ERIN CASSEL IDNANI
Instructor and Artistic Director for Newton County Youth Strings
Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Louisville with teacher Paul York and a Master’s degree with renowned cello pedagogue Martha Gerschefski at Georgia State University. Other teachers and mentors include Felix Wang of Vanderbilt University, Melissa Kraut of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Gilda Barsten of the Music Institute of Chicago. Since moving to Georgia in 2009, Erin has continued her busy schedule of performing and teaching, touring in China and across the United States with orchestras and performers such as Shirley Jones. A cellist and chamber musician with the Savannah Philharmonic, Erin is also a member of Celli, a professional pop/classical cello quartet that performs in venues throughout the state. Erin is the head of the Suzuki Cello Program at the Georgia Academy of Music in Atlanta and is excited to start her new position with the Newton County Youth Strings program. She is the director of the Georgia Academy Cello Choir and the Durham Middle School cello choir, and leads cello sectionals at many middle and high schools in the metro area. Erin has been a guest clinician at the Blair School of Music’s Suzuki Workshop and is on faculty at the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus's summer festival. Erin’s Suzuki cello life began at age 4 in Vanderbilt University’s Suzuki program with teacher Anne Williams. Her teaching is centered around Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy that “every child can.” She strongly believes that every child, with the help of both teachers and parents, can learn not only how to play cello but how to become a beautiful musician and person."