Cello Lessons IN BURR RIDGE


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The violoncello or cello is the tenor voice in the string family tuned one octave lower than the viola and one octave higher than the cello bass. Although shaped like a violin, the cello is much larger and is held between the player’s knees. It is said to be the instrument that most resembles the human voice with its deep, rich tone. Like all the members of the violin family, the cello first emerged in Northern Italy in the first half of the 16th century in the workshops of famous instrument makers like Andrea Amati and Gasparo da Salo.


The cello is primarily an orchestral and chamber music instrument, but it is also heard in jazz, folk, rock, and pop music as well. Famous classical cello players include Yo-Yo Ma, Jacqueline du Pre, Zara Nelsova, Johann Sebastian Paetsch, Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, and Maurice Gendron, to name just a few. Well-known jazz cello players include Oscar Pettiford, Harry Babasin, Dave Holland, Abdul Wadud, Ron Carter, Oscar Pettiford, and many others. Rock/pop bands that have used the cello include Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, ELO, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Aerosmith.

Cello Faculty

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Kate Ochwat

Piano, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Saxophone Teacher
Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Elmhurst University. There she pursued her education in music by learning various instruments including piano, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello. Her primary instrument is alto saxophone but has experience in quartet playing tenor and baritone saxophone. She is planning on furthering her music career by earning a master’s in music therapy. Kate strives to ensure that lessons have a fun environment for every individual to learn and grow as a young musician.

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