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Karl Ronnevik

Karl R.

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Dr. Karl is a passionate musician and educator. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he began singing at a very early age, often serenading his father in the tractor during long days in the field. He soon started piano lessons with his mother and in school began playing French horn and cello. Karl was the member of several orchestras, bands, and choirs until his high school graduation, achieving All-State status in all three disciplines. In college, Karl studied cello performance and business. He went on to earn three advanced degrees in cello performance, culminating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. An active cellist, Karl frequently performs with area symphonies in addition to solo and chamber engagements. He has collaborated with many elite musicians including Joshua Bell, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, Sergey Antonov, Béla Fleck, Amy Grant, Molly Ringwald, members of the Emerson and Juilliard quartets, and many others. Karl is a dedicated pedagogue, teaching cello students of all ages and abilities to play with purpose and joy. He is also an experienced music theory teacher.

Karl resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, a violist, and two young children. He enjoys reading and book collecting, traveling , running, baking, and tossing a frisbee.

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

As someone who has four degrees in cello performance and has taught for more than fifteen years, I know the value of having a good teacher. My mission: become obsolete! Most of your cello playing will be on your own, so I aim to equip you with the confidence and know-how to become an effective practicer and player. This takes time and dedication, but it's enormously fun and rewarding. I love to teach all ages, abilities, and ambitions, customizing my approach to best serve YOU. I perform professionally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral cellist, playing all sorts of styles and genres. Begin or continue your cello journey today!



Suzuki Cello Instructor
Aug 2017 - Present

Greensboro Day School

Teach private and group Suzuki cello lessons to students pre-K and up. Assist with orchestras.

Professional Cellist
Jun 2002 - Present


Orchestras: NC: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Chamber Orchestra, Western Piedmont, Fayetteville, Carolina Philharmonic, Greensboro Opera; CT: Ridgefield, Waterbury, Greater Bridgeport, Wallingford, Westport Country Playhouse, Ives Festival; ND/MN: Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Active soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout the U.S. and Europe

Cello Instructor
Jun 2002 - Present

Private Studio

Teach cello lessons to students aged 5 to adult. Organize student recitals.

Director of Partnerships and Public Relations
Nov 2016 - May 2018

The Music Academy of North Carolina

Manage and grow strategic partnerships with area organizations. Coordinate all aspects of marketing and PR. Direct annual String Competition.

Cello Instructor
Jan 2014 - May 2018

The Music Academy of North Carolina

Teach cello lessons to students aged 5 to adult. Coach chamber music groups. Perform in faculty recitals and educational performances. Organize student recitals.

Cello Lecturer
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Guilford College

Teach private cello lessons to undergraduate music majors and non-majors.

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2016

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Serve as cello studio teaching assistant. Perform in Graduate String Quartet. Play in University Symphony Orchestra, frequently as Principal Cello. Teach Technology for Musicians I & II. Assist various School of Music professors.

Cello Instructor
Jan 2011 - May 2013

Music & Arts

Teach private cello lessons to students of all ages and abilities.

Music Theory Instructor
Aug 2009 - May 2012

The Hartt School of the University of Hartford

Teach sections of Music Theory Fundamentals (TH110), Diatonic Harmony (TH111), and Chromatic Harmony (TH112). Assist students during office hours.

Music Theory Instructor
Aug 2008 - May 2009

The Hartt School Community Division

Teach Advanced Music Theory class to high schoolers.


Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance
Aug 2013 - May 2016

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Graduate Professional Diploma in cello performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012

The Hartt School of The University of Hartford

Master of Music in cello performance
Aug 2008 - May 2010

The Hartt School of The University of Hartford

Bachelor of Music in cello performance
Aug 2004 - Apr 2008

Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Special Projects in Music Award
Feb 2015

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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