Ithaca College to Host Annual Cello Festival

Ithaca College’s James J. Whalen Center for Music will be the venue for the 19th annual New Directions Cello Festival, a three-day series of workshops and performances running from Friday to Sunday, June 7 to 9. In addition to instructional workshops and jam sessions, the festival will offer three public concerts:

• Friday Night Concert, June 7, 7:30–10:30 p.m., featuring Alex Kelly, Laura Moody & Cloud Chamber Orchestra (tickets required)
• Saturday Night Concert, June 8, 7:30–10:30 p.m., featuring Rushad Eggleston, Ben Sollee & Daniel Levin Trio (tickets required)
• Sunday Free Concert, June 9, 1:30–3 p.m., featuring an Open Mic session by festival participants and a performance by the Cello Big Band (free).

The public concerts will take place in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the Whalen Center.

Tickets will be available at the door for the Friday and Saturday performances. Prices for each performance are: $20 for adults; $12 for students and seniors; $6 for children under 12. Pre-sale special price $15 available at

The Sunday concert is free.

“In the almost 20 years since New Directions began, the role of the cello in popular and nonclassical music has exploded,” said Chris White, New Directions founder and director. “The cello is now an important feature in countless groups and in the ongoing development of the instrument’s limitless potential.”

The goals of the festival, White added, are to encourage interaction among nonclassical cellists and promote awareness among all cellists and the musically oriented public about the contributions that cellists are making in many styles of contemporary music. Those styles encompass jazz, blues, rock, folk, experimental, world music and techniques involving improvisation, which are not commonly taught to cellists at music schools.
For more information, contact Chris White at or (607) 277-1686, or visit

Laura Moody                Photo credit: Gerald Jenkins