Bio

These four classically-trained cellists push the boundaries of traditional cello music. They enjoy performing the intricacies of classical music but are just as likely to be found playing rock and pop songs as well as their own original works. Whether in a traditional concert hall or in a late-night rock club, Celli shatters any preconceived notions of what it means to be a cellist. Celli has performed in venues ranging from Spivey Hall to the TedX stage, from churches to outdoor festivals. They enjoy educating student audiences and broadening general audiences’ ears in chamber concerts around the country. Whether collaborating with a beat-boxer or teaming up with opera singers, Celli’s aim is to bring genres and audiences together.

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Meet the Members

Nan Kemberling is an arrangers of Celli's original mash-ups. Nan loves to play her cello with her cats around because they dance to her practicing.

Nan Kemberling is an arrangers of Celli's original mash-ups. Nan loves to play her cello with her cats around because they dance to her practicing.

Mary Beth Bryant loves to count off the group with funny faces, knows how to get everyone to laugh, and enjoys her husband's cooking.

Mary Beth Bryant loves to count off the group with funny faces, knows how to get everyone to laugh, and enjoys her husband's cooking.

Erin Cassel Idnani organizes the group's schedules, enjoys practicing pilates, and loves to host parties!

Erin Cassel Idnani organizes the group's schedules, enjoys practicing pilates, and loves to host parties!

Jessica Messere is an arranger for Celli and loves to practice yoga, watch movies with her kids, and snuggle with her 2 fur babies.

Jessica Messere is an arranger for Celli and loves to practice yoga, watch movies with her kids, and snuggle with her 2 fur babies.