Emily Rodgers

musician. performer. teacher.

Emily Rodgers is an accomplished cellist and teacher. Available to teach beginners to advanced, children to seniors. Also available for solo or ensemble performances.

Emily began playing piano at the age of 7, and then began cello at the age of 9 in Garland, Texas. She has lived and studied in Dallas, Germany, New York, and Seattle. In high school she was principal cellist of her public school orchestra, and served as associate principal cellist of the Tacoma Youth Symphony. After graduating in 2008 she earned a Cello Performance degree at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington while also teaching private lessons. In 2013 Emily moved to Boise, Idaho where she currently maintains a full time private studio, performs with chamber groups, volunteers in local orchestras, and coaches in public schools. In the summer of 2015 she created Boise Summer Chamber Music, and she continues to concoct special programs for cellists each summer. Emily enjoys teaching children and adults alike, and has years of experience working with adults and kids with disabilities.


Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Cello Performance - Central Washington University

Private Teachers - John Michel in Ellensburg, WA; Miriam Shames in Seattle, WA; Ella Toovy in New York City, NY; Herr Stengel in Wurzburg, Germany

Awards and Honors

Principal Cellist of Serenata Orchestra - Boise, ID 2016 to present

Judge for Idaho Solo and Ensemble Competition -Boise, ID 2017

Maestro Award for Outstanding Instrumentalists - Anaheim, CA, 2008

Creative Writing Award - West Point Military School, NY, 2007

Notable Solo Pieces Performed

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Tchaikovsky

Cello Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.49 - Kabalevsky

Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38 - Brahms

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36 - Grieg

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65 - Chopin

Cello Sonata No.1 in B flat Major, Op.45 - Mendelssohn

Emily plays on a Stradivarius B model cello, crafted by Reinhold Schnabl in 2000 in Bubenreuth, Germany. She uses a Bausch bow of the same year. 

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