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Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts, BM
Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts, PD
DePaul University – School of Music, MM
Suzuki Association of the Americas: Teacher Certification – Books 1-10 and Cello Teaching Strategies
Everardo was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He first started on flute at the age of 11 then at the age of 15, he switched to cello. Everardo is now a passionate teacher and performer in the Chicago area. Everardo graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University and completed a Performance Diploma in May of 2021 at CCPA where he studied with Dr. Tanya Carey for six years. Everardo received his Master’s Degree from DePaul University studying under the guidance of Professor Stephen Balderston in June of 2023. They have completed Suzuki teacher training in Cello Books 1-10 of the Suzuki Method, with Dr. Tanya Carey and Avi Friedlander. During their teacher training, they received instruction on how to engage students in a private and group lesson format, maintain a profound and professional bond with parents and students, and engage a range of all ages. Everardo is currently a member of the faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, Merit School of Music, and Urban Prairie Waldorf School located in Pilsen.
They have spent their summers playing music at the Chautauqua Music Festival, running a chamber music project called Pilsen Classical in Chicago with their best friend Allie Switala, doing Suzuki Cello Teacher Training, and teaching for summer music programs in the Chicago area. Additionally, Everardo has participated in masterclasses with Anthony Elliot, Dr. Horacio Contreras, John Sharp, Mihai Tetel, Roger Chase, Dr. Paula Kosower, Astrid Schween, and Zlatomir Fung.
Everardo is extremely lucky and honored to play on and be the owner of a 2015 Gary Garavaglia cello made in Chicago.
Away from the cello, Everardo loves to tend to his many plants, make coffee with his espresso machine, read, cook, and go on very long bike rides around the city.
I believe that music education is so important because no matter what instrument we play or the genre of music we specialize in we are communicating emotions and stories. Sound connects people in all sorts of ways, and I am a strong believer that music should be a communal practice no matter how much knowledge you have of it.