Victoria McLaughlin, CELLO

Victoria McLaughlin

CELLO

Victoria began her career as a cellist in Colombia, South America, where she played with various orchestras. She taught at the Batuta Foundation, a state program which brings music instruction to children living in the most remote and economically depressed towns in the country, like the Amazon rainforest. Victoria holds a BA from the University of Manizales. Her mentors include Henrik Sarzicky and John Cloer.

Since her arrival to the U.S. she has performed at various venues with the Charlotte Philharmonic, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Charlotte Cello Choir, Vivace Quartet, Rebecca Rippy and Company and a band formed through the Intentional Living Institute. Victoria has received training in Suzuki Pedagogy through institutes in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and is a Suzuki Certified Teacher. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, and her students successfully participated in recitals, the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival and Regional Orchestra auditions, including acceptance into the North Carolina Western Regional Orchestra. Victoria has performed and recorded with artists like Rebecca Rippy, local artist John Lindsey and top 10 Freedom Americana Roots singer song writer, Grant Peeples.

Besides having a contagious enthusiasm for her instrument. She lends her more than 10 years of cello teaching experience with high standards and the conviction that, yes, "Every child - and adult – can!" We are so pleased to have Victoria McLaughlin on faculty at Charlotte Academy of Music!

Victoria is a true ambassador for musicianship. My daughter (age 6) and I have both studied cello under Victoria for the last 2 years and I cannot tell you how impressed and grateful we have been to be able to learn such a beautiful instrument from such a gifted teacher. Victoria has a wonderful ability to quickly and simply explain to all ages her approach to the cello, the technical aspects of playing the cello, and music theory. She is a phenomenal cello player herself, and her instructional approach blends the right amount of technical skill and fun to keep us motivated, inspired and practicing. Equally important though from a parent perspective, Victoria exhibits the gentleness and patience required to inspire musical talent in younger children. It can be challenging to teach a younger child and Victoria is ever creative in her ways to communicate with my daughter, help my daughter focus and motivate my daughter to learn and to enjoy music. As a parent, one of my goals for my daughter and myself, is that we experience the joy of music and with Victoria, we do! ~Jennifer Schenk