts, repertoire in contemporary styles, or improvisation

Regardless of your goals, I can help! In addition to private lessons in the Chicago and Michiana areas, I have experience teaching cello and conducting lessons online using Skype or Zoom

For more information, contact Chris!

- Conductor, Music Festival orchestra at Andrews University (students from throughout the Midwest, 2020)

- Previous chamber music faculty (string quartet coach) at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, Illinois

- Orchestra Director for grades 6-12 string and symphonic orchestra students in DeKalb, Illinois (2007-14)

- Director and Arranger of music, DeKalb High School String Band; Assistant Artistic Director, Saline Fiddlers (alternative styles performance groups)

- Cello Sectional Coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra

- Trained in multiple approaches to rehearsing ensembles (eg. participant for WMEA workshop "Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance;" conducting apprentice, Civic Orchestra of Chicago)