The Robert Oberzal Memorial Chair
Jocelyn Butler received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Cello Performance from Indiana University, and then wrapped up her post-graduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts studying with John Sharp, principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony. She was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for two years, ending her final year as co-principal. She has performed with several great orchestras such as the Aspen Chamber and Festival Orchestras, Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony.
The Frank & Lucy Lipp Memorial Chair
Jocelyn is an avid chamber musician. Her quartet became the quartet in residence at Indiana University for a year after winning the IU Kuttner Quartet competition. After arriving in Chicago, she was invited to perform in a string quartet coached by Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet. They performed on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series broadcasted live on Chicago’s WFMT, and they performed several concerts in the Netherlands while studying with the Vermeer Quartet and the Jerusalem Quartet. As part of the International Chamber Artists in Chicago, Jocelyn has given numerous performances, including a performance on the Mostly Music concert series, a performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Schaumburg, a performance/master-class at the University of North Carolina – Pembroke, and a performance on the University of Illinois Chicago’s chamber music series. Additionally they performed on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, and they continue to be invited back to perform on WFMT’s “Live from WFMT” program. Expanding her reach into the world of chamber music, Jocelyn is excited to have joined Corky Siegel’s Chamber Music Blues. Currently she is a member of the International Chamber Artists, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Music Blues, Accende Ensemble, NMS piano trio, New Millennium Orchestra, and the Illinois Symphony.
Jocelyn is also an enthusiastic cello teacher and has studios at the New Music School, Apostolic Church of God, and the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute. She is also honored to be teaching on the faculty of Carthage College as an adjunct cello faculty member. Jocelyn has studied with the top professional musicians and professors in the world including Orlando Cole (Curtis Institute), Anthony Elliott (Univ. of Michigan), Eric Kim (retired principal - Cincinnati Symphony), and Stephen Geber (retired principal - Cleveland Orchestra). The knowledge given to her by the musical greats combined with her own vast musical experience and love for children has made her one of the premier cello teachers in Chicago.
"Chamber music gives me an opportunity to collaborate with artists dedicating
themselves to produce the range and depth of emotions a composer wishes to
Jocelyn Shoulders, cello