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April Dannelly

Instructor - Cello, Music Theory

Having a passion for both music performance and music academia, April Dannelly received a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance with a Music Theory Minor from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and then went on to complete a Master’s of Music in Cello Performance and a Master’s of Arts in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Throughout her three years at UW, she taught Aural Skills and Theory as a TA for the freshman Music Theory course.

April has always been an active chamber musician and orchestral performer. At Oberlin, she was a member of the Dorian Quartet, with whom she performed in the Oberlin Honors Recital in 2006. The following year the quartet was selected to showcase the Conservatory in a recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Dorian Quartet was honored to be chosen as semi-finalists in the Plowman Chamber Competition, and also received Honorable Mention in the Ohio String Teacher’s Association Chamber Competition. With the Oberlin Orchestra, she performed as a principal player in Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, and in Italy. Currently, April is the principal cellist in the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and is a section cellist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly in the St. Louis area with Tangueros de St. Louis (a tango trio), and the PEAK Oboe Quartet.

Ms. Dannelly has been teaching cello for 10 years, and recently began her training in Suzuki teaching. She teaches private instruction in cello at Lindenwood, and private cello lessons from her home and at the Community Music School of Webster Groves. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. 

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