Adjunct Faculty - Cello
College of Arts and Sciences
Cellist Monson received most her music training in Chicago. Her teachers include Karl Fruh, Sam Sciacchitano and Frank Miller who was former principal cellist with the Chicago Symphony. At the University of Illinois, she was a student of Gabriel Magyar, who graduated with highest honors. After graduation, she accepted the position of assistant principal cellist in the National Symphony of Costa Rica.
In Costa Rica, she helped develop a national education program. Monson spent eight years in Mexico performing in various orchestras include the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Mexican National Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. Returning to the U.S., Monson taught at Brigham Young University and played as a member of the Utah Virtuosi and Utah Symphony.
She was a member of Present Music and played with the Milwaukee Ballet and the Milwaukee Symphony. In Chicago, she has played as a substitute with Chicago Symphony, Music of the Baroque and the Illinois Philharmonic Monsoon also served for many years as the cellist for Chamber Opera Chicago.
• BM, cello performance, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; Champaign, Ill.