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Alan Stellings is a professional cellist, double bassist, electric bassist, conductor, composer, arranger and teacher. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance. During his undergraduate years, Stellings completed advanced studies in Cello and Chamber Music Performance at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria. He studied music composition privately with Dr. Samuel Dolin, at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. After several years of professional activity, Alan returned to formal studies, earning a Master of Music in Music Education at the University of Toronto. He went on to complete a Doctorate in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, concentrating in the philosophy and psychology of music. 


At various stages of his performing career, Dr. Stellings held positions in the Toronto Symphony OrchestraHamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, East York Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony Orchestra , Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra , Toronto Sinfonietta, Bermuda Symphony, New Chamber Orchestra of Canada and the Jamaican Symphony.  

He made three North American tours as Principal Cellist of the Canadian Opera Orchestra. As a member of various "house bands", Stellings has performed with Gladys Knight and the Pips, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross among many others.

Stellings is a member of the Toronto Musicians' Association Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians.



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Alan performed in Massey Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra 


cello music picture of mycellomusic.com use of royal conservatory of music After accepting a position on the Faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Alan Stellings decided to concentrate on solo and chamber music performance. He founded the Royal Conservatory Noon Hour and Twilight Chamber Music Series, bringing faculty and students together in a "special event" atmosphere of performance.

Dr. Stellings has also been a faculty member in the Music Departments of  the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. With a deep commitment to music education, Dr. Stellings continues to serve as clinician and adjudicator for music students throughout Canada.                    

                                                   After designing the new Cello Syllabus for the Royal Conservatory, Alan decided to "go it alone" in his teaching. He maintains busy private teaching studios in Toronto and in Guelph, Ontario, where he lives with his wife Jennifer, a watercolour artist and designer and their beautiful black cat, Smudge.

 Stellings has performed as a member of several contemporary music groups, including as a founding member/performer of the Array Contemporary Music Ensemble and the UART Midi Ensemble, with composer/performers Wes Wraggett and Michael Hynes. He was also a longstanding member of the Fred Stone Jazz Band, performing in clubs in the Toronto area. He is a founding member of the Artemis String Quartet and Cerberus String Trio. In April 2006, Alan Stellings is appearing as Principal Cellist and Soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.

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In this picture, Alan is appearing as Principal Cellist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Alan is presently Principal Cellist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.


cello music picture of canadian flag in mycellomusic.comThroughout his career, Alan Stellings has been a dedicated promoter and performer of Canadian music. He has made several  European solo tours performing the works of Samuel Dolin, Wes Wraggett, Michael Pepa, Philip McConnell, Charles Camilleri, Andre Prevost and John Weinzweig. He, along with pianist Greg Paskaruk, went on a nine city concert tour of England, culminating in a recital at the Barbican Centre in London. Stellings performed Canadian compositions at the Eduard van Beinum Foundation, Breukelen, Netherlands, for the Jeunesses Musicales in Budapest, Hungary, Timisoara, Romania, at the Belgrade and Zagreb Conservatories in the former Yugoslavia and

with the Hemispheres Orchestra at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City. 


















Alan Stellings has released three CDs. The first is titled fluences, a selection of four Canadian cello and piano sonatas by John Weinzweig, Stellings, Philip McConnell and Andre Prevost. The second CD is titled Alan Stellings Plays Oscar Peterson, a Four Cello Experience. Selections include the complete "Canadiana Suite" by Peterson. A third CD, Cello Child of Rock was released in late 2005. It features 12 tracks of Classic Rock on solo cello, featuring songs by such artists as Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Metallica and Steppenwolf.  Visit our Recordings page for more detailed information.