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The Central Cello Celebration is a biennial 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 on Friday evening of the two-day event and the Celebration culminates with the performance in the Finale Concert on the second evening.


Photos of Past Cello Celebrations

2016 Honoree, Bill and Linda Wharton

Join us in celebrating our great cello repertoire with your Northwest cello friends!

Participation / Eligibilitypianist, two cello players.

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. 

Students between 14-18 years of age are eligible to participate as a performer in the master class sessions and recitals with teacher recommendation.  Have your teacher complete the online recommendation form.

All participants are encouraged to attend all sessions: master classes, discussions and concerts.


You will find our registration form here, when available 


Registrations received on or before October 8, 2016 are $55.00 while those received after October 8, 2016 will be $75.00.



Artists and Clinicians 


EFE BALTACIGIL, Seattle Symphony Principal Cellist
JOHN MICHEL, CWU Professor of Cello
Wenatchee Symphony Principal Cellist
TOM WALWORTH, composer / arranger
BRUCE WALKER, CBC Assistant Professor

ANNE SCHILPEROORT YVCC professor and pianist
BARBARA BALATERO, cellist / pianist / Suzuki trainer



Celebration Cello Choir Conductor
NIKOLAS CAOILE, CWU Director of Orchestras
Debut Cello Choir Conductor

Shannon Davies, coordinator & librarian
Nolan Welch, Program & Stage Manager

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 will be mostly black with autumn color accents.


CCC Cello Choir Music

After registering, email the CCC Librarian to request and determine which part you should prepare. The links below are PDF files that include all the parts. Please locate, print and prepare your part in advance.

Debut Choir

Festival Choir
Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5

Combined Choir (everyone)
Messrs. Nelson and Jones, Memorial Tribute to Prince and David Bowie

Sample Schedule

Friday, October 21st (college-bound optional activities)

  • 8:00 am or 9:00 am Theory class
  • 10:00 am History and other courses
  • 12:00 pm ~ Lunch with Cello Studio
  • 1:00 pm - Cello Technique class
  • 2:00 pm ~ Symphony Orchestra rehearsal


Friday, October 21st

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


Saturday, October 22nd

  • 8:00 am ~ Registration/Check-In, Lobby
  • 8:30 am ~ Debut Choir Rehearsal, Orchestra Rehearsal Room #150 (no sectional)
  • ~ Festival Choir Sectionals:
    • Section 1 in Recital Hall
    • Section 2 in Choir Rehearsal #153
    • Section 3 in Classroom #113
    • Section 4 in Concert Hall
  • 9:15 am ~ Celebration Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 9:15 pm ~ Debut Choir Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room #150
  • 9:45 am~ Combined Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 11 am ~ Master Class with John Michel, Recital Hall
  • noon ~ View Sponsor Exhibits, Lobby
    • ~ Lunch, Student Union Building (optional)
  • 1:00 pm ~ Master Class with Efe Baltacigil, Recital Hall
  • 2:00 pm ~ Cello Celebration Recital including a performance by Efe Baltacigil, Recital Hall
  • 3:00 pm ~ Pick and Choose Sessions:
    • Advanced Classical Cello Choir music reading in Orchestra Rehearsal Room #150
    • Intermediate Classical Cello Choir music reading in Choir Rehearsal #153
    • Informal individual performances of your favorite Bach movement in Recital Hall
    • Maintenance and purchasing tips by Jason Starkie Lutherie in Classroom #113
    • Pop Cello Choir music reading in Concert Hall
  • 4:00 pm ~ Celebration Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 4:00 pm ~ Debut Choir Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room #150
  • 4:30 pm ~ Combined Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 5:15 pm ~ Dinner (El Caporale, optional)
  • 7:00 pm ~ Cello Choir Call, Choir Room #153
  • 7:00 pm ~ Debut Choir Warm-Up Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room
  • 7:30 pm ~ Cello Celebration Finale Concert, Concert Hall
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