Corey Averill

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Hello to each of you! My name is Corey, and I have been teaching cello for 33 years. I am a retired music school teacher of 30 years. These past two years have been spent building up my private studio. It has been really rewarding! During my years of teaching in the schools, I taught at a community college in Vancouver, WA, at a Waldorf School for 23 years, and in the Lake Oswego Schools. Additionally, I perform (ed) as a professional cellist with the Oregon Ballet, Portland Opera, Eugene Symphony, and  famous artists such as the Eagles, the Moody Blues, Bocelli, Led Zepplin, and many others. I spent decades performing for the Broadway series performing countless musicals as well. I teach students age 8- 80, beginning through advanced. My degree is BM in cello performance from Portland State University 1994, and I have studied (and/or had master classes) with Stephanie McDougal, Hamilton Cheifetz, Yo Yo Ma, Hans Jurgen Jensen, and Carter Brey. I attended Tanglewood Institute in 1987, and Congress of Strings in 1988 both on a full scholarship. My lessons are both fun, educational, and I work diligently toward teaching great technique in both the right and left hands. I will find the way to teach you that makes learning enjoyable, and with the least amount of difficulty. Take care!


Portland State University BM cello performance 1994


Beginning Strings Teacher Lake Oswego School District 2012- 2021

Music Director Portland Waldorf School 1998- 2021

Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra -cellist 1995 -Present - business Owner 1989- Present

Eugene Symphony - cellist 2007-2012

Adjunct Cello Professor Clark College, Vancouver WA  1991-2006

Principal Cellist Portland Youth Philharmonic 1982-1993


Mary V. Dodge Outstanding School Music Teacher 2009

3rd Place Cello - State Solo Contest Oregon 1989

Scholarship to attend Portland State University 1989

1st Place Oregon State Solo Contest Cello 1987

1st Place Oregon State Solo Contest Cello 1986

Kaufman Bow Award 1985



I use a combination of Suzuki, Kummer, Schroder, Klengel, Dotzauer, and other inspirational pieces like movie themes, pop/rock tunes, fiddle, rag, and others to make lessons enjoyable

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