CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The voices of 86 cellos will reverberate throughout Laird Hall on Friday.
A free cello choir concert at Wilson College will conclude a week-long workshop dedicated to the tenor of strings. The workshop, in its 10th year, was coordinated by Cellospeak, a Virginia-based educational nonprofit for student cellists who are adults.
"It's very much different for adults to study later in life," said Dorothy Amarandos, Cellospeak founder and artistic director. "Children learn much more readily than adults."
Cellospeak offers ensemble opportunities and educational opportunities for adult cello students, Amarandos said. The workshop is open to adult cello players at all abilities.
Many of the players are like Oona Cheung, who took her first cello lesson at age 39.
"I'm considered an early starter in the world of Cellospeak," Cheung said.
Cheung, who's now 48 and is part of the Cellospeak organization, said she's been playing the piano since she was a child. "Piano was something my mom wanted me to learn," she said.