The 2021 Residential Seminar is scheduled for July 5-25.
Our one-week Virtual Seminar for students age 16+ will be hosted online June 28 – July 3.

At this time we are planning to host an in-person residential seminar in July, 2021. We are paying close attention to health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, and plan to gather safely this summer. Participants should be aware that COVID precautions will be in place, including possible requirements around testing/vaccinations, mask-wearing, and social distancing. The details of these precautions will be shared with participants.

Stephen Kates Memorial Cello Chair for Residential Seminar: Darrett Adkins, cello professor from Juilliard, Oberlin, and Aspen, will be in Sitka July 5-11 as Guest Faculty for the Residential Seminar.

The Sitka International Cello Seminar brings together top collegiate cellists from around the world for an intensive course with International Artist Zuill Bailey and Master Teacher Dr. Melissa Kraut. This unique 3-week immersion experience allows ample time for learning and reflection in the beautiful setting of Sitka, Alaska. Dr. Kraut & Mr. Bailey offer an incomparable dual approach to private lessons, master classes, audience engagement, and personal development. Student enrollment is limited to 10 participants, creating an unprecedented 5:1 ratio with these two acclaimed leaders.

Students and faculty reside and rehearse in the Miner Music Center at Stevenson Hall, on the historic Sheldon Jackson campus. Community engagement performances are scheduled in a variety of Sitka locations, including hospitals, shelters, and local restaurants. Meals are included with tuition.

Students are accepted by audition and must be age 18 or older. The 2021 Seminar will begin on July 5 (students will travel to Sitka on July 4; please inquire if you wish to arrive on July 3) and end on July 25 (students travel on July 26). There will be a final concert, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 24. Tuition for 2021 will be $3,250, which includes meals and housing. Transportation to Sitka for students and their cellos is not included.

The Gloria Miner Fellowship and Stephen Kates Fellowship will be offered at the discretion of the faculty.

Watch the video above to learn more!

Online Virtual Option for 2021

A one-week virtual seminar option has been added for 2021, ideal for students under 18 years old or others who would simply prefer this option. Students aged 16+ are welcome to apply. The virtual seminar will take place June 28 – July 3. Over these six days, students will have several individual lessons alternating between Dr. Kraut and Mr. Bailey, plus daily group classes, including master classes and seminars to discuss pedagogy, building a career, and the field of classical music. Tuition for the virtual seminar is $800.

Click here to hear an interview about the 2020 virtual seminar. 

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Dr. Melissa Kraut
Dr. Melissa KrautEducation Director
Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. She holds degrees from CIM, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University, and has studied with Alan Harris and Hans-Jørgen Jensen. Additionally, Dr. Kraut has participated in master classes of cellists Aldo Parisot, Frank Miller, Yo-Yo Ma, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and David Soyer.
Zuill Bailey
Zuill BaileyArtistic Director
Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, a graduate of the Juilliard School, maintains an extensive schedule of concerto performances and recordings. He is a professor of cello at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Artistic Director for the Sitka Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, and the Northwest Bach Festival.