Fredonia Cello Studio
The SUNY Fredonia Cello Studio is a large and vibrant undergraduate group made up of majors from Music Performance, Education, Composition, Sound Recording, and Music Therapy. They play in studio and performance classes, technique sessions, chamber music, orchestra, opera and pit, and informal practice sessions in Mason Hall.
Dr. Farny gives hour lessons to Performance, Education, Applied, and recital-track Composition majors, and half-hour lessons to Therapy and Sound Recording majors. Students enjoy frequent masterclasses with guest artists, such as the cellists of the Harlem, Shanghai, Daedalus, and Penderecki Quartets, Steven Doane, Jolyon Pegis, Scott Kluksdahl, Zuill Bailey, and Yo-Yo Ma.
The Fredonia Cello Choir played for Yo-Yo Ma during his mini-residency in 2011, and since then they have performed semi-regularly on and off-campus, playing standard cello choir music as well as original works written by Fredonia cellists. Several studio members have studied abroad and after graduation, they have won teaching positions, orchestral jobs, and pursued graduate degrees at Peabody, Indiana University, University of South Florida, North Carolina School for the Arts, Boston University, SUNY Purchase, University of Delaware, and UNC Greensboro.