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-|- | \_/ TUTTI CELLI' Bi-Monthly Newsletter, September/October 1995
TUTTI CELLI CONTENTS
NEW ICS MEMBERS MESSAGE
WELCOME to the Internet Cello Society! We are currently 650 members
strong and represent 23 different countries around the world! Countries
represented include Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany,
Iceland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Japan, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Sweden, South Africa, Taiwan,
United Kingdom and the United States.
'TUTTI CELLI' is the Internet Cello Society's bi-monthly newsletter
and serves several purposes: 1.) to make announcements of what is new at
the ICS World Wide Web site, within the Internet music world, and throughout
the real music world. 2.) to feature a distinguished cellist, an ICS member,
and interesting articles. 3.) and to summarize activities in ICS cello forums
The WORLD WIDE WEB houses the Internet Cello Society at this address:
The WWW allows for the quick transfer of information in the form of text,
graphics, movies, and sounds to anywhere in the world. If you have direct
Internet access, all you need is a World Wide Web browser like Mosaic, Netscape,
MacWeb, or the text only Lynx application (Netscape is highly recommended!).
After opening your browser application, simply open the URL address of the
Internet Cello Society WWW site:
ICS ONLINE SERVICES include the following:
*A Cello Introduction, an interactive multimedia presentation
*'Tutti Celli', an online copy and back issues
*Young Cellists, Professional Performers, Teachers, Cellist-By-Night Forums
*Library archives including various cello society newsletters, articles,
*Membership register (optional) searchable by various criteria
*Classifieds and advertisements via The Web Classical Music Store
*Links to other Internet music resources
ICS MEMBERSHIP affords benefits as well as responsibility. As a virtual
community of cellists, ICS relies on its membership to write articles, volunteer
time, share expertise, and submit archive materials. If you have any documents
that you would like to share with the global society of users, send them
directly to CelloTalk@aol.com or on disk via snail mail. For a truly global
perspective of the music world, the Internet Cello Society needs the active
cooperation and contribution of each of its members.
Members are requested to fill out the complete REGISTRATION
FORM to be added to our ICS online directory. The Netscape browser is
recommended for form submission. The form is located at the URL address:
As more ICS members voluntarily register in our online directory, members
for other cellists by name, address, schools attended, teachers, city, country
and more!!! Check out this incredible database of cellists from around the
ICS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
First the BAD NEWS, the hard drive that the ICS registration and directory
search programs were on, CRASHED! Because of hardware and software problems,
all ICS members should check to see that their membership information is
intact and correct. About 200 membership registrations were dumped into
cyberspace and lost forever :-(
The GOOD NEWS is that Josh Childers will have the registery up and running
within the week. And now the new improved version should be stable and backed
up. Also the registration form can now be used to update your information.
FIRST ICS ONLINE MEETING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks to WebChat Broadcasting System, ICS has a special room for
Society real-time meetings on the World Wide Web! We will hold our first
meeting this Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00pm PDT or 4:00pm EDT. Our
topic of discussion will be focus on general issues of ICS and this issue
of TUTTI CELLI. We will be using the usenet room named `rec.music.classical'.
Please join us; we need a good showing to make this worthwhile.
1. Open NETSCAPE Browser application 2. Open the entire location
as follows: http://www.irsociety.com/cgi-bin/nph-wbs- pull_doorway.cgi?Room=rec.music.classical
3. Click enter rec.music.classical channel button 4. Read incoming
messages and scroll to bottom of page 5. To send a message Enter text
in large message field and click the chat button. 6. To check for
new incoming messages (refresh the page), occasionally click on the
chat button. IF you run into problems, see instructions on how to use
this online chat service, the WebChat User's FAQ is located at http://www.irsociety.com/wbs/faq.html
OR start at WebChat homepage: http://www.irsociety.com/webchat.html
OR Please send any further questions to Bob Lash, WBS Coordinator at
In this issue of TUTTI CELLI, Laura Geiges writes a letter in the Cellist-By-Night
Forum about how she enjoys playing the cello even thought it is only her
avocation. She hopes that teachers will start espousing the joy of playing
in "parlor" ensembles and deemphasize the need to become a professional
to be successful in music.
For the month of August, I disappeared into the mountain valley of Leavenworth,
Washington for the first annual Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival. The
Kairos Quartet, of which my wife and I are members, is the resident quartet.
We were joined by friends including the Chester Quartet, pianists Francine
Kay and Peter Longworth, violist Carla-Maria Rodrigues, composer Maria Newman
and other wonderful musicians. Collaborating with these artists proved to
be refreshing, inspiring, and challenging. We pulled off eight excellent
programs and the audiences grew with each new concert. In conjunction with
the festival we ran a two week chamber music festival for advanced students.
The students' energy and excitement were contagious, and the music-making
was accordingly vivacious. I enjoyed how much the faculty and students fed
off each other's enthusiasm for learning and music.
The Festival and Institute were housed at the Sleeping Lady Conference
Retreat which was still under construction. There were dozens of construction
crews pounding hammers, sawing through granite, and digging trenches. It
was gratifying how often the construction workers would stop and generously
thank us for our music-making, even for our repetitious practice! Many of
these workers would show up at our concerts, which served as a reminder
to me that great music is its own best advocate.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
***If you would like to respond to something you have read in 'Tutti Celli',
write to CelloTalk@aol.com and type
"Letter to Editor" in subject field. (Letters may be edited.)***
I am a new member of ICS and a new cello student. I have been participating
in the "cellists by night" area of ICS. I have found that the
most valuable aspect of the Society for me is the ability to reach people
and have a two-way "conversation". Tim Finholt has been extremely
helpful and very responsive. As time passes I am hoping to find a way to
contribute something to ICS. Thanks
Thank you so much for your excellent web page. It is nice to have a
place that you feel at home in on the net. Thanks!
Cello Teacher and sometime performer...
Keep up the good work, your site is very interesting, more substance
than most which are often just pretty graphics with nothing more. Your graphics
are also very nice.
NEW MEMBERSHIP LETTERS
This service is wonderful and I really enjoy being a part of it. Canadian
I've just found out that you publish monthly cello magazine in Internet.
I would very much like to subscribe it!
University of Helsinki, Finland
And a fanatical cellist!!!!!!!!
Although I'm an MD/PhD (Immunology) student at Northwestern Medical
school, my first love is, and always will be, the CELLO. Although I should
be studying for medical boards during my "down" time in the lab,
I decided to "surf" the 'net and was HAPPILY surprised to find
the "Internet Cello Society"--it instantly became a bookmark on
Thank you for such a resourceful URL!
NUMS, Chicago, IL
THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO
With the continued turmoil in the former Yugoslavia, the courage
of one cellist stands out as a symbol of humanity and the hope of true peace.
This article is a review of a very special performance of David Wilde's
"Cellist of Sarajevo" performed by YoYo Ma and dedicated to cellist
Vedran Smailovic. The author of this article is a present unidentified.
If you have information as to the origins of this moving article, please
write to CelloTalk@aol.com
"On May 27th, 1992, a bakery in Sarajevo which happened
to have a supply of flour was making bread and distributing it to the starving,
war-shattered people. At 4 p.m., a long line stretched into the street.
Suddenly, a shell fell directly into the middle of the line, killing 22
people outright and splattering blood and gore over the entire area. A hundred
yards away lived a 37-year-old man named Vedran Smailovic. Before the war
he had been the principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera Company--a distinguished
and civilized job, no doubt. When he saw the massacre outside his window,
he was pushed beyond his capacity to endure anymore. Driven by his anguish,
he decided he had to take action, and so he did the only thing he could
do. He made music. Every day there after, at 4 p.m. precisely, Mr. Smailovic
would put on his full formal concert attire, and walk out of his apartment
into the midst of the battle raging around him."
CONVERSATIONS WITH GORDON
Gordon Epperson is Professor Emeritus from the University of Arizona.
He is a renowned cello pedagogue and author, having written several books
and articles, including The Art of Cello Teaching, which was derived from
articles he wrote in the eight years he was editor of the "Cellist's
Forum" in American String Teacher magazine. His recording of solo cello
works by Ysaye, Crumb, and Kodaly has recently been released on CD.
In the Conversations, Mr. Epperson shares some of his experiences of
teachers Piatigorsky, Silva, and Eisenberg and of conductors Koussevitzky
and Sir Thomas Beecham. He finds the diversity of being an orchestral player,
a recitalist, a soloist, a teacher, and a writer to be mutually reinforcing.
He shares some pedagogical ideas on interpretation and principles of playing
the Bach Suites.
As a full-time cello teacher in the state school-system of Fife, north
of Edinburgh, Scotland, Beverly Gray finds herself extremely busy dividing
her time between 14 different schools! At present the music teaching programs
of Britian are facing possible reductions, but there is hope that the programs
maintenance can be shifted to the local government. Ms. Gray is interested
in the "dilemma of resorce allocation and its effect on educational
policy" which is also the subject of her dissertation for her MBA degree.
She is also the current president of the Edinburgh Society of Musicians
and has been chairman of the Scottish Branch of the European String Teachers
Association. Ms. Gray occasionally performs on the cello and especially
likes the piano trio ensemble. She has also studied or worked in Massachusetts,
North Carolina, Ohio and Saudi Arabia.
***This newsletter section will draw from correspondence and discussion
in the following on-line departments. All members are encouraged to join
a specific forum mailing list. Send any pertinent discussion, questions
& answers, articles or other correspondence to the appropriate department.
***Stacy Cowley, forum director at: Isoma@aol.com***
- INTRO: The Young Cellists Forum is a meeting and correspondence
place for all cellists under 21. Whether you plan a professional career
or your playing is strictly for fun, this is the forum for you! Since many
of us are shopping around for music schools, camps, and college/conservatory
programs, this section will be featuring reviews of several of them. If
you've attended a training program, share your experiences with the rest
CELLO TEACHER (K-12, College & Private)
***Bret Smith, forum director at BPSmith@aol.com***
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER (Orchestral, Chamber Music & Solo)
***Paul Critser, forum director can be contacted at CelloPaul@aol.com***
- INTRO: What does it take to make a living on the cello?
***Tim Finholt, interim forum director can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org***
INTRO: The Cellist by Night Forum is for those who play the cello purely
for the love of it, and want to learn more about our wonderful instrument.
If you need help with certain passages in your music, choosing repertoire,
thoughts on stage fright, finding good books and articles, or you need to
talk about anything musical, then write to Tim Finholt at email@example.com.
- I asked the members in the Cellist-By-Night Forum who their favorite
cellist was. Among the responses were Jacqueline du Pre in the Elgar, Schumann,
and Dvorak Concerti; Maurice Gendron in the Haydn Concerti; Leonard Rose
in the Lalo and Rococo Variations; Lazlo Varga in the Saint-Saens Concerti;
Janos Starker and Yo-Yo Ma and Steven Isserlis in anything. One member,
ACECELLO, added another cellist to the list, an "amateur cellist...who
taught me how to do some really fun Norwegian lace work."
- Tim Finholt
- Dear Tim:
- I have been admiring your "Cellists-By-Night" forum for
a few newsletters now. I am an aircraft dispatcher by day, but a cellist
by night and weekend.
- I feel that if teachers knew more about the many happy non-professionals
out there and started espousing the joys of "parlor" groups, and
community orchestras and chamber groups, there would be fewer students giving
up the cello (& other instruments) as soon as high school and parental control
is over. When I was in school, the emphasis was always directed toward a
professional career, and if you chose against it, you might as well give
it up. But ensemble work with other cellists was really encouraged (the
orchestra teacher was a cellist) and I grew up loving the comraderie of
cello trios, quartets and octets.
- To my great happiness, I didn't give it up, and now at age 34, my
closest friends now are the ladies in my string quartet, cello quartet and
cello trio. The rehearsals are made up of hard work, laughter, talking,
and eating! I can't think of a better reason for music and musical souls.
- In my "by-night" experiences, the only sour times have been
with the attitudes of the ringer professionals that join community orchestras
for concerts. They have almost without exception been uncommunicative, unwilling
to share bowings and unwilling to share hints on how to do passages better.
Don't they realize that even if they themselves are good, if they keep the
rest of the section in the dark, the whole section sounds bad and that their
name is at the top of the list? One would think it's in the best interest
of their reputation to try to make the whole section behave, or at least
think, as a true ensemble. Are amateurs really THAT hopeless and horrible
that they aren't even worth giving a few hints to?
- I hope my good experiences are common in the rest of the Internet,
and I hope my bad experiences are unheard of elsewhere.
- Thanks for providing us cellists-by-night with a voice.
- Yours, Laura Geiges
- REVIEWS of Cello Recordings, New Repertoire, Contemporary Music
***Dale E. Newton, contributing writer***
- INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT--Maintenance, Purchasing & Selling
***If you have any questions on this topic, contact KRB100@aol.com.***
- CELLO MUSIC LIBRARIAN
***Sarah Dorsey, official ICS librarian at SBDORSEY@steffi.uncg.edu
(Please do not abuse this valuable service; check local libraries and resources
before contacting Sarah.)***
- MUSIC FESTIVAL WATCH
***If you have announcements, comments or reviews of music festivals, please
contact Roberta Rominger at firstname.lastname@example.org***
CELLO FESTIVALS 1995-96
- 19-22 October, 1995 "Cello-Festival 2", Kronberg, Germany.
Master classes, concerts, films, lectures. Performers include Natalia Gutman,
Julius Berger, Cho Young-Chang, Patrick and Thomas Demenga, Frans Helmerson,
Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, the 12 Cellos of the
Berlin Philharmonic, and Cellissimo Ensemble Frankfurt. Write to the International
Academy of Chamber Music, Konigsteinerstrasse 5, D-61476 Kronberg, Germany.
Or Fax +49-6173-950086.
- 1-5 May, 1996 Manchester (England) International Cello Festival.
Details available December or early January from Alison Godlee, The Grange,
Clay Lane, Handforth Cheshire SK9 3NR, U.K.
- 28 May - 3 June, 1996 Fifth American Cello Congress, Tempe, Arizona.
Details (when available) from the American Cello Council, 340 West 55th
St, 5D, New York, NY 10019.
- An ICS member has recommended the Pacific Music Festival, held each
July-August in Japan. They have a WWW page (though at present it is still
about the 1995 festival) at http://media.mei.co.jp/PMF_ HTML/pmf.html
- For those who really like to plan ahead, July 17-26, 1997 will see
the Second LEONARD ROSE International Cello Competition at the University
of Maryland featuring performances, lectures and symposia by leading artists.
- NETWORK LIAISONS
Claudio Jaffe has volunteered to inform CompuServe users of the Internet
Cello Society and regularly post the 'Tutti Celli' Newsletter. He can be
contacted at email@example.com
- America Online
Chris works for AOL and can be reached at Laphroaig@aol.com
or AFA Chris@aol.com
***If you would like to contribute an article about other topics, write
If you know of cello society newsletters, bibliographies of music, teaching
materials, references, indices, lists or articles that should be added to
ICS Library, please send data to CelloTalk@aol.com
or send disks to Internet Cello Society; 1309 Skyline Drive; Ellensburg,
WA 98926.(Library contents will be available to all Internet users; please
include author and written statement of release for unlimited or limited
ACTIVITIES AND NOTES BOARD
***All members are welcome to post announcements or news that are pertinent
to our global cello society. Send information to BPSmith@aol.com***
The COMMUNITY-MUSIC MAILING LIST has been formed, and there are already
over 150 of us discussing issues regarding community (amateur) bands and
orchestras. Won't you join us? Among topic to be discussed: music selection,
conductor searches, getting the word out to your potential audience, finding
and keeping key personnel, and more. There is also a digest version of the
list available for those who don't want their inboxes flooded (currently,
we are seeing 8-10 messages/day. To subscribe, send an email containing
(or, subscribe community-music-digest for the digest version)
send to firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SOUTH CAROLINA ASTA CELLO CHOIR
to be held this year at Furman University on September 8 and 9. The guest
teacher this year is Norman Fischer. Friday activities are masterclasses
for middle through college students. Saturday is the actual choir day.
Please call or write for an application to Dr. Richard Maag, Music Department,
Furman University, Greenville, SC 29613. His number is 803/294-2019.
OTHER INTERNET MUSIC RESOURCES
***Paul Critser, ICS Internet Surfer at CelloPaul@aol.com***
We'll have fun fun fun till our daddy takes the PC away!!!
- CELLO ORCHESTRA
owner: Mark Tanner (email@example.com)
- CLASSICAL CD
Classic CD had a cello special in its June 1995 issue. It included an interview
with Rostropovich as well as an article on the history and development of
Subs/customer service: firstname.lastname@example.org
- EMail Lists/Listserves:
email@example.com (Amateur Chamber Music Players)
firstname.lastname@example.org (American Musicological Society)
email@example.com (The "Bottom Line" list)
ASTA-L@cmsuvmb.bitnet (American String Players Association)
ATMI-L@uiowa.edu (Ass. for Technology in Music Instruction)
firstname.lastname@example.org (music education)
MUSPRF-L@cmsuvmb.cmsu.edu (Music Performance and Pedagogy)
Classifieds are now possible via the Web
Classical Music Store! Any businesses or individuals that might be interested
in posting advertisements, please write CelloTalk@aol.com
and type "classifieds" in subject field.
- Camp Directory by Sandy Caviezel
complete descriptions of programs (400 organizations, with about 650 programs,
classes and workshops)
Address letters to the appropriate department editors listed above
and any other correspondence to John Michel at CelloTalk@AOL.COM
Send comments on the content of this server to John
Michel at email@example.com.
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