Lia Bourque-Mooney

Suzuki Cello, Traditional Cello

I feel that the music teacher is a special type of instructor; a mentor, that truly believes the statement that, “every child can” (Dr.Suzuki). It is a position that requires love and respect for the artistry of the instrument and its applications, a teacher who deeply cares, showing equal admiration towards all students. There’s more to being a teacher than a simple instrument instructor, being a confidant, a role model in a student’s life, and a serious musician who believes, through music, a better place can exist.

A native New Yorker, Lia began her cello studies at the age of nine with Erika Pickhart, acquiring numerous accolades, before continuing her studies at The Boston Conservatory of Music, mentored by Andrew Mark, and Terry King, where she studied cello performance. Lia has performed with the Boston Lyrica chamber orchestra, Albany Symphony, and is currently a member in the Chelsea Symphony. In addition to performing with the Chelsea Symphony and teaching, Lia is a freelance cellist and composer, who enjoys collaborating with local artists. Her album "Drag" was released in 2016 by Moon Records, and is available in digital and vinyl form internationally, including London, Berlin and NYC, and on numerous high-profile media platforms. 2016 also found one of her original compositions projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, and showcased Worldwide by the Leo Kuelbs collection.

As a mentor to young musicians, Lia has studied cello pedagogy with Pamela Devenport, at The School for Strings in NYC and the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute, where she received her Suzuki certification units one through eight.