Holding Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, 26-year-old Cellist, Wesley Skinner, studied with pedagogue Dr. Melissa Kraut. With an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy during his Master’s degree, Wesley recently held faculty positions in the Western Reserve Suzuki School, the Hudson School of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Preparatory Program. Now attending Arizona State University (ASU), Wesley is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts as the Teaching Assistant of Performing Cellist and Pedagogue Thomas Landschoot.
Luciana Gallo is a dedicated cello instructor and performer based in the
Phoenix area. She is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and teaches
cello lessons out of her private studio. In 2017 she received her Doctor of
Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, where she was a Graduate
Cello Teaching Assistant to Thomas Landschoot. She holds a Master of Music
degree from the University of Nevada Reno, where she was a TA to Dr. Dmitri Atapine
and a member of the Nightingale String Quartet, and a Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Gallo’s teaching experience includes
working as Lead String Teacher for Harmony Project Phoenix, a music for
change program for underprivileged children, and teaching at
Cellobration Festival (ASU) and the Tucson Cello Congress. She also
served as cello coach for Campo Verde High School and the Reno
Orchestras, among others.
Dr. Mary Frances DiBartolo is assistant principal cellist of the Arizona Opera
Orchestra, section cellist in the West Valley Symphony, and instructor of cello and
chamber music at Paradise Valley Community College. DiBartolo is an avid
recitalist and chamber musician, continuo player, recording studio artist, and
regular extra with the Tucson symphony. DiBartolo is also a highly sought after
private studio teacher, conference presenter, adjudicator, and clinician.
DiBartolo has performed in many notable national and international festivals
including the Spoleto Italy/USA Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival, Animas Festival, Red Rocks Festival, Arizona Opera Wagner Ring Cycle Festival, and the Lancaster USA Festival. DiBartolo's orchestral career spans thirtyfive years. Click here for more information.
Dr. Wu holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from National Taiwan Normal University, Master of Music degree and Doctoral of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin studying with Bion Tsang. Currently she is an acting cello principal in the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble and substitute cellist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Dr. Wu is a dedicated teacher with 10+ years of experience and has served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin String Project. Several of her students have been selected for all-region high school orchestras, middle school regionals, and played as soloists with orchestras. She has completed Book 1 and 2 of the Suzuki cello teacher training.
Praised for his expressive and poetic music making, cellist Thomas Landschoot enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. He has toured North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared on National Radio and Television worldwide. His solo career started after taking a top prize at the International Cello Competition ŒJeunesse Musicales‚ in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania.
He recently performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Prima la Musica (Belgium), Shieh Chien Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Tempe Symphony and the Orchestra of the United States Army Band and has appeared at the Park City, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, Utah, Red Rock, Waterloo, Killington and Texas Music Festivals. His recordings are available on Summit, Organic, Kokopelli and Centaur Records.