I encourage my students to develop their musical skills by focusing on technique and sound production. Creating a solid foundation takes time and patience but it is essential if students are to become free to incorporate their own ideas and emotions in the music they are studying. I encourage students to listen carefully while practicing, learning to identify problem areas and find solutions. Playing the cello is a unique journey for every student.
I have been teaching cello privately in the Quad Cities for the past 29 years. I currently play in the Muscatine Symphony as well as the St. Ambrose Chamber Orchestra and the String Arts Trio.
Cello & Suzuki Cello, hybrid
Hannah Holman, cellist, joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season. Her career has encompassed orchestral and chamber music, solo performances, and teaching. In a review of the second CD she recorded with pianist Rene Lecuona, Fanfare magazine declares, “her tone and technique are the stuff that cello legends are made of. Holman’s cello sings with a lustrous tone that’s hard to resist.”
In addition to her work with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Ms. Holman is the principal cellist of the Quad City Symphony, a position she has held since 2008...READ MORE
Our new Executive Director, Anna Clift comes to the Deanery School of Music with 15 years experience as Artistic/Executive Director of the International Cello Institute, another non-profit organization that also supports the Arts and Arts Education. Passionate about educating young musicians, she teaches and mentors young cellists worldwide and is also a member of the music faculty at St Olaf College. She has taught at Carleton College, Marshall University, and Augsburg University.
Ms. Clift has an extensive orchestral background having played as an extra player with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1989. READ MORE