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2014 Cello Choir

South Carolina Cello Choir

Online registration is now available for the 2019 South Carolina Cello Choir.
Online registration link for the South Carolina Cello Choir

The American String Teachers Association (ASTA) South Carolina Cello Choir and Workshop is for cellists of all ages and ability levels. The annual Cello Choir has taken place every September since its inception at the University of South Carolina in 1980. The event alternates between the University of South Carolina, Furman University, Bob Jones University, Converse College and the College of Charleston.

Professionals, amateurs, teachers and students from around S.C. and the Southeast region take part in this musical celebration, learning from internationally renowned clinicians and music faculty.

Cellists of all ages and levels are invited to participate in this year's Cello Choir at the University of South Carolina. We especially invite out-of-state cellists to join us. This is a terrific weekend event for cello lovers – from beginners who can read music to professionals in the field. All are welcome and we hope to see you there.

40th South Carolina Cello Choir

Dates: September 27, 28 and 29, 2019
Locations: UofSC School of Music (813 Assembly St., Columbia) and Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St., Columbia)
Guest Clinician: Mike Block, a pioneering cellist, singer, improviser, composer and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century." In addition to being a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and a faculty member at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, Block directs several cello camps around the country.

Schedule at a glance

Friday, September 27

4:00–6:30 p.m. - Multiple Master Classes  $20
8:00 p.m. - Southern Exposure Concert featuring Mike Block and Sandeep Das.
30 FREE stage seats for S.C. Cello Choir participants – first come, first served. Reserve your seat by registering online here.

Saturday, September 28

9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. - All day rehearsals and performance. 

*NEW addition* Sunday, September 29

2:00–5:00 p.m. - Global Musician and Improvisation Workshop with Mike Block. $20 (free for USC School of Music students w/ ID)

2019 Schedule

Friday, September 27
UofSC School of Music

Master classes for all levels - Friday, September 27, 4:00–6:30 p.m.
You will have a chance to try instruments throughout the afternoon and enjoy an extraordinary evening of global music by guest clinician Mike Block and his duo partner from Silk Road Ensemble, tabla player Sandeep Das.

  • 3:00–7:00 p.m. -  Registration (UofSC School of Music lobby)
  • 4:00–6:30 p.m. - Master Class with Mike Block (UofSC Recital Hall)
  • 4:00–6:30 p.m. - Maser Classes for all levels with guest cellists (mutliple rooms)
  • 4:00–7:30 p.m. - Try instruments! (multiple rooms)
  • 8:00 p.m. - Southern Exposure concert featuring Mike Block and Sandeep Das from Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble (USC Recital Hall - 30 reserved stage seats for cellists)

Saturday, September 28
Koger Center for the Arts

Cello ensemble rehearsals and concert take place at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Cello and music shops from around the country will be available to try and purchase cellos and bows and get your cellos adjusted.

  • 8:30–9:00 a.m. - Registration (Koger Center Lobby)
  • 9:00–10:30 a.m. - Session #1 Large Cello Choir Rehearsal (all participants) with Mike Block
  • 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Session #2 (choose one)
    1. Scale and Technique Class
    2. Advanced Cello Choir Rehearsal with Mike Block
    3. Large Cello Choir Sectionals
  • 12:00–12:15 p.m. - Meet the Sponsors (Koger Center lobby)
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. - Lunch and visit sponsor tables
  • 1:30–2:45 p.m. - Session #3 (choose one)
    1. Advanced Cello Choir Rehearsal with Mike Block
    2. Large Cello Choir Sectionals
    3. Stretching for Musicians
  • 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. - Session #4 Large Cello Choir with Mike Block
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. Advanced Cello Choir with Mike Block
  • 6:00 p.m. - Celebratory Cello Choir Concert (Koger Center stage)

Sunday, September 29, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Koger Center Large Rehearsal Room

Mike Block presents a 3-hour Global Musician and Improvisation Workshop, open to ALL instrumentalists and vocalists, but especially cellists. This is a new addition to the Cello Choir weekend and one that you should not miss! Come prepared to learn about music from other cultures and genres by stepping out of your own comfort zone with some engaging improvisation and experimentation led by Block. This event is FREE for UofSC students with a student ID.

You don't want to miss the exciting weekend of music-making and cello-hanging! Register and sign up today. For questions, contact Claire Bryant at

Past S.C. Cello Choirs and Workshops
Past S.C. Cello Choir Clinicians

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