Dr. Sally Singer, cello and bass
Whitman College Hall of Music room 15
British cellist Dr. Sally Singer has given numerous world premiere performances of solo and chamber works in Europe and throughout the United States and performed as a soloist with the Pleven Philharmonic, Bulgaria, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, New York, the Danbury Symphony, Connecticut and the Wenatchee Valley Symphony amongst others, and as a Trio soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia and the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra. Chamber performances highlights include the Tanglewood Music Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, first prize in the John Ireland Chamber Music Competition, British National Television appearances, the Governor's Mansion, WA and the Vovka Ashkenazy Piano Trio. A former member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Lyric Opera, Dr. Singer performed as principal cellist with the Tanglewood Symphony Orchestra, led by Seiji Ozawa. Recent World premier performances include the works of composers Laura Kaminsky, Wayne Horvitz, Bern Herbolsheimer, Thomas Flaherty and Marilyn Shrude.
Dr. Singer is the cellist and Artistic Director for the New York-based organization Sankusem, which is dedicated to the exploration and performance of African Art Music written for classical instruments. She will soon release a CD of works written by the notable Ghanaian composer Kwabena Nketia, with pianist George Francois and violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Along with violinist Jennifer Caine, Sally is also currently recording Lou Harrison's Concerto for Violin, Cello and Gamelan, with Jarrad Powell's groundbreaking ensemble Gamelan Pacifica. Dr. Singer is a member of the Icicle Creek Piano Trio, who released two CDs under the label Con Brio Recordings which were highly acclaimed by Gramophone, The Strad, and Fanfare magazines, the American Record Guide and others. Recently, National Public Radio featured a live summer festival performance given by the Icicle Creek Piano Trio on the national show "Performance Today". Furthermore, Dr. Singer was the co-director and performer for the Canyon Wren Concert Series, a long- running year-round chamber music series featuring Northwest musicians, and for the Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival. This year the Seattle Times Arts magazine complimented her performance of the Rachmaninoff Sonata in this festival as having an “exacting architectural sense and emotional sense” and “protean precision”.
A passionate educator, Dr. Singer has given masterclasses at universities and conservatories on the east and west coasts of America, in the UK and Australia. She has judged many young artist competitions around the United Sates, and at the Icicle Creek Music Center Sally co-directed the Chamber Music Institute, an intensive national program for high school to Graduate students and many other chamber music programs, as well as working with a full private studio. As Co-Artistic Director there she invited Midori, Mark O'Connor and the Tokyo String Quartet, amongst others, to perform and to work with young artists from the Northwest region.
Dr. Singer holds her undergraduate degree in cello performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, UK, graduating with First Class Honors, a Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her Doctorate from Stony Brook University. Her primary teachers were Elizabeth Petter, Eduardo Vassallo, Phyllis Young, and Timothy Eddy, and she has taken further study with Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, David Finckel, Moray Welsh, Colin Carr, Irene Sharpe and Johannes Goritsky. She plays an English cello made by Bernhard Simon Fendt in 1835.