Romina Monsanto

Instructor of Violin, Viola and Cello


My Background: I started to play the cello when I was 9 years old in my hometown of Valencia, Venezuela. The first time I saw the cello I knew I wanted to play it, and I continued to be in love with it until today. My love for the cello grew into other string instruments, and now I am also a violin and viola teacher. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in cello performance at The University of Northern Colorado. I also teach at St. Mary Catholic School as a String Orchestra Director, and I am a Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado. I have also served as faculty in summer music festivals such as the Encontro de Violoncelos XVII in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Session 2 of Point CounterPoint in Vermont.


What I love about teaching: I love teaching because I like making my students happy, by helping them accomplish their goals. I especially love seeing their expressions of joy after understanding a concept in class, playing a recital, or winning an award. I teach to build their independence and self confidence as a musician and person.


One way I help my students succeed and flourish: My teaching is very goal-oriented, and includes understanding the individuality of each student. It is important for me to explore the student’s train of thought, and then make that a connection with their instrument’s technique. I work to achieve their independence and confidence as instrumentalists. However, my main goal is to get students to learn and be happy, because learning music is an enjoyable experience.


Performance Experience: I am the former principal of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Currently I am a member of the Cheyenne Symphony and perform with the Fort Collins Symphony and the Greeley Philharmonic. I have performed for the Open Space Festival for New Music as well as in an all Latin American Ensemble. My recording projects include ensembles for multiple albums, solo cello for diverse TV and films, and the A7 video project by Gabriel Dalla Costa, a series of pop-rock song covers. I also collaborated in The Akari Sessions by Anne Lazilotti, which was featured in The Noguchi Museum in New York during the exhibit Akari: Sculpture by Other Means. 



Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela

My Musical Influences: I have a very wide-ranging musical taste, but my main influence is Mstislav Rostropovich. I grew up listening to The Beatles and Queen.

Favorite hobby or activity when not teaching or playing music: I enjoy watching movies.

Favorite food: Cheese, Caramel, and Chocolate!

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