Cello Camp


The Florence J. Gillmor School of Music at Westminster College is happy to announce the first Westminster Cello Camp, June 25–29, 2018. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation, six (6) cellists will receive a full scholarship for a week-long immersion in the art of solo and collaborative cello performance.

The scholarship includes:

  • All tuition
  • Daily gourmet lunch and snacks
  • Private lessons, master classes, and mentored chamber music rehearsals
  • Daily yoga with Joanne Payne
  • Workshop with JP Lucas, luthier.
  • Water bottle and the camp t-shirt
  • Student Showcase recital in Vieve Gore Concert Hall.
  • Two (2) college credits for rising juniors and seniors

The Cello Camp runs everyday from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. All activities take place in Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College.

Please complete all fields below to apply to Westminster Cello Camp.

What year in high school will you be in Fall 2018? (required)
How did you hear about Westminster Cello Camp? (required)
T-shirt size (required)

You may also email your video clips or links to pwhang@westminstercollege.edu.

If you have any questions about Westminster Cello Camp, please contact Kimi Kawashima, (801) 832-2379 or email Pegsoon Whang at pwhang@westminstercollege.edu


In order to be eligible to apply for Westminster Cello Camp, you must:

  • Be a cellist 14-18 years old.
  • Be interested in music study in college.
  • Demonstrate talent, musicianship, and creativity.
  • Be willing to work hard, learn, and collaborate with colleagues.
  • Love to play and perform.

Westminster Cello Camp Faculty

As faculty of Westminster College, Pegsoon Whang serves as Director of Strings and Cello. Additionally, she is a cellist for the Utah Symphony, Quattro Amici, and the Snake River Chamber Players in Colorado. She has performed professionally with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, and the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she concertized in France, Italy, Germany and the US. Festival appearances include the Grand Teton Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival where she was appointed Principal Cello. Whang holds a Master in Music from the Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York City, and a Bachelors of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Matthew Johnson holds the position of Associate Principal Cello in the Utah Symphony. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied with Ron Leonard and Andrew Shulman. Prior to his appointment with the Utah Symphony, Matthew was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for six seasons. While in Kansas City, Mr. Johnson was an active chamber musician as a member of the Bach Aria Soloists and the cello quartet, CelloRondo. He has also participated in music festivals such as the Sarasota Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, where he served as principal cellist. A musician with Utah roots, Matthew moved to Salt Lake City from Massachusetts when he was twelve years old. He was a student of Richard Hoyt and Utah Symphony cellist, John Eckstein. In 1997, he was featured as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, after winning the Symphony’s Youth Guild competition.


No, but if you do the residential option, you will pay a $300 fee, which covers room and board, and you will be responsible for airfare and transportation to Westminster College before and after the camp.

We would like to hear pieces or movements in their entirety.

Yes, once accepted you will be sent a few selections of music to learn before you arrive at camp.

Sheet music for lessons, a good attitude, and be ready to work hard and have fun!

No, all expenses are covered by the camp scholarship.