Kilroy Vandervennet

Cellist, Teaching Artist,
Creative Collaborator

Experience at a glance:
BMA: University of Michigan, Cello Performance-1990
Registered Suzuki Teacher Training Coursework-1991
MFA: Carnegie Mellon University, Cello Performance- 1994
Burton Kaplan Seminars - 1999, 2000, 2009
American String Teachers Association- 2005
Oakland Symphony MUSE Lead Teaching Artist Mentor- 1997-present
Oakland Symphony MUSE Coordinator- 2011-2018

​Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service- 2016

Chamber music: Guiding elementary through adult aged students in principles of rehearsing and performing various levels chamber music for pleasure, performance, and ensemble competitions.

Teaching is like tending to a garden, each student should be nurtured to become their own flower, fruit, or vegetable. Beth has developed a nurturing teaching style that meets students where they are at all ages & levels, implementing various teaching techniques including Suzuki Philosophies, traditional classical, creative imagery, and contemporary methods in a supportive and imaginative environment for over 30 years.  Let’s work together to bring out the best in all of us!

Teaching Artist Performances:  In-school and community performances presented through chamber and solo repertoire to excite, inspire, engage, and educate students into appreciating and involving themselves with music. Programs are engaging and interactive, with creative sessions full of listening examples to show students various components of music such as: instrument families, musical eras, styles, stories, moods, tempos.

Private Lessons:​ As we work together,   my wish for all lessons is to explore music while fully engaged in the creative art - ultimately reaching a level of satisfaction or accomplishment at the conclusion of each lesson, series of lessons, or performance. 

We will explore how you can grow your technique to support and grow your musical ideas.

You play like you practice.  During our sessions, we will strive for thoughtful, thorough, and creative ways to practice as we reach goals in developing musicianship.

Orchestral sectional coaching: Coaching in a group setting strives in highlighting the fundamentals of orchestral section playing while focusing on musicianship and technical proficiency. A hands-on approach is paired with individual attention and group teaching to assist cellists in seeking an awareness of a full section sound.

Teaching Artist

Rates at a glance:
Teaching/Mentoring 2018-19 season:
            30 minute session= $55
            45 minute session= $70
            60 minute session= $85

            90 minute session= $100

Educational Performances & Workshops 2018-19 season:
            60 minutes= $150    
            90 minutes= $200

            120 minutes= $250      

Private and Small Group Teaching at Home Studio:

Vandervennet Studios in Oakland, CA  94619

Please Contact Beth for information on scholarship, sliding scale,

or additional inquiries.