The Cleveland Cello Society - 2020-21 Season

Virtual Cello Workshop with Sarah Kim & Alan Rafferty: Sunday, October 25th, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Intermediate and Advanced Cello Technique Classes
1:55 -  2:40 p.m. “Skill, Will, Thrill” presentation by Dr. Kim*
2:50 - 3:50 p.m. Intermediate and Advanced Masterclasses
4:00 -  5:00 p.m. Intermediate and Advanced Masterclasses

Sarah Kim, Assistant Professor of Cello at Miami University in Oxford, OH and executive director of Cincinnati Young Artists, is an acclaimed instructor who was named the 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year, and is the recipient of a 2015 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Educator Award.

Alan Rafferty, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music cello faculty and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist, has presented master classes at the New World Symphony, Northwestern University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music among others.  In the summers, Mr. Rafferty is on the faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont.

i Cellisti! 2021 — a Beethoven Virtual Mini-Festival

a stellar line up of NE Ohio’s finest cellists and pianists performing:

Beethoven’s  complete works for cello and piano


performances will be live streamed from the BOP STOP

concerts are free, but donations are greatly appreciated


Tuesday, February 16 & Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Concert 1:  Tuesday, February 16 at 7 pm

Here is the live-streaming link:

Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1 (1815)
        Richard Weiss- The Cleveland Orchestra, Assistant Principal  
        Joela Jones- The Cleveland Orchestra, Principal Keyboardist

Variations Sets in G major, WoO 45;  in Eb major , WoO 46; and in F Major, Op. 66, 
        Mark Kosower- The Cleveland Orchestra, Principal
        Evan Solomon- Cleveland Institute of Music, staff collaborative pianist 

Sonata No. 1 in F major Op 5 No. 1 (1796)
        Tanya Ell- The Cleveland Orchestra
        Evan Solomon- Cleveland Institute of Music, staff collaborative pianist


Concert 2: Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm

Here is the live-streaming link:

Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op 5 No. 2 (1796)
        Sharon Robinson- Cleveland Institute of Music, Advanced Piano Trio Program Director
        Anita Pontremoli- Cleveland Institute of Music Collaborative Piano Department Head 

Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op 69 (1808)
        Dmitry Kouzov – Oberlin Conservatory,  Associate Professor 
        Yulia Fedoseeva- internationally acclaimed collaborative pianist 

Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op 102 No. 2 (1815)
        Dane Johansen- The Cleveland Orchestra
        Evan Solomon- Cleveland Institute of Music, staff collaborative pianist

January 24, Sunday 3 pm: CCS Scholarship Winners’ Virtual Recital

Guaranteed to be an inspiring afternoon; chear some of Ohio’s best young cellists, featuring the winners of the 2020 CCS Scholarship Competition!

Collegiate Division:
    Gold Prize and Agnew Bach Prize:  
         Lydia Rhea (Cleveland Institute of Music, student of Melissa Kraut)

    Silver Prize: co-winners
         James Hettinga (Cleveland Institute of Music, student of Melissa Kraut)
         Myeonggyun Noh (Cleveland Institute of Music, student of Stephen Geber)

Senior Division: co-winners
         Laura Schilz (Gilmour Academy, student of Martha Baldwin)
        Ari Webb, (Wyoming High School, Cincinnati, student of Sarah Kim)
Junior Division: George Knobeloch Edwards Prize
         Louis Wang (Solon Middle School, student of Jerry Yarovich)

Elementary Division: Mary Margaret Kramer Prize
         Collin Si  (East Woods Elementary, Hudson, student of Renee Matthews)

April 18, Sunday: VIRTUAL Scholarship Competition

Application deadline: applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2021

The Cleveland Cello Society (CCS) is pleased to announce its 22nd annual scholarship competition, open to talented young cellists residing in the State of Ohio. Please remember that a candidate may not win twice in a division (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Collegiate), but is welcome to audition in a new division when qualified to do so.  The competition is divided into four categories: applicants should review the requirements of each category carefully. The winners will be asked to perform on a CCS recital to be scheduled during the 2021-22 season. 

Note that the competition will be VIRTUAL (online only).