Felice Magendanz-Farrell

Felice Magendanz-Farrell

Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
501-664-1530 501-529-1635
[email protected]

My approach to music for the young and old has continued to develop since my youth helping my mother teach her piano classes and teaching cello at age thirteen. A strong impression for me were the "informances" of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Audiences love the personal touch. Saying something about myself, my background and initiating a dialogue brings the listener closer to the performer. Selections are short and contrasting. If I feel that I have lost my listeners, perhaps the music stops. We exchange some more. I ask them, for example, where they were in that moment when I lost them. The idea is to develop the attention for listening. Music is about life and my job is to make the notes jump off the page and come to life for my listeners whatever their age. The expression of the sonorities comes directly from my life's experience, my love for music and what it offers to well-being. Usually, I need to be accompanied by a pianist. Sometimes I can play with another instrument such as the guitar or violin. I often play the cello alone. In a larger auditorium a microphone is welcome for speaking. Available to conduct teacher workshops.


Felice Farrell was born into a musical family of three generations. She holds
Bachelor and Master Degrees with Performer's Certificate from Indiana University.
She was teaching assistant to Janos Starker at Indiana University. Ms. Farrell was
Acting Principal and Associate Principal Cello of the Minnesota Orchestra. She was
Solo Cello with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was with the Affiliate Artist
Management in NYC and has served on faculties of Indiana University, Indiana
University at Fort Wayne, the University of Minnesota, Eastman School of Music and the University of Central Arkansas. The Kapelle Trio was together for 18 years, playing in the US and Europe, organizing a chamber Music Festival in Heber Springs, Arkansas, and producing a CD of Brahms, Debussy and Paul Schonfield. Ms. Farrell has almost completed a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites and Sonatas.

Presently, Ms. Farrell enjoys playing in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra,
chamber music with colleagues, teaching, with recitals in Arkansas, Florida and
New York.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: All ages
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Time Availability: Open.
Special Needs: Straight-backed chair, 1-2 music stands, piano, PA system if the space is large.