music notes background

Celine Gietzen

Camarillo, California



2007-09University of California, Los Angeles: Master of Music in Cello Performance

1991-93; 96-97The Cleveland Institute of Music: Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance

1987-90Santa Monica High School: Diploma

Primary Teachers

2007-09Antonio Lysy, University of California, Los Angeles

1989-91; 2005-07Dr. Richard Naill, The Colburn School of Performing Arts

1991-97Alan Harris, The Cleveland Institute of Music/Eastman School of Music

1991-93Mark Schroeder, The Cleveland Institute of Music/Northwestern University

1986-89Nancy Yamagata, The Colburn School of Performing Arts

Conductors/Chamber Music Coaches

Peter Salaff; The Cavani String Quartet: Annie Fullard, Mari Sato, Kirsten Docter, Merry Peckham; Carl Topilow; Gary Gray; William Ponce; Richard O’Neill; Neal Stulberg; Louis Lane; Vivian Weilerstein; Manuel & Sara Compinsky; James Stern; Richard Allen; Kay Stern; Richard Rintoul; Mehli Mehta; Marcia Ferritto; The Pacific Trio.

Participation in Master Classes led by:

Joel Krosnick; Peter Oundjian; Abram Loft; Ron Leonard; Lynn Harrell; Daniel Rothmuller; John Walz; Jeffrey Solow; Eleanore Schoenfeld; Hans Jorgen-Jensen; Irene Sharp; Bonnie Hampton; Richard Aaron; Members of the Cleveland Orchestra; The Guarneri String Quartet; Heidi Castleman; Ayke Agus; and others.

Performance Experience

Orchestral Experience

2007-08Section Cello, UCLA Philharmonia

2006-07Section Cello, Santa Maria Philharmonic

2004-07Principal Cello, Moorpark Symphony Orchestra

2003-07Principal Cello, Ventura Master Chorale

2002-07Principal Cello/Section Cello, Ventura College Symphony Orchestra

1997-98Principal Cello, Kent State University Symphony Orchestra

1992-97Section Cello, Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra

1991-97Section Cello/Rotating Principal, Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra

1988-91Section Cello, American Youth Symphony

1990-91Principal Cello, Colburn Chamber Orchestra (USC affiliate)

1989-90Principal Cello, Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra

1989-90Section Cello, All-State California High School Honor Orchestra

1988-90Section Cello, All-Southern California High School Honor Orchestra

1987-89Principal Cello, Meremblum Community Senior Orchestra

1987-89Section Cello, Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra

1987-89Principal Cello, All-Southern California Junior High School Honor Orchestra

Other Recent Experience (2003 to present)

Solo and chamber music performances sponsored by: The Sunday Sonata Series, Classical Encounters, The Arrowhead Arts Association, Fiori Musicali, The Third Wednesday Concert Series, The Music Teachers’ Association of California, Mountain Musicales, Women of Note, Ventura Presbyterian Church, Il Cenacolo Italiano, Ladies Choice String Quartet, Ventura County Bar Association, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, The Camarillo Arts Council, Santa Paula Unitarian Church, Mount Cross Lutheran Church, and Ventura Unitarian Church.

Many popular concerts including Harry Connick Jr., Shardad Rohani, and Donna Summer

Teaching and Adjudicating

Teaching Experience

1986-presentPrivate Cello Instructor, all ages and levels

2008-presentCoach, Junior Chamber Music

2004-presentCoach, Cabrillo Middle School Cello Section

2000-2004;Cello Teacher, Lindero Canyon Middle School

1997-98Cello Faculty, Portage String Academy, Kent, Ohio

1997-98Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kent State University

1996-97Middle School String Director/Private Instructor, The Agnon School, Cleveland, Ohio

1989-90Coach, Santa Monica High School Symphony Cello Section

1986-87Coach, Lincoln Junior High School Cello Section

Adjudicating Experience

2003-presentEvaluator for MTAC Certificate of Merit program

2006-07, 2011Adjudicator for Ojai Youth Symphony’s annual concerto competition

Teaching Accolades

Students have received honors in the Certificate of Merit program, principal chairs in student orchestras, Leni Fe Bland Scholarships, and have been chosen to perform at the MTAC state convention.

Professional Activities

Professional Organizations

American String Teachers Association

Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC)

Community Involvement

2002-presentBoard Member, Music Teachers’ Association of California (Pleasant Valley-Ventura Co. branch)

2003-07Tutor, Adult Literacy Program of the Ventura County Library Association

2005-2006Founder and participant, The String Teaching Project (outreach assemblies for children)

Festivals/Special Programs

1991-97Access to the Arts, outreach performances, Cleveland, Ohio

1993, 1996-97Intensive String Quartet Program, The Cleveland Institute of Music

1996Sonata Class with Vivian Weilerstein, The Cleveland Institute of Music

Summer 1990, 91Summer Festival, Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts

Spring 1988, 89, 90Santa Monica College Chamber Music Festival

Summer 1985, 86, 87The National Cello Institute, Claremont, California

Honors and Awards


University of California, Los Angeles

2007-09 Merit-based full tuition scholarship

The Cleveland Institute of Music

1991-93/1996-97 Merit-based annual tuition scholarship

Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts Summer Festival

1990/91 Young Artist’s String Program Scholarship, full tuition and fees

Santa Monica High School

1990 Concerto Competition, winner and soloist

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica

1990 Grand Prize, Senior Division

1989 1st Prize, Senior Division

1988 Grand Prize, Junior Division

1987 Grand Prize, Middle School Division

1986 1st Prize, Middle School Division