Isaacson, assistant professor of cello and bass, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts
degree in cello performance from Louisiana State University. Ms. Isaacson
earned her Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University and a
Bachelor of Music from Indiana University. Her interests in Jazz and
improvisation led her to pursue a thesis topic on translating the
improvisational style of Charlie Parker to the cello. Ms. Isaacson has held
faculty positions at Abilene Christian University, Eastern Kentucky University,
the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Craftsbury Chamber Players Youth Program, the
Music Academy at Louisiana State University, and she served as instrumental
music director at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, Vermont. Ms.
Isaacson has performed extensively in New England and Louisiana, performing
with such diverse groups as the Craftsbury Chamber Players, the Hop River
Chamber Players, the Abilene Chamber Players, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the
Ohio Light Opera, the Vermont Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Ms.
Isaacson’s principal teachers include Iseut Chuat, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga
Winold, Dennis Parker and master classes with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and
Ralph Kirschbaum. In addition, she has studied improvisation techniques with
Eugene Friesen and jazz improvisation with pianists Willis Delony and Kent
Hewitt. She has studied chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, Miriam Fried,
members of the Tokyo Quartet, and the Apple Hill Chamber Players.
- Bachelor's, Cello, Indiana University, 1998
- Master's, Cello, Louisiana State University, 2000
- Doctor of Musical Arts, Cello, Louisiana State University