Wondering just how easy and reasonably priced it can be for you to enjoy beautiful live music for your wedding or other special occasion? 

Looking for private lessons in the violin family? (violin viola, cello, bass)

Make having fantastic music in your life easy and fun!  Call now to schedule a free consultation to plan your event music, or to set up your private lessons: (518)242-0561.

Will Hayes, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) graduate, certified Suzuki teacher #121744.

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Over decades of public performances in various venues, on TV, radio, and internet, I've been a Cello Instructor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, Guest Lecturer at public schools across the country, The University at Albany (SUNY), The College of Saint Rose and Siena College, AFM Albany, NY Local 14 member, Schenectady-Amsterdam NY Musical Union Local 85-133 Executive Board Member, and performing artist at the Chautauqua Institution, NY, and the Aspen Music Festival, CO. 

You'll benefit from and enjoy all the best techniques, practices and concepts from the world's top performers and teachers I have studied with/learned from in person: Yo Yo Ma, Lev Aronson, Richard Kay, Chaim Zemach, Jeff Szabo, David Sabee, Jack Kirstein, Lee Fiser, Paul Katz, Richard Aaron, Zara Nelsova, Yehuda Hanani, and Sara Sant'ambrogio,as well as in coaching sessions from members of the Metropolitan Opera and renowned chamber ensembles, including the Tokyo, Emerson, Cleveland and LaSalle String Quartets.  The highest credit goes to my earliest private teachers, Eleanor Sandblade, Arlene Conn, and Dr. Lou Richardson, SUNY Fredonia.

You'll enjoy all the confidence that comes from connecting with audiences in the U.S. and abroad, as I've performed live on stage with rock legend Rod Stewart; vocal legend Johnny Mathis; "the Jimi Hendrix" of the violin Eileen Ivers, of Riverdance fiddling fame, and the operatic vocal quartet sensation "Il Divo."  

You'll deeply appreciate having all the auditioning insights and successes, as I've also held positions, regular and substitute, in orchestras across the country, including the Allegheny College Baroque Ensemble (PA); Middletown Symphony, OH; Richmond Symphony, IN; Lawton Philharmonic, and Enid Symphony, OK; Wyoming Symphony; Las Cruces Symphony, NM; Tri-County Orchestra, AL (viola and cello); and, in NY, in the Schenectady Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Clinton Symphony, Woodstock Symphony, Northern Dutchess Symphony, Greater Newburgh Symphony, Colgate University Orchestra, Richmond County Orchestra (Staten Island), UAlbany Symphony, Siena Chamber Orchestra, Albany Pro Musica, Cathedral of All Saints Orchestra, ensembles for nationally touring shows at the Palace Theater and Proctor's Theater, Hubbard Hall Opera, Schenectady Light Opera Company, Park Playhouse, Not So Common Players, Guilderland Players, Theater Barn, C-R Kids, University at Albany Theater, and Union College Theatre, Timothy Murphy Playhouse; as well as with Capitol Chamber Artists, and Sage City Symphony, VT.

Catch me in action at a concert association performance near you (or, available streaming online in the time of COVID-19), appearing on such concert series as held at the NY State Museum, Troy Music Hall, Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, Hudson Valley Community College Cultural Affairs, Guilderland Public Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Saugerties Pro Musica, Emmanuel Baptist Church, First Fridays at First Presbyterian Church of Albany, and beyond. 

Need strings tracks on your album?  Recording studio

gigs have been very fun collaborations for me to capture ample sound tracks to enhance your sound.  Past work includes sessions for a recorded orchestral accompaniment for a production of The Sound of Music in Cinti, OH; and, in New York, sessions for: Sandy McKnight and the Idea (band), composer Brian Fitzgerald, Justin Metz studio, Josh Pechette studio, composer Mark LaRose, Niki Kaos and Curious Comet (band), and Glass Pony (band) at Blue Sky Studio, Delmar, NY.

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SSO concert this Sunday at 3pm!!
Pop and Rock Music on Strings
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Octavo Singers
Octogan Barn Recital July 2018
Wedding gig 2018
Wedding Ensembles
SSO rehearsal at Proctors
Sage City Symphony Strings
Adirondack Voices
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Cello Quartets
Trios
Graduation Ceremonies
Clinton Symphony Orchestra
Playing Cello with Dancers
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Guitar and Cello Duos
AFM Local 14 Classical Music Showcase
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Magic Flute
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Menotti's Telephone
Coaching from Shanghai Quartet
Schenectady Symphony celli
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