Welcome to the Cello Guild!

Welcome to the Guild

Welcome to the Cello Guild!

A division of the Cello Museum, the Cello Guild is a resource for cellists. While the Cello Museum is for everyone who loves the cellists, whether or not they play, the Cello Guild was created specifically for cello students of all ages and levels who want to augment their regular studies.

Resources for Cellists

The Cello Guild held its first classes in the summer of 2022 through the Cello Museum site while we were building this dedicated site. We are opening with some wonderful courses for cellists of different levels and have many more courses coming soon. Our aim is to provide students, amateurs, and professionals with resources to help them reach the next level in their cello journeys.

Library and Sheet Music Shop

We are working on a library of free cello music combined with a sheet music shop, so that you can search one place to find your options. We plan to launch this later this year. In the meantime, you can find Cello Guild products in our gift shop.

Stay in Touch

Sign up for our Cello Guild mailing list to hear about our latest courses and news. Also, please subscribe to the Cello Museum weekly newsletter for our weekly news with links to articles, event listings, and more.

Dr. Brenda Neece

Cello Museum curator Dr. Brenda Neece, DPhil (Oxon.), is a cellist and a researcher specializing in the history of the cello. Before starting the Cello Museum in the autumn of 2019, she worked as a freelancer and served for just over a decade as the first curator of the musical instrument collections at Duke University. In addition to playing the cello, doing cello research, and writing about cellos, she enjoys experimenting with variant cellos. In addition to her modern instrument, she also plays a 5-string baroque cello, a small 5-string cello, and sometimes travels with her folding prakticello. She studied cello with Fred Raimi at Duke while she did her undergraduate work at UNC-CH. As part of her interdisciplinary major in music history, art history, and archaeology, she wrote an undergraduate honors thesis under the supervision of Prof. Jon Finson, on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century evolution of the cello. She earned a master’s in cello performance at Auburn University, studying with Martha Gerschefski, and then went on for her musicology doctorate at the University of Oxford (Somerville College) where she was mentored by Prof. Jeremy Montagu and Prof. Hélène La Rue. While in England, she continued her cello studies with William Pleeth. Dr. Neece lives in Durham, NC, with her husband and cats. When not playing or writing about the cello, she enjoys reading, photography, and martial arts.