Summer Cello Camp Registration

Hi cellists! We are excited to host our first ever SIS Summer Cello Camp from July 18-22, 2022 at Our Redeemers Church in Ballard.

  • Campers will meet each morning from 9am – 12pm, and camp will culminate in a celebration concert on Friday the 22nd from 12 – 1pm.
  • Classes will include all group warmups, musicianship, music history, music theory and cello ensembles. 
  • Joining our SIS Cello Faculty are our two fabulous guest teachers for this summer, Elizabeth Nardone from Philadelphia and Luis Mercado from NYC. Read more about the faculty below.
  • This is a camp for all ages and experience levels to give everyone a fun positive cello boost in the middle of the summer.  After registration you will receive more info on suggested items to bring to camp.

Camp cost is $325 for the week.  Please email any questions to kevinleifermancello@gmail.com.


Cellist Michael King is a native of Spartanburg, SC and is currently pursuing a DMA at UW. Michael has performed both solo and chamber music across the US as part of the Oregano String Quartet and the Mordecai Cello Quartet. He received a BM in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina where he was awarded the Cello Fund Award, an MM in Music Performance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy from The University of Denver where he was the teaching assistant to Richard Slavich. Michael has appeared in recitals and orchestras across the US. He has attended summer festivals such as the National Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and The Meadowmount School for Strings. His teachers include Robert Jesselson, Brooks Whitehouse, Melissa Kraut, Richard Slavich, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, and Carol Tarr.

Cellist Kevin Leiferman grew up in Billings Montana and went on to receive a BM Performance from the University of Montana, an MM Performance from Miami University, and Certificates in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver.  His primary teachers have included Dr. Nancy Critelli, Fern Glass-Boyd, Pansy Chang, Richard Slavich, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir and Carol Tarr.  Kevin is freelance cellist in the greater Seattle area, a regular member of the North Corner Chamber Orchestra(NOCCO) and also coaches sectionals for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. Kevin is a passionate educator who has been praised for his patience and the fun atmosphere that he sets in his studio.

Puerto Rican-American cellist Luis Mercado is enjoying his 10th year teaching and playing in New York City. Luis has been on the cello faculties of the Third Street Music School Settlement, NYU, Abrons Arts Center, and the University of South Carolina. As a Suzuki-trained teacher and member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and American String Teachers Association, he is committed to providing affordable, inclusive, and fun music education to students of all ages. Luis performs contemporary classical music with the NYsoundCircuit, and serves on the board of the Queer Urban Orchestra. B.M. University of South Carolina, M.M. NYU.

Elizabeth Nardone is a cellist and teacher in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from South Carolina, Elizabeth completed early cello studies with Robert Jesselson and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina.  She received an MM degree from the University of Denver in Suzuki Cello Pedagogy, studying with Richard Slavich, and an MME in Music Education from Temple University. Elizabeth has also received certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning in both Early Childhood and Elementary General Music.  She currently teaches general music classes for all students in grades K through 8 at Stanton School in the Philadelphia School District.  She also runs the after school string orchestra at Stanton and coordinates the cultural arts programming. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys gardening, mountain climbing, and baking new recipes.