Brian Cordova

Brian C.

Amherst, MA
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Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+ and special needs

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Masters student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, majoring in Music Performance for cello.

As a cellist, I perform and record in various venues throughout the country, with various chamber groups ranging from duos to symphonic orchestras. I premiere various contemporary works by composers and help promote their work on social media. I give private recitals and also volunteer to perform in nursing homes, jails and foster homes to help share and promote music to places not easily accessible. I teach private lessons to students of all ages and abilities, helping them reach their goals and to help empower them to become movers and shakers in our society.

Having worked as a social media evaluator, studying algorithms and with my tech-savvy skills, I've been able to consult and help manage accounts to aid them in marketing and promoting for growth. Combining both these worlds of classical music and the modern to allow the development of music throughout the world is my goal.

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Aug 2014 - Present

Perform in many symphonic orchestra concerts for local orchestras such as Orchard Park Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Fredonia Symphony Orchestra, and UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra. Perform in various sized chamber ensembles and recording. Give private solo recitals and perform at nursing homes and hospitals regularly.

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Private Lessons
Aug 2014 - Present

Teach my own studio of 11 students currently of varying ages and skill level ranging from 5 years old to 87 years old. Help them reach their goals as musicians through the teaching of fundamental skills needed to play the cello, tailoring the lesson plans according to every students’ needs and desires as a musician/future leader.

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Assistant Cello Professor
Jun 2014 - Aug 2018

Worked with students ranging from 4 years old to high schoolers, all in 4 different orchestras, preparing their music with proper bowings/fingerings to facilitate the learning of the music. Ran sectionals working with the students from each orchestra aiding in teaching music and working on technique. Organized, programmed, and rehearsed concerts for each orchestra.

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Social Chair
Dec 2016 - May 2018
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Organized fraternal events, within the brotherhood, as well as collaborating with various musical groups and organizations on campus. Hosting concerts for the campus and the community, and fun activity events in the aim of bringing the community together through music.

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Oct 2015 - May 2018
Fredonia Bass Society

Organized meetings of Board, while keeping minutes to help keep everyone on the same page and informed. Worked together with others to organize the Bass Music Festival every year, and managed workshops to promote creativity in musicians and learning technique for the bass.

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Social Media Evaluator
Oct 2015 - Feb 2018

Rated statuses/posts made on various social media on what people want to see on their newsfeed for marketing and data analysis. Would help to form algorithms used for social media marketing and collecting information.

Retail Associate
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
Burlington Coat Factory

Communicated with customers both in English and Spanish, aiding them in whatever they needed. Organized the sales floor to maximize efficiency, and worked with a sales team to create the best plans for marketing and profits in all areas of the floor.


M.M Music Performance-Cello
Aug 2018 - Present
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.M Music Performance-Cello
Aug 2014 - May 2018
State University at Fredonia


Fluent / Native Proficiency


UMass School of Music Merit Scholarship for Master’s
Aug 2018
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Masterclass with Zuill Bailey
Mar 2018
State University at Fredonia
Masterclass Latitude 49
Feb 2018
State University at Fredonia
Masterclass with Shanghai String Quartet
Oct 2017
State University at Fredonia
Masterclass with James Piorkowski-SUNY Fredonia
Aug 2017
State University at Fredonia
National Music Festival Scholarship
Jun 2017
National Music Festival
King Memorial Scholarship
May 2016
State University at Fredonia
Masterclass with Nicholas Tzavaras-Shanghai Quartet
Oct 2015
State University at Fredonia
Masterclass with Guy Fishman-New England Conservatory
Jan 2015
State University at Fredonia
Masterclass with Scott Kluksdahl-University of South Florida
Oct 2014
State University at Fredonia
USDAN Merit Scholarship
Jun 2014


Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Dec 2016

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Photos & Videos

Bachelor's Junior Recital
Performing at a nursing home

Performing with the KOBE Quintet in Rosch Recital Hall
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