Cello Studio

 

 

Student playing the cell

Music is the language of the heart without words — Shinichi Suzuki

As a cellist at UAF, students have opportunities to join the vibrant cello community in Alaska at any level of their development. Students who are either looking to begin their cello studies or who enjoy small ensemble playing can enroll in Class Lessons, while those with more experience may take Private Lessons, in which students study the cello through specific techniques and repertoire. All UAF cellists may participate in a variety of ensembles, including the Northern Lights String Orchestra, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Nanook String Quartet, UAF chamber ensembles, and the Fairbanks Cello Festival. Many cellists at UAF engage in educational outreach and are actively involved with UAF’s National Association for Music Education chapter. UAF cellists also have regular performance engagements at Music at One, masterclasses with guest artists, recitals in the renowned Davis Concert Hall, and side-by-side performances with UAF Music Department faculty.

 

 

 

  

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor

Cello Studio

Fine Arts 211

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Fitzpatrick has worked with schools and ensembles in Ireland, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and Alaska. Recent programs Mr. Fitzpatrick has taught in include the University of Alaska Summer Music Academy, the Fairbanks School of Talent Education, and the Alaska Cello Intensive. He currently serves on the board for the Alaska Music Educators Association and presented at its most recent state conference. He is also President-elect of the Alaska chapter of the American String Teachers Association and a certified Suzuki Method instructor.

 

 

Join an ensemble and find joy in musical collaboration

Students have many opportunities to perform in ensembles, of various sizes, to grow their musical expertise and collaborative skills. Joining an ensemble is a critical part of music education and exploration. Students who join ensembles put musical theory into practice, expand their musical repertoire, and develop critical communication skills. Ensemble music is a joy shared between equal partners who are working together to create a new sound.