[blockquote align=”none” author=”Chris, 2017″]My time at the International Cello Institute taught me to accept making mistakes and work on getting better each day. I fed off of the energy from being surrounded by such supportive cellists to make serious improvements to my cello playing. After three weeks, the growth that I saw in myself and my friends was unbelievable. The camp took my love for playing cello to a new height and I would highly recommend attending for an unforgettable experience.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Alex, 2017″]As a counselor and coach at ICI, it was a joy to watch the students grow immensely not only as young cellists but as people over the course of the festival. Each student left with a stronger grasp of the instrument, and their individual voices as cellists. One would be hard-pressed to find a music festival in which high caliber instruction and a supportive environment were balanced more harmoniously than at ICI.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Jason, 2014″]CAAE [Now ICI] gave me an intensive, fun, and most importantly inspiring two weeks of cello study that vastly improved my playing even before the festival ended. I loved the focus on community, encouragement, and diversity in the camp, and would love to go through it again! [/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Jonathan, 2014″]Cello An American Experience gave me a great opportunity to share two weeks with amazing students and teachers. The group of friends that I made was very important and helpful for encouraging each other to keeping always practicing and playing! The teachers were always very close to us for everything that we needed. I really enjoyed being part of such a wonderful experience![/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Jordan, 2014″]Attending Cello An American Experience was a truly unique, gratifying, and enriching experience. On top of learning from world-class artist/teachers that come in to share their wisdom, CAAE gave me the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with great human beings. The camp is structured to give students from around the world an eye opening experience in a short amount of time. If you are interested in learning and sharing time with great people as well as opening doors to magnificent opportunities, I would suggest applying for Cello An American Experience. [/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Ellie, 2012 and 2013″]While attending Cello An American Experience, students find themselves surrounded by other cellists who are of a similar age and who share similar goals. This creates an environment of support and encouragement. Students are provided the opportunity to work with a variety of excellent faculty, and it is very inspiring to watch each individual participant improve. During my time at CAAE the past two summers, I created lasting friendships and learned the importance of sharing what I have to share through the music I love.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Chas, 2013″] Cello An American Experience is a unique summer institute because of its highly focused and encouraging environment. Students receive a remarkable amount of time working closely with a variety of world-class faculty in lessons and masterclasses. There is also the opportunity for students to learn from each other as the watch their friends develop musically and personally. In this way, CAAE fosters a cellistic learning community that is paramount.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Oliver, 2012″] The combination of such amazing and supportive cellist colleagues and faculty created the best learning environment I have ever been a part of.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Phuc, 2012″]Cello An American Experience: it has been truly an unforgettable experience. I feel deeply fortunate to have had the chance to know all these amazingly kind and talented young cellists. I believe I have been changed not only as a cellist, but as a person.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Hanna, 2012″]How does one camp fit so much awesomeness into two weeks?!┬áSome of the most amazing days of my life so far- spent at CAAE. Thanks for everything from the laughs to the inspiration to the advice to the support![/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Yeil, 2013″] CAAE was not only a festival for great learning, but an environment that fostered a sense of community with other cellists. From masterclasses to lessons and everything in between, there was a strong cameraderie during the whole two-weeks that created lasting friendships along the way. This positive energy made CAAE a memorable experience.[/blockquote]

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