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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.

Professionals, amateurs, teachers and students from around SC 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 - 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.

This annual event alternates between the University of South Carolina, Furman University, Bob Jones University, Converse College and the College of Charleston.

Online Registration for SC Cello Choir

40th South Carolina Cello Choir

The 2019 ASTA South Carolina Cello Choir will be held September 27th, 28th, and 29th at the USC School of Music and the Koger Center.  Our guest clinician will be 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, Mike directs several cello camps around the country.  Read more about Mike at

Friday , September 27th, 2019

Multiple Masterclasses 4-6:30pm - $20
Southern Exposure Concert featuring Mike Block and Sandeep Das - 8pm
30 FREE stage seats for SC Cello Choir participants - first come, first served - reserve your seat at our online registration link above 

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

2019 Cello Choir - all day rehearsals and performance - 9am-7pm - $25

*NEW addition* Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Global Musician and Improvisation worksthop with Mike Block; 2-5pm - $20
(free for USC School of Music students w/ ID)

Schedule - 2019 SC Cello Choir at USC

Friday, September 27th, 2019 (USC School of Music)
There will be masterclasses for all levels on Friday, September 27th from 4pm-6:30pm, a chance to try instruments throughout the afternoon, and an extraordinary evening of global music by guest clinician Mike Block and his duo partner from Silk Road Ensemble, tabla player Sandeep Das.

  • 3-7pm  Registration (USC School of Music lobby)
  • 4-6:30pm  Masterclass with Mike Block (USC Recital Hall)
  • 4-6:30pm  Maserclasses for all levels w/ guest cellists (mutliple rooms)
  • 4-7:30pm  Try instruments! (multiple rooms)
  • 8pm  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 28th, 2019 (Koger Center)
The cello ensemble rehearsals and concert will take place at the Koger Center.  There will also be various cello and music shops from all over the country where you will be able to try/purchase cellos and bows, and get your cellos adjusted.

  • 8:30-9am  Registration (Koger Center Lobby)
  • 9-10:30am Session #1 Large Cello Choir Rehearsal (all participants) w/ Mike Block
  • 10:45-12pm  Session #2 (choose one)
    1. Scale and Technique class
    2. Advanced Cello Choir rehearsal w/ Mike Block
    3. Large Cello Choir sectionals
  • 12-12:15pm  Meeet the Sponsors (Koger Center lobby)
  • 12:30-1:30  Lunch and visit sponsor tables
  • 1:30-2:45pm  Session #3 (choose one)
    1. Advanced Cello Choir rehearsal w/ Mike Block
    2. Large Cello Choir sectionals
    3. Stretching for musicians
  • 3-4:15pm  Session #4  Large Cello Choir w/ Mike Block
  • 4:30-5:30  Advanced Cello Choir w/ Mike Block
  • 6pm  Celebratory Cello Choir Concert (Koger Center stage)

Sunday, September 29th, 2-5pm (Koger Center Large Rehearsal Room)
Mike Block will present 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 Mike.  This event is FREE for USC students with a student ID.

You don't want to miss the exciting weekend of music-making and cello-hanging!  Please register and sign up via the link at the top of this page.  For any questions, please contact Claire Bryant at

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