Cello Faculty

Andrew Barnhart – Artistic Director

Cello, Suzuki Cello, Chamber, Orchestra, CAD

Cellist Andrew Barnhart is a native of the Detroit, Michigan area where he began playing the cello in the public school system at the age of ten.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree, Performer’s Certificate, and Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music where is is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts.  Andrew serves as Principal Cello for the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning and Elmira, NY and of the Colgate University Symphony Orchestra where he is also on faculty.  As a chamber musician he has performed with the Michigan Chamber Players, the Eastman Chamber Music Society, and the Eastman Virtuosi.  He is a member of the Half-Six Piano Trio with pianist Toni James and violinist Man Yui Kitty Cheung.  His major teachers have been Richard Piippo, Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, and Alan Harris.

Elise Hughey


Minnesota native Elise Hughey first discovered the cello at age ten through her elementary school orchestra program. She then studied in Minneapolis with former Minnesota Orchestra member (and current Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal) Joseph Johnson. Elise received her Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under the tutelage of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. During her graduate studies, she was awarded the position of Teaching Assistant for Steven Doane’s studio. Recently Elise studied the Creative Ability Development teaching method with Alice Kanack of the Kanack School of Music. Elise performs regularly with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and her string quartet, quartet442. In addition to her musical pursuits, Elise is also a certified yoga instructor and she enjoys incorporating body and breath awareness in her cello teaching.

Rachael Lemna

Cello, Suzuki Cello, Pre School Classes, CAD

Rachael Lemna, a Chicago native, first discovered the cello and piano and the ages of four and five. In fact, she was so excited to begin playing musical instruments that she completely emptied her piggy bank in order to help her parents pay for lessons! Rachael had the unique opportunity to learn these instruments under different teaching styles (Suzuki Method for cello and Traditional Method for piano) and has consequently attained a firm understanding of different ways to educate.

Rachael completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she also earned minors in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Suzuki Pedagogy. Her principal teacher was pedagogue Dr. Melissa Kraut and her Suzuki teacher trainers included Ms. Pamela Devenport and Ms. Abbey Hansen. She now is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music under the instruction of Mr. Steven Doane and Ms. Rosemary Elliott.

Rachael is so excited to be at the Kanack School of Music and is eager to share her love of music and learning through teaching.