Conservatory Cello Choir


Conservatory Cello Choir  is an intermediate/advanced level learning and performance ensemble for Middle School and High School age cello students. It is a SMBMF program hosted at the Santa Monica Conservatory and all prospective members are invited.

Members will learn exciting pieces and develop music skills such as sight reading, rhythmic development, and chamber playing. They will also develop social skills within a structured musical environment. Parents can expect rewarding growth and ever increasing appreciation of music. Our staff will prepare students for middle school performance levels and help them realize their maximum potential as young musicians.

Students take part in 25 after-school rehearsals on Fridays, and at least two concerts during the season, September to mid-May.

Registration begins September 2016 at the Santa Monica Conservatory of music and will be followed by orientation for parents and students on September 29, 2016 at 7:00pm. Students should bring their instruments.

Weekly Rehearsals
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, September to mid-May 2017.

To participate, students should pre-register and pay a $600 tuition fee.  This fee is reduced to $450 for students taking private lessons at the conservatory.

The Santa Monica Conservatory of Music
1501 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Call/Text: (310)576-3600


John Redfield strings orchestra santa monicaJohn Redfield began playing cello at the age of 8, and with the help of private teachers practiced hard throughout Elementary, Middle and High School and was awarded a full scholarship to Indiana University where he attended private studies and master classes with the world renowned Hungarian cellist and teacher Janos Starker.

Starker’s teacher was Schiffer, Schiffer’s teacher was David Popper, and now the Popper Methodology is taught by John Redfield at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music. No cello methodology can compare to the rigors or rewards of the Popper Methodology, an essential for all aspiring professional cellists.

After living in Italy and performing throughout Europe for 13 years, John Redfield returned to Santa Monica, co-founded the Elemental Strings youth orchestra, is currently Founder/Director of the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music, as well as member of the SMMUSD District Advisory Committee for the Performing Arts.

His numerous current and past cello students include prizewinners as well as those pursuing music at Yale, NYU, Georgetown, USC and UCLA. As a performer, in his little free time from teaching, John has chosen to dedicate himself to performances of the solo cello repertoire (Bach, Kodaly, Cassado, Hindemith, etc.) in 3-4 recitals per year. John plays a Dutch cello dated 1700.

Circe-Diaz-Cello-lessons-Santa-Monica_ca Circe Diaz is a Venezuelan cellist graduate from El Sistema. She was the winner of the Federico Villena Competition and the First Prize winner of the Duo Parisot Cello Festival in 2000, and the Guama Music Festival, Venezuela, 1999.

She has participated in the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Mimir Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival in the United States, and has performed on international tours with the Aragua Symphony, The Nuevo Mundo string quartet and the World Orchestra to Europe, North and South America, South Africa, China and Japan. She has also performed with Maracaibo, Miami and San Bernardino Symphony Orchestras among others and has been a soloist with the Aragua Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Diaz has studied with David Cole at the NWSA and graduated with Honors from the New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. Also, in 2007 she got her Master degree in Music Performance at the University of Florida. Currently she is a Teaching Artist for Los Angeles Philharmonic, Whittier Youth Orchestra, Rosemead High School, Santa Monica Conservatory and VYMA Music Project at Longfellow Elementary School (El Sistema inspire program).