Carlyn Kessler

Cello Teacher


Los Angeles, CA
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Cellist Carlyn Kessler is a devoted teacher and performer. She works with students of all ages and levels, using both traditional and Suzuki methods. Carlyn tailors her teaching to the student, recognizing the individual’s unique learning style and strengths to develop a personalized approach. She is certified to teach Suzuki cello from Every Child Can through Books 1-10. Carlyn earned her degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her Master of Music in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy as a student of Sharon Robinson and her Bachelor of Music as a student of Melissa Kraut.

Carlyn is currently maintains a private cello studio in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and serves on the faculty of Holy Names University Preparatory Music Program. Previously residing in Ohio, Carlyn served on the faculty of The College of Wooster and the Music Settlement, where she was the Department Head of Strings. In Ohio, she served as principal cellist of the Suburban Symphony and as member of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and Cleveland Opera Theater.

Carlyn has performed extensively both internationally and locally. An avid chamber musician, Carlyn has performed in a weeklong residency with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s Discovery Series, in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Chautauqua Institution, and in numerous alternative settings including popular jazz clubs and art spaces. She has performed at several summer music festivals including the Mendocino Music Festval, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Chamber Music at Domaine Forget, Toronto Summer Music Festival and the London Master Classes.