Cellist Barbara Hedlund has performed throughout America, in Austria, Hungary, Italy, and South Africa as principal cellist, soloist, and chamber musician. Her career spans positions as a university professor, recitalist, recording artist, Broadway musician, arts manager, music librarian, music editor, and music publisher.
She has performed with 150 orchestras, including the NY Philharmonic, London Symphony, NJ Symphony, and numerous chamber ensembles. She has also performed and recorded for sixteen Broadway shows, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Paramount Studios, A & E Cable TV, Toshiba EMI, Book of the Month, and Sesame Street. She toured America with the Shirley Bassey Orchestra, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. As the associate producer, she was also solo cellist for the 2001 PBS Documentary/Music Video The Song and the Slogan with grammy winning tenor Jerry Hadley. The project was featured in the January 2001 Internet Cello Society Newsletter.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy, Mrs. Hedlund's principal teacher was Samuel Mayes, with whom she studied four years. She also studied cello extensively with Nathan Stutch and Laszlo Varga; with chamber music coaches Henryk Szering, Richard Burgin, Karen Tuttle, Szymon Goldberg, Joseph Silverstein, Leonid Hambro, Jani Szanto, Charles Wendt, the Stradivarius String Quartet; and as a master class performer for Gregor Piatagorsky, Theo Salzman, Nelson Cooke, and Douglas Cummings.
Mrs. Hedlund recently wrote about her student days: "I only played in a master class with Piatigorsky and worked with him for one week at FSU during a festival. It was thrill and I still remember things he told me and use them in my teaching. However, I actually took more lessons from Nelson Cooke during music festivals for several summers."
Mrs. Hedlund is currently Principal Cello of the Champaign- Urbana and Danville Symphonies, Opera Illinois, String Society and MusiCelli Artists, an instructor at MusiCelli Studios; publisher for MusiCelli Publications, manager for the Opera Illinois Orchestra, String Society & MusiCelli Artists Agency. As founder/manager/solo continuo cellist for BACH from 1996 - 99, she earned the Baroque Artists of CHampaign - Urbana the Illinois Council of Orchestras 1999 award for Chamber Ensemble of the Year. She was also a 1999 nominee for the Illinois Governor's Arts Award as Individual Artist and for Special Recognition. She is listed in Who's Who in American Women, in the Midwest, in American Universities, in America, the International Who's Who in Music and Musicians Directory, and the Registry of Outstanding Professionals. A former professor at Wilkes College and Illinois Wesleyan, Barbara Hedlund has also been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, Parkland College, Illinois State University, and for Illinois District #116 and Unit 4 Schools.