M.M., Northern Illinois University
B.M., University of Arizona
About Linc Smelser
Linc Smelser began his cello studies at the age of 10 with Marguerite Rork. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Arizona where he studied with Gordon Epperson and received his Master’s Degree and Performer’s Certificate in Cello Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University having studied with renowned cellist and pedagogue Raya Garbousova. Advanced study included work with cellists Marc Johnson, Heinrich Schiff, the Vermeer Quartet, and pianists Richard Faith and Jerome Lowenthal.
Mr. Smelser has participated in music festivals throughout the United States including the Young Artist’s Institute at Ravinia. He has appeared as soloist with the Kishwaukee Symphony, the Fox River Valley Symphony and the Rockford Symphony and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series in Chicago. Mr. Smelser has been a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra Cello section for eleven years and is an active substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his teaching studio at Wheaton Conservatory, Mr. Smelser is currently a faculty member of the NIU Music Department where he teaches private cello lessons and is conductor of the NIU Youth Sinfonia, Youth Symphonette and String Sprites with the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts. He is also Music Director/Conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has guest conducted the Rockford Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and the NIU Philharmonic and is pianist/accompanist for the NIU Suzuki program.