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CELLO

Benjamin Gish (cello)

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is the director of the Walla Walla Valley Academy String Orchestra and has a large studio of cellists and bassists ranging in age from 4 through 20-something. He is an adjunct professor of cello and artist in residence at Walla Walla University. Mr. Gish is assistant principal cellist of the Walla Walla Symphony and holds a Bachelor's degree in Music from Walla Walla College, and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and Conducting from Andrews University. He continued post-graduate studies in cello performance at Michigan Universit. For the past 25 years Ben has attended summer music camps in the role of student, parent, and faculty member. These include many of the Suzuki Institutes across America as well as Encore and Meadowmount Summer Schools of Music. Currently Ben is the director of the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute.

 

Perri Morris (cello)

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Perri Morris studied cello with Lawrence Lesser, Ronald Feldman, and Aldo Parisot. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree in Music Performance from U-Mass Amherst and a B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College. She has participated in music festivals at Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds, and The Waterloo Music Festival, Gerard Scwartz, dir. Ms. Morris has been a member of the faculties at Mount Holyoke College, West Texas A&M, Keene State College and Westfield State College. She served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, in Massachusetts, for 19 years. A resident of Bennington, Vermont, Ms. Morris performs with the Vermont, Springfield and Berkshire Symphonies and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her role as director of the strings program at the Village School of North Bennington, Ms. Morris also has private teaching studios in Bennington and Williamstown, Mass. Her students range in age from five to 70.