2022 Sitka International Cello Seminar:  June 29 – July 17, 2022

Applications for the ninth annual Sitka International Cello Seminar will be available in December, please check back for details.

At this time we are planning to host an in-person residential seminar in June – July 2022. We are paying close attention to the changing health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 as we get closer to the 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 special guest instructors due to be announced soon. This unique 3-week immersion experience allows ample time for learning and reflection in the beautiful setting of Sitka, Alaska. Private lessons, master classes, audience engagement, and personal development are all part of the unique approach taken at the Sitka International Cello Seminar. Student enrollment is limited to 10 participants, creating a low student to teacher ratio.  Students are accepted by audition and must be age 18 or older.

Students and faculty reside and rehearse in the Miner Music Center at Stevenson Hall on the historic Sheldon Jackson College campus in beautiful Sitka, Alaska. Community engagement performances are scheduled in a variety of Sitka locations including retirement homes, libraries, and local restaurants.

The 2022 Cello Seminar will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, June 29 and end Sunday, July 17 with a final performance.  Students are invited to arrive between noon Tuesday, June 28 and noon Wednesday, June 29.  Although the formal seminar will be over on the 17th, students are invited to stay on site (meals not included) through Tuesday, July 19 to enjoy Sitka.  Details about local excursions will be provided closer to the seminar.  Tuition is $4,000, which includes meals and housing. Transportation to Sitka for students and their cellos is not included.

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

Other scholarship and work-study opportunities will be made available on an as-needed basis.  Requests for aid can be made when submitting seminar application.  Further inquiries can be sent to director@sitkamusicfestival.org.

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Zuill Bailey
Zuill BaileySMF Artistic 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. Mr. Bailey, seminar founder, leads the Sitka International Cello Seminar.