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WIU Cellobration

Saturday, September 30, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Western Illinois University's Cellobration on Saturday, September 30! Join us for a full cello day of cello ensemble rehearsals, concert, and masterclass with the renowned Parrish Cello Trio. The day will conclude with all of the students, teachers, and faculty joining together for a cello ensemble performance. Open to cellists and teachers of all ages!

Artists/Clinicians - The Parrish Trio

Kenny Lee
Cello Professor/Orchestra Director - Western Illinois University
Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Jamie Clark
Cello Professor/Chamber Music - Stetson University

Seth Russell
Greenville Symphony - Principal Cellist

Application Details

  • Deadline to Apply: Saturday, September 23, 2023
  • Applications after the deadline will only be considered if space is available.
  • Students who are interested in performing in a masterclass must submit an audio or video recording of their playing.
  • Please contact Dr. Kenny Lee (K-Lee6@wiu.edu) for any questions.

Travel Details

Participants traveling from the Chicago area may take Amtrak in the morning and return in the evening.

Masterclass Details

Based on the application submission, a few advanced students will be selected to perform in the masterclass.

Concert Details

Concert attire is all black. All participating students and teachers will join the WIU Cellobration Ensemble for the concert.

Planned Schedule

9:00-9:30am Registration and Introduction
9:30-10:30am Cello Ensemble Rehearsal
11:00-12:00pm Parrish Cello Masterclass
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Cello Ensemble Rehearsal
3:00-5:00pm WIU Cellobration Concert and Pizza Party


Parrish Cello Trio Program TBD

Klengal Hymnus - Combined Cello Ensemble

Villa Lobos - Bachianas Brasiliaris No. 1

OPTIONAL Additional Event

Friday, September 29 (OPTIONAL)

1:30-2:30pm Lunch and Hang with current WIU Music Students
3:00-5:00pm WIU Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal
5:00-6:00pm Open Lessons with Dr. Kenny Lee (short/free lesson)
7:30pm WIU Symphony Orchestra Performance, featuring cello soloists Jamie Clark and Seth Russell


Wojciech Kilar - Orawa

Giovanni Sollima - Violoncelles, Vibrez!

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5