Natasha Farny, Associate Professor
About the Area:
The Cello Class at Fredonia is one of the strongest studios on campus, both in terms
of playing level and friendly associations. Through guided instruction every week in lessons, students
focus on several personal goals over their four years. Among these goals are improving
technique, extending creative and musical abilities, and learning how to communicate
ideas to peers through solo cello and chamber music settings. Concerted efforts at
technical improvement come about through the use of a variety of scale exercises and
etude books that isolate left and right hand issues. Frequently, students will perform
etudes in studio class to demonstrate their success and test their fluidity with a
certain challenge. At Fredonia, students immerse themselves in the art of cello-playing
by practicing together, discussing tips in studio class, and performing frequently.
Performance is a major factor in the life of a Fredonia music student. The Cello Class
meets every week alternately for studio class and string area performance class. Opportunities to perform
also occur in the yearly cello studio recital, end-of-semester chamber music recitals,
and orchestra concerts. Cellists are often called to participate in fellow student
recitals, college-wide celebrations and outside events requesting chamber music. Concerts
involving faculty/student collaborations also occur with regularity, occasionally
leading to concert trips around the state.
After graduation, many students pursue further degrees, either for education or performance.
Students with an education degree from Fredonia are employed in numerous schools around
the state and the Fredonia name is well-known for its solid education training. In
the performance arena, students are encouraged to participate in multiple learning
experiences, both on campus and elsewhere over winter and summer breaks. Jobs after
graduation include positions in orchestras, touring groups and private studio teaching.
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