Rachel Bernstein- Suzuki Cello
Cellist and teacher Rachel Bernstein joined The Music
Settlement in 1998 as an administrative staff member and subsequently joined
the faculty of the Suzuki Department in 2005. She currently works as the
manager of the Enrollment and Customer Service office, Suzuki cello instructor,
and chamber music coach.
Education and Performance Experience:
Ms. Bernstein earned a degree in cello performance from
Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Lev Aronson and served as
principal of the Arlington Opera and Plano Chamber Orchestra. After receiving
her degree, Ms. Bernstein moved back to New Mexico where she she served as
assistant principal in the Santa Fe Symphony and various free-lance groups.
After moving to Cleveland in 1998, Rachel became a member of "The Strings"
chamber group with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and has performed as a
free-lance musician. Ms Bernstein's teachers include members of the Boston
Symphony at the Tanglewood Institute and Anne Cole of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ms. Bernstein performed in a master class with the late Mistislav Rostropovich
and as principal cellist under the baton of Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood
Institute. She has also performed with composer and pianist Marc Neikrug as
part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music series and Grammy award winner Marc Doss in
recital at The Music Settlement.
Ms. Bernstein has over twenty-five years of teaching in both
traditional and Suzuki cello methods, and in teaching general music to young
children. She is certified in Suzuki cello books 1 through 10 and completed her
practicum studies in 2012. Her Suzuki method instructors include Barbara
Wampner, Pam Devenport, Nancy Hair, Tanya Carey and Carey Beth Hockett. In
addition to her extensive Suzuki method training, Rachel is certified in level
1 of the Orff Schulwerk method for children and is trained in the Music
Together® early childhood music program.
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