Cellist John Bennett is very interested in the parallels between playing the cello and singing. He will show how using the bow is like both singing vowels and articulating consonants, and will demonstrate with the vocal and dance music of J. S. Bach.
John was born and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of California until 2018 when he and his wife relocated to Portland, ME. His cello teachers included Margaret Rowell, Irene Sharp, Lazlo Varga, and Burton Kaplan’s Practice Retreats in New York. His chamber music coaches were Roy Bogas and Bonnie Hampton.
John taught students of all levels and ages in his private studio and led workshops and cello ensembles. For 20 years he was the adjunct cello instructor at Pacific Union College and the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts in Angwin, California, where he taught lessons, coached chamber music, and conducted a youth orchestra. For 12 years, John was the cello/bass coach and a member of the Artist in Residence String Quartet for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra.
In addition to teaching, he was a tenured member of the Vallejo and Napa Valley Symphonies, freelanced often, and performed in chamber music and duo recitals.
John’s greatest love has always been helping and guiding students of all ages and levels achieve their musical goals. “I don’t teach the cello; I teach the human being, one of my teachers said to me. This has always been my guiding principle.”