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Cello Day at Butler University

Cello Day

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Register Now (free event)

We are pleased to announce the return of our in-person Cello Day for 2021!  Cello Day is a FREE event allowing cello students in 8th grade through high school to experience the School of Music first-hand with activities including:

  • A master class or clinic with special guest artists and current cello majors
  • Workshops with Butler cello and  other strings faculty
  • and more! 

Please note, properly worn masks are required of all participants for the duration of the event regardless of vaccination status.

A sample schedule is below along with information about our special guest and hosts. Questions? Email music@butler.edu.

Special Guest: Adriana Contino

Adriana Contino, celloAdriana Contino is a cellist noted for her versatility and musicianship as well as a deep interest in pedagogy. As professor of cello, baroque cello and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, she taught and concertized from 1991 to 2012. From 1987 to 1991 she served as principal cellist of both the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Bach Collegium with which she toured world wide as soloist. Prof. Contino founded the Bach Chamber Soloists and was a member of the Caecilian Trio. In 1976, having completed a bachelor of music at Indiana University with Janos Starker, she was appointed to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andre Previn. She was that orchestra’s youngest member and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra’s first female principal. She has worked with conductors Robert Shaw, Dennis Russell Davies, Lukas Foss, Helmuth Rilling, Raphael Kubelik, Trevor Pinnock, Ferdinand Leitner and William Steinburg among others. Mentors Gyorgy Sebok, Joel Krosnick, Arleen Auger, and Julius Herford, as well as her parents, conductor Fiora Contino and clarinetist Joseph Contino deeply shaped her musical philosophies

Butler Faculty and Hosts:

Dr. William Grubb
Associate Professor, Cello, Butler University

William Grubb, cellist, made his professional debut as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17.  He holds three degrees from The Juilliard School and was the fourth cellist in the school's history to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.  While at Juilliard, he was winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and presented his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.  His cello teachers have included his father, Cassel Grubb at DePauw University, Fritz Magg at Indiana University, Ronald Leonard at the Eastman School of Music, and Harvey Shapiro at The Juilliard School.

Dr. Grubb holds teaching positions at Butler University, Jordan College of the Arts, and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  Summer positions have included 35 summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he served on the board of trustees for nine years.  In Beijing, he was on the faculty of the Great Wall International Music Academy.  He has presented cello masterclasses at Aspen, the Hans Eisler School in Berlin, Peabody, the University of Michigan, Temple University, DePauw University, and the University of Colorado.  He is a trustee and board member for the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy. Read full bio.

Dr. Lori Honer, celloDr. Lori Honer
Instructor, Cello, Butler University; Founder and Director, Indianapolis Cello School

Lori Honer founded the Indianapolis Cello School in 2016 and currently serves as its Director. In addition, Dr. Honer is a Lecturer in Music and the Coordinator of String Studies at Franklin College and the Director of Chamber Music at the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello in Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  her master's degree from Jacob School of Music, Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music from DePauw University with further studies in cello oerformance at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. Previously, Dr. Honer  has taught cello, coached chamber music, and taught string pedagogy and literature courses at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and Vincennes University.  Working with students of all ages and backgrounds, many of her students now enjoy successful teaching and performing careers of their own. Read more.

Schedule (subject to change)

All sessions will take place in Lilly Hall room 112 unless otherwised noted.

Time Activity (all activities take place in Lilly Hall room 112)
10:00-10:30 AM Check-in and presentation with Encore Orchestral Strings representative, including instrument sampling
10:30 AM-12:00 PM Master Class with special guest, Adriana Contino
12:00-12:45 PM Lunch with current Butler cello majors
12:45 PM Presentation by Dr. Lori Honer
1:15 PM Presentation by Dr. Bill Grubb
1:30 PM Large Cello Ensemble performance with all participants. Remember to bring your cello!
2:00 PM Dismissal from Lilly Hall east lobby

Questions? Email music@butler.edu or call 317-940-9065.