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With more than 20 years of teaching experience for the cello, I have taught students of all ages, throughout California and overseas. I earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and am currently the Principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony, California. In addition, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin lessons to my students in Folsom, Napa and Sacramento.
My professional performing experience began in Medellin, Colombia in 1985 with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra where I was their Soloist beginning in 1992 and later on, as First Cello, from 1998-2002.
While in Colombia, I also performed with the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and the Antioquia Chamber Orchestra from 1991-1999.
I left my hometown of Medellin to come to the United States where I performed with the Texas Christian University Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas in 2000. Returning to Medellin, I spent the next year with the Eafit Symphonic Orchestra.
Finally, I settled in Sacramento in 2003, coming here to earn my Master's Degree in Cello Performance while performing throughout the next year with the California State University, Sacramento Symphony.
In Sacramento, I have also performed with the Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra and with several other chamber groups.
At this time, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin. My students range in age from six to seventy years and enjoy learning in a relaxing environment at their own pace.
I incorporate several different teaching styles to meet each students' individual needs and abilities.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Theory, Opera Voice
Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. During your lessons I will share the knowledge and experience gained from my musical training which began at age 8 with cello lessons. I continued studying music through high school and college, singing in choirs and playing in bands and orchestras. My training continued in college where I was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in music in voice, then on to 3 years of post-graduate training in classical voice, jazz/pop singing, and cello, as well as training in anatomy and kinesiology (how the body functions).
I also bring you 10 years experience teaching cello and singing, and 30 years performance experience including leading roles in opera, Broadway, major sacred works, and cello performances in orchestras, chamber music groups and solo performances.
To support your growth and keep your lessons fresh, fun and productive, I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date with the latest in music performance.
Singing: ARC Orchestra Competition Winner,
St. Marks Church, Kennedy Gallery, University Choir
Cello: SCMG chamber music concerts, Carlton House, Camellia Orchestra, solo recital, CalCap
Adjudicator for opera scholarship competition - Stockton,CA
Piano, Singing, Violin, Cello, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Upright Bass, Viola
My philosophy of teaching has many facets:
1.) The students physical health must be taken into consideration when playing an instrument.
2.) Only through hard work and practice can a student make lasting improvements.
3.) Repetition is the key to long-lasting learning.
4.) A teacher needs to be a cheerleader and a task-master at the same time.
5.) I use the Suzuki Method in as many ways as possible along with reading exercises for most ages.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."