Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
March 19, 2007

Schreiner University to Host Cello Camp July 5 - August 5

The Hill Country Cello Institute at Schreiner University is now accepting applications.
The camp will be held from July 5-August 5 on the Schreiner University campus. The cost is $2,400.

HCCI accepts all intermediate/advanced cellists aged 16 and above. All others must submit a written request for an exception to this rule.

To begin the application process, please visit the HCCI Web site at

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance status no later than June 8, 2007. Enrollment is limited, so early application is recommended. Applications will be not accepted after June 2, 2007.

HCCI director Basel Sarweh has been playing the cello since the age of seven. He studied with the late Eleanor Schoenfeld of University of Southern California, Hans Jorgen Jensen of Northwestern University, Christina Walevska in New York, Richard Piippo in Michigan, and attended master classes with Lynn Harrell, Ron Leonard, and Eduard Schmider.

He began teaching at the age of 20, helping violinists and cellists alike achieve technical advancement, beautiful tone quality and overall musicianship. Presently he teaches in both Kerrville and San Antonio, Texas. He is associate conductor of the Symphony of the Hills, cello instructor for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras, and Artist in Residence at Schreiner University. Sarweh has directed and performed in the STAS Chamber Music series in Winona, Minn., and has performed as soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and at the Newport Music Festival. He was an assistant at the Congress of Strings and has had great success giving summer master classes at the Ithaca Violoncello Institute in Geneva, N.Y.

The camp will focus on achieving a beautiful and even tone, connection with the shoulder blades, balance at frog and strength at tip of bow, correct intonation, a perfect shifting mechanism, mastery of the scale, a calm vibrato, the proper use of the thumbs, balanced weight vs. muscle overuse, strength and freedom in the fingers of the left hand, detache, spiccato, staccato, and good practicing habits.

Participants will have three private lessons per week as well as group technique classes, ensemble classes, repertoire classes, and Q&A sessions. Videos of master performers will be an integral part of the learning experience. Once a week, participants will learn to constructively critique fellow performers at the weekly Pedagogy Class. A Saturday afternoon Master class will also be offered, (guest artists TBA), followed by the weekly Saturday Night Concert. Finally, scheduled field trips to local attractions will be offered.

For complete details, please visit the HCCI Web site at or contact Sarweh at

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