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Jan 28, 2020

Instructor Spotlight – Genevieve


Philadelphia native Genevieve, first picked up the cello after being inspired by her twin sister’s violin lessons at the age of eight. She was a repeated performer on NPR’s “From the Top” series and television show at Carnegie Hall, and a repeated semifinalist in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Genevieve completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Stephen Geber and Dr. Melissa Kraut. She also attained a full certification in Suzuki Pedagogy where she is now certified to teach all 10 levels of the Suzuki cello books.

She received her Master’s degree in cello performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen. She won the Northwestern-Civic Fellowship and participated as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from September 2014 through June 2016. Summer festivals Genevieve has participated in include Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount School of Music, and Bowdoin Music Festival. One of her recent highlights included winning a fellowship with the New York Philharmonic. Genevieve is currently in a touring crossover string quartet called ATLYS.

Why do you teach music? What motivates you to continue?

I teach music because it gives me so much satisfaction to show a child how to play the cello. When music starts flowing or they start playing a melody, it is a big deal to me, and I know they can see that music is such a rewarding experience.

What are your goals in the music industry? Long term and short term.

I’m currently in a string quartet called ATLYS and we’ve gotten to play all parts of the world. One of my top goals would be getting to play alongside top artists! Our quartet has a dream of playing under Beyonce or something haha! But definitely a huge goal is being a great influence to kids learning music and playing strings. Yes, the cello has its difficulties, but when you can master it, it shows wonderful skill and determination.

How had Bach to Rock helped you move closer to achieving these goals? What are your thoughts on our school?

Because of the music I’m playing more these days, more in the crossover realm, I feel that Bach to Rock is a great fit for me as a teacher. I can show kids that strings are relevant in today’s music scene too.

Define your view of success and failure.

Success is when you are moving closer to a goal whatever it may be, that one day, you accomplish it, and then continue to move onto the next goal. Failure for me is stubbornness and unwilling attitude.

Who are some of your musical influences? Favorite artists?

I will always love everything Yoyo Ma has played. He, as an individual, is an inspiration to all. I love Stephen Isserlis’ playing. I’m a huge fan of Zoe Keating for cello looping! I obviously will always love Beyonce and her power as a singer and artist.

Describe your best memory(ies) at Bach to Rock.

My favorite moments are when a kid has figured out a musical passage all by himself, and I can see the happy smirk on his/her face.

Anything else you would like to add?

Check out our ATLYS page on facebook, instagram, spotify, firework, and youtube! @atlysmusic

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