cello Teachers

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Joanne De Mars - cello, piano, upright bass

Bay Area cellist, composer, and teacher Joanne De Mars holds her Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Jennifer Culp. Since coming to California from her home in Seattle, she has been an active performer and teacher. Described as “beautiful and hypnotic… thrilling to watch and hear” (SF Music Weekly), Ms. De Mars is a member of contemporary ensemble Wild Rumpus, Merced Symphony, and Bella Rosa String Quartet. As a solo performer, she has collaborated with UC Berkeley Dance Department, St. Mary's Department of Theater, and Stanford's New Ensemble. Joanne's versatile playing lends itself to both classical and contemporary styles. She plays regularly in the Bay Area rock scene as a session player, having performed with Tony Toni Tone, Goapele, Persian master Shajarian, and many other notable bands.

With more than a decade of teaching experience, Joanne’s aim is to inspire students of all ages to experience joy in music. Her private cello, piano, and theory lessons focus on strong technical foundations of playing as a means to create expressive music. Her previous teachers include Raymond Davis, Toby Saks, and Jennifer Culp. Having earned degrees from the University of Washington in Music Theory and History, she incorporates this knowledge into all of her lessons.

Joanne currently lives in Oakland with her partner, dog and cat, and derives inspiration from daily runs in the lush trails of the Oakland hills.