Rachael Lemna

Cello Teacher

Rachael Lemna

SAA Member

Rachael Lemna, American cellist, has captivated audiences worldwide with her mature musicianship and elegant artistry.

Ms. Lemna was named the Gold Medal Winner of the Collegiate Division of the Cleveland Cello Society Competition in 2015 as well as a winner in the 2016 Cleveland Institute of Music bi-annual Concerto Competition. In addition, she has received honorable marks in numerous competitions, including the Heida Hermanns International String Competition and the Founders Division of the Mondavi National Young Artists Competition. Ms. Lemna was a Professional Development Committee Grant recipient from the Eastman School of Music in 2018 and was awarded the Marine Corps’ “Semper Fidelis” Award for Musical Excellence in 2013. In addition to solo training, intensive quartet study at the Cleveland Institute of Music led Ms. Lemna to be invited as a member of the fellowship quartet at the Brevard Music Festival during the summer of 2015.

Ms. Lemna has attended multiple music festivals including the Heifetz International Music Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Sitka Cello Seminar, and Meadowmount School of Music. She has also received training as a Creative Ability Development instructor under Alice Kanack at the Kanack School of Musical Artistry in Rochester, NY. Through this training, she is able to effectively lead students in developing self-expression, group collaboration, improvisation, and musicality.

A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Ms. Lemna began her cello studies at the age of 4 through the Community School of the Arts Suzuki program at Wheaton College. Her past teachers have included Catherine Kuna, Carol Ourada, Dr. Melissa Kraut, Steven Doane, and Rosemary Elliott. Ms. Lemna received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance and Music Theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she also earned minors in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Suzuki Pedagogy (under Suzuki teacher trainers Pamela Devenport and Abbey Hansen). She also received her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Lemna plays a 1989 Lawrence Furse cello.