The 2021 Seminar is scheduled for July 5-25. Applications will be available soon.

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, and include occasional class outings to Sitka homes for dinner and recreation. Students are accepted by audition and must be age 18 or older.

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Established in 2014, the Sitka International Cello Seminar is a relatively new branch of the Sitka Music Festival. In a normal summer, the seminar is an immersive 3-week residency program for pre-professional cellists. Capacity is limited [...]

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November 19th, 2019|0 Comments

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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.