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Jacobs Student To Be Featured On ‘Performance Today’

Cellist Cicely Parnas was selected as one of a handful of Young Artists in Residence and will appear on the national program December 5-9.

cicely parnas sets on a chair holding her cello close the ground in one hand

Photo: Michael Polito

Cicely Parnus

Cicely Parnas is an Artist Diploma student at the Jacobs School of Music, studying cello with Sharon Robinson. She was recently selected by NPR and Performance Today for the Young Artist in Residence Program at the recommendation of the Jacobs School.  Only a handful of young performers from American conservatories were invited to visit the PT studios in St. Paul, MN where they talked about their life in music and recorded live. Cicely visited WFIU to talk about her experience.

 It was really a fantastic experience all around. Everybody was so friendly, and so professional,  and very supportive. And it was really a lovely, lovely atmosphere.

And when asked whether the experience was something she saw as beneficial to her future career, she answered, “Definitely!”

First of all, in terms of my playing, hearing the playback was somewhat enlightening. And just the experience of recording was educational in many ways. And to have that kind of experience under my belt at this point is invaluable.

During the week of December 5-9, Cicely will be featured in the second hour of Performance Today, which can be heard on WFIU HD1 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1pm, and Wednesdays at 1:30pm.

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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  • Fred Child

    It was our pleasure having Cicely Parnas in the Performance Today studios.  She’s a terrific musician, with an ability to communicate a wide range of sound and style and emotion.  Thanks to Cicely for honoring us with her presence!  (And thanks to our friends at the Jacobs School of Music at IU, and pianist Kati Gleiser.  A real treat to work with everyone on this.)  I can’t wait to share Cicely’s playing with listeners around the country in the coming week.  And I’m immensely looking forward to hearing Cicely’s playing for many years to come.

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