Colleen McGary-Smith

Modern and baroque cellist, gambist and educator

Colleen McGary-Smith, modern cellist, baroque cellist, gambist and cello and chamber music instructor.

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My Story

Colleen has an active and varied freelance career on both modern and baroque cello as well as viola da gamba in the Greater Boston area. She is also a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of cello students as young as 4 and up to the young at heart age of 95!  Colleen began her cello studies at the age of 5 in St. Catherines, Ontario Canada.  She was fortunate to have been born into a musical family. Both parents are professional musicians and educators.  Colleen attended classes at the Eastman Preparatory Department and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where her primary cello instructor was the acclaimed pedagogue, Alan Harris.  After graduation, Colleen continued studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron while teaching in the Preparatory Department of CIM. She received her Master of Music from Boston University where her primary instructors were Andres Diaz on modern cello and Alice Robbins on baroque cello and viola da gamba. Other influential instructors were Jane Hershey, Phoebe Carrai, Timothy Eddy, John Hsu and Suzanne Wijsman.

 

Colleen can be heard on many Boston Baroque recordings on the Telarc label and most recently Linn recording label as well as with The Handel and Haydn Society on the Coro label.

Feel free to contact me for lesson inquiries and performance inquiries. 

 
 
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