Tucson Cello Congress

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Tucson Cello Congress

January 20 - January 21

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The Tucson Cello Congress annually brings together over 100 cellists from Southern Arizona for two days of guest artist recitals, cello ensemble performances, master classes, workshops, discussions, premieres of new pieces by Arizona composers, and a Young Artist competition. The Congress will be held January 20-21 and is hosted by the University in partnership with the American String Teacher’s Association-Arizona.

The Cello Congress is thrilled to present a large roster of distinguished guest artists, and combines the presence of all three Arizona cello professors united under the roof of the Fred Fox School of Music.

Artistic Directors
Dr. Theodore Buchholz
Mary Beth Tyndall

Featured Teaching Artists
Fern Glass Boyd
Theodore Buchholz
Thomas Landschoot
Nicholas Marsichal
Andrew Nickles
Mary Ann Ramos
Mary Beth Tyndall

Saturday Jan. 20
10:00     Cello Ensemble Rehearsals
12:00     Lunch Break
1:00        Faculty Artist Master Classes, Technique clinics, All-State Clinic
2:30        Cello Ensemble Rehearsals
5:00        Young Artist Competition (Open to the Public – Holsclaw Hall)
6:30        Dinner Break
7:30        Cello Ensemble Concert (Crowder Hall)

Sunday Jan. 21
3:00        Faculty Artist Recital (Holsclaw Hall)

More information and copies of the sheet music will be sent out once you register. Questions may be directed to Mary Beth Tyndall at mbtcello@cox.net, or Dr. Theodore Buchholz at theodorebuchholz@hotmail.com.

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.

Competition Levels
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

Competition Prizes:
Level 3: $300
Level 2: $200
Level 1: $100

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 Three level or above. Level 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.

Any questions regarding repertoire or other contest details should be directed to Mary Beth Tyndall at mbtcello@cox.net.

The preliminary round of the competition will be held during the Cello Congress Saturday, January 21 beginning at 9 a.m. (Note: your preliminary time may be before the official start time of the Congress at 10 a.m. You will be notified by email.) Those selected to compete in the final round will play at 5 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall. The first place winner in each division will receive a cash prize. There will be a $10 entry fee collected upon registration for the Cello Congress.


January 20
January 21


University of Arizona
1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States