Ramel Price, now a Third-year doctoral student at the University of Iowa, has a deep passion for playing violin. From the age of nine, Ramel picked up the violin after some basic instruction, practicing daily until the age of eighteen when he started college. Ramel studied under Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy for six years earning his Associate of Arts degree at Pensacola State College and his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of West Florida. During this time, he served as concertmaster of the Runge Strings Orchestra regularly playing violin solos with the orchestra. Ramel then went on to study at Western Illinois University where he held the position of second violinist in the Julstrom faculty quartet. There he studied under Dr. Julieta Mihai for two years during which time he also served as concertmaster of the Western Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He now studies violin in the studio of Katherine Wolfe at the University of Iowa determined to have a substantial career as a concert violinist.
In addition to playing violin Ramel loves to travel and study different languages. He is fluent in Japanese and has traveled to various parts of the world including Switzerland, Romania, Italy, and Japan.
violin and viola
Violin & Viola, in-person
Ben Lorentzen is a veteran educator and musician. He has been teaching since his days as a college student at Augustana College. Mr. Lorentzen studied with Dr. Deborah Dakin, and graduated from Augustana College with a B.A in Music. He was then accepted into the University of Wisconsin School of Music where he would receive his Masters Degree in Viola Performance under the tutelage of Professor Sally Chisholm.
It was a work-study job as a reading tutor in the public schools of Madison, Wisconsin that further inspired a focus in education. He began providing private instruction to aspiring musicians in the Quad Cities immediately after graduate school, went back to school to earn teaching certification through the Regents Alternative Path to Iowa Licensure...READ MORE
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
Cello, in-person and online
Cellist Anna Clift comes to the Deanery School of Music with many years of teaching experience. Passionate about educating young musicians, she teaches and mentors young cellists worldwide at the International Cello Institute and is also a member of the music faculty at St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Ms. Clift has an extensive orchestral background having played as an extra player with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1989. She is looking forward to teaching more cellists at the Deanery.
Bass, in-person or hybrid
Mike White is currently an Assistant Professor at Augustana College where he teaches applied double bass and string methods. He also holds faculty positions at St. Ambrose University and Cornell College, teaching applied double bass and bass guitar. Mike received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Double Bass Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where he studied with Professor Volkan Orhon. His dissertation, “The Double Bass Extension - A Compendium for Performance,” was developed as a technical guide for those using a C-extension on their instrument. Previously, Mike studied with Dr. William Koehler at Illinois State University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree...READ MORE
Musicologist, guitarist, and documentary film director and composer, Oleg Timofeyev was born to a musical family that gave the world several generations of professional musicians. He received his first music lessons from his mother, an excellent cello player. Later he studied classical guitar with the famous Muscovite teacher Kamil Frautschi. In 1989, Oleg Timofeyev was invited to the University of Iowa to direct the Collegium Musicum there. A few years later he received his M.A. in Early Music Performance from the USC, under the guidance of the famous lutenist James Tyler...READ MORE