Long Island native Emily Doveala began studying the cello at age nine. She started her formal musical training at Mannes Prep Pre-College Division, studying with Dorothy Lawson of the ETHEL Quartet. She went on to achieve her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at Ithaca College, where she studied with Elizabeth Simkin. Ms. Doveala holds a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Stony Brook University, where she studied with British cellist Colin Carr. In the fall of 2019, Emily began her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, studying with Dr. Eric Kutz. At UMD, she is an Ensemble Graduate Assistant, holding leadership positions in the orchestra and chamber music program and teaching an undergraduate cello student.
Ms. Doveala has participated in the National Orchestral Institute, Le Domaine Forget International Music Academy, and the Garth Newel Emerging Artist Fellowship. As an orchestral musician, she has played with several orchestras, including the Binghamton Philharmonic and Avanti Orchestra. She has performed in famous venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, and National Sawdust. Emily also had the opportunity to join the spring 2019 tour of the cutting-edge chamber music group Cordis, playing five-string electric cello. Ms. Doveala was an undergraduate chamber music coach at Stony Brook University and teaches privately in the DC Metropolitan area.
Emily’s primary goal with her students is to give them the necessary technique and musical knowledge to be independent musicians, so that they can continue to learn outside of the lesson. From beginners to experienced cellists, it is very important that her students learn how to practice, so she discusses different successful methods she has used to make practice time productive and fun. She often uses Essential Elements books with beginners, then moves on to books or pieces of the students’ choice, anything from Beatles Hits, to Suzuki books, to the more standard cello repertoire including sonatas and concertos. She finds it very important to check in with the student to make sure they’re playing something they enjoy and that they feel challenged, but not overwhelmed by lessons.
When Emily’s not teaching, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing golf.