Dr. Beth Cantrell

Cello Teacher / Teacher Trainer

Beth Cantrell

SAA Member


An SAA registered Teacher Trainer, “Dr. Beth”, has taught children and adults at Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. She is currently adjunct faculty at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, and maintains a thriving private studio at Crozet Arts in Central Virginia. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cantrell has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Opera on the James, the Charlottesville Chamber Orchestra, the Waynesboro Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. A founding member of the Charlottesville Cello Club, she serves on its steering committee.

She was active in the Atlanta area for 18 years as a teacher, chamber and orchestral performer, adjudicator, and recording studio musician. Prior to moving to Virginia with her family in 2001, she served as principal cellist for the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and was on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Academy of Music. While serving as the director of the community outreach program for the School of Music at Georgia State University, she was actively involved in reestablishing the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. She can be heard as cello soloist on the bestselling album “Orinoco Flow” by the Taliesin Orchestra.

Dr. Beth earned degrees in cello performance and music history from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia.

Other interests include outdoor recreation, cooking, crossword puzzles, and reading. In addition, she rows with Beaver Creek Sculling in Crozet. Her most recent article for the Suzuki Journal was an essay reflecting on the experience of being a beginning rower.