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Thurnauer School of Music

Cello Master Class Featuring Peter Stumpf

Gain insight into music, the artistic process, and how great artistry is passed from generation to generation. In this public coaching, Peter Stumpf will work with cellists selected by state-wide auditions, benefiting the students as well as the audience.  Attendance free and open to the public.

Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet and has appeared on the chamber music series at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Boston Celebrity Series, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in Europe and Japan. He has performed concertos with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Read about Peter Stumpf here.  

Nominations and audition recordings are due Feb 28. For audition and video guidelines, and nomination form, visit here.   


Handler Master Classes are open to pre-college musicians from a wide range of ages and levels of training, from elementary to advanced-level students. The criteria for selecting participants include good preparation, serious dedication, and the ability to respond to suggestions in a class situation, whether the student is performing a standard concerto or a piece from the beginning repertoire. Applicants must be New Jersey or Rockland County, NY residents and must be studying privately at a school or studio in New Jersey or in Rockland County, NY. Students currently enrolled in the preparatory division of a New York or Pennsylvania conservatory are not eligible to participate, unless they are also studying privately at the Thurnauer School of Music. Selected students must be available on the date of the master class. 

This master class is part of the Sylvia and Jacob Handler Master Class series sponsored by Drs. Joan and Alan Handler.   

This is Thurnauer’s 27th season of presenting master classes to the community.  Visit here to see a full list of artists presented.