1920 Bixby Street Southeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30317, United States

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Cello lessons in Atlanta

Cello lessons in Atlanta

Cello lessons in AtlantaCello lessons in Atlanta

About the Atlanta Weekend Cello Workshop

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to work with teachers who reinforce teaching concepts and expose students to other possibilities of cello playing. Parents are invited to attend a lecture & Round Table Discussion.

Music teachers are invited to observe classes free of charge in the Suzuki spirit of learning. 

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The sizes vary from small to extra large youth sizes and small to extra large adult


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class description

Each student will have five basic sessions: 1) Masterclass, 2) Technique Class, 

3) Musicianship Class, 4) Cello Orchestra, and 5) Rhythm in Motion Class. 

The repertoire for most of the classes will be based on the playlist of selections from the Suzuki Cello School Books. These pieces will be used in the appropriate technique and musicianship classes. The students will also perform the pieces together at the end of the workshop. Each student should also prepare a polished solo piece to perform in the master class. The students will learn a brand new piece arranged for our students in the Cello Orchestra. The music in this session will be fun and presented through a hip-hop style that will bring a smile on everyone's face.

We will end the weekend with a concert on Sunday February 9th at 3:45 where the students will demonstrate skills learned during the weekend. Parents of students under 11 are highly encouraged to attend.

sample schedule (Times will vary)

Saturday, February 8

9:30 Session 1

10:30 Session 2

11:30 Session 3

12:30 Lunch (Each person should bring their own)

1:15 Session 4

2:15 Session 5 

There will also be a Parent Talk at 1:00

with Alicia Randisi-Hooker.  

"Love, Actually: How  Your Love for Your Child

Really Can Make a Difference."

Sunday, February 9

1:45 Session 6

2:45 Session 7

3:45 Concert.


Suzuki Vol. 1

Twinkle Variations

French Folk Song

Song of the Wind

May Song

Long, Long Ago


Suzuki Vol. 2

Long, Long Ago & Variation

Minuet No. 3

Witches' Dance


Suzuki Vol. 3

Boccherini: Minuet

Beethoven: Minuet

Bach: Minuet No. 3


Suzuki Vol. 4

Chanson Triste

Suzuki Vol. 5

Vivaldi: Sonata in e minor, mvts 1 & 2

Suzuki Vol. 6

Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Celli

Suzuki Vol. 7

Popper: Gavotte

Parent sessions

On Saturday, February 8th at 1:00pm, there will be a Parent Talk led by Alicia Randisi-Hooker. The topic is :"Love, Actually: How Love For Your Child Really Can Make a Difference. The topic will include issues concerning practicing, artistry, working through music lessons, and the far reaching implications of applied musical studies.


What do we need to bring?

Each participant should bring a cello, bow, music stand, and pencil. Smaller students on fractional sized instruments should also bring their cello stool. Each participant will also need to bring a sack lunch. 

Is there an adjusted schedule for pre-school aged children? 

Yes, we will provide a shorter schedule for our younger participants who will also have their own classes.


Are adult cello students allowed to participate?

Yes, we welcome students of every age to participate. However you will have to feel comfortable with being in classes with school-aged children.


May I come for just Saturday or for part of the workshop?

Yes, you are allowed to come for part of the workshop. Please contact us prior to the workshop so that we can make adjustments to your schedule. The fee for the workshop is still the same.

As a music teacher, may I come to observe?

Yes, in the Suzuki spirit of learning and sharing ideas we allow teachers to observe for free. Please register with us upon your arrival. If you are a cellist, we also invite you to play with us in the final performance on Sunday.

Our Faculty

Elizabeth Cantrell


 Dr. Beth has taught children and adults at Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Board, is a member of the SAA Cello Committee, and a Registered Teacher Trainer. She maintains a thriving private studio at Crozet Arts in Central Virginia. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cantrell has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Opera on the James, the Charlottesville Chamber Orchestra, the Waynesboro Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. A founding member of the Charlottesville Cello Club, she serves on its steering committee.

She was active in the Atlanta area for 18 years as a teacher, chamber and orchestral performer, adjudicator, and recording studio musician. Prior to moving to Virginia with her family in 2001, she served as principal cellist for the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and was on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Academy of Music. While serving as the director of the community outreach program for the School of Music at Georgia State University, she was actively involved in re-establishing the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. She can be heard as cello soloist on the bestselling album “Orinoco Flow” by the Taliesin Orchestra.

Dr. Beth earned degrees in cello performance and music history from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia. She has two adult children, and has been married to Paul Cantrell since 1986.

Nancy hair


 Nancy Hair, cellist, lives in the Boston area where she keeps herself busy as a teacher, and a performer as well as having a family. Nancy is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, the Suzuki School of Newton, and has a home studio. In addition she can be heard frequently playing in many of Boston’s orchestras as well as solo and chamber music. Nancy has been a Suzuki teacher trainer since 1988 and enjoys traveling and teaching at institutes, workshops, conferences, and festivals. She attended Indiana University, Hartt School of Music, and Ithaca Talent Education. Her teachers include Janos Starker, Raya Garbousova, George Neikrug, and Timothy Eddy.

Anne hobbs


 A wonderful life of music began for Anne Hobbs at the age of 7 with the piano & cello in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Post Graduate Performer’s Diploma from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa under the guidance of cellist Marian Lewin. Her postgraduate studies include a Master of Arts in Cello Performance from the University of Western Illinois, USA. Here, she also received her training in the Suzuki Method of Teaching with Dr. Tanya Carey.

As a professional orchestra and chamber musician, Anne has performed with The Pro Musica Orchestra, Transvaal Chamber Orchestra, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Springfield Symphony and played for 6 years with the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa where she had the honor of playing with renowned performers such as Luciano Pavarotti and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Having taught cello for 34 years, she loves being a part of the opportunity that cello playing brings to her students.

She is married to Peter and has 3 adult sons, Daniel, Wesley and John.

david robinson



David E. Robinson, III, the founder and director of the Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta is from Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Morehouse College. He taught string orchestra in four elementary schools in Dekalb County for 36 years (now retired) in the Ronald E. McNair Cluster. His primary instrument is cello, but also plays double bass, viola, and violin in various string ensembles and orchestras. He is a composer and arranger of various types of music (classical, Negro spirituals, gospel, jazz, country, rock, R & B, “hip-hop,” etc.).  

As a highly respected composer & arranger, Mr. Robinson conducts workshops and summer camps all over the U.S. including Columbus, OH where he helped form Urban Strings. He makes orchestra fun with this musical variety being the “dessert” of a well-balanced orchestra program. He served as artist-in-residence on cello with the Jamaica Symphony Orchestra November 2009.  

Mr. Robinson is the fifth generation of musicians in his family, and his family musical legacy has been extended to his three daughters (the sixth) and his two grandsons (the seventh).

sarah evanovich



Sarah Jackson Evanovich is the Assistant Director of the Suzuki Strings Academy of Columbia & USC (formerly named Suzuki Strings at USC). Sarah is one of two music teachers at the brand new Midlands Arts Conservatory in Columbia, SC, a charter school that allows students to spend an intensive three hour session each day focusing on their art area in addition to their core academic classes. She is currently the president of the Suzuki Association of South Carolina and formerly taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina and USC Aiken.

Sarah holds a Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina, both in cello performance. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with Dr. Tanya Carey. She taught cello lessons and classes for several years at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and the MAGIC program in Chicago. In South Carolina, she studied with Dr. Robert Jesselson and taught in the USC String Project and other community programs. 

Sarah was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and played in the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. She also plays in a string quartet with her three sisters and playing gigs with her husband,, pianist Joshua Evanovich. In 2009, her quartet from Roosevelt University traveled to Quito, Ecuador to take part in the Mes Cultural Franz Liszt. 

alicia randisi-hooker



Alicia Randisi-Hooker has been active as a cellist and teacher for thirty years. She holds a Master of Music in cello performance from Temple University in Philadelphia PA, and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Among her principal teachers were Mary Fraley, Lev Aronson, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, and Valentin Erbin. 

An enthusiastic champion of the Suzuki philosophy and registered SAA teacher, Alicia has completed a long-term Suzuki training with internationally acclaimed teacher trainer Annette Costanzi, and has additionally completed all other SAA units of training. She enjoys a richly varied career with students aged five through fifty-five, both in her private studio and at Maryville College. Her students have been the recipients of national and international prizes, scholarships, and competitions, including the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. She has been named Outstanding Teacher in the state of Tennessee by the Governor’s School for the Arts, and continues to develop the musicianship of young cellists and chamber musicians around the country through Suzuki workshops and institutes. 

Alicia has been a member of the Shreveport Symphony, the Philly Pops, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony, among others. She cellist of the piano trio, Trillium, which performs both locally and throughout the East and Midwest, from Salisbury MD to Jamestown ND. 

Donald douglas

Donald Douglas is an Atlanta-based musician and educator who has a passion
for helping young people


Donald Douglas is an Atlanta-based musician and educator who has a passion for helping young people discover and develop their talents. 

Though cello is his primary instrument, Donald also plays piano/keyboard, bass guitar, drums, trombone and a few other instruments for good measure. Donald is currently the president for the Douglas County Association for Gifted Children and volunteers extensively in his community.

Donald graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, FL with a double major in Music and Computer Science, serving as a church pianist during his
university years and teaching private keyboard lessons. After university,
Donald taught cello lessons privately to both young students and adults
and continued to play with various musical groups and churches. He also
taught cello lessons through Georgia State University Neighborhood Music
School as well as other music organizations.

Donald is a certified music educator in the state of Georgia and recently
completed a brief music residency for the Center For Innovative Teaching
(CFIT) in Barrow County, GA in partnership with ArtsNow. In 2015, Donald combined his IT background with his passion for teaching and started a STEM/STEAM summer camp for K-8 students, giving students a chance to explore both sides of their brain in a fun and stimulating environment.

Learning and fun are always inextricably intertwined in every session that Donald leads and he firmly believes that education should be a lifetime pursuit.

Donald has been married for 18 years and he and his lovely wife have 4
children in elementary & middle school. He is looking forward to being a
part of the 2020 Atlanta Cello Weekend Workshop!

Bruce walker


Bruce Walker is an Associate Professor of Music at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA, Music Director for the Yakima Youth Symphony in Yakima, WA, and is President-elect of the Washington Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  During the summer months, Mr. Walker works for many workshops, festivals, and institutes throughout the Northwest including the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute, Montana Suzuki Institute, Pipestone Summer Music Camp, Boise’s All-Thing-Cello Camp, and the Music, Meadows, and Mountains Retreat.  He has conducted, traveled, and taught cello in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.

As an instrumentalist, Mr. Walker remains very active as a cello teacher, solo performer, and orchestral cellist. He has appeared as soloist with the Marrowstone Music Festival Orchestra, the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with the Oregon East Symphony. In high demand as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Walker frequently travels the Pacific Northwest working with ensembles using his unique style of positive student engagement, memorable analogies, and his knowledge of the orchestral repertoire. 

Mr. Walker earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Cello Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master of Music degree from Central Washington University focusing on Orchestral Conducting and Cello Performance. In the fall of 2019, he began his Doctorate of Music Arts degree in Music Education through Boston University. His primary teachers have been Kangho Lee and John Michel (cello), Dr. Jeffery Meyer, Michael Jinbo, Dr. Nikolas Caoile, Kenneth Woods, and Lawrence Golan (conducting), and Dr. Beth Cantrell, Priscilla Jones, Dr. Andrea Yun, and the late H. Glenda Piek (Suzuki cello).

When not in the classroom, on the podium working with ensembles, or teaching cello lessons, he enjoys hiking and traveling around the Pacific Northwest, enjoying time outside around a BBQ pit and smoker sampling new culinary creations, or shopping for and admiring argyle socks.

Amanda Flores

Amanda Flores is a classically-trained pianist who grew up on the island of Cebu, the Philippines. E

Amanda Flores is a classically-trained pianist who grew up on the island of Cebu, the Philippines. Exposed to the classical music scene from a very young age thanks to her dad's work as a violin professor and the Peace Philharmonic Philippines' conductor, she has experience as a soloist as well as an accompanist, having spent many years accompanying Suzuki violin students. In 2018, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she studied Social Anthropology with a minor in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. She currently works at Justice in Motion, a migrant rights nonprofit, helping to reunite families who were separated at the border. Although her professional pursuits lie at the intersection between international public interest and the law, music remains an indispensable part of her life, and she finds joy in creating wonderful music alongside and for others. 

We  are  so  excited to  have  Ms.  Flores  as  our  resident  pianist!

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Atlanta Weekend cello workshop

Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319, United States

(404) 694-0661