Classically-trained violinist and violist Cicely Nelson completed extensive teacher training and certification in the Suzuki Method at the School for Strings in New York City, where she studied under Ekaterina Gerson, Allen Lieb, Louise Behrend, and Sasha Yudkovsky, and taught in the Start-Up Program, a program for under-resourced communities. While pursuing dual graduate degrees in violin and viola performance at the University of British Columbia (MMus 2013, 2016), she served on the faculties of the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Vancouver Symphony School of Music, where she was also chair of the Early Childhood Department. She holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, during which time she also pursued coursework in music at the Mannes College of Music.
An active performer and chamber musician, Cicely has also participated in the Ameropa, Domaine Forget, and Bowdoin Music Festivals. She is member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and participates in continued education in Suzuki pedagogy and music performance. Both her teaching and performing are informed by a lifelong background in movement (performance and therapy). She is passionate about teaching all ages, levels, and approaches and her students have won competitions and received top marks in Royal College of Music Examinations. At present, in addition to being a new violin coach at Elemental Music in Santa Monica, she serves as a Teaching Artist with YOLA, Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program.