Cellist BETH VANDERBORGH enjoys a rich and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and pedagogue. She serves as Associate Professor of Cello at the University of Wyoming and as principal cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet, based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia and the Helios Trio. She has recorded for Naxos, BMI, Centaur and two CDs for Albany Records: Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon (“Highly recommended!” Fanfare Magazine) and Salon Music of August Nölck for Cello and Piano. Strad Magazine described her Nölck recording as “lyrical and technically accomplished … eloquent and persuasive.” Her most recent CD features string sextets of Brahms and Dvořák with the Stanislas Sextet. Vanderborgh has collaborated in chamber music performances with Lynn Harrell, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Augustin Hadelich, Elmar Oliviera, Yura Lee, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jon Nakamatsu, Garrick Ohlsson, and Bela Davidovich.
Her students have been accepted to such illustrious institutions as the Curtis Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music, among others, for further studies. They have won positions in orchestras and academic settings and have been recent regional and national finalists in the MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition in strings.
At the University of Wyoming, Vanderborgh has received two Top Prof Awards, the Extraordinary Merit in Research Award, the Thumbs Up Award, the Every Student a Person Award, and multiple Promoting Intellectual Engagement nominations. In 2015, she initiated an innovative outreach program, the University of Wyoming Cello Studio Bach Project, through which University cellists perform the music of J.S. Bach for homebound and elderly music lovers. This year heralded a corollary outreach program, Have Cellos-Will Travel, with performances by UW Cello Choir throughout the state of Wyoming for K-12 and community college string players and offering on-site and remote lessons to emerging cellists. As director of the University of Wyoming Cello Festival, Vanderborgh created and organizes a regional event celebrating the cello. In 2021, the festival will feature famed pedagogue Rick Mooney.
Vanderborgh holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Maryland, where her teachers included David Geber, Evelyn Elsing, and David Soyer. She engaged in intensive chamber music studies with the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, and American String Quartets, and studied Baroque performance practice with Ken Slowick of the Smithsonian Institution.
Vanderborgh has been on EMF’s faculty since 1999.