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. Choir, theater, piano and band were some of Emily’s secondary interests. After graduating in 2008 she attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and earned a Cello Performance degree. While studying at CWU, the cello professor sent students to take private lessons from Emily if they weren’t majoring in cello performance.

In 2013 Emily moved to Boise, Idaho where she built a full private studio teaching children and adults, and working with adults and kids with disabilities. She performed around the Treasure Valley as a soloist and in chamber groups, volunteered with local orchestras, coached ensembles and visited public school programs. In the summers of 2015-2017 she created and ran Boise Summer Chamber Music, a group program for intermediate students in middle and high school.

Emily moved to Salem, Oregon in August 2019. Musically, Emily’s personal focus recently has been exploring other genres like jazz, folk music, and improvisation, while continuing to build her classical and orchestral repertoire. Unrelated interests include flying trapeze and aerial arts, hiking with her dog Emma, road biking, and reading a good fiction book with a cup of hot tea.


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 2019

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

Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33

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

Boccherini - Cello Concerto No.9 in Bb Major, G.482

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

Grieg - Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

Chopin - Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65

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

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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