Jocelyn Butler-Shoulders

Jocelyn received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, and wrapped up her post-graduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts studying with John Sharp, principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony. She was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for two years, ending her final year as co-principal. She has performed with several great orchestras such as the Aspen Chamber and Festival Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony’ Orchestra’s Music Now concerts, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony.

Jocelyn is an avid chamber musician. Her quartet became the quartet in residence at Indiana University for a year after winning the IU Kuttner Quartet competition. After arriving in Chicago, she was invited to perform in a string quartet coached by Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet. They performed on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series broadcasted live on Chicago’s classical station WFMT, and they performed several concerts in the Netherlands while studying with the Vermeer Quartet and the Jerusalem Quartet. As part of the International Chamber Artists in Chicago, Jocelyn has given numerous performances, including a performance on the Mostly Music concert series, a performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Schaumburg, a performance/master-class at the University of North Carolina – Pembroke, and a performance on the University of Illinois Chicago’s Chamber Music Series. Additionally they performed on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Concert Series broadcasted on WFMT, and they continue to be invited back to perform on WFMT’s “Live from WFMT” program. Jocelyn joined the Accende Ensemble in August 2010 and they will be going on their first tour in August 2011. Expanding her reach into the world of chamber music, Jocelyn is excited to be joining Corky Siegel’s Chamber Music Blues in August 2011. Currently she is a member of the International Chamber Artists, Accende Ensemble, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Music Blues, New Millennium Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, and Illinois Philharmonic.

Jocelyn is also an enthusiastic private cello teacher and has a large studio at the New Music School in Chicago. Jocelyn has studied with the top professional musicians and professors in the world including Orlando Cole (Curtis Institute), Anthony Elliott (Univ. of Michigan), Eric Kim (retired principal – Cincinnati Symphony), and Stephen Geber (retired principal – Cleveland Orchestra). The knowledge given to her by the musical greats combined with her own vast musical experience and love for children, has made her one of the premier cello teachers in Chicago.