Choppin’ Cellos
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Choppin’ Cellos

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Washington Adventist University and the ASTA MD/DC chapter co-host “Choppin’ Cellos” May 5th from 2:00 to 5:30 PM at the Peter’s Music Center on WAU’s campus in Takoma Park. This workshop is for intermediate to advanced players who want an introduction to the specialized techniques of Folk and Tango and the fundamentals of chart interpretation. Our presenters are Carol Anne Bosco, Devree Lewis, and Susanna Mendlow. Admission is $10 for ASTA members, students, and WAU affiliates. General admission is $15. Bring your cello and join in the fun!

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Devree Lewis is a cellist based in the D.C. Metro Area. Her recent appearances include: a concert weekend with Choral Arts Society of Washington, performing Eric Whitacre’s A Sacred Veil for chorus and solo cello; Navy Band International Sax Symposium performing new chamber music by Jerod Tate; and studio recording with alt electronic band April+VISTA.

Devree regularly performs with Cello, World duo and Philadelphia-based Mill Race Collective as well as several regional orchestras. Principal cellist of Pan American Symphony Orchestra from 2009 – 2017, Devree continues to specialize in tango music through education, performance, and arranging. The National Symphony of Cuba premiered Devree’s orchestral arrangement of “Ni Pelota: Milonga” by E. Trifilio in 2017. Devree co-founded, performed with, and arranged music for Trifilio Tango Trio full time from 2015-2018. During her years with TTT, the trio recorded and produced three albums of original tango music. “Milonga de la Ausencia,” featuring Devree on cello, is the soundtrack for the short film “Vuelve con nosotros” and was nominated for best original score at Milan’s 2016 MOFF Film Festival. Devree has written tango curriculum and arrangements for Manhattan Chamber Music, where she has also taught since 2017, and directed her tango arrangements performed by DCYOP.

Drawing influence from all kinds of music, Austin-based cellist Carol Anne Bosco plays with a style that is eclectic and diverse. Her musical training includes performance degrees from Florida State University and the University of Maryland. A detour to New Orleans in between provided a chance to explore other styles of music as well. She has performed with the Arlington Philharmonic, Tysons-McLean Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and has taken part in the Fontainebleau, Wintergreen, and Duxbury chamber music festivals. Outside of classical music, the gigging scene grants much opportunity for collaboration and expanded techniques – both in playing and arranging. Through the Tiny Desk series on NPR,Carol Anne has performed with alt-J, Billy Corgan, and Meg Myers. For the latter concert, she arranged parts for string quartet. Other artists Carol Anne has appeared with include Jenny Lewis at the Anthem, and Jump Little Children on the Oblivion tour. She has arranged string parts for the session work she does in studios around Austin and DC, as well as for weddings and events. Carol Anne’s principal teachers have included Kenneth Slowik, Evelyn Elsing, Dennis Parker, Michael Kannen, Greg Sauer, and Diana Ligeti.


Susanna Mendlow, a versatile performer, arranger, and educator, enjoys playing a variety of musical styles. She captivates audiences with original two-cello arrangements of classical, popular, and world music as one half of the semi-improvisational duo Cello, World. She also regularly premieres works in the classical sextet Kassia Music and served as the cellist for QuinTango for several years. As both a soloist and chamber musician, Susanna has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Central Asia. Recently, she earned performance grants from the District of Columbia Commission for the Arts as well as an Emergent Seed award for her composition “Variations on Avre Este Abajour,” written for Cello, World. Her solo album, which features her arrangement of Mendelssohn’s third violin sonata and works for solo cello by Julia Adolphe and Noam Faingold, has an anticipated release of later this year. Susanna holds degrees from Columbia University, Michigan State University, and SUNY Stony Brook. She currently teaches cello in her private studio and serves on faculty at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD.


May 5
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm