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Tucson Cello Congress

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Tucson Cello Congress
January 19, 2019
University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona

Online Registration is now closed. For information and registration info please contact buchholz@email.arizona.edu

Tucson Cello Congress
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 19 and is hosted by the University in partnership with the American String Teacher’s Association-Arizona.

The Cello Congress is thrilled to present the Portland Cello Project as guest artists and clinicians! Since 2006, the Portland Cello Project (or PCP as their fans affectionately call them) have performed across the country, appearing anywhere and everywhere in North America, from punk rock clubs to symphony halls to street parties performing diverse repertoire of over 1,000 pieces of music: from Bach to Pantera to Taylor Swift. For a ticket to the Portland Cello Congress please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/190054C5B31527C4.


Artistic Directors
Dr. Theodore Buchholz
Mary Beth Tyndall

Guest Artists
Portland Cello Project
Gal Faganel
Rachel Vega
Miguel Campos

Schedule: Saturday January 19
9:00 Competition Round 1
9:30 Registration (Lobby)
10:00 Cello Ensemble Rehearsals
Level 1: 106
Level 2: 162
Level 3: Crowder Hall
11:30 Lunch break (Lobby)
12:15   Classes
Regionals/All-State 106
Adult Technique Class 162
Elementary/Middle School Technique: 114
Presentation on Cello Construction: Crowder
1:30 Cello Ensemble Rehearsals
3:00 Cello Ensemble Concert (Crowder Hall)
4:00 Portland Cello Project Class (Crowder)
5:00 Young Artist Competition (Holsclaw Hall)
6:00 Dinner break
7:30 Portland Cello Project Concert (Crowder 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.

For information and registration info please contact buchholz@email.arizona.edu

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 1: $100
Level 2: $200
Level 3: $300 

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 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. Contest winners will be featured in a showcase recital on Sunday. 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 19
9:00 am - 9:00 pm


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