Performance CV

Dr. Valdine Mishkin, suzuki cello instructorValdine Ritchie Mishkin, violoncello

24700 SW Valley View Drive, West Linn, OR 97068


Doctorate of Musical Arts, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston
Graduation: May 2009. Student of Lynn Harrell.

  • Rotating Principal Cellist of Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, (2004-06).
  • Full scholarship and stipend awarded. Duties include Class Assistant to Mr. Harrell and teacher of non-major students.
  • Dissertation: “Redefining the Boundaries: Three Twentieth Century Canadian Works for Cello”, Published May 2009. UMI Number 3362364.

Master of Music in Cello Performance, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston.
Graduation: May 2003. Student of Norman Fischer.

  • Rotating Principal Cellist of Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, (2000-03)
  • Full scholarship and stipend awarded. Duties include Class Assistant to Professor Norman Fischer and Assistant String Chamber Music Coordinator to Professor Norman Fischer.
  • Manitoba Council for the Arts; Grants for Study Abroad, (2000 and 2002).

Bachelor of Music with Honors in Performance and High Distinction in Cello, McGill University, Montreal. Graduation: May 2000. Student of Antonio Lysy and Leslie Snyder.

  • Winner of the McGill Concerto Competition (1998).
  • Principal of McGill Symphony Orchestra and McGill Contemporary Ensemble, (1998-2000).

Suzuki Association of the Americas

  • Cello Foundation 1A and 1B with Gilda Barston, Houston 2003
  • Cello Book 2 with Carey Cheney, WOW Dallas 2005
  • Cello Book 3 with Gilda Barston, American Suzuki Institute 2005, scholarship awarded.
  • Cello Book 4 with David Evenchick, Montreal Suzuki Institute, 2010
  • Cello Book 5 with Carey Cheney, Intermountain Suzuki Institute, 2011

Royal Conservatory of Toronto (R.C.T.), Canada.

  • Pedagogy of Violoncello, Expository Exam (2001)
  • Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto Diploma in Cello Performance (1997).
  • A.R.C.T. Diploma in Piano Performance (1995); Pedagogy of Piano, Expository Exam (1996)
  • Voice Exam Completed, Grade 10 (1998)
  • Awarded 11 Silver Medals for highest provincial exam result, bursaries for highest in Canada.

Summer Festival Participation

  • Aldo Parisot Masterclass, Banff Centre of the Arts, Canada (2002).
  • Tanglewood Music Festival Fellow (2001).
  • Janos Starker Masterclass, Orford Centre d’Art, Quebec (2000).
  • Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy, Germany (2000).
  • Oberlin in Cassalmaggiore, Italy, (1999).
  • Daniel Musik Dagen, Netherlands, (1999)

Performance Experience

  • Live radio performance on “Thursdays at Three” on All Classical Portland with David Hattner and Janet Guggenheim, playing the Brahms Clarinet Trio. (Feb 2015)
  • Substitute cellist with Oregon Symphony Orchestra (2014-present)
  • Member of the Blue Box Ensemble, a Eugene and Portland-based chamber group of mixed woodwind and strings, performing thematic programming.
  • Solo Cellist with Portland Boys Choir Christmas CD (release Dec 2012), Solo cellist with Aurora Chorus and Portland First Church of the Nazarene congregation (2011-present).
  • Performance of Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos: Mercury Baroque & Barrett Sills in Houston (Feb 2008), and Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra and Diane Chaplin in Portland (Nov 2011) and Chamber Music
  • Camp of Portland Faculty Concert (July 2012)
  • Baroque continuo player for Mercury Baroque Ensemble (2003-08). Live performances on KUHF radio, CD release “8 Seasons” (2003), featured concerto soloist (2007-08).
  • Substitute cellist for Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet 2003-2008.
  • Principal Cellist as a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center (2001)
  • 5 Solo recital engagements in Winnipeg and Galveston and 9 degree recitals.
  • 3rd place in string category at Canadian National Music Competition Festival (1998).
  • Several world premier performances, composers including Dr. K. Al-Zand and Scott MacMillan.
  • Winner of McGill University Concerto Competition (1998). Performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with McGill Orchestra at McGill and Université de Montreal (1999).
  • Winner of Winnipeg Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Performance of Saint-Saens’ Concerto No.1 with Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall, April 1996.
  • Solo with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, “Concerts for Kids”, Centennial Concert Hall, age 10

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Cello Faculty at Willamette University, Salem, OR Jan 2016-Present
  •  Cello Instructor at George Fox University, Newberg, OR (2013-2016)
  • Director of private music studio (2008-present). Responsibilities include: teaching weekly lessons and group classes in cello, coordinating and performing recitals and outreach projects. Teaching experience from ages 3 through adult, beginner through advanced.
  • Coach for Chamber Music Camp of Portland and PDX Chamber Ensembles (2012-present)
  • Orchestral Sectional Coach for Chehalem Symphony (2013-present), Portland Youth Philharmonic (2013-present), Metropolitan Youth Symphony (2011-present), and Houston Youth Symphony (2003-2006).
  • Chamber Coach for Oregon ProArte Youth Chamber Orchestra (2011-present)
  • Adjudicator for auditions or competitions for Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphonies, and Oregon Music Teachers’ Association (2012-present).
  • Executive Co-Founder, Director and Teacher of Rose City Music Academy, school of over 100 students, and 15 faculty. (2009-2011 Directorship/Ownership, 2009-2012 teaching). Primary responsibilities included: artistic direction of the programming; management of students and teachers; finances; and teaching cello, piano, and theory classes.
  • Board Member of the Oregon Cello Society, Chair of Scholarship Competition (2010-present)
  • Teacher of Non-Major Cello course, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University (2000-06).
  • Faculty of Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Division, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Teacher of Cello and Piano (2000-03, 2004-07), Faculty Galveston Island Academy for the Arts; cello and piano teacher (2003-07)


  • Norman Fischer
    Professor of Violoncello
    Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
    Houston, Texas 77251-1892
    (713) 348-2170
  • David Hattner
    Director of Portland Youth Philharmonic
    (503) 223-4035
  • Dr. Anthony Brandt
    Professor of Composition and Theory
    Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
    Houston, Texas 77251-1892
    (713) 348-2192