A graduate of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy (1996), cellist Beth Sturdevant attended the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in performance in 2001.
Beth has extensive experience performing in the Theatre world especially, performing as solo cello for the Broadway production of The Pajama Game (2006 Tony Winner "Best Revival") starring Harry Connick Jr., and touring North America with the US national tour of Disney’s On The Record. She has also worked with the NAC English Theatre as solo cellist in the productions of Oliver!, The Sound of Music, as well as Anne and Gilbert: The Musical.
Beth also performed with Harry Connick Jr. in Toronto as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival, and again in Niagara Falls (Ontario).
Beth has worked with the Athens Camerata Orchestra (Athens, Greece), Feminarte Chamber Orchestra (Athens, Greece), Canadian Chamber Orchestra – founding principal cello (New York City), and Seiler Strings (Toronto). She has also worked both as chamber and orchestra musician with the NAC Orchestra, and performed in masterclasses for Pinchas Zuckerman, Hans Jensen, Joel Krosnick, Clive Greensmith, Bonnie Hampton, Timothy Eddy, and many more.
Before returning to Ottawa in 2009 Beth was stationed in New York City, where she performed with Barbra Streisand and Il Divo on Ms Streisand's 2006 North American tour, played on Broadway for Phantom of the Opera and appeared on numerous television talk shows such as The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Fox and Friends and The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. She taught cello for many years in Ottawa with Ottawa Suzuki Strings, as well as the National Capital Suzuki School of Music, for which she was also the school’s Artistic Director in 2010.
For the last 12 years, Beth has maintained a large private teaching studio of both adults, teenagers and young children.
Contact Beth for information on private lessons or to book her directly for an event or performance.
"A live trio accompanies the show. Led by musical director/pianist Lisa St. Clair, the three shift as comfortably as Irving from upbeat to gravitas. The latter is especially notable in the plangent lines Beth Sturdevant coaxes from her cello during Marilla’s gorgeously nostalgic When He Was My Beau." - Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen Theatre review: Anne and Gilbert