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November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


A Day for Cellists

Saturday, November 23, 2019


Tempe High School

1730 S. Mill, Tempe, 85281 (NW corner of Mill Ave & Broadway Rd)


Arizona Cello Society Cello Competition

Friday, November 22, 2019

ASU Herberger School of Music


Experience the wonder that is the CELLO! Cellists of all levels are invited to join us for a day which explores the enormous range and the fun of the cello in a Grande Cello Orchestra and leveled ensembles, while working with some of Arizona’s finest and most experienced university, studio cello, and public school teachers. Join our amazing community of Arizona cellists who share your passion for the bass clef! And for those advanced players – we have plenty of tenor and treble to satisfy your quest for the higher stratospheres!!!  

Still want more? This year Cellobration is partnering with the Arizona Cello Society Cello which is hosting a COMPETITION for cellists only on Friday, November 22nd. Top prize for Division I (9th-12th grade) is $450, and top prize for Division II (8th grade and younger) is $250. Competition award winners will be presented  during the Cellobration Concert on Saturday, November 23rd. Competitors must live in Arizona and participate in Cellobration to qualify. Deadline for competition: October 30th. Email cellobrationaz@gmail.com for DETAILS (please put COMPETITION in the subject line), or go to AZ Cello Society Competition Info

Cellobration General Classes2: A fun day of CELLO for all levels – Beginner (Level 1) through Advanced (Level 5). Check-in and Registration begins at 9:45am. Classes begin at 10:00am. 

  • Music will be provided in advance via email so that students can prepare.
  • Thomas Landschoot, Cello Professor at ASU, will teach level 4 and 5 students. Students in Levels 4 & 5 are encouraged to bring solos and other music they are working on.

Cellobration Audition Prep Workshop!1 These optional workshops will be open to high school students. Check-in and Registration for this session begins at 8am. There will be two 45-minute sessions. Classes begin at 8:20.

  1. Regional Excerpts [8:20 am only] & All-State Excerpts [9:10 am only] taught by Jan Simiz, assistant principal cellist, The Phoenix Symphony  
  2. General Technique: Scales and Arpeggios, Shifting, Sight-reading strategies, managing performance anxiety [both 8:20 and 9:10 sessions]

**Concert Performance: All cellists will be learning cello ensemble music in their leveled classes and will perform onstage in a free concert before an audience of family and friends. Thomas Landschoot and ASU cellists will also perform on this concert. The concert will conclude with ALL PARTICIPANTS performing in Cellobration’s Grande Cello Orchestra!

Saturday Schedule:  

  • 8:00 a.m.1Registration/Check-in I: Optional Audition Prep Workshop – HS Students ONLY
  • 8:20 a.m. – Audition Prep Workshop begins 
  • 9:45 a.m.2Registration/Check-in II: ALL LEVELS (not involved in Audition Prep Sessions)
  • 12:40 p.m. – Pizza Lunch will be provided to all registrants
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Concert for all participants (free and open to public)**

Cellobration T-Shirts available through pre-order sale/registration only (deadline 10/30/19). Registration fee changes on 10/31/19 and the T-shirt option will no longer be available. 

Teachers: Pre-registration is recommended; there is no registration charge for teachers. Professional Development Verification will be available for any teacher who attends any of the classes. 

Parents: Parents are welcome to observe the class of their Cellobration participant. 


Students must bring: CELLO and BOW, rosin, ENDPIN anchor and two pencils. Please print and bring music that is emailed to you, especially if you have notes from your teacher. Extra copies will be available at the site.


*Class Levels: Guidelines are as follows:

Level I: Cellists have played for 2 years or less and play in first position only. No music reading require.

Level 2: Cellists with a firm knowledge of 1st position, with extensions on all strings. Must read music.

Level 3: Cellists with a firm knowledge of the notes in half through 4th positions (with extensions). Play in keys through 3-sharps and 2-flats.

Level 4: Cellists with a firm knowledge of half through 7th positions (thumb position). Play in keys through 4-sharps and 4-flats. Know tenor clef. Use vibrato.

Level 5: Advanced Cellists are able to perform Level 4 requirements, as well as perform in treble clef

Please note: Students may be reassigned to a different level based on our teachers’ assessment to ensure that they will have the most successful experience possible.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Simiz at cellobrationaz@gmail.com or 602.989.2627 


November 23, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Tempe High School
1730 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
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