At Home with William Skeen

October 17, 2020  |  2 p.m.

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Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite can teach us everything we need to know about early eighteenth century bowing and articulation.  Using this great work as a template, Baroque cellist William Skeen will guide us through his techniques for shaping bass lines using either your Baroque or Modern (Tourte-style) bow.

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We expect there will be time for a few mini-coachings during the workshop. If you would like to play during the workshop, please contact us at We also may just ask for volunteers on the spot, so if you can't decide in advance that's ok - just raise your hand!

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photo: Barbara Butkus

Grammy-nominated cellist and gambist William Skeen performs as Principal Cellist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists. He has served as Principal Cellist with Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, and Bach Collegium San Diego. William has also appeared as continuo cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Opera, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In addition, William has soloed on the viola da gamba with the Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Carmel Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Musica Angelica, Orquestra Nacional de Mexico, and the American Bach Soloists. He is co-founder of the New Esterházy Quartet, whose repertoire includes over 150 string quartets performed exclusively on gut strings. With NEQ, William co-founded the San Francisco Early Music Society's Classical Workshop in 2012. He has served on the faculty on the University of Southern California since 2000.

William currently tours and records with Smithsonian Chamber Players, Musica Pacifica, El Mundo, and Agave Baroque. He is represented on over 80 audio recordings and 30 video recordings.

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