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Featured Cello Instructors
M.M. University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
B.M. University of North Texas
Croatian cellist, Ivana Biliškov, is a Master’s graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso where she studied with the Grammy award winning cellist, Zuill Bailey. During her career, Ivana has performed with many regional orchestras, and competed in both domestic and international competitions, winning 10 first prizes in solo, chamber, and orchestral categories. Ivana has participated in masterclasses with acclaimed musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Melissa Kraut, Heidi Litschauer, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Dora Schwarzberg, and is a three-time recipient of the Gloria Miner Fellowship at the Sitka International Cello Festival in Alaska.
Ivana made her international debut at the 2017 Chamber competition “Mozart=Salzburg” held in Tokyo, Japan where she won the “Grand Prix” as part of a piano trio. After winning this competition, Ivana performed in Vienna’s famous hall, the Mozarthaus. In the same year, Ivana also won the University of North Texas Concerto Competition and performed her winning Dvorak Cello Concerto with the UNT Symphony Orchestra in March of 2018. Ivana has performed in Europe and Asia, as well as in various states across the US.
At 18, Ivana came to the United States to pursue her BM in Cello Performance on a full scholarship with prof. Nikola Ružević at the University of North Texas where she received the “Best Undergraduate in Strings” award in 2017. There, she served as the principal of the University of North Texas Symphony orchestra. Ivana then went on to study at the University of Texas at El Paso and obtained her MM in Cello Performance on a teaching assistant fellowship. During her graduate studies, Ivana was actively involved in “El Paso Pro Musica”, a community outreach program where she regularly brought music to hospitals, schools, and events throughout the city. Ivana is currently located in Portland, Oregon where she teaches and works as a freelance musician.
M.M. Indiana University (Exp.2022)
B.M. Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Manuel Papale is a professional musician born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2016, Manuel was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at Texas Christian University under the tutelage of Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi and Christine Lamprea, and has recently graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Cello Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying under Emilio Colón.
Manuel has performed in numerous masterclasses for Bion Tsang, Gregory Beaver, Christine Lamprea, Michael Kaufman, Anne-Martindale Williams, Allan Steele, Astrid Schween, Yeesun Kim, and Gwen Krosnick. Recent festival appearances include the Round Top Festival Institute, Miami Music Festival, Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival, and Vivac-e! Cello Festival where he was given the “New Music Award” for his performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Divertimento for Solo Cello.
Solo appearances include the CPE Bach Cello Concerto in A minor with the TCU Collegium Musicum in 2019 and Antonín Dvořák’s Silent Woods with the Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra in 2020. Manuel is a founding member of the Uproar and Cantilena string quartets dedicated to promoting the music of female and Latin American composers. He is now Assistant Principal of the McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra and cellist of the latin fusion group Sounds of Nilo. Manuel is passionate about teaching, composing/arranging, and improvising in a variety of styles.
M.M. University of North
Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
B.M. Vanderbilt University
Blake Kitayama is an accomplished chamber and orchestral musician. He was a founding member of de Sterke Quartet who most recently won the MTNA Southern Division Chamber Music competition. Blake is currently a member of the Winston Salem Symphony. Throughout his orchestral career he has recorded for Navano Records, and has previously held positions with the Jackson Symphony and Huntsville Symphony. As a frequent chamber collaborator, Blake has been heard on APM’s Performance Today and WDAV.
An advocate for collaboration and new music, Blake has continuously worked across genres. Providing cello and vocal harmonies, his collaboration with Anna Scholfield won first prize at the eTown Handmade Songs Competition, and he recorded cello for Vidushi Goyal’s debut EP. He also debuted about a dozen new classical works for mixed ensembles.
Blake earned a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University under the instruction of Felix Wang and his Master of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Brooks Whitehouse as a member of the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Several of our teachers have degrees in pedagogy and have specifically trained in teaching children. We accept students age 5 and up, although students under 13 should have a parent in the room with them for lessons. For children who are too young to read music right away, our teachers will do rhythm games, ear training, and even improvisation in order to develop your child’s musical abilities.
Of course! We have many teachers who are great with adult students, and the scheduling flexibility that we offer is particularly helpful for many adults. In most cases, instead of using a pre-planned method book, your teacher will simply ask about your musical interests and then create a personalized plan to help you reach your goals.
They are very similar to in-person lessons, except more affordable and more convenient. You will still meet with the same teacher each lesson and interact with them in real time. You will learn technique, music theory, how to read music, and all your favorite pieces.
In order to take advantage of our 10% discount, you will want to sign up for 8 once-a-week lessons. After you have completed those lessons, you are welcome to choose any of our packages or flexible scheduling options. With these options, you can take lessons once or twice a week, or we can do custom subscriptions if you would prefer to take lessons more or less often.
Lessons are typically $30 per half hour, $42 for 45 minutes, and $55 per hour.
Yes, as long as the lessons are with the same teacher, for students in the same family, each full price lesson allows for a second lesson in the same week but discounted by $5. So if you’re taking half hour lessons twice a week or have two children taking half hour lessons, one lesson will be $30 (our usual rate), and another is $20, for a total of $55.
In that case, we will pair your child with one of our teachers who has experience with working with children with learning disabilities. Even if your child has difficulties, for example, with staying focused or learning to read music, there is still much to be gained from music lessons. The teacher will easily adapt and include rhythm games, improvisation, ear training, and other musical exercises that suit the level and capabilities of the student.
Yes. We’ll do our best to match you with the teacher who best suits your skill level and interests, and as long as you keep wanting to take lessons from that teacher, you can keep taking from that teacher. If you want to try lessons with a different teacher, just let us know, and we will pick a new teacher for you.