The program in cello study at Lawrence University is designed to provide undergraduate cellists with a comprehensive education in cello performance and pedagogy. Students may select majors in performance, music education, and theory/composition or develop areas of concentration outside established programs through student-designed majors. Many students elect to combine majors in the Conservatory of Music or complete two degrees -one in the conservatory and one in the college of liberal arts and sciences.
Students are selected from auditions held on campus and at audition sites throughout the United States. Each cello student at Lawrence receives a private lesson with a faculty member each week and participates in weekly performance classes. After completing a course in cello pedagogy, students may develop their own studios through the Lawrence Academy of Music. All courses, lessons, and coaching sessions at Lawrence University are taught by members of the faculty.
Students of Professor Anthony have gone on to study with such teachers as Colin Carr, Norman Fischer, Jean Michel Fontenay, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Mark Johnson, Paul Katz, Janos Starker, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. They have been accepted to prestigious music programs such as the New England Conservatory; Indiana University; Northwestern University; Oberlin; San Francisco Conservatory; Shepard School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook. Those who have a degree in Music Education have a 100% placement rate in the field. Former students are playing in orchestras, free-lancing and are teaching faculty in community music programs across the country.
In keeping with the mission of Lawrence University to educate men and women in the liberal arts and sciences and given our commitment to the development of intellect and talent, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the cultivation of judgment and values, it is not surprising that the pursuit of a liberal arts education can lead one to take unexpected turns and there are those whose lives and passions have led them down alternate routes. Alumni of the cello studio include those who have earned PhD’s in Physics, Information Technology and Philosophy, a priest, a beer maker, an ethnomusicologist, rock climbers and much more.