Academy Cello Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student cellists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Cello students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The cello course of study is designed to provide for technical and musical growth according to the individual needs and abilities of each student.

The cello major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

This course focuses on the fundamental basic technique of the cello, development of expression and musicality, solo and ensemble performance skills and knowledge of genres and styles of music. Students are expected to practice a minimum of two hours per day on the assigned lesson materials.  Progress within the student’s potential is demonstrated in private lessons, studio class performances, and the semester jury.  The student and instructor work toward short and long term goals including recitals, college auditions and career choices.


Feuillard- Daily Exercises for Cello (Schott ed.)
Galamian/Jensen- Scale system for Cello (ECS)
Sevcik- 40 Variations, Op. 3 (Bosworth)
Starker-Organized Method of String Playing (Peer)
Popper- High School of Cello Playing (Int. or Barenreiter)

Video Lessons


Dr. Patrick M. Owen

Instructor of Cello, Interlochen Arts Academy

D.M.A., Boston University; M.M. The Juilliard School; B.M., Eastman School of Music