Cello Program for Sera Smolen’s Studio

Students who are in Dr. Sera Smolen’s cello studio also participate in the cello program. In this program, students will learn together as a group in the group lesson setting via Zoom. They will also improvise, work with guest cellists, composers and participate in composition projects. They receive the opportunity to perform in recitals and perform in the annual Dances from Around the World. 

The cello program which includes classes, guests and projects is $165 per student for each term.
Below is the schedule for classes and lessons. Lessons are a separate tuition fee.

September 14-18: Lessons and Classes Lesson 1/Class 1

Practice Marathon Begins:  Exploring the Power of Routines

September 21-24: Lessons and ClassesL2/C2

September 28-October 1: Lessons and ClassesL3/C3

October 5-8: Lessons and ClassesL4/C4

October 12-15: Lessons only L5

October 19-22: Lessons and Classes L6/C5

October 26-29: Lessons only L7

November 2-5: Lessons and Classes L8/C6

November 9-12: Lessons only L9

November 16-19 lessons only L10

Special Master Classes with Diana Nuttall, Edmonton Alberta November 13 and 20


Thanksgiving Holiday


November 30-December 3: Lessons and Classes L11/C7

Solo Recital December 4

December 7-10: Lessons only L12


Semester Break/Holiday Break/New Years


January 11-15: Lessons and ClassesL1/C8

Phase 1 Composition Project Begins

January 18-21: Lessons and ClassesL2/C9

Special Guest Lisa Liske: “How to Fly Your Cello”

January 25-28: Lessons and Classes L3/C10

February 1-4 Lessons only L4

Phase 2 Composition Project Begins

February 8-11: Lessons and Classes L5/C11

February 15-18: Winter Break

February 22-25: Lessons and Classes L6/C12

Phase 3 Composition Project Begins

March 1-4: Lessons Only L7

March 8-11: Lessons and Classes L8/C13

Special Guest: Composers Master Classes with Margaret Maria

March 15-18: Lessons and Classes L9/C14

Phase 4 Composition Project Begins

March 22-25: Lessons only L10

March 29-April 1: Lessons and Classes L11/C15

April 2: Composers Concert and Exhibition of original Manuscripts!

April 5-10: Spring Break

April 12-15: Lessons and Classes L12/C16

April 19-22: Lessons and Classes L13/C17

April 26-29: Lessons and Classes L14/C18

Special Guest: Akua Dixon and the Hip Hop Project

May 3-6: Lessons only  L16

May 10-13: Lessons and classes L17/C19

May 17-20: Lessons only L18

May 24-27 Lessons and Classes L19/C20

May 31st: Memorial Day

June 1-June 7th: Lessons and Classes

extra week if needed

June 11: End of the year solo Recital

and Dances from Around the World

Please contact lizshuhan@opusithaca.org to register for the cello program, link will be sent.