The Tucson Cello Congress, uniting 100 cellists from across the southwest, will be held December 2,
2023. This event is hosted by the University of Arizona and American String Teacher’s Association and
features outstanding guest artists. This year’s congress celebrates cello ensemble music from Latin
America, harnesses the power of rhythm through an interactive rhythm class, offers the chance to work
with two celebrated composers who wrote the pieces you will perform, features an inspiring session on
BLUME Haiti’s global work improving lives through musical excellence, and much more.
Featured Guest Artists:
Jorge Espinoza was awarded the Gregor Piatigorsky Full Scholarship to study and teach at the Peabody
Conservatory of Music. His passion for teaching cello and coaching chamber music groups has brought
him to present masterclasses and workshops in the United States and abroad, including as part of El
Sistema. He has been a featured soloist and chamber musician, performing concertos, solo and chamber
music recitals in his native land, Chile, and throughout South America, the United States, Europe and
Mexico, and he is celebrated leader in researching, arranging, and performing Latin American folk music.
Jorge Espinoza is a tenured Associate Professor of Violoncello at NMSU and cellist of La Catrina String
Janet Anthony, Professor Emerita at Lawrence Conservatory of Music, has toured with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Austrian Radio Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Vienna Symphony. She also has performed and taught in Argentina, China, Curacao, Japan, Venezuela and Vietnam, England, France, Italy and Bosnia Herzegovina. Anthony is the co-founder and Executive Director of Building Leaders Using Music Education (BLUME)-Haiti, a nonprofit organization that works with Haitian and International partners to develop and support music education for youth and young adults in Haiti.
Dr. Theodore Buchholz: University of Arizona Cello Professor
Mary Beth Tyndall: Cello Faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Academy
Be sure to stop by the Southwest Strings table to interact with one of the world’s leading vendors of string instruments and supplies.
8:30 Registration (Lobby)
9:00 Cello Ensemble Rehearsals
11:00 Technique Sessions and Master Classes
12:00 Lunch: pizza will be provided (Lobby)
12:30 Interactive Classes and Presentations
1:30 Cello Ensemble Dress Rehearsals
3:00 Cello Ensemble Concert (free and open to the public)
4:30 Young Artist Competition (free and open to the public))
Tucson Cello Congress Young Artist Competition
We are proud to host the Tucson Cello Congress Young Artist Competition for highly prepared students. Please consult your private teacher to determine eligibility.
Level 1: Students in the 8th grade and below
Level 2: Students in 9th-12th grade
Level 3: College students up to 24 years of age
Level 1: $100
Level 2: $200
Level 3: $300 The Kathy Krause Prize for Excellence in Cello
Competition Repertoire and Time Limits
Level 1 will have a preliminary time limit of 5 minutes and a final time limit of 8 minutes, and the repertoire should be at the Suzuki Book Two level or above. Levels 2 and 3 will have a preliminary time limit of 8 minutes and a final time limit of 10 minutes and repertoire will be any concerto movement, Bach suite movement, or showpiece. The preliminaries will be unaccompanied. You may provide your own pianist for the final round if you are able, or you may play unaccompanied. It is greatly encouraged that music be memorized.
The preliminary round of the competition will via video submission. You will be notified of the results by email. Those selected to compete in the final round will play at 4:30 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall the day of the Cello Congress. There will be a $10 entry fee collected upon registration for the Cello Congress.
Any questions regarding repertoire or other contest details should be directed to Mary Beth Tyndall at [email protected].
For those traveling from out of town, the closest hotels are:
Tucson Marriott University Park: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tusmp-tucson-marriott-university-park/
Graduate Tucson: https://www.graduatehotels.com/tucson/
If you experience any issues submitting the form, please directly register with Dr. Theodore Buchholz at [email protected]