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

  • Cellist with Third Angle Ensemble (Feb 2018-present)
  • Cellist with Fear No Music (2017-present)
  • Substitute cellist with Oregon Symphony Orchestra (2014-present)
  • Cellist with Duo Apaixonado and guitarist Alfredo Muro, concerts at Classic Pianos, Valley View Chamber Concerts.
  • Oregon Music Festival 2018: Principal Cello and Coach for Orpheus Academy; Performance of Reich’s Double Sextet and Mazzoli’s Still Life with Avalanche
  • March Music Modern Recital at Portland Community Music Center, March 23, 2018
  • Extra cellist with Portland Cello Project (Nov 2017-present)
  • Live radio performances on All-Classical 89.9 Portland “Club Mod”: March 3rd, 2018 with Steve Lewis for Robert McBride’s Final Retirement Show; Dec 3rd, 2016 with Amelia Lukas and Monica Ohuchi, Messaien festival.
  • Willamette University Faculty Recitals: Brahms and Mozart Chamber Music, April 2016; Rachmaninoff Trio No. 2, March 2018; Debussy Sonata and Fauré Piano Quartet, Feb 2019
  • Live radio performance on “Thursdays at Three” on All Classical Portland with David Hattner and Janet Guggenheim, playing the Brahms Clarinet Trio. (Feb 2015)
  • Soloist with Chehalem Symphony, performing Schumann Concerto in A Minor. (2014)
  • Solo Cellist with Portland Boys Choir Christmas CD (release Dec 2012, 2012-present), Solo cellist with Aurora Chorus (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)
  • Finalist at Canadian National Music Competition Festival (1998).
  • 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/Artist Associate Cello Faculty at Willamette University, Salem OR (2016- present)
  • Orchestral Sectional Coach for Portland Youth Philharmonic (2013-present), Salem Youth Symphony (2016-present), Metropolitan Youth Sym (2011-2018), Chehalem Symphony (2013-2016), and Houston Youth Symphony (2003-2006).
  • Clinician Walla Walla Suzuki Institute, July 2017, 2018, returning 2019
  • Presenter at the OR-ASTA Conference, Pacific University (Nov 2017): “It’s All in the Thumbs: An Examination of Thumb Technique in the Development of Facility and Prevention of Injuries”
  • Adjunct 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 (2012-2016)
  • Chamber Music Coach for Oregon ProArte Youth Chamber Orchestra (2011-2016)
  • Adjudicator for auditions or competitions for Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphonies, Oregon Music Teachers’ Association (2012-present), and Salem Youth Symphony.
  • 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). Duties include organizing and fundraising for the annual scholarship auditions, coordinating student recitals, running adult amateur ensembles, putting on guest masterclasses and lectures.
  • Board Member Oregon American String Teachers’ Association, chair of cello activities. (2016-present).  Duties include student masterclasses (David Finckel in Jan 2017 and Peter Wiley in Dec 2017), and writing articles for the newsletter.
  • Teacher of Non-Major Cello course, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University (2000-06)


  • 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