Adriana La Rosa Ransom


Adriana La Rosa Ransom



Adriana La Rosa Ransom is Professor and Director of the School of Music at Illinois State University where she taught cello for fourteen years. As a faculty member, she was awarded the University Outstanding Teacher Award and the University Outstanding Service Award; she is also a recipient of the Illinois American String Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Ransom received performance degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Minnesota.  Currently Principal Cellist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, she formerly was a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the St. Cloud Symphony (MN), the European Musical Festival Orchestra (Germany), and Sinfonia da Camera (IL). Ms. Ransom has served on the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Cloud State University, and the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. She has recently appeared as a soloist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois State Wind Symphony, and the Illinois State Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as a guest artist on numerous solo and chamber music recital series, including the Peoria Bach Festival, Chicago Cello Society concerts, and at universities throughout the Midwest.  She is an invited presenter at the American String Teacher National Conference, covering topics such as David Popper’s character pieces, supplementary etudes for intermediate level cello concertos, and the use of visual color as a means towards musical expression.

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