Meet Hannah Gebhard
Hannah Gebhard graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 2011. Hannah was a member of the Choraliers, Chamber Orchestra, Fiddle Club and Schwacappella. Some of her fondest memories from high school include participating in the Disney Trip, taking classes with Mr. Halstead and spending the majority of her senior year practicing in those basement practice rooms!
Hannah began playing cello in 4th grade at Division Street and continued to study privately with Susan Nazzaro throug high school. After graduating, Hannah began her undergraduate degree at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a major in Music Education. Many reasons went into her decision to pursue Music Education, but she was definitely inspired by the excellent teachers she worked with while in high school.
While at Crane, she studied cello under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Carter and Professor Emeritus Dr. Mathias Wexler. After a summer of non-stop practicing and attending performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC, she chose to change her major to cello performance her sophomore year, though she never lost her love of teaching.
Hannah graduated Cum Laude in 2015 from the Crane with a degree in Music Performance. In 2014, Hannah was the orchestral pit cellist for the College Light Opera Company where she discovered her love of musical theater. She has since began to pursue orchestral pit performance and is looking to pursue a career as an orchestral pit music upon completion of her Master’s degree.
Hannah has also participated in NYU’s Summer Chamber Music Program where she studied with the renowned cellist Marion Feldman. This past summer, Hannah was a counselor at the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies at Skidmore College, where she enjoyed mentoring young musicians and coaching two chamber ensembles.
Hannah is currently based in Hartford, CT, where she is earning her Masters in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Hartt School of Music. Hannah works closely with the Hartt Musical Theater and Opera Department performing as the pit cellist. Hannah recently made her solo debut for her first Masters Recital at the Hartt School of Music.
Besides a full time class schedule, Hannah maintains a private studio of about 30 students, teaching Violin, Viola and Cello at Music & Arts in East Hartford, and at the Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown, CT. Hannah is thrilled to be back performing at her Alma Mater and encourages any budding musicians to come talk to her after the performance!
Join us on Saturday, June 17th at 7:30 PM at Saratoga Springs High School’s Loewenberg Auditorium for our student assistance fund benefit concert. There will be over twenty alumni acts performing that evening. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Adults are $10 and seniors/students are $5. A family pack is available for $25 – so bring the whole clan.
All proceeds will go to the Friends of Music Saratoga Springs Student Assistance Fund.
Friends of Music is a 501(c)3 organization.