Beth Vandervennet’s  formative years were spent in Michigan.  

She began her cello studies many moons ago, at the ripe old age of 10, because she was fortuitously drawn to the fact that nobody else in the class dared to haul the large behemoth of a cello—it was quite convenient her home was a stone's throw from her public elementary school. Beth found her path to university music schools for a stimulating and well- rounded education at University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Kent State University.  All that momentum in the Midwest thrust her westward to explore music and creative teaching
in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Beth has called Oakland home for over 20 years, while bathing herself in an admirable assortment of music making: 

From Orchestral masterpieces to Squid Inc., from original Pagan Lounge sonorousness of Rosin Coven to

traditional chamber music of the grand masters. 

Beth is a devoted teaching artist as well as a community ambassador, promoter, and musician throughout Oakland with the

Oakland Symphony’s MUSE (Music for Excellence program).  

Favorites you ask? Her favorite color is purple, favorite food is kale, and favorite song is what she is playing at any given moment. 

Leisure time is spent laughing, skiing, hiking, backpacking, & exploring the world of places and cuisine with her husband, son, family, & friends.

A Story


Kilroy Vandervennet

Cellist, Teaching Artist,
Creative Collaborator