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Drake Offers Scholarships for Free Cello Instruction

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Ashley Sandor Sidon, Assistant Professor of Cello

CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu


The Drake University Department of Music will hold auditions for middle and high school cellists on May 23 to select recipients of scholarship awards for free cello instruction at Drake during the 2007-08 academic year.

Instruction will be given by Ashley Sandor Sidon, assistant professor of cello at Drake University.  Prior to her Drake appointment, Sidon was cello teacher/chamber music coach and lecturer in 20th century music at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China. While teaching in Shanghai, she toured Southeast Asia to present recitals and master classes at provincial cultural centers, music schools and other concert venues. Previously, Sidon was instructor of cello and director of chamber music at Earlham College in Indiana and associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

She holds the degree, Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violoncello, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has performed under artists such as Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas and Christopher Wilkins. During the summer she is on the artist-faculty of the New England Music Camp in Maine.


For information on audition times and requirements for these free lessons, call Venita Svaldi at 515-271-4031.