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administrative staff

Anna Clift

Executive Director and Artistic Advisor


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

Hannah Holman

Founder and Artistic Director


Hannah Holman 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 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. Founder and Artistic Director of the Deanery School of Music, she is dedicated teacher who finds great fulfillment in helping students of all ages grow. Ms. Holman was on the University of Iowa music faculty from 2002-2012, and has served on the faculties of the Worcester College (UK), Michigan State University Community School, and Virginia Union University. She has participated in numerous festivals, and has been on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival since 2001 and currently serves on the faculty of the International Cello Institute.

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