The Washburn University Cello Ensemble is comprised of music performance, music education and non-music majors. The ensemble rehearses and performs cello ensemble music that varies from classical to contemporary in style. Students learn more about performance technique, musicality and have opportunities to perform at local and regional concerts and events.
The ensemble meets on a weekly basis at Garvey Fine Arts building at Washburn University. Several performance opportunities occur throughout the year. In the Fall semester, the WU cello ensemble collaborates with the Topeka Cello Collective (a community of student cello players under the direction of Erinn Renyer) and performs in an annual Cello Collective concert presented at White Concert Hall on Washburn University campus. In February, the WU cello ensemble hosts an I "Heart" Cello Day, a performance clinic that invites students from throughout Northeast Kansas to participate. In the Spring, there are several community outreach performances at various venues including regional schools, the Topeka Shawnee County Library and retirement communities. In May, the WU cello ensemble collaborates once again with the TCC with "Cello on the Quad" outdoor picnic concert on the Washburn University campus.