National Cello Institute
June 26-July 2, 2022
Claremont, California, USA
This summer will mark the 47th National Cello Institute. Over the years, this has proven to be a truly unique experience for cello students of all ages and levels. Because enrollment at the NCI is almost exclusively cello students, we have the unique situation of having the most comprehensive program at the same time as having one of the smallest overall enrollments of any institute in the country.
Over 150 cello students regularly attend the NCI. The students generally range in age from 5 to 18 and in level from French Folk Song to the major solo repertoire. We also usually have a class of enthusiastic adult students. This means that no matter what your age or level is, there are going to be classes at the NCI that will suit you perfectly.
Plan to attend the National Cello Institute this year. It will be an experience you will enjoy and remember forever!
National Cello Institute is committed to providing a safe and healthy institute for all participants. To that end, we are requiring full proof of vaccination (bring your card!), and will be following any/all mask mandates handed down by the state of California, by Pomona College, or by the faculty of our institute. Vaccinated students above the age of 5 will be accepted. If you have not yet been vaccinated PLEASE make plans to have it fully done by the institute date, or you will be asked to NOT participate and will NOT be given a refund.
All faculty, staff, participants, enrollees, parents/guardians/chaperones, and those who use room & board, are required to show TWO COVID TESTS for the NCI. The first is REQUIRED for your initial check-in, and you must take this test yourself (an antigen test from within 48 hours prior to start of the institute–bring your test results!). The second test will be provided by the NCI, and will be given mid-week during our annual Wednesday downtime. Tests in both cases should be submitted to the NCI main office. Any positive test result will require further action; the NCI health and safety plan may be viewed by anyone who wishes.
The National Cello Institute is not like typical “Day Camps” in two important ways. First we do not have camp counsellors to lead the children from place to place so they must be able to find their own way around the campus. Second we do not fill every hour with activities so the students must be able to fill their off hours productively. For these reasons all young children who attend the NCI are usually accompanied by a parent or other adult.