2019 ICI festival
July 13-August 3, 2019

The International Cello Institute (ICI) is a unique, three-week summer program that creates a close community for advanced high school and collegiate cellists to work alongside well-known cello pedagogues and top-notch collaborative pianists. Held on the beautiful campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, ICI provides an intensive program, fostering a nurturing environment for cellists to grow in knowledge, skill, and passion. In addition to in-depth study and multiple performance opportunities on campus and in the greater Northfield community, students get priority seating at our 3-concert faculty artists series called CELLOici which takes place in Minneapolis and draws a full audience from the greater Twin Cities. 

We encourage young cellists of all ages to apply to our program. ICI usually includes a mix of talented high school and college students. We do make occasional exceptions in the case of younger students, 15 and younger playing more advanced repertoire. This intensive three-week session gives students the opportunity to gain performance experience and focus closely on major repertoire for the cello. New in 2019: chamber music emphasis on sonata coaching with teachers in lessons and masterclasses with piano and cello coaches.

Applicants under the age of 16 should be playing standard cello repertoire and will be admitted based upon their playing ability as well as the level and amount of repertoire they can comfortably bring to camp ready to play. We provide separate counselors and housing facilities for our younger students, earlier bedtime rules, and more free time built into the schedule.

Before each of our faculty artist recitals, we choose an outstanding student to perform as an opener on that concert. Because of this, we ask that you come to ICI with a short concert or encore piece prepared. Other repertoire should include a minimum of one movement of a standard sonata, a movement of a concerto, an etude, and several movements of unaccompanied Bach. Should you choose to bring additional repertoire, we will be happy to hear it!

Emphasis on learning how to practice properly will be an important part of our curriculum; which also includes lessons and masterclasses, recital performance opportunities, technique classes, orchestral excerpts, cello chamber music, and many other useful workshops.

ICI offers the unique opportunity to interact and bond with your peers in a close and cooperative all-cello environment. Our program provides you with time and space to specifically focus on improving your technique and performing skills. We invite the worlds best cellists and pedagogues to our institute and hold our students to a high standard.



Private Lessons: Each student will have two lessons per week and study with a variety of faculty members. Students not in a lesson spend time practicing or rehearsing and coaching with one of our professional pianists.

Master Classes: Students will perform in and observe a variety of public master classes given by ICI faculty and artists throughout the camp.

Alexander Technique Class (or similar injury-prevention session): Students learn valuable information about playing with less tension and about preventing injuries.

Chamber Music: Collaborative ensemble playing is an important part of chamber music, especially when it comes to putting together a sonata with your pianist for a performance. We offer coaching and lessons in rehearsal settings with your pianist along with masterclasses given by various teachers and guest artists. Every year we work on a large cello ensemble piece.

Student Recital Series: Students will perform solo and chamber works on these concerts. The recitals are open to the public and presented every Thursday evening on the campus of St. Olaf College. At our grand finale concert we present a large cello ensemble piece as well as solo works and sonatas.

CELLOici Artist Recital Series: Every summer we feature fabulous guest cellists to perform on our CELLOici Series. This is a chance for students, visiting parents, and local cello enthusiasts to hear outstanding cello performances. Our venue is the Art Museum at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Minneapolis. The church has a warm and engaging atmosphere and we regularly receive large audiences. We choose an outstanding student from the camp to perform as a prelude to each concert to show our audiences the amazing work being done at ICI.

Housing and Tuition: St Olaf College, $3800 July 13-August 3, 2019

Tuition includes all-you-can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus daily treats at teatime. The St. Olaf cafeteria provides food for people with many different diets and tastes. Our students attend daily master classes and lectures, have two lessons a week along with plenty of practice time. Other fees included are: pianist fees, social events, and transportation to and from off-site concerts and events. (ICI will help with transportation logistics to and from the airport, but students will be responsible for those travel costs.)

Notification of Acceptance

Students will receive notification of acceptance to International Cello Institute on a rolling admission basis. When our program is enrolled to capacity, students will be notified of their position on the wait list. The balance of the camp fees are due by May 15.