TEACHING: MUSIC Lessons
for children and adults in the Colorado Springs area, teaching the Dounis Methodology and Techniques
for cello,viola and violin. My teacher,
Mr. George NEIKRUG, Professor Emeritus, Boston is the present-day proponent of the Dounis Technique, having studied himself with Mr. Dounis
and Emmanuel Feuermann in Germany.
and to listen ...
Norah Clydesdale,started playing the piano at five years old
and the cello at eight which became her main instrument of study.
She comes from a family of musicians starting with Mr. Robert
Clydesdale from Glasgow, Scotland who was an orchestra conductor
and cellist and who immigrated to New York State on a cruise ship
across the Atlantic in 1932 performing trios, to continue his career
as a cellist and teacher in upstate New York. Stuart Clydesdale, her
father played the piano and Norah’s mother, Joyce Clydesdale sang
professionally in opera productions in the Bay Area in California.
Norah studied with Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet and
Andor Toth, Jr. of the Hungarian Quartet at the San Francisco
Conservatory and with Gabor Reijto and Bernardo Segall at
USC California, before going to Boston University to study for
seven years with George Neikrug, world-renowned concert cellist
She participated in Masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Walter Trampler
and Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet. Norah played
professionally in the Boston area particularly in chamber music
performing the entire Beethoven Quartets Cycle with
the Artaria Quartet and as a member of the Portland,
Maine Symphony before moving to Paris, France to be married.
She taught music and the cello and violin to children and adults
in Paris and developed the string department at the Lycee
Ombrosa in Lyon, France as well as teaching five-year-olds
music in the public schools in Milan, Italy before returning
to Colorado. Norah is bilingual in French and also speaks Italian.
Returning to Colorado Springs after Paris and Italy,
she is now performing with the Grace String Quartet,
performed as Assistant Principal Cello of the Chamber
Orchestra of the Springs, is presently Principal Cello of the
Pikes Peak Philharmonic and performing with the
Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. Norah is a member of the
Grace String Quartet performing at ST ANDREW'S
Episcopal Church in Manitou Springs as well as, in the Recital Series
at the Episcopal Church in Canon City.
At this time, Norah is developing and building the Clydesdale Music Studio
in order to reach out to interested students in neighboring communities
as well as in New Mexico. Norah just returned from
giving a Masterclass at UNM Albuquerque with her colleague
and friend, Dr. David Schepps, Professor of Cello, for his cello students.