Cello lessons are available in 30, 45, or 60 minute weekly lessons.  Program also includes two 60 minute group classes per month:  music theory fundamentals and performance workshops.  Plus one formal recital per semester.


y.hsuDr. Yawen Hsu has been teaching cello at the Rochester Conservatory since October, 2009.  She has a BA and a MM in Cello Performance from Taiwan University and a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) from Michigan State University in Cello Performance.  She has been teaching professionally since 1996.  She is an active performer as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member, including Principal Cellist for the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Hsu also teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp during the summer.  She is comfortable with students of all ages, and really excels at helping her students to progress quickly.  Dr. Hsu is a very dedicated teacher and is very popular with her students.  She is a very giving teacher, and her calming manner is excellent at putting her students at ease, whether it is during a lesson or at a performance.


Michael Mahler has been a cello teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since June, 2019. Mr. Mahler received his BM and Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University and his Masters of Music from Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Cello Performance. While in Boston he was the principal cellist for the Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is the principal cellist for Spectrum Orchestra in Birmingham, MI and also performs with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Mahler has been teaching cello since 2011.  Mr. Mahler is a dedicated cello teacher and very adept at assessing each student’s individual needs. He is quick to adjust his teaching style depending on the student. He has a very calming presence and is able to make the student feel comfortable and willing to try new things.