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October 2020, CWU Music Building, Ellensburg

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 eligible to perform in recitals and master classes. Full schedule includes 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

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

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. 
pianist, two cello players.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.



Artists and Clinicians 


NATHAN CHAN, Seattle Symphony Cellist
PATRICIA PASMANTER, City Conservatory in Buenos Aires

JOHN MICHEL, CWU Professor of Cello
TOM WALWORTH, composer / arranger

BRUCE WALKER, Columbia Basin College Associate 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

Nolan Welch, coordinator, program & stage manager
Jessica Lewis, librarian

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 for 2018

After registering, email the CCC Librarian to request and determine which part you should prepare. The parts below are available as PDF files using this link. Please locate, print and prepare your part in advance.

Debut Choir

  • Alberti Compadre Pedro Juan (just use score)
  • Gounod Funeral of the Marionettes (score and parts)
  • Ponchielli - Dance of the Hours (score and parts)
  • Vivaldi - Four Seasons, Autumn (score and parts)

Festival Choir
Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras No. 1, mvt. 1 only

  • Part 1,2
  • Part 3,4
  • Part 5,6
  • Part 7,8

Estigarribia arr. of Piazzolla Buenos Aires

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4

Morais Cancoes Praieiras

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
  • Part 8

Combined Choir (everyone)
Jobim Standard Time by Tom Walworth (world premiere)

  • Festival Part 1
  • Festival Part 2
  • Festival Part 3
  • Festival Part 4
  • Debut Part 1
  • Debut Part 2
  • Debut Part 3
  • Score

Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 19th (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
  • 4:15-5:45pm ~ Masterclass with Nathan Chan featuring CWU students, Recital Hall

Friday, October 19th

  • 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 20th

  • 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 ~ Festival Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 9:15 am ~ Debut Choir Rehearsal, Band Rehearsal Room #150
  • 10 am ~ Combined Cello Choir Rehearsal, Concert Hall
  • 11 am ~ Masterclass with John Michel 
  • noon ~ View Sponsor Exhibits, Lobby
    • ~ Lunch, Student Union Building (optional)
  • 1:00 pm ~ Master Class with Nathan Chan, Recital Hall
  • 2:00 pm ~ Cello Celebration Recital including a performance by Nathan Chan, 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 ~ Festival 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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