Cello, Rosemary and David Good Fellow
Cellist Esther Seitz has performed all over the United States and in Mexico as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has had the pleasure of performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Manhattan School of Music, the Riverwalk Center as a fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts with the Kansas City Symphony and the Teatro de la Reforma in Matamoros, Mexico.
A passionate collaborator, Esther is a founding member of The Bowery Trio which is based in New York City. Their mission is to promote lesser-known works by composers of all races, ethnicities and gender identities, as well as to make music accessible to all. Recently, the Bowery Trio has been awarded multiple grants to support their current projects. Among these awards are a Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust, as well as a grant from Finlandia Foundation National to support the Bowery Trio’s ongoing “Cosmopolite Project”, which is a collaboration between the Trio and up-and-coming Finnish composers. Esther has also enjoyed performing chamber music as part of the Downtown Brooklyn Chamber Music Festival and Kansas City's professional contemporary music ensemble newEar. In 2020, Esther successfully adapted to an online performance platform due to the global pandemic, and had the pleasure of being a featured artist in online concerts such as the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Patron of the Arts concert series, Interharmony International Music Festival’s Global Artists in Residence concert, the VISION Collective’s Benefit Concert for Preemptive Love to raise money for Covid-19 relief efforts to refugees, and multiple online engagements with the Bowery Trio. Additionally, Esther also has a strong online presence as a founding member of the Seitz String Pros YouTube channel. When she is not on stage, Esther is a dedicated music administrator and is proud to be on the artistic committee for the Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival as their Director of Strings Programs. The Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival is a program of the Díaz Del Moral Foundation which creates opportunities for Latin American musicians to engage as performers, teachers and students.
An avid educator, Esther has had a great variety of teaching experiences. In recent years, she has been teaching assistant to Julia Lichten at the Meadowmount School of Music, gave masterclasses in Matamoros, Mexico at their Conservatory of Music, Colegio de San Juan Siglo XXI, taught private students both in person and online, as well as organized, administered and co-taught the second and third annual Seitz String Pros Texas All-State/All-Region Online Bootcamp: a Summer intensive to make high-level Texas high-school All-State and All-Region Orchestra audition preparation more accessible.
Esther is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (MM Classical Cello) and also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (BM Cello Performance). Her teachers include Julia Lichten, Michael Mermagen, Mark Gibbs and Carter Enyeart. Esther has been chosen to participate in chamber coachings, festivals and master classes with artists such as Hans Jørgen Jensen, David Geber, Josephine Knight, Daniel Avshalomov and John Sharp, among others.
When Esther is not playing cello, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and eating great food, drawing, being around animals and traveling.