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Ilse de Ziah will lead you on a learning curve towards greater enjoyment of your cello playing!

Cellists have an exciting opportunity to discover first hand the joy and incredible learning experience that Ilse has to offer, without having to travel all the way to Ireland. Ilse brings a piece of Ireland with her, and a breath of fresh air to the Celtic Cello scene. Cellists of any level can come and join her in this exclusive weekend workshop. Places strictly limited so don't miss out! Prices include the Friday night meet and greet, two days of workshops, and Ilse's Saturday night concert followed by a session. This will be a close up and personal experience of a lifetime.

Celtic Cello Workshop

September 23 - 25


The workshop will be held in the McKenzie Orchards B&B

We have a large and beautiful space for up to 15 cellists to play together. The room is well ventilated, light, and comfortable. The sound in the room is also lovely.

McKenzie Orchards B&B is on the McKenzie River. It is out in the country, but 15 miles close to Eugene airport, and 8 miles from Eugene, Oregon and convenient to Interstate 5.

McKenzie Orchards Bed and Breakfast -- 541-515-8153

There may be one room left and available in the B&B, call the number above for booking after registering.

Workshop does NOT include accommodation but it is easy to find around the area in Eugene. 


Friday September 23 

7.00pm  Meet and Greet Reception (BYOB)

Saturday September 24

Workshop Session 1:  10.00 - 1.00

The Session-Ready Set

We will learn a set of fast trad Irish tunes and explore arranging them through chords, bass lines, variations and ornamentation. 

LUNCH (included) - a self serve lunch prepared by the gourmet chefs of McKenzie Orchards B&B with vegan and gluten free options.

Workshop session 2:  2.00 - 4.00

Developing Variety in your playing 

Warm up improvisation

Improvising over a chord progression, exploring blues, trad improvisations and variations, and sound colours.

DINNER (not included) There are numerous dine in and take out options a short drive away.

Ilse de Ziah’s Concert:   6.30 - 7.30

A vibrant and exciting performance of Solo Cello music.

Followed by a Session/Club Hang for All. Bring your tunes!

Sunday April 25

Workshop session 3:   10.00 - 1.00

Rhythms, Grooves and more tunes

Warmup through improvisation

Learning a traditional tune and looking at chords and rhythms and ways to get different grooves going with it. 

LUNCH (included)

Workshop session 4: 2.00 - 5.00

Slow Airs 

Exploring an Irish Slow Air and how to arrange it and develop your ornamentation and sound colour.


play through of all the tunes we learnt and questions, tips, sharing and any advice needed. 

DINNER (not included)

Covid requirements: An up to date vaccination is preferred.

Covid Safety: The workshop will be held in a space with good ventilation. Ilse and everyone involved in the organisation is vaccinated and will have taken a Covid test prior to the weekend.

The Joy of Celtic Cello

Throughout the weekend you will learn tunes and new techniques and I will also help you with particular issues in your cello playing

  • Help guide you towards solving any technical and tension issues and questions

  • Help you find a fluid and relaxed way to learn

  • Focus on the freedom of just having the cello and super focused mind and ears

  • Help you to enjoy learning by ear

  • All the music we learn will be available on sheets, if needed, and you are welcome to record anything on your phone/device as we go

  • Regardless of level, you find something to take with you that will improve your playing

Book your place now!

Please make sure to book your own accommodation in a place of your choice.

  • $400.00

    Workshop in Eugene 23-25 November

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MA (Hons) Music

Ilse de Ziah

My aim is to help cellists to find a new approach to playing cello. I have run many workshops for cellists and other string players over the years and presently teach at University College Cork, conduct the Cork Light Orchestra, play contemporary 'deep listening' music with the Quiet Music Ensemble, work in theatre and play cello in many different styles, from Irish, Jazz, Rock and Roll to Classical. This has given me a broad experience of all the ways one can make a cello speak. I compose, arrange and publish music. I saw a need for quality solo pieces that are challenging but not impossible, sound great, develop technique and are perfect for performance. I wanted music for cellists, that when someone asks, "play for me, I love the cello", there is an alternative to the Prelude. (beautiful though it is!) I help students improve through playing music they love; to develop technique, style, memory, and confidence.


FOR CELTIC CELLO WORKSHOP with Ilse de Ziah, in Eugene Oregon SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25