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An outstanding group of cellists competed in the 2021 Cleveland Cello Society annual scholarship competition.  Just as last year, due to the pandemic, it was a virtual event, concluding on Sunday April 18th.  The CCS expresses great appreciation to all the contestants for their hard work and dedication. 

The winners are.  . .  . .

ELEMENTARY Division:  Mary Margaret Kramer Prize
        Seraphina Huang  of Shaker Heights, grade 4, Boulevard Elementary, (student of Pamela Kelly)

JUNIOR Division: George Knobeloch Edwards Prize
        Elena Ziegler of Copley, grade 8, St Hilary School, (student of Martha Baldwin),
Honorable Mention: Ava Suri  of Shaker Heights, grade 6, Hawken School,  (student of Martha Baldwin)

SENIOR Division
        Daniel Dorsey of Cincinnati, 12th grade, St. Xavier High School  (student of Sarah Kim),
Honorable Mention
        Meghan Slusarski of Chardon 11th grade, home school (student of Pamela Kelly)

COLLEGIATE division:
Gold Medal Prize (co-winners)
        Drew Dansby of Oberlin (student of Darrett Adkins) Sophmore Oberlin Conservatory of Music
        Miles Reed of Oberlin (student of Dmitry Kouzov),1st year, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Silver Prize
        Sarah Dabin Baek (student of Dmitry Kouzov) 3rd year, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Agnew Prize for Bach (co-winners)
        Drew Dansby of Oberlin (student of Darrett Adkins) Sophomore Oberlin Conservatory of Music
        Sammantha Powell of Cleveland(student of Richard Weiss)Senior, Cleveland Institute of Music

And a heartfelt thank you to our team of judges, this year composed entirely of winners of our previous competitions:
Julie Albers (1999 Collegiate Division winner)
Chris Irvine (2001 Elementary, 2004 Junior, 2005 Senior, 2011 Collegiate  Division winner)
Dane Johansen (2002 Collegiate Division winner)
Madeleine Kabat (2010 Collegiate Division winner)
Michael Kaufman (1999 Elementary, 2003 Junior, 2005 Senior, 2009 Collegiate Division winner)
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (2006 Collegiate Division winner)

Click here to read more about the judges, where they are, and what they’re doing today.

Our Mission

The mission of the Cleveland Cello Society is to foster greater appreciation for and enjoyment of the cello and the musical arts, through performance, education, and the sharing of ideas.

Never underestimate the power of the cello!

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