Cellist Hope Shepherd DeCelle is a member of the KAIA String Quartet, a Chicago based ensemble dedicated to promoting the music of Latin America. The ensemble recently completed a residency with Chicago’s classical radio station WFMT where they shared daily segments, performed around the city and developed a series of educational videos for children (KAIA KIDS). They are also Guest Teaching Artists through Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play.
A current member of the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, Hope was a member of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for 5 years. As principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center she played under renowned conductors such as James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Jaap van Zweden, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Hope is a dedicated Suzuki teacher and is on faculty at the Merit School of Music and the Community Music Division at DePaul University. She holds a master’s degree from Rice University where she studied with Brinton Averil Smith and bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University with Thomas Landschoot.