BETH VANDERVENNET, cello

Beth received a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan where she studied with Jeff Solow, Nina DeVeritch, and Jerome Jelinek. Upon graduation she received high honors in Music Theory as well as a Minor in Arts Administration. Her Master of Music in Cello Performance from Carnegie Mellon University was obtained under the guidance of Anne Martindale-Williams, the Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. 

Beth is currently a member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and Marin Symphony.  In addition to cellist of Squid Inc, string quartet, she is also the cellist in Rosin Coven, theatrical lounge ensemble.

Teaching posts have included: Community Music Center of San Francisco, Crowden Center of Berkeley, Glenview Strings, San Francisco Conservatory‘s Summer Music West, Young Musician’s Program of California at Berkeley, Patton Academy and College, COVA, California State University ofHayward. Ms. Vandervennet currently teaches as a specialist throughout Oakland as part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Music for Excellence program (MUSE). Since July 2011 she has been the part-time coordinator of the OEBS MUSE mentoring program.

As a teaching artist, performance engagement is another way Beth has reached students. She has extensive and valuable school performance experience presented through chamber and solo repertoire to excite, inspire, and educate students in appreciating and involving themselves with music. Programs are interactive, conversational, and engaging with sessions full of listening examples to show students various components of music from creative to technical examples such as: instrument equipment, styles, stories, moods, tempo identification, time periods, rhythm, and cross-curriculum programing.