Mandy Guilfoyle

Mandy G.

Asheville, NC

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Cello lessons with me are fun and engaging, with plenty of improvising, multi-style techniques and genres, and more, included with the standard classical cello technique and repertoire. I make sure to give my students a well-rounded education that will give them a real opportunity to become working professional cellists in our new global community.
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Mandy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:

I started taking cello lessons at the age of 9, where I quickly found that it was my passion. I rose to the top from a young age, and was winning competitions and performing in professional concert series and in tours all over the USA and Europe by the time I was in high school.

I also collaborated and performed with members of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble in their Global Musician Workshop in its inaugural and second years. At the workshop, I learned songs by ear and improvised in styles of music from all around the world. I worked with cellist Mike Block, folk singer Sarah Jarosz, fiddler Hanneke Cassel, and more. I believe that it is important to give the young students of today the tools needed to operate in our global community, and my experience with the Silk Road Ensmeble helps me pass on these tools to my students.

I received my B.A. in Music with a focus on Cello Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where I studied with famed cello soloist Andres Diaz. During my time in Dallas, I professionally taught as well as performed all over the city, in orchestras, ensembles, and solo recitals. I recently received my M.M. in Music Education from Southern Methodist University, where I was a well-respected and revered educator amongst my peers and coworkers.

After graduating, I moved to Asheville, NC to take on the position of Program Director at the Asheville Music School. I am excited to build a studio here in Asheville and share music with all of my students!

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Program Director
Aug 2018 - Present
Asheville Music School

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


Ruth Eckerd Hall Young Artist Competition
Mar 2007
Sir James Galway


Texas Music Educators Association
Jan 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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Photos & Videos

Mandy Guilfoyle performing Mark Summers’ “Julie-O”
Photo by Mandy G.

Photo by Mandy G.

Photo by Mandy G.

Learning Irish fiddling at the Global Musician Workshop

Learning music by ear in rehearsal!


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