Rebecca Shasberger

Cello Teacher

Rebecca Shasberger

SAA Member

Praised for the “maturity and sensitivity” of her playing (Casa Magazine), Rebecca Shasberger recently received a Master of Music Degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). While at CIM Rebecca studied with Sharon Robinson and was selected to take part in the Intensive Quartet Seminar, through which she worked closely with Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. During her time at CIM Rebecca also had the honor of collaborating with members of the CIM faculty and The Cleveland Orchestra. Alongside her endeavors at CIM Rebecca served as principal cellist of the Heights Chamber Orchestra and taught cello at the Cleveland School of the Arts.

Before moving to Cleveland Rebeccagraduated summa cum laude and Outstanding Music Department Senior from Westmont College with a degree in Music Performance.While at Westmont she played withthe Siloam String Quartet, with whom she performed across the western United States, and was invited to collaborate with faculty members on multiple occasions. Rebecca also served as principal cellist of the Westmont Orchestra, with whom she toured Austria, Hungary, Italy, and China. As a concerto soloist Rebecca has been honored to perform works by Brahms, Elgar, Saint- Saëns, and Vivaldi with orchestras. Rebecca has appeared professionally with the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and has received awards from the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation, the Santa Barbara Music Club,and the John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts, among others.Rebecca has spent summers at the Banff Centre, Aspen Music Festival, and Credo Chamber Music. Previous teachers include Trevor Handy, John Sant’Ambrogio, and Dr. Nona Pyron.

Rebecca is currently the cellist of the Kalos String Quartet, with whom she recently attended the McGill International String Quartet Academy. Following a Fellowship at the Toronto Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Institute this summer Rebecca returns to Cleveland to serve as Cello Instructor at Thrive Arts Center and Outreach Coordinator/Artist in Residence for Credo Chamber Music.