Cello Lessons in Ottawa

I believe that anyone can learn to play the cello regardless of their age or musical experience.  My guiding principles in teaching make developing strong technique a priority in order to create beautiful sound with the cello.  Whether your goal is to play solo or chamber music, accompany your family and friends, play in a band or play in an orchestra I can help you get there. I teach private lessons out of my home in the Elmvale/Alta Vista area.

Mary Rathsmary@cellobetty.com
(613) 454-8109

About Me

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I started playing the cello at age 14 through my high school’s string program. Right away I loved everything about the instrument: the sound, the range, the size, the challenge, and that it can adapt to all styles of music.  After high school I earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Music from the University of Ottawa.

My cello playing has led me to many unforgettable experiences from playing in big orchestras to recording in studios for local bands, working as a member of the pit orchestra for musicals and playing string quartets on a cruise ship.  I am most proud of the 9 years I spent as the cellist of the Canadian Forces String Ensemble.  With that unique group I had the privilege of playing for celebrities and other remarkable Canadians at ceremonies presenting the Order of Canada, for 3 different Governor’s General in Rideau Hall, and even for Royalty from all over the world!

I now devote my time to sharing my love of the cello and teaching others how to play.