Dorothy Lawson | Lessonface

Dorothy Lawson

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Cello, Audition Prep, Audition Prep from Juilliard Alumni
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I am cellist, Artistic Director, and one of the founding members of the string quartet known as ETHEL. We travel internationally, both to perform and to teach, and generate significant amounts of new music every year. We are resident artists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, as well as in the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program, run by the Grand Canyon Music Festival every year. I teach cello and chamber music in the Preparatory Division of the Mannes College of Music, run by The New School in NYC, as well as listing through the Juilliard School's Alumni Teaching Directory.

Prior to ETHEL, I had 20 years of experience, performing with groups such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Baryshnikovs' White Oak Dance Project, the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and a tremendous number of chamber ensembles and groups specializing in New Music.  My solo work includes a recording of rare works by Borodin and Busoni.  I have also spent time on Broadway, playing shows like The Lion King, Woman in White, Hairspray, The Boy From Oz, Showboat, Cats and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

I hold Master's and Doctoral Degrees from The Juilliard School in NYC, the Diploma from the Vienna Academy, in Austria, and the Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. My own teachers include André Navarra, Leonard Rose, Harvey Shapiro, and Vladimir Orloff. I have worked in master classes with Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Zara Nelsova, Antonio Janigro and Jacqueline DuPré. I am a powerful player who LOVES to teach and share the Joy of Mastery, as well as helping players on the journey at ANY level!! Music is a Life Skill, and the cello, a wonderful vehicle.

Sharing music is the central goal of my career, as both a teacher and a performer.  I love working with players at every stage, from beginners to professional, and any age.

The first thing I like to learn from students is what they want from the cello, themselves. Then, I help them build a technical routine, often including scales, studies and pieces, based on Their Own Goals. In ongoing lessons, we develop these elements and learn rock-solid practice methods.

We can also share tremendous insights in a single lesson, or a brief course.

I keep lessons warm and supportive. Everyone who is taking steps to enrich their lives in this way deserves respect, and I will do everything I can to contribute to their pleasure in the instrument!

I am a widely recognized professional performer and teacher, who tours.  My schedule fluctuates, but I am delighted to arrange lessons as conveniently as possible.  Please message me for times!