Phone: (585) 957-8079
A passionate and versatile teacher, cellist Glenna Curren has maintained a private teaching studio since 2002. Currently based in Rochester, she has taught as a teaching assistant at Oberlin Conservatory and is a graduate of the nationally recognized Penfield Suzuki program. Glenna’s students today range from young children to advanced college-age students and adult hobbyists; she is happy to accept Suzuki students and beginners of all ages, as well as experienced students and adults who are interested in refining their technique.
Glenna strives to understand how each unique student learns best; her approach to teaching is centered around creating a personalized experience for each student. She has been fortunate enough to study with some of the nation’s most sought-after teachers– including Alan Harris, Catharina Meints, Amir Eldan, Richard Aaron, and Steven Doane– whom she credits with teaching her how to teach as well as how to play the cello. She draws upon a wide range of teaching approaches, stressing the importance of building healthy playing technique. Glenna feels that making music is a profound way to appreciate and to participate in the shared human experience. She hopes, above all, to instill her students with a sense of joy and freedom when playing the instrument.
Glenna has performed across the United States and five European countries as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, performing in notable venues such as Disney Hall in Los Angeles and Bartok Hall in Debrecen, Hungary. She has performed numerous times as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and on the public radio concert series Live from Hochestein.
As a baroque cellist and gambist, Glenna has collaborated in performance with some of the early music world’s most highly regarded performers, including Paul O’dette and members of Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, and the Orchestra of the 18th century. In 2010 she was a recipient of a grant from Early Music America, subsequently performing with the ensemble Oberlin Baroque at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival. Glenna currently performs with the the Christ Church Baroque Consort and the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, and collaborates frequently in performance with Rochester’s magnificent historical pipe organs in connection with the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative. She is currently presenting a series of recitals exploring Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites.
Glenna recieved her Master of Music Degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she pursued additional studies in baroque cello and viola da gamba, completing a minor in Historical Performance. Learn more about her by visiting www.glennacurren.com.