Ms. Lori A. Hennessy

Cello Teacher

Lori Hennessy

SAA Member


San Francisco, CA
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Lori Hennessy holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a participant in this program she received long-term training in the Suzuki method under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Kraut, and gained experience from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Sato Center for Suzuki Studies.

Ms. Hennessy serves as the Director and Instructor at two private studios—Lori Hennessy’s Suzuki Studio in San Francisco, California, and the Hennessy Cello Studio in Pleasanton, California. Lori Hennessy’s Suzuki Studio offers comprehensive parent classes, group classes, and private lessons. In addition, she is a faculty member of the Crowden School’s Suzuki Program in Berkeley, CA. From 2015-2017, Ms. Hennessy served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Northern California as the Membership Chair and enjoys volunteering her time to promote the continued growth of the Suzuki Method.

Lori Hennessy prides herself on being dedicated to teacher training and regularly seeks out opportunities to observe and train with experienced and innovative Suzuki teachers. In the summer of 2017, Ms. Hennessy completed cello unit 4 and 5 with Rick Mooney.

Lori Hennessy maintains a commitment to being a high-level performer as well as teacher, and performs regularly at the Noe Valley Ministry for special services and events. At Recess, an urban recreation center in San Francisco, Ms. Hennessy enjoys presenting cello repertoire to children and their parents. She presents solo Bach and other standard repertoire along with repertoire from the Suzuki books.

Before relocating to California, Lori Hennessy earned her reputation as a cello teacher in Cleveland, Ohio, a national epicenter of string playing and pedagogy. From 2012 to 2014 Ms. Hennessy served as the cello instructor for the Rainey Institute’s intensive El Sistema program, where she taught Suzuki-inspired group classes to various levels of aspiring cellists. Her string orchestra arrangements of songs from the Suzuki repertoire have been performed by the Rainey Institute’s El Sistema orchestra in venues across Cleveland, including the world-renowned Severance Hall. During this time Ms. Hennessy also held the position of primary cello teacher for the Cleveland School of the Arts, where she instructed students of all ages.