Stephen Moran

Stephen M.

Oakland, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a teacher, I have worked with the whole gamut of students. I have served as the undergraduate cello instructor at Stony Brook University, worked with many young beginners, adult amateurs, as well as anyone in between. I enjoy the challenge of finding the best path for each student, carefully considering their strengths, weaknesses, and particular interests to design a curriculum that best serves their goals and predilections. I recently moved to Oakland, California, and am currently expanding my cello and gamba studio.

About Stephen M.

Cellist Stephen performs a wide range of repertoire, from the music of the seventeenth century to contemporary works to American folk music. He began his professional musical career at the age of seven, singing in the Choir of Men and Boys of St. Paul’s K Street in Washington, DC. Stephen has a particular interest in historically informed performance of music from the baroque period up through the nineteenth century. He strives to synthesize knowledge from historical sources, period-appropriate instruments, and vivid storytelling into compelling and thought-provoking interpretations. Career highlights include sharing the stage with such artists as Paul Watkins, Marc Destrubé, and Sigiswald Kuijken. In addition to performing, Stephen is also a devoted music educator. He currently maintains a studio at the New York Conservatory in Syosset as well as teaching privately. Stephen believes in nurturing the interests of each individual, helping students harness their strengths to discover their unique musical voices. He holds a B.Mus. from McGill University where he studied cello with Brian Manker and baroque cello with Susie Napper. Stephen holds an M.Mus. from Stony Brook University where he is currently working toward a DMA studying with Colin Carr.


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9 Reviews
Ryan C.
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Meeting Stephen has been one of the most pivotal moments in my musical life. Stephen is an intelligent, sensitive, and individual musician that has changed the way I view music. I would highly recommend Stephen any day!

Posted Oct 24, 2020
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Mr. Moran is a very patient and nurturing teacher. I learn so much every week!

Posted Apr 22, 2020
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I've been working with Stephen to transcribe trad fiddle tunes for cello. He's very patient and helpful!

Posted Mar 27, 2020
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Great teacher

Posted Mar 25, 2020
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Stephen Moran has been teaching my daughter (10y/o) for the past year. She enjoys the lessons with him so far, and her orchestra teacher has been praising her progress.
I was at first skeptical about online lessons, and it took some getting used to. But Mr. Moran was very helpful and patient with setting things up, and now it's working just fine. It has been honestly a blessing not having to drive her to lessons every week with our busy schedules.

Posted Mar 24, 2020
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I've had so much fun working with Stephen the past few years. He always brings details to my attention which invigorate my playing and expand my musical vision. The highlight of my week!

Posted Mar 23, 2020
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Stephen is an all-round expert cellist of all repertoires, from historical to contemporary. His efficient, structured and holistic pedagogical methods, coupled with his intuitive abilities to assess and immediately remedy practical issues are remarkable and unparalleled. What's more, his capacity to inspire and influence his students to love the art that is music precipitates further scholarly and performative successes. I highly recommend his services. You will not be disappointed.

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Lucia K.
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I have known Stephen Moran for almost four years, both as a colleague and teacher. He is not only a first-class cellist and gambist but also a phenomenal teacher. His observations are always astute and his instructions concise and easy to follow. Paired with his patient and warm personality, it is an absolute joy to study with him. He is highly appreciated by his colleagues, loved by his students, and known for being very responsible and punctual.

Go sign up for a lesson with him right now!! What are you waiting for?? :-)

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Stephen is not only a gifted cellist, but also an intuitive and devoted teacher. I've been working with him online for several years now, and my playing has benefitted significantly from his technical expertise and understanding of historical contexts. Few teachers are as ready and willing to explore repertoire as eclectic as I have with Stephen, whose insight extends from the ancient to the contemporary. I attribute my success on NYSSMA/All-State to his wise musical counsel!

Posted Mar 21, 2020

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Undergraduate cello instructor
Sep 2019 - Present


Instructor of undergraduate music majors and minors

Cello instructor
Oct 2017 - Present

New York Conservatory (Syosset)

Teacher of students from 5-18 and adult amateurs


Sep 2018 - Present

Stony Brook University

Sep 2016 - May 2018

Stony Brook University

Sep 2012 - May 2016

McGill University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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