About the Cello Studio
Welcome from our Professor of Cello
Prof. Deborah Pae
Every young artist, no matter how talented, needs skillful instruction and supportive mentorship to become a complete musician. Working with a mentor who recognizes your potential and your best qualities, even before you see it in yourself, can be a very powerful thing. That was certainly my experience as a young artist and throughout my 20+ year career, I have had many important teachers share their expertise and encourage me to seize invaluable opportunities. Teaching brings great joy and I am very fortunate to now share my knowledge with the next generation of young artists.
Becoming a seasoned musician requires many skill sets: a strong foundational technique, a thorough knowledge of the literature, and a distinct musical voice; an unbridled curiosity and resourcefulness, the ability to communicate effectively and connect with your audience, work collaboratively with your peers, and curate projects that impact our profession and the communities around us. Each student is unique and reaching a stage of maturity is challenging for anyone but working with a teacher who can bring the best out of you can be empowering and rewarding.
It is my pleasure to mentor my studio of young artists at Eastern Michigan University, present masterclasses at universities and conservatories across the United States, Canada, and Asia, and teach at several internationally renowned festivals where I can share my expertise while gaining new insights.
I invite you to come visit us, meet your future peers, and become part of this wonderful musical family!
EMU CELLO at Eastern Michigan University is guided by the philosophy that all of our students should be exposed to exceptional musical training and diverse learning opportunities to lead a successful career in the arts. We encourage each of our cellists to be resourceful, entrepreneurial and active ambassadors of art in their communities and we aim to make all of our musical endeavors resonate with positivity.
With the expertise of Professor Pae, each cellist receives one-on-one personalized instruction, which hones and strengthens each student's aural, technical, and musical abilities alongside guided career mentorship. Cellists also participate in cello ensemble, performances on- and off-campus, and a number of exciting activities at the University.
Graduates of the EMU CELLO studio have gone onto prestigious music programs throughout the country and received highly sought after assistantships at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, Bowling Green State University, University of Missouri, and the University of Memphis and teach students of their own. Current and past alumni have also participated in music festivals including Interlochen Arts, Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Summer Institute & Festival, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave, the Formosa Chamber Music Festival, and PhoenixPhest.