Fulfilling cello dreams by creating a community of players to listen, play and learn.
The Atlanta Cello Project is an Atlanta-based "club" for adult cello players to meet like-minded players, listen to music, play cello ensemble music, learn more about technique, musicality, and ensemble playing, and perform in community venues. Members include players who range in ability, from beginner (can read music) to advanced, who are willing to help each other learn. No audition required to join as a member.
We meet as big group on a monthly basis at Mueo Arts, a private arts academy hosted by the Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, Georgia. For 2011, we will be meeting on Sunday afternoons. Our activities vary, based on interest and availability of outside resources:
1. Beginner Play-in: to introduce players who have little or no experience playing the cello with a group to the ensemble experience. Beginners mix with more advanced players to learn about tuning, starting, ending, and changing tempo without a conductor. Music is assigned before the session.
2. Regular Play-in: to allow players to play cello ensemble music (duets, trios or more), sometimes with the big group, but also by breaking into smaller groups to work for an hour or so together on one movement or piece; and then practice performing before the group at large. This is good for sight-reading practice as well.
3. Concerts: to enjoy music of particular interests to cellists, in many genres, by meeting fellow "cello heads" at concerts in the Atlanta area.
4. Master Classes and Workshops: to learn from a master cellist by being an audience to a "public lesson". Some of our master classes also combine workshops for all participants to play.
5. Performance: to allow those who want to take their cello to the next level of delicious celloey goodness by performing either for other members or in a concert for the community. Performances require an extra effort to practice at home and attend rehearsals.
We will usually charge a $10 fee per meetup (to cover our costs of music, refreshments, and administration). We may charge an additional fee to cover special coaches or teachers. We are not a non-profit, so fees are not strictly speaking a "donation"(but rest assured this is not a money-maker for the organizer!).
You can join the Atlanta Cello Project by signing up as a Meetup Member on this Website. You will be asked to answer some questions about your current playing ability, for planning purposes (for example, to plan on music or group assignments at a play-in). There are no auditions. You are welcome to attend play-ins and workshops if you just want to see and hear what we are all about, before you decide to bring your cello (but you will probably wish that you had!). We expect that those who play in the Beginner play-ins a) can tune your own instrument; b) can read music in the bass clef; c) can easily play up to 2nd position and can play up to 4th position with a little work; and d) are willing to let go of your "hang-ups" about playing in public. Oh, and you need to be willing to learn how to share a music stand.
We hope you come every month, but welcome you even if you can only come sporadically. If you want to play in a concert or other performance, you may be asked to rehearse with your ensemble separately. But your real commitment is to being part of a supportive music community that is open to suggestion and willing to give gentle encouragement. . . and to maintain a sense of humor!