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.


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.



Christian Sands has been a cello teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since May, 2021. After graduating from Detroit School of Arts High School as an Orchestra Major, Mr. Sands received his college degree from Wayne State University – College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts. Mr. Sands has numerous performance experience including Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Orchestra, and International Symphony Orchestra. He also works as a cello clinician for Cass Tech High School and Bloomfield Hills High School. In addition to cello, Mr. Sands also teaches violin and viola.