Ensembles meet on a weekly basis at Garvey Fine Arts building at Washburn University. The Cello Collective meets for special rehearsals scheduled by the director when there is an upcoming performance.
Several performance opportunities occur throughout the year. In the Fall semester there is the annual Cello Collective concert held at White Concert Hall held on Washburn University Campus. The Cello Holiday Bash is held every December. In the Spring there are several community outreach performances at various venues like the Topeka Shawnee County Library and reitrement facilities. In May, the annual Spring Cello Bash wraps up the school year.
This ensemble meets with the Cello Group once a month. The camerata was formed to give an opportunity to introduce players who have little or no opportunity of playing the cello with a group to the ensemble experience. These younger players mix with more advanced players to learn about independent playing and communication skills one must have performing without a conductor. To be a part of the Cello Camerata the student must be able to meet the following criteria 1) Can tune their own instrument; 2) Can read music in the bass clef 3) Can easily play up to 2nd position and can play up to 4th position with a little work.
This ensemble meets weekly and performs several times in a semester either as the Cello Group or as part of the Cello Collective. Members of the group are intermediate level players of all ages. To be a part of the Cello Group the student must be able to meet the following criteria 1) Has ability to shift easily between 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions 2) Can read music in the bass clef and has the beginnings of understanding of tenor clef 3) Is open to sightreading material as well as dedicating practice time to literature assigned.
This ensemble meets weekly and performs several times in a semester either as the Cello Choir with Washburn University cello students or as part of the Cello Collective. Members of the group are intermediate/advanced level players of all ages. To be a part of the Cello Choir the student must be able to meet the following criteria 1) Has ability to shift easily between 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th and upper register positions i.e. thumb position 2) Can read music in the bass clef, tenor clef and has the beginnings of understanding of treble clef 3) Is open to sightreading material as well as dedicating practice time to literature assigned.
The Topeka Cello Collective is a community of student cello players under the direction of Erinn Renyer that play cello ensemble music, learn more about performance technique, musicality and have opportunities to perform at community concerts and events. Cello Collective members include players who range in ability from beginner (can read music fluently) through advanced levels. Repertoire varies from classical to contemporary musical arrangements.
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You can join the Topeka Cello Collective by contacting Erinn Renyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 785-383-8854. You will be asked to answer some questions about your current playing ability and schedule. There are no auditions. You are welcome to attend one of the rehearsals and play to see if it is a good fit for you!
The Cello Collective performs at Washburn University.
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Enrollment in the Cello Collective or one of its individual ensembles is by a semester basis. Tuition invoices are distributed at the beginning of each month. A $10 tuition fee is assessed per member for each session. This covers the costs of purchasing music, coaching and administrative time.
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