Roberta Bottelli – Cello, Music Theory
Spokane Symphony Orchestra;
DMA candidate, University of British Columbia, Canada;
Masters of Arts Degree, Eastern Washington University;
Master of Music Degree, Central Washington University;
Bachelor of Music Degree, University of Puget Sound.
Louise Butler – Cello
Each of Louise’s four siblings played an instrument (or two) throughout childhood, so her first training ground was at home. She took further education at the Eastman School of Music and the Curtis Institute. Louise played in the Radio and Television Orchestra in Brussels, Belgium and in the UK, and gave recitals and freelanced while raising two children. She performs with Allegro Baroque and Beyond and is a member of the Spokane Symphony. Louise manages the Inland Empire Cello Ensemble and teaches cello at Spokane Falls Community College as well as at Holy Names.
Mikaela Elms – Cello
Growing up in the Spokane area, Mikaela Elms began her cello career nearly 25 years ago. She first started learning the cello at the age of 5 and instantly fell in love with the instrument. Mikaela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at Eastern Washington University under the instruction of John Marshall, Principal Cellist of the Spokane Symphony. During her student career at Eastern Washington University, she helped co-teach the Cheney Strings Academy, an after school program for motivated students that focused on ensemble pieces, solos and private lessons. Mikaela was also fortunate to have participated in nearly a dozen masterclasses with world renown artists.
Among her achievements as a cellist, she was the winner of the string division Young Artist Concerto Competition and performed with the Spokane Symphony. Mikaela also won first place for the Eastern Washington University Concerto Competition as well. Additionally, she has won multiple gold medals for her chamber performances in MusicFest. She is currently an active musician in the Spokane community and regularly performs at churches and charity events. She is a member of the Coeur D’Alene Symphony as Assistant Principal cellist and is a substitute cellist for the Spokane Symphony. Mikaela is also the cello coach for the Spokane Symphony’s Young Musician’s Education Program (YMEP), helping coach cello students in all of District 81’s Middle Schools and High Schools.
Currently, Mikaela teaches cello full-time and has a deep passion for cello pedagogy. She has had the privilege of teaching children as young as 4-years-old to adults in their mid-to-late eighties. As an attentive teacher she can help you get moving in the right direction as well as keeping you on that path until you are a self-sufficient musician. A level of musicianship that simply means you can learn whatever you want on your instrument on your own, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement. Mikaela strives to encourage all of her students to pursue whatever interests they have through music and foster their creativity while developing a solid foundation of technique and musicality.
In her free time, Mikaela enjoys spending time outdoors backpacking, biking, running, trying to garden and playing board games with her family. She also enjoys cooking, baking, all forms of art and spending time with her husband and their two daughters. You can also find Mikaela arranging different tunes for cello or improvising using looper pedals.
Johannes Kleinmann – Cello
Cellist in the Spokane Symphony, is a native of Germany. He finished his undergraduate degrees in cello performance and cello pedagogy at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, studying with Adriana Contino. Additionally, he holds a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University where he studied with Dennis Parker, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship and studied with Eugene Osadchy.
Previously he has been principal cellist of both the San Angelo Symphony and the Opera in the Ozarks festival orchestra. Other orchestras he performed in include the Baton Rouge Symphony, Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony. He has been a cello instructor at the school districts of Plano, Flower Mound and Denton.
Being an active performer and teacher, he is currently on the faculty of Holy Names Music Center, is a string coach of the Spokane Youth Symphony and has a private cello studio in Spokane.
Bee Reynolds is a registered Suzuki Cello teacher, teaching private and group lessons in collaboration with Sr. Karen Conlin (Suzuki Cello teaching mentor). Her training includes studying cello with Louise Butler (Spokane Symphony cellist) and completing Suzuki teacher training courses Pre-twinkle through Book 3. Bee’s teaching experience includes teaching piano, guitar and violin lessons and working in a classroom setting with special needs individuals. She is currently a cellist in the Gonzaga University Symphony Orchestra and has been part of a variety of performance groups in the Spokane community.