Monica S.

Monica S. is a native of Naperville, Illinois who grew up in a very musical family. Being one of eight children, she was chosen to play the cello starting at age four with the Community School of the Arts through Wheaton College. She studied with Carol Ourada to senior year of high school, while also pursuing lessons with Tanya Carey. Monica was a member of the Midwest Young Artist’s Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2013. She was also a member of the Wheaton POPS Orchestra. During her summer trips to Czech Republic, she participated in the orchestra and chamber programs at Litomyšl, as well as practicing cello under Evžen Rattay and Tomáš Strašil. Monica recently graduated from Illinois State University, receiving a degree in music performance, where she studied under the direction of Adriana La Rosa Ransom. There, she was principal and co-principal cellist of the ISU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, directed by Glenn Block. She immersed herself in string and cello pedagogy courses, orchestra cello repertoire, piano courses, and chamber ensembles. She was also a Teacher’s Assistant at ISU’s String Project program for four years, gaining experience in teaching private and cello group instruction, as well as conducting the orchestra. Monica is a Suzuki certified cello teacher.
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