The Sitka International Cello Seminar brings together top collegiate cellists from around the world for a three week immersion course with International Artist Zuill Bailey and Master Teacher Dr. Melissa Kraut in beautiful Sitka, Alaska.  The 20 day Seminar includes private lessons, master classes, performance opportunities, outreach opportunities, films, score study, career workshops and discussions.

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2017 Sitka Cello Seminar

November 6th, 2016|0 Comments

"Sitka was nothing short of transformative for me as a cellist and a human being." Hannah Moses, 2015 Seminar "The Sitka Cello Seminar lights a fire behind the true meaning of music." Brendon Phelps, 2014 & 2015 Seminar [...]

Pictures from the 2016 International Cello Seminar

August 21st, 2016|0 Comments

These great shots come to us from Clark James Mishler Photography.

2016 Sitka Cello Seminar

December 9th, 2015|0 Comments

"Sitka was nothing short of transformative for me as a cellist and a human being." Hannah Moses, 2015 Seminar "The Sitka Cello Seminar lights a fire behind the true meaning of music." Brendon Phelps, 2014 & 2015 Seminar [...]

Cello Seminar and Cellobration a huge success!

July 1st, 2016|0 Comments

The 2016 International Cello Seminar entered 2016 as  it's biggest and best season yet, featuring MORE students and MORE time in Sitka, which meant MORE performances for the public to enjoy. The Cello Seminar had its big performance "Cellobration" [...]

You must post a non-refundable $50 application fee with your registration.

Cello Seminar Application

  • A few fellowships will be awarded to assist with tuition and/or travel. If you would like to apply for a fellowship you must submit a letter outlining merit and need. Please submit the file as a pdf.
  • Drop files here or
    You must submit a video (or videos) of yourself playing two contrasting pieces, for a total of about 20 minutes of music. You can either upload video files above (files cannot be over 50MB), OR you can provide a web link to your videos below.
  • Price: $50.00
    You must submit a $50 non-refundable registration fee. When you click "Submit" below you will be taken to the PayPal site where you can make the payment.

Dates for the 2017 Seminar are July 5 – 25.

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Dr. Melissa Kraut
Dr. Melissa KrautEducation Director
Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. She holds degrees from CIM, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University, and has studied with Alan Harris and Hans-Jørgen Jensen. Additionally, Dr. Kraut has participated in master classes of cellists Aldo Parisot, Frank Miller, Yo-Yo Ma, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and David Soyer.
Zuill Bailey
Zuill BaileyArtistic Director
Zuill Bailey is a graduate of the Juilliard School, he has appeared with major orchestras internationally. He is a professor of cello at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Artistic Director for the Sitka Summer Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica, and the Northwest Bach Festival.