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Rick Mooney

Rick Mooney

Rick Mooney grew up in a musical family where he began studying piano at age 5 and cello at age 8. His principle cello teachers were Victor Sazer and Eleanore Schoenfeld. He studied Suzuki teaching methods with Phyllis Glass at USC and traveled to Japan in the spring of 1976.

As a specialist in the Suzuki method of teaching, Mr. Mooney has been a guest teacher at many institutes and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, England, Australia and New Zealand. He has been active with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, serving on the Board of Directors, on the Cello Committee and writing for the American Suzuki Journal. He is also the founder and director of the National Cello Institute which sponsors a Summer Institute, a Winter Workshop and publishes music for cello ensembles.

Natalie Haas

Natalie Haas

Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Their first album together, Fire & Grace, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. Natalie has also toured with Mark O'Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio. She and O'Connor premiered his double concerto for violin and cello, ¨For The Heroes¨, with the Grand Rapids, East Texas, and San Diego Symphonies. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Altan, Solas, and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with cellist Fred Sherry, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her music journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by director Fraser, she began to investigate the cello's potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes, and to this day, the two continue to resurrect and reinvent the cello's historic role in Scottish music.

Natalie's skills as an educator make her one of the most in demand teachers at fiddle camps across the globe. She also teaches privately and in a workshop setting, and holds an associate professorship at the Berklee College of Music. Natalie now makes her home in Boston, where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.

"Natalie basically wrote the book on the cello's place in Celtic music." - Peter Winter
"In the hands of Natalie Haas, the cello becomes a truly magical instrument." - Green Man

Soeyoen Min

Soeyoen Min

South Korean cellist Soeyoen Min is rapidly gaining recognition for her naturally expressive and fiery musicality. She has made multiple competition appearances on the international stage including the 2018 George Enescu Competition and won first prize in the Segye Times Competition, the Strad Music Competition, and the Music Association of Korea Competition. In 2016, Soeyoen gave her debut recital in Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul where she was selected for the Young Artist of Youngsan Debut Concert Series. Min has also performed in numerous concerts as a soloist with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Academy Ensemble, the Seoul Soloists Cello Ensemble and OZ Ensemble and has been invited to play in professional ensembles such as the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Other accolades include the Richard & Helen Thomas Endowment prize and most recently, second prize at the 2018 Samuel & Elinor Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition in String Performance.

A passionate supporter of chamber music, Seoyoen collaborated with renown cellist, Lynn Harrell, at the Meadowmount School of Music. In her native Korea, Soeyoen also worked with the violinist, Kyung Sun Lee in the Virtuosi Seoul Ensemble and is a founding member of the Edith String Quartet.

Soeyoen has participated in various masterclasses with leading musical figures such as Ralph Kirshbaum at the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar. Others include pedagogues Lynn Harrell, Tamás Varga, Clive Greensmith, Gary Hoffman, Xenia Jankovic, Peter Bruns, and Tilmann Wick. She recently completed her Master's degree in cello performance at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music under the tutelage of Hans Jørgen Jensen who sits as the principal of Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, the University's premiere orchestral ensemble. A graduate of Seoul National University, Min received a bachelor of music degree with high honors and was the recipient of the University's Most Accomplished Alumnus Award.

Dr. Beth Vanderborgh

Beth Vanderborgh

Cellist Beth Vanderborgh enjoys a rich and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue. Currently, she serves on the faculty of the University of Wyoming, as principal cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, on the Artist-Faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra and as acting principal cello of the Wyoming Symphony. In addition, she performs regularly with Pro Musica Colorado, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Colorado Chamber Players and the Colorado Symphony. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet, based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia. The Classical Voice of North Carolina described her playing as "...impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives."

Her students have been accepted to such illustrious institutions as the Curtis Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music, among others, for further studies. They have won positions in orchestras and academic settings and have been recent regional and national finalists in the MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition in strings.

Dr. Vanderborgh holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Maryland, where her teachers included David Geber, Evelyn Elsing and David Soyer. At these institutions and at Banff, Aspen and the Quartet Program, she engaged in intensive chamber music studies with the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, and American String Quartets.

When not playing the cello, Dr. Vanderborgh enjoys cycling, skiing, equestrian sports and hiking in the beautiful Wyoming wilderness with her family. In 2019, representing the State of Wyoming, she placed 5th in the National Senior Games in both the 20k and 40k road bike races.

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