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Tucson Cello Congress

January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Tucson Cello Congress
January 18, 2020
University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona

Tucson Cello Congress
The Tucson Cello Congress annually brings together over 100 cellists from Southern Arizona for guest artist recitals, cello ensemble performances, master classes, workshops, discussions, premieres of new pieces, and a Young Artist competition. The Congress will be held January 18, 2020, and is hosted by the University in partnership with UA Presents and the American String Teacher’s Association-Arizona.

The Cello Congress is thrilled to present the world famous, Grammy Award-winning Kronos String Quartet as guest artists and clinicians! A ticket to the Kronos Quartet is included with your paid registration.

For 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet.


Artistic Directors
Dr. Theodore Buchholz
Mary Beth Tyndall

Guest Artists
Kronos String Quartet

Schedule: Saturday January 18
9:00 Competition Round 1
9:30 Registration (Lobby)
10:00 Cello Ensemble Rehearsals
Level 1: 106
Level 2: 162
Level 3: 232
11:30 Lunch break (Lobby)
12:00   Classes
1:15 Cello Ensemble Rehearsals
2:30 Cello Ensemble Concert (Crowder Hall)
3:30 Kronos Quartet Class (Holsclaw Hall)
5:00 Young Artist Competition (Holsclaw Hall)
6:30 Dinner break
8:00 Kronos Quartet 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.

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 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 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 18, 2020
9:00 am - 9:00 pm


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