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CCC Information

March 5-6, 2021, Online Only

Ten cellists performing in the concert hall at one of our past cello celebrations.The Central Cello Celebration (CCC) is a biennial summit of Northwest cellists who wish to revel in the rich cello repertoire and share performances and musical experiences. This is free and open to cellists of all ages, high-school players will additionally be eligible to perform in recitals and master classes

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

Participation / Eligibility

All participants are encouraged to attend all of our sessions: master classes, discussions and concerts. Sadly this time we will not be able to make music together due to the pandemic; however, we still want to connect, hang-out, and learn more about cello playing.

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 Cello Recommendation Form if you would like to be included as a performer in the CCC Zoom Concert or a masterclass.

Pianist Accompaniment

If you are performing and your piece requires accompaniment, you are responsible to acquire your own accompanist or music-minus-one recording.

Faculty & Staff

Artists and Clinicians

  • Wesley Baldwin - Professor of Cello at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • John Michel - CWU Professor of Cello
  • Bruce Walker - Columbia Basin College Associate Professor
  • Shannon Davies - Freelancer and Private Studio Entrepenuer
  • Duane Funderburk - CWU Collaborative Pianist 


  • Joe Sawyer - CCC Coordinator (Please contact for any questions or comments.)
  • Francis Fay - CCC Assistant Coordinator
  • CWU Cello Studio

Media Team:

  • Allen Larsen- - Media Producer Lead
  • Cole Van Gerpen - Live-stream videographer

CCC Schedule

(all events will be online via Zoom or YouTube Live)

Friday, March 5th

  • 7:00 pm ~ Central Cello Celebration Live-Streamed Concert, (watch live-stream of CWU cellists perform in Hertz Concert Hall)
  • 8:05 pm ~ All Participants Reception (meet and greet (bring your own eggnog))
  • 8:30 pm ~ Cello Movie Night (Rostropovich: The Genius of the Cello) or 
    Game Night: "Among Us"

Saturday, March 6th

  • 9:00 am ~ Playing Scales and Shifting with Prof. Wesley Baldwin (w/ cellos)
  • 10:00 am ~ Show and Tell I  (talk or play in Zoom breakout rooms hosted by CWU cello students)
  • 11:00 am ~ Master Class with Guest Artist: Prof. Wesley Baldwin
  • 12:30 pm ~ Virtual Lunch (hang out while we eat)
  • 1:30 pm ~ Master Class with Prof. John Michel
  • 3:00 pm ~ Show and Tell II (talk or play in Zoom breakout rooms hosted by CWU cello students)
  • 7:00 pm ~ Central Cello Celebration Zoom Concert (performances by participants and guest artist)
  • 8:05 pm ~ All Participants Reception (farewells and possible breakout hangs)

Optional:  College-Bound Activities (Observe actual college classes at CWU!):
Thursday, March 4th

  • 10:00 am ~ Lower String Methods class (observe Prof. Michel teaching cello to non-string players)
  • 12:00 pm ~ Virtual Lunch with Cello Studio  (hang out with cello majors over lunch)
  • 1:00 pm ~ Cello Studio Class (observe CWU cello students perform for each other)
  • 2:00 pm ~ CWU Student Open Lesson with Prof. John Michel (observe a CWU cello student lesson)
  • 3:00 pm ~ Participant Open Lessons with Prof. John Michel (get a short/free lesson)

Friday, March 5th

  • 8:00 am Freshman Theory Class with Prof. Mia Spencer or Dr. Scott Erickson (observe)
  • 9:00 am Freshman Theory Class Prof. Dr. Scott Erickson (observe)
  • 10:00 am History II with Dr. Maria Roditeleva-Wibe
    or Instrumental Music Education with Dr. Paul Bain
  • 12:00 pm ~ Virtual Lunch with Cello Studio
  • 2:00 pm ~ CWU Symphony Orchestra rehearsal with Dr. Nikolas Caoile (listen or play along)
  • 4:00 pm ~ Questions about College (ask and discuss college with CWU cellists)