About: Jeanette Stenson
Name: Jeanette Stenson.
Instrument you teach: Cello.
Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? Cello keeps me busy.
Education: I have a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota in Cello Performance. I received my long-term Suzuki teacher training from The School for Strings here in Manhattan.
Where are you from? I’m originally from Minnesota.
Favorite age group to teach: I love teaching all age groups, but my favorite might have to be beginners because there are no bad habits to work through.
Favorite style of music to teach: I love all genres of music, but gaining thorough classical music training will facilitate playing all styles of music.
Favorite song: This is a tough one! I don’t have just one, but on the cello you always come back to the Bach Suites.
Favorite piece of music: I love playing symphonic music especially pieces written by Russian composers.
Favorite food: I eat healthy, but I love my black coffee.
Favorite color: I love orange!
Do you have any pets? No pets, but would love one.
What’s your favorite musical memory? I still remember the first time I was at a music festival and I played with a huge group of just cellists in a cello choir! The sound just blew me away and I was hooked.
What do you like best about teaching music? I love being patient and watching the week-to-week progress, and then witnessing a huge breakthrough. This is one of the most rewarding moments a teacher can have.
Who is your favorite composer or musician?I would have to say I was influenced by many great cellists including Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Jacqueline du Pre, Truls Mork, Yo Yo Ma, and all of my teachers including Joseph Johnson, Tanya Remenikova, and Alan Stepansky.
What was the first piece of music you ever learned? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
How many hours a day do you practice? If you’re counting playing as practice it’s anywhere from a day off to up to 12 hours a day.
When did you start teaching at TBMS? This is my first year teaching at TBMS, and I’m very excited to meet all the new students.
Feel free to list any competitions, musical accomplishments, roles, performances of note, etc. Cellist Jeanette Stenson has performed in world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall and has had the pleasure of working under the direction of artists such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Osmo Vänskä, and Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Stenson continues to pursue an active performing career as an orchestral musician, chamber artist, and recitalist. She has worked with many orchestras including the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, and the Albany Symphony and Broadway orchestras including An American in Paris, Spring Awakening, and King Charles III and most recently during the 2015-16 season held the solo cello position with Daddy Long Legs. Ms. Stenson, as co-founder of the Morningside String Trio and the Fair Trade Trio, is an eager collaborator who has worked with ensembles such as Classical Revolution, MuSE String Quartet, and The Leora Chamber Orchestra.
Any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share? In the city you might find me playing on Broadway, performing with my string trio, or commuting with my cello.