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NSA Masterclass Series: Bruce Uchimura, cello – August 21, 2021 (Online)

Online Experience

August 21, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tuition: Complimentary
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10:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Q&A with Guest Artist

Generously Underwritten by:

Patricia Barnes, Vice President
EEME, Inc.


Bruce Uchimura is Professor of Cello at Western Michigan University and was director of the WMU Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. He was Associate Conductor of the Augusta (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra from 1985-87 where he developed a highly successful Symphonic Pops and Educational Series. He also formed and conducted the Western String Chamber Orchestra from 1987-1998. In 1998, he took over the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. The WMU Orchestra won the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best College Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and was invited to perform at the Michigan Music Educator’s Conference in 2007 and 2016. The WMU Orchestra was the third-place winner in the 2015 “American Prize” media-based competition’s Best College Orchestra category.

Mr. Uchimura is in much demand as an educator and clinician and has guest conducted numerous All-State and Honors Orchestras throughout the country.  He was trained at the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music and was Cellist of the highly acclaimed Merling Trio (with his wife, Pianist, Susan Wiersma-Uchimura and Violinist Renata Artman-Knific) for over 30 years. He has played Cello recitals and given master classes throughout the United States and was a charter faculty member at the ENCORE School for Strings Summer program. He is also on the faculty of the ARIA Summer Music Academy. He was awarded “String Teacher of the Year” by the American String Teachers Association Michigan Chapter in 2010. His primary teachers were Leonard Rose, Channing Robbins and Alan Harris.

Mr. Uchimura’s WMU and private cello students have gone on to impressive university, conservatory, and graduate programs as well as securing professional jobs in orchestras and teaching positions. Mr. Uchimura serves as the advisor to the WMU/ American String Teachers Association Student Chapter and is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship in music.

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