Brooks Whitehouse

Renowed cellist Brooks Whitehouse is outgoing, enthusiastic and direct in his teaching, and he seeks to engage students in a closely guided self-discovery of the art of cello playing. Whitehouse believes that a performing artist must love not only the finished product of fine playing, but also the process of technique building and interpretation.

My enthusiasm for this process is infectious, and I combine the technical tools of audio and video recording with dynamic imagery, good humor and carefully sequenced studies and repertoire to empower my students in their journey to excellence.


  • Former faculty at University of Virginia, University of Florida and UNC Greensboro
  • Director of Silva, Varga and Greenhouse Cello Celebrations in 2004, 2005 and 2007
  • Faculty member of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Summer Strings at UNCSA and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Career Highlights

  • Soloist with Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Cellist of the award-winning Guild Trio, with an International performing career including over 300 concerts in the US, Europe and Australia, and residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Guild Hall in East Hampton and the University of Virginia, 1989-2010
  • Cellist and arranger for the cello/bass duo Low & Lower, creating and commissioning works that expand the boundaries of the concert hall to include vocalization, theater, parody and hyperbole, Low & Lower has performed over 100 concerts, appearing in a wide range of venues from the class room to the recital hall to the prison hall to the Orchestra hall
  • Recipient with The Guild Trio of a Chamber Music America Residency Grant for the first ensemble to be in residence at a medical school
  • Soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic and the Portland Symphony
  • Recordings for the Centaur, Bridge, CRI and Innova labels
  • Member of Reynolda Quartet with Ida Bieler, Janet Orenstein and Ulrich Eichenauer

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Cellist with Garth Newell Piano Quartet for 40th Anniversary Gala performance at Carnegie Hall
  • Chamber Music America Residency Grant for Guild Trio
  • Chamber Music America New Works Fund Grant recipient
  • USIA Artistic Ambassador Trio Competition leading to a seven-week European tour with the Guild Trio, winner
  • First prize-winner of Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition


• Chair, NC ASTA String Competition
• MTNA Member


D.M.SUNY Stony Brook

M.M.SUNY Stony Brook

B.A.Harvard College