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Mandy Guilfoyle

Mandy G.

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I am a professional cellist and educator with over 10 years of experience. I received a B.A. in Music (Cello Performance) and M.M. in Music Education from Southern Methodist University, where I studied with soloist Andres Diaz. I currently am located in Asheville, NC, and am performing and teaching all over Western North Carolina and beyond. I regularly perform in orchestras, ensembles, and as a soloist, and have recent experience teaching orchestra for middle and high school in the public school system.

Lessons with me are fun- I aim to be there for every student as not just their teacher, but their mentor as well, so I connect personally with all of my students. The first step in opening yourself up to being vulnerable enough to play music is to have that connection with your teacher. My lessons often end with giggles, and the student gleefully saying to their parent, "look what I learned today!"

In my lessons, I focus on scales, technique, etudes, and solo pieces. All of my students work with the goal of performing. From an online perspective, it is trickier to set up performances, but I work hard to ensure that every student is able to show off their amazing musical skills to their friends and family. The point of playing music is to express something to an audience, so we focus on this aspect a lot in lessons.

If you have any questions about my teaching style, philosophy, or background, please don't hesitate to contact me! I hope to see you (and hear you!) soon!

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Sue Jun 10, 2019
Cello · In studio

Highest recommendation! My daughter moved up 3 chairs in orchestra, improved her technique and has a renewed love for the cello in the short time she's been studying with Ms. Mandy! The improvement is amazing!

Liz Jun 10, 2019
Cello · In home

Mandy Guilfoyle is a joy! I am an active, amateur cellist and am excited to learn and grow musically as one of Mandy's students. By introducing me to new techniques, methods, and composers she has helped me gain confidence as a musician. Here sunny disposition, enthusiasm, sensitivity to her students' needs, and positive teaching style are some of her many wonderful attributes. I highly recommend Mandy as a teacher for any level, any age student!

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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have been a professional cellist and educator for over ten years. I use my collective experience performing works of the great composers, teaching private lessons, and teaching in the public school classroom to give my cello students everything they could possibly need to succeed. I will take you or your child to the next level in their cello playing by tapping into their creativity and musicality through intensive study of technique, history, and playing and performing.



Private Lesson Teacher
Jan 2009 - Present


Interim Orchestra Director
Apr 2019 - Jun 2019

Apple Valley Middle School and North Henderson High School

Program Director
Aug 2018 - May 2019

Asheville Music School

Private Lesson Teacher
Aug 2013 - Aug 2018

Studios of Sarah Strout


M.M. Music Education
Aug 2016 - May 2018

Southern Methodist University

B.A. Music (Cello Performance)
Aug 2009 - May 2016

Southern Methodist University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


K-12 Music
Apr 2019

State of North Carolina

Teaching license to teach music in K-12 public school classes in North Carolina.


Alpha Chi National Honor
May 2018

Alpha Chi National Honors Society


Texas Orchestra Directors Association
Aug 2016
Welcome to the Texas Orchestra Directors Association! TODA was founded in 1962 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities for its members and for all other purposes as recommended by its board of directors. TODA members are eligible to attend the Annual Convention and New Music Reading Clinic in San Antonio, a rich tradition of networking and friendship with a creative group of music professionals.
Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 2016
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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