Ms. Pierotti has her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from UC Davis where she was concertmistress of the UCD Symphony.
She has studied and performed extensively throughout the Bay Area. Her teachers have included Roy Malan, Zaven Melikian and Mariko Smiley. She played for many summers at the Tahoe Music Festival, and performed with the North Bay Opera for three seasons, where she was the concertmistress for two of those seasons.
Ms. Pierotti performed in the first violin section of the Napa Symphony, (before its demise) Caspita Strings Variations and the Armonioso Trio. She played electric violin with the now defunct band, “Celtic Elvis” and is a member of the Music Teacher’s Association and Musicians Union Local 6. She now performs with a trio of musicians named Cededa, where she happily gets to explore improvising on her electric violin!!!!
Cecelia founded a string program through the City of Vallejo in 1976 to replace the missing string programs in the school district. At any given time her studio has as many as 40 students studying and performing! This year she celebrates her 40th year of teaching violin in Vallejo and is both honored and grateful for the opportunity!!!!
Since the Spring of 2008, Cecelia has been exploring the wonders of voice over classes in Sausalito, California. She started out of curiosity and as a way to enhance her portfolio in the future, but it has turned into the most fun and most difficult things she has done by far–besides learning and playing violin! An interesting “side effect” of the classes, besides slipping into characters on occasion during a lesson, is just what a new and exciting perspective it has given her teaching. It has brought her a renewed energy and fun techniques to bring out the musician in her students. If for no other reason, she will continue this pursuit as a way to connect better with her students!
Cecelia has expanded her studio to Marin, and now teaches private lessons at the Marin Waldorf School on Thursday afternoons.
Many of her students have gone on to perform in local orchestras and Universities, state- and nationwide.
“Cecelia is Vallejo’s #1 violin instructor. She combines genuine interest in her young pupils with a firm professional and pedagogical foundation for their musical development. Pupils who start with Cecelia stay with her both because she continues to challenge them musically and because she becomes their friend and mentor in every sense of the word. She approaches each and every pupil in a manner that best unlocks their musical talents. Each pupil is treated as a person and as a unique individual. She combines the warmth of a friend with the inculcation of personal musical discipline and dedication. I can recommend her as a friend, colleague and violinist”
- Michael Senturia, Prof. Emeritus of Music, UC Berkeley, Retired Librarian, Solano County Library
Cecelia can also provide live music for your special occasion, in the form of quartets, trios, duos or now even solo violin! If you have a wedding, reception, special party or corporate event planned, why not book a live string trio or duo or solo for that occasion? Music ranging from popular, classical, opera, and rags, can be played to enhance your event. Contact Cecelia for availability and pricing
1409 Rice St. Vallejo, CA