Young Cellists Workshop

Application Information

2016 YCW flyer rev 01 2016

Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy, arr. by Niall Ferguson
Resurrección del Ángel – Astor Piazzolla, arr. by Emilio Colón (selected participants only)
No. 4 from 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6 – Béla Bartók, arr. by Pierre Derycz
Cortége – Apocalyptica

Application Process (cellists age 18 and under, pre-college):

Step 1: Make a video of the audition requirements.

Extended deadline audition requirements:

  1. A 3-minute (maximum!) selection from a work of your own choosing, recorded within the last year, with or without accompaniment
  2. Excerpt from Debussy (Clair de Lune): beginning to measure 25

The audition video should NOT be edited, but it is okay for each selection to be recorded separately, and uploaded as one or several videos.

Audition excerpts (with scores) are available here:

YCW excerpts

Step 2: Post the video on YouTube by February 18, 2016.

Step 3: Email a link to your YouTube video by February 18, 2016 to This email must include:

  • Your name
  • Your age as of January 1, 2016
  • Your parent/guardian’s name and phone number
  • Your parent/guardian’s address
  • The link to your YouTube video

Decisions will be made and applicants notified by February 28 2016.
Please direct any questions to

A select number of those chosen for the Young Cellists Workshop may be invited to participate in the mass cello ensemble performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:00pm. Mass cello ensemble participants are required to attend rehearsals on Sunday, May 15 from 10:00am-noon; Monday, May 16 from 10:00am-noon; and Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30-6:30pm.

Due to the limited rehearsal time, participants should be at an advanced level.


To familiarize yourself with the works to be performed, here are links to some recordings. (These are not the same arrangements that we will be playing.)




    (This is a beautiful example of this style played by a consummate artist.)


  2. the difference in style between these two recordings.)

YouTube help:

Please see the following video for help posting your videos to YouTube: