The Lamont School of Music’s cello studio provides a collaborative and encouraging environment in which you'll have the opportunity to push your artistic boundaries.

As a cellist at Lamont, you'll study with Professor Matthew Zalkind and benefit from the pedagogical expertise of Professor Heather Hadley. Zalkind has won top honors in multiple international competitions, including the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. A former member of the Harlem String Quartet, Zalkind maintains a career as an international soloist. His robust experience allows him to help his students work toward technical mastery while they nurture their artistic passion.

Hadley is a teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, featured in SAA videos for parents and has served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Colorado.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview and Performance

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. The interview will include a Q&A and a brief live performance of one of the prepared audition pieces.

    The faculty may also ask for major/minor scales with arpeggios.

    The 2021 interview/performance dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • A movement of your choice from the standard concerto repertoire
  • One contrasting work of your choice
  • One etude of your choice, preferably Popper or Piatti
  • Optional: you may choose, if you wish, to include a piece for solo cello from the 20th/21st century in addition to the above requirements

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  • A movement of your choice from the standard concerto repertoire
  • Two movements (slow and fast) of an unaccompanied Bach Suite
  • One Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice of your choice
  • Optional: a piece for solo cello from the 20th/21st century in addition to the above requirements
  • Major/Minor scales with arpeggios may be asked for at your Zoom interview.

Review requirements for Artist Diploma
Review requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies


Matthew Zalkind with cello

Matthew Zalkind

Assistant Professor

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Heather Hadley with cello

Heather Hadley

Adjunct Faculty

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