Dr. Tanya L. Carey

Academy Cello Faculty
Academy Cello
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

DMA University of Iowa; MM, BM, Performers' Certificate Eastman School of Music. Suzuki studies with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, John Kendall, Doris Preucil.

Doctoral Thesis on Suzuki Cello available at celloplayingiseasy.com.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Karl Fruh, Georges Miquelle, Ronald Leonard, Charles Wendt, John Celetano

Master Classes with Janos Starker, Fritz Magg, Lynn Harrell

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I help people who want to learn

Awards and achievements: 

Illinois ASTA awarded her the 1993 “Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year Award.” Western Illinois University gave her the outstanding teacher award.

Tanya has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and Eastman Rochester and Rochester Civic Orchestras; Assistant Principal for the Milwaukee Symphony; Associate Principal at Quad City Symphony;  Emeritus Professor at Western Illinois University; Artist Teacher at Roosevelt University; and the Soloist with Orchestra in Major Cello Literature; and the Chicago Cello Society (past-president) Board.
Ms. Carey has performed concerts at Carnegie and Tully Halls; has conducted concerts and workshops on five continents and is also a Clinician and Master Class presenter.

She has recorded CD Golden Moments 2011 and has recordings with Almita and Roland Vamos with Lydian Trio.  She has award-winning recordings with Mercury Records, the Rochester Philharmonic and Eastman Rochester Orchestra. Tanya and her husband have recently released a CD “Golden Celebration” to national acclaim and she is the author of the Cello Playing is Easy Series.
Tanya's students are represented in major music schools and they hold cello positions in Indiana University and other schools.
She produced the youngest principal cellist in the United States and a Grammy Award Winner.
She was included in the Who's Who in America 2002; President of the SAA, ISA International Board, ASTA Board, service awards for SAA and ASTA; and has been named Outstanding Teacher WIU and IL-ASTA.
Her warm-up techniques have been reviewed in STRAD and ASTA Journals. An article about her teaching has appeared in STRAD 2009.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Currently she teaches at Roosevelt University CCPA, Music Institute of Chicago and the Carey Studio.

Interests outside of music: 

Family, reading, exercise

Favorite quote: 

Balance and Flexibility in all things

Favorite practice tip: 


Favorite composer or piece to play: 

The one I am currently playing.

Favorite musical moment: 

Playing for Pablo Casals