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Claire A.
Brooklyn, New York
Learn the cello at your pace from a pro musician with over a decade of teaching experience
Ask me about classes and subscription pricing! Let's get you playing the music you've been hearing in your head. Each week, you'll get a personalized practice guide tailored to your goals. I love playing and teaching the cello, and I cant wait to share that passion with you. My teaching style is as slow as you need, as fast as you can go. Technique should always serve the music, so we'll focus on creating art and telling the story that you want to tell. I'll work with you to create a personalized study plan that is engaging, positive, and progress-oriented. Lessons are open to anyone, even if you don’t have a cello yet! I have worked with everyone from beginning students learning the basics of holding the bow to advanced players & colleagues looking for a discerning ear. I generally recommend 45 minutes for beginners, but there's no time limit; I love to dive into details and can work as long as you can! This year, I founded my teaching studio HelloCello, and I'm so excited to bring you along for the ride. Your subscription comes with group lessons, practice videos, collaborative projects, and performance opportunities so you can learn at your own pace and in your own way. As an added bonus, all new students will receive the 70-page Cello Handbook I recently published as part of my online cello series, "Hello Cello." Congratulations on taking an amazing first step towards learning cello, and I can't wait to meet you in our first lesson!
About Claire A.

Claire is a professional musician based in NYC. She performs regularly with the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota New Music Ensemble. She toured the United States with the Weimar Staatskapelle, and has spent many summers performing in the Aspen Music Festival. She frequently collaborates with preeminent musicians such as NY Philharmonic harpist Nancy Allen, and flute soloist Carol Wincenc. Claire is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she won the 2017 Cello Competition to perform the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. She earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University, where she was co-Principal Cello of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and played with the all-cello rock group Low Strung. Her cello teachers have included Eric Kim (Jacobs School), Richard Aaron (Juilliard), Alan Harris (Eastman), Maria Kisoupolos (NY Philharmonic), Eric Bartlett (NY Philharmonic), and Wolfram Koessel (American String Quartet). Claire has taught for over 10 years, beginning with teaching through a local community service program from the age of 15. She has taught as part of the Aspen Music Festival PALS program, and has worked at the Perlman Music Program with young artists from all over the world. She maintains an online studio, and creates online courses in cello. She lives and breathes the cello, and can't wait to share that passion with you.

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 2006

Masters in Music - Cello Performance

Teaches ages 2+

Speaks French, English

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Subject: Cello
Teaches 1 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
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My experience taking cello lessons from Claire was such a positive one! I decided to learn cello as an adult, with no prior knowledge at all. Claire helped me familiarize myself with the instrument, explained how to care for it, taught posture, technique, etc., all through virtual lessons. She is Very personable, patient, and knowledgable. I highly recommend taking lessons from her!

Posted Jun 18, 2021

Claire has contagious optimism with an amazing attention to detail. Can’t wait for many more.

Posted Apr 28, 2021

Claire. Is. Amazing!!!!!! She is encouraging, lets me go at my own pace and she is so much fun to work with! I’ve wanted to play cello my whole life and she’s helping me make a dream come true. Stop scrolling now and take lessons with Claire!!!

Posted Mar 26, 2021
Nov 2020 - Present
The Astralis Chamber Ensemble
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Artistic Director
Mar 2020 - Present
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Dec 2019 - Present
Private company
Created online cello learning videos and assignments for older beginners, managing sales, students, content creation, marketing, and merchandise.
Jun 2019 - Present
The Perlman Music Program
Fellow at the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island and in Sarasota, Florida. Works with young artists at Itzhak Perlman’s summer and winter festivals.
Sep 2018 - Present
The Sarasota Orchestra
Musician with the Sarasota Orchestra, employed for Masterworks series.
Cello Teacher
Oct 2017 - Present
Orchestral Coach
Aug 2017 - Aug 2019
Greenwich Young Artists Philharmonic
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Private Teacher
Aug 2017 - Aug 2019
Riverside School of Music
Maintained a private studio at the Riverside School of Music in Greenwich.
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School PALS Program
Jun 2000 - Aug 2010
The Aspen Music Festival and School
Participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School for ten years in subsequent summers. Orchestral, chamber, and solo experience in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado.
Masters in Music - Cello Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2017
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Yale University
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Loyola School
Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
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McMaster University and the University of California San Diego
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Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
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Unconscious Bias Training
Jan 2021
This course deepens your understanding of unconscious biases, how they influence behavior, and how they impact us all. Learn numerous actions you can take to help counter bias in your own work environment.
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1st Prize Winner, Cello Concerto Competition
May 2016
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Stonehill College Book Award, 2010
Jun 2010
Loyola School
Teaching Artists Guild
Jan 2021
Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, is a member-driven organization committed to the professionalization and visibility of artists who teach. We are the voice of the teaching artist, communicating the depth and breadth of work that teaching artists provide our educational systems and communities.
American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2018
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music Alumni
Jun 2017
For nearly a century, we have been known for our excellence in performance, artistry, and collaboration—but most of all, for our belief in the inherent value of a creative life. We have helped launch the careers of countless performers, scholars, and music educators who have become leaders around the globe. Our more than 1,500 students come from all 50 states and as many as 55 countries. Each one benefits from the intensity and focus of a world-class conservatory combined with the broad academic offerings of a major university.
Yale Alumni Association
Jun 2014
Mission: The Yale Alumni Association unites the people and ideas that comprise the lifelong Yale experience. We provide the ongoing support and structure for Yale alumni to pursue interests and activities that positively impact their lives, Yale communities, and the world at large. Our character, strength, and values come from our diversity and our commitment to a culture of inclusion and equity. We encourage and empower our alumni to create, participate, and lead, in ways that are personally meaningful and valuable to the community. Our mission is to enhance and renew the lifelong Yale experience for all alumni, whoever they are and wherever they may be. We strive to inspire new ideas, affiliations, friendships, professional fulfillment, and acts of service, around the world.

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Instructor details
Subject: Cello
Teaches 1 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
This teacher is not currently accepting students