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Dr. Natasha Farny teaches at the School of Music at the State University of New York in Fredonia, and offers masterclass opportunities at the String Experience Festival in Fredonia during the academic year.
Her cello students have won awards at Fredonia that include Performer’s Certificates and the Concerto Competition. Outside playing jobs for her students have included performances with the Buffalo and Erie Philharmonic Orchestras. After graduation, students have been successful in finding full-time teaching jobs throughout the state, and acceptance into nationally recognized graduate music programs such as Indiana University, University of Delaware, University of North Carolina Greensboro and North Carolina School for the Arts.
In lessons, Dr. Farny teaches physical flexibility, the creation of a beautiful sound, and the fostering of a strong technique. Scales and etudes are an indispensible component of each lesson; the student can expect to study out of books by Schroeder, Cossmann, Sevcik, Popper and Piatti. Performance opportunities include appearances in Cello Studio and Recital Seminar, campus ensembles concerts, and guest masterclasses. All students will give at least one major solo recital before they graduate. For more information on Fredonia music programs, click here.
Many of the students are enthusiastic about playing in the cello ensemble, with select performances when time allows. Recent highlights for the cello ensemble involved a masterclass on campus with Yo-Yo Ma, and a student-run performance of Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1. Past performances have included pieces by Villa Lobos, Pablo Casals, Klengel, Corelli, and Bach. Fredonia cellists arranged several of these works. Students have performed onstage with Dr. Farny over the years, sometimes touring with her and other music faculty. Recent trips have taken cellists to schools in Long Island, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, performing repertoire that included the Brahms G major Sextet, the Schubert Cello Quintet, and Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5.
A select list of guest artists that the Fredonia Cello Studio has had over the years to perform and teach:
Professor of Cello, University of South Florida
Associate Principal Cello, Dallas Symphony
Transit New Music, NYC
Liszt School of Music, Weimar, Germany
Buffalo Philharmonic principal cellist
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Grand Valley State University
Eastman School of Music
University of Texas, El Paso