Bree Ahern

Cello Teacher

Bree Ahern

SAA Member


Houston, TX
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A native of Oklahoma, cellist Bree Ahern has been a prizewinner in the Crescendo Music Awards, the Ad Astra String Competition, the Oklahoma Music Olympics’ Buttram Concerto Competition, and a national finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition. A passionate solo and chamber musician, she has dedicated herself to presenting innovative programs to diverse audiences and teaching the next generation of musicians.

Ms. Ahern is currently a Young Artist with Da Camera of Houston, a fellowship program for emerging artists that uses performance as a vehicle for community engagement with young students and neglected audiences. She performs throughout Houston in venues ranging from the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Wortham Center, to hospitals, retirement homes, hospices, and youth homeless shelters. She also appears with KINETIC: The Conductorless Ensemble, Musiqa, Loop38, and the Hoppa Project, all of which aim to present unique programs to Houston audiences.

During her time at Rice University, Ms. Ahern studied chamber music with artists such as Norman Fischer, Brian Connelly, and James Dunham, and orchestral repertoire under Christopher French and conductor Larry Rachleff. In the 2018-2019 season, she had the honor of performing alongside pianist Brian Connelly in his “Music in Context” series at Rice University, and traveling to Leipzig, Germany, to perform in the Mendelssohn-Haus as part of an ongoing chamber music exchange between Rice University and the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.” Outside of her studies, her festival appearances include Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and Brevard Music Center.

Equally committed to performing and teaching, Ms. Ahern was a Brown Teaching Fellow for the Young Children’s Division at the Shepherd School of Music’s Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program from 2017-2019, where she taught group classes based on Dalcroze eurhythmics for children aged three through nine. She also served as an elementary school coordinator for the Shepherd School of Music’s Just for You Music Program, in which she presented musical programs for underserved schools in the Houston, Texas, area. She currently works as a clinician in the Klein Independent School District, where she leads weekly cello sectionals on orchestral repertoire, advanced technique, and audition preparation for TMEA Region and All-State orchestras. In addition, she teaches at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and St. Agnes Academy, where she leads cello sectionals and coaches chamber music. Having been raised in the Suzuki Method herself, she is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Southeast Texas Suzuki Association, and she currently maintains a a private studio in Montrose, Houston, where she teaches students of all ages and levels. Her students have won auditions in TMEA Region, Houston Youth Symphony, the Brazos Valley Concerto Competition, and attended festivals such as the International Cello Institute and Stringwood Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. Ahern is a graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studied under Norman Fischer on a full-tuition scholarship. Previously, she studied under Meredith Blecha-Wells at Oklahoma State University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of various honors, including the Max A. Mitchell Music Scholarship, Hunter Stone Endowed Scholarship, Leicle E. Chester Academic Scholarship, Boh Makovsky Outstanding Freshman and Senior Award, and a four year Academic Excellence Scholarship.