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.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Sitka International Cello Seminar! To apply, please follow the link on the righthand column, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

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2018 Sitka Cello Seminar

October 12th, 2017|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 2017 Sitka International Cello Seminar

August 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

We had such a wonderful time with the cellists of the 2017 Sitka International Cello Seminar! For more information on these talented young artists, follow this link.

2017 Seminar Concerts & Events

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Tuesday, July 11th at 6:30pm - Cafe Concert at Mean Queen - A free 1-hr concert Wednesday, July 12th at 5:30pm - Cafe Concert at Rios - A free 1-hr concert Friday, July 14th at 12:30pm - Pop-up Concert at Sitka Public Library [...]

Meet the 2017 Seminar Students

July 5th, 2017|1 Comment

We welcome young cellists from around the world to Sitka for the 2017 Sitka Cello Seminar. Here are this year's participants! Isa AlNajem was born in Bahrain in 1994, and was initially taught by his father the [...]

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.

Tentative dates for the 2018 Seminar are July 3-23.

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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.