Voice Faculty

Patti garvey

cello & viola da gamba, strings faculty

Patti Garvey has been performing for over 20 years throughout North America, South America and Europe, playing in Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Miami’s New World Center, Teatro Teresa Carreño of Caracas, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, and Konzerthaus of Berlin. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, she began her studies of the cello at age nine in the public schools and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. After school, Patti joined the cello section of the Rochester Philharmonic, the New World Symphony and now plays with the Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies. While living in Los Angeles, she won a job with the Santa Barbara Symphony and enjoyed performing and recording cello and viola da gamba in a wide variety of musical styles including on American Idol, the Voice, X-Factor, Glee, with Bono and the Edge, DJ Skrillex, and in movie soundtracks like A Good Day to Die Hard, The Woman in Black, and Wolverine. She maintains an active interest in early music, playing the bass, tenor, and treble viols and baroque cello. Patti performs as a cellist and viola da gamba player with the GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire. A dedicated music teacher for 13 years, she has taught in a variety of settings from music schools to prisons, to students aged 2 – 72. She studied the techniques of Venezuela’s music program, El Sistema, in Caracas and El Sistema USA in Los Angeles. Patti spends her time performing all over the US but lives in Chicago where she maintains an active freelance and teaching career. In the Chicagoland area, she has performed with the Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, New Phil, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and was a member of the period ensemble, Baroque Band. She also performed nightly in a jazz duo at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago's River North neighborhood. She performs orchestral and chamber music concerts throughout the Midwest, and continues to travel to California to play with the Santa Barbara Symphony.