CWU Department of Music
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Cello at CWU

Trio performing in recital hall.The mission of the CWU string program is to provide a supportive yet challenging environment in which students can develop as artists. Traditional participation in string quartets, piano trios, symphonic and chamber orchestras, as well as numerous solo opportunities is supplemented with more innovative approaches of incorporating music into the fabric of everyday life.

A relaxed and fluid technique is considered a necessary preliminary to expressive musicianship: students are expected to maintain a rigorous practice ethic, working to develop technical mastery of their instrument. They are guided in the search to find their own musical voice, and afforded numerous opportunities to become comfortable expressing themselves in performance situations. CWU's cello studio provides students with immersive study, weekly lessons and multiple performance opportunities.

Through community outreach programs, students gain practical experience in using music to better our world. Central Washington University is home to a spirited music community where each student’s unique blend of gifts is encouraged by our supportive faculty. With many performance opportunities, students refine their skills as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, while also having the freedom to experiment in alternative styles. The symphony and chamber orchestras deliver inspiring performances to enthusiastic audiences.

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Central Washington University is truly a special place. I had access to some of the most amazing teachers and performance halls that I could have asked for coming out of high school. The faculty are incredibly knowledgeable and they genuinely care about their students' progress and experience. The atmosphere is something unlike any other school - there's a true sense of community, friendship, and support from teachers and fellow students. I would not have changed a single thing about my time at CWU and will always cherish that special time in my life!

In order to study Cello at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Cello Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfers students should be sure to visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for very important transfer student considerations.