Cello Biography

Thomas Shoebotham has taught and performed on the cello in the Bay Area for over 25 years. In past seasons he has made solo appearances with the Oakland Civic Orchestra, Kensington Symphony, and Palo Alto Philharmonic, and given solo and chamber music recitals in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Illinois, and New York. As an orchestral player he has appeared with New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Symphony San Jose, West Bay Opera, the Illinois Philharmonic, and numerous other professional ensembles.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Shoebotham holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he studied with Joanna de Keyser. He continued his studies with Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he was awarded a M.M. in Cello Performance and Literature. He has taught in many public and private settings, including several elementary and high schools, colleges, the Music in Schools Foundation, and private studios, for students in a variety of age ranges. He has coached many student chamber groups, and youth orchestra cello sections in the Bay Area.

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