Stark Raving Cello Fundraiser!

Help me buy this wonderful cello, and I'll do everything I can to use it to serve others.

Who are you? 

I’m Emily, and I’m a cellist. 

What’s the deal? 

More than anything, I like to help people. It’s why I teach, and write, and feel compelled to use my small niche of influence to put as much good into the world as I can.  

Last summer was hard: the economy thrashed me to the point of selling my cello. It got me through, but only just. A benevolent colleague lent me his second instrument, which I played for the better part of a year. 

Now I’m asking for your help to buy a cello to call my own, a 1938 French instrument that the generous people at the Potter Violin Company have allowed me to keep while I raise the funds. I have already put down an initial deposit, but I need help to raise the remaining amount.    

Why should I help you?

By helping me, you are facilitating:

  1. My livelihood. Teaching and playing. This is a professional level instrument being offered to me at a modest price out of a spirit of generosity and cooperation. 
  2. Charity work. Donating lessons and performances to good causes. A lesser instrument would likely be fine for lessons, but to play at an embassy benefit or other event, my instrument must match the quality of my colleagues. 
  3. Music therapy. Some of my lessons with high-need clients are half cello and half neuro-rehabilitation. It is an incredible privilege to work with these people and their families. 

In addition, for every $50 raised, I will donate an hour of time to one of five local causes, doing whatever they think is most useful. It is central to my life’s mission to serve others in a hands-on way, and to use this campaign as a vehicle for these efforts. 


This is along with my already-extant military and hardship scholarships that will continue to be offered so long as I teach. 

The causes I have selected are: 

TAPS: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

DC public schools

The Society for Arts in Healthcare

DC Department of Corrections

SOME: So Others Might Eat


Thank you so much for considering donating to my cause. I hope your day is filled with love, peace and cello-y goodness.




Standing ovation to the kind people at Potter Violins, Meg Westberg and the publishers of Strings Magazine, my friends and family, and my darling Alan. You astonish me with your generosity and support. Thank you.  

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