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The Central Cello Celebration is a bi-annual summit of Northwest cellists who wish to revel in the rich cello repertoire and  collaborate in a massive cello choir performance. Open to cellists of  all ages, high-school players will additionally be able to perform in  recitals, workshops and master classes.  Rehearsals of the cello choirs begin the evening of October 19th, and the Celebration culminates with  the performance in the Finale Concert on the evening of the 20th.

Ray Davis is this Celebration's honoree as we recognize his  distinguished performing and teaching career, which includes 45 years  as  the Seattle Symphony's principal cellist.  Ray Davis has inspired  so many cellists, musicians, and diverse audiences across the Northwest and beyond. Now in retirement he still finds himself  teaching, composing and involved in music.

Together we will be premiering a ‘Beatles Medley’ by Tom Walworth, and pull out all the stops in Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, arranged for cello choir by Douglas Moore.  Detailed Schedule | Celebration Flier
Join us in celebrating our great cello repertoire with your Northwest cello friends!

pianist, two cello players.Participation / Eligibility 

Participants will rehearse and then perform in either the Celebration  
Cello Choir (high school/college level) or Debut Cello Choir  
(intermediate level) in the Finale Central Cello Celebration Concert.  
All participants are encouraged to attend all sessions: masterclasses,  
discussions and concerts. Students between 14-18 years of age are  
eligible to participate as a performer in the masterclass sessions and  
recitals with teacher recommendation.  Have your teacher complete the  
online recommendation form.


All participants must complete the standard Online Registration Form. If you plan on attending a Masterclass, please have your teacher complete the Online Recommendation Form as well.


Registrations received on or before October 6, 2012 are $55.00 while those received after October 6, 2012 will be $75.00. I



Artists and Clinicians 


RAY DAVIS, former Seattle Symphony principal cellist
ROBERTA HANSEN DOWNEY, Seattle Symphony cellist & Seattle Cello Society
JOHN MICHEL, CWU cello professor
TOM WALWORTH, composer / arranger
Anne Schilperoort YVCC professor and pianist
Barbara Baltero, cellist / pianist based,Seattle



Celebration Cello Choir Conductor
Nikolas Caoile, CWU orchestra director
Debut Cello Choir Conductor
Bruce Walker, Sunnyside HS director

Alex Pualani, CWU graduate cellist

Photos of past Cello Celebrations

Pianist Accompaniment

For those of you that will be performing in masterclass or recital and would like to use our official pianists, please contact the pianist directly via email (click on name above for email address) and send your music to them as soon as possible!

Dress for the Recitals and the Finale Concert on Hallows Eve will be mostly black with autumn color accents.


CCC Cello Choir Music
Contact John Michel to determine which part you should play. The link below is a PDF file that includes all the parts. Please locate, print and prepare your part in advance.



Beatles Medley by Tom Walworth

(please contact Bruce Walker for more info.)


Friday, October 19th

  • 5:00pm - 6:45pm ~ Registration/Check-In, Lobby
  • 7:00pm ~ Cello Celebration Recital, Recital Hall
  • 8:05pm ~ Reception, Student Lounge
  • 8:30pm ~ Combined Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 8:30pm ~ Combined Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 9:00pm ~ Debut Choir Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room #150
  • 10:00pm ~ Cello Activities
    • Cello Movie Night, Room #113
    • Informal Cello Ensemble readings into the wee hours of the night!

Saturday, October 20th

  • 8:00am ~ Registration/Check-In, Lobby
  • 8:30am ~ Debut Choir Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room #150 (no sectional)
    •  ~ Festival Choir Sectionals:
      • Bach Part 1 in Recital Hall
      • Bach Part 2 in Choir Rehearsal #153
      • Bach Part 3 in Classroom #113
      • Bach Part 4 in Concert Hall
  • 9:15am ~ Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 9:45am~ Combined Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 10:30am ~ Master Class with John Michel, Recital Hall
  • 11:30am ~ View Sponsor Exhibits, Lobby
    • ~ Lunch, Student Union Building (optional)
  • 1:00pm ~ Bach: How do you play this stuff? (One Man’s Journey)
    Ray Davis, Recital Hall
  • 2:00pm ~ “Practice Methods: Building your Toolbox”
    Ray Davis, Recital Hall
  • 3:00pm ~ Cello Celebration Recital, Recital Hall
  • 4:00pm ~ Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 4:00pm ~ Debut Choir Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room #150
  • 4:30pm ~ Combined Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 5:00pm ~ Dinner (El Caporale, optional)
  • 6:30pm ~ Cello Choir Call, Choir Room #153
  • 6:30pm ~ Debut Choir Warm-Up Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room
  • 7:00pm ~ Cello Celebration Finale Concert, Concert Hall


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