The 2017 Workshop - August 13-19

J.S. Bach’s six cello suites are the quintessential works for solo cello.

Bach Cello Suites Workshop offers you, the passionate adult amateur cellist (aged 30 and up), a unique opportunity to delve deeply into this iconic music. Workshop attendees will work closely with Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and the Workshop’s faculty of exceptional teaching cellists while enjoying the company of like-minded musicians all drawn together by a deep mutual love of Bach’s music for unaccompanied cello. The Workshop is an exceptional opportunity to enhance your musicianship and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Bach Cello Suites.

This workshop is designed with you, the adult amateur cellist, in mind. Perhaps you play in a community orchestra or an ensemble. You might be a music teacher. You may be returning to the cello after years or even decades away from playing. Or you may be a steadily improving late-starter.  You may be working solo or with a teacher. 

Whatever your situation, you may be at that point in your musical journey where you are seeking a meaningful and exciting way to engage intensively with the Bach Cello Suites. If so, Bach Cello Suites Workshop can help you “build your better Bach.”

Music is a lifelong pursuit and joy. Stretching your musical boundaries, at all stages of life, sharpens the mind, excites the ears, and quickens the heart. So join us at Bach Cello Suites Workshop for a glorious week of expanding musical horizons.

Please note: Why is this Workshop for people over 30 years of age?  If you are a talented high school cellist bound for conservatory, or already a conservatory student aiming toward a career as a professional musician, this Workshop will not meet your needs.  There are many fine camps and workshops tailored specifically for high school, college and conservatory students.  This Workshop is designed for adult amateur cellists who are seeking to enrich their musical lives beyond the bounds of formal educational institutions.

Features of the Workshop include:

  • Individual attention and small group lessons
  • Master classes
  • Instruction in small ability-matched ensembles
  • Special presentations
  • In-house and public performance opportunities


Workshop participants should arrive by Sunday afternoon, August 13, 2017. Check-out will be after breakfast on Saturday, August 19. 

The Workshop provides free transport to and from the Albany airport and nearby Amtrak stations. We will be in contact with you regarding your travel plans and can arrange an extra night for you at the Center either at the beginning or the end of the week.

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the rich musical and cultural resources of the region before and after the Workshop.  Please see Area Resources to explore the possibilities.


The 2017 Workshop will be held at a comfortable retreat and conference center located between Albany and Schenectady NY.  The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center has all single rooms surrounding a leafy courtyard, group gathering places, free wi-fi and is handicapped accessible. Free on-campus parking is included for Workshop attendees. The friendly staff is enthusiastic about our group and looks forward to our Workshop week.

Your room will be your personal practice space and also where you keep your cello when you are not playing it.

If you plan to travel to the Workshop with a companion, we suggest that you register as a commuter and we will assist you in locating housing nearby. Commuters have free access to a private room for practice and stowing of your cello during meals and other non-playing portions of the day.


Full meal service (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is provided at the Center. Please note that dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will not be provided at the Center. Workshop attendees may visit area establishments. All dietary requirements and restrictions can be accommodated including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergenic.  Details regarding your dietary requirements will be requested once your registration is confirmed.


Workshop tuition includes all music instruction, lodging and all meals from Sunday evening through Saturday breakfast (except Tuesday and Thursday dinners.)  Commuter participants will receive the first night welcome dinner, as well as lunches and dinners Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

Register early for savings.Early registration for the 2017 Workshop ends January 31, 2017.  Thereafter registrants will pay approximately 20% more.  Register early to save money and ensure your slot!

  • $1,450 Workshop participant with lodging and meals ($1,750 after 1/31/17)
  • $950 Commuting Workshop participant ($1,150 after 1/31/17)


You may pay the full amount all at once or in three installments as follows:

  •  $250 deposit due with registration to reserve place
  •  50% of total balance due May 1, 2017
  •  Final payment due July 1, 2017

Refund policy

A refund may be issued, at the discretion of the Workshop management, if a participant is unable to attend and his/her spot can be filled. 


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