Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Ross T. Harbaugh

Second Committee Member

Pamela A. McConnell

Third Committee Member

Brian Powell

Fourth Committee Member

D. Scott Stinson


The purpose of this essay is to provide detailed performance solutions for cello in the standard chamber works. The collection of works has been compiled from the career repertoire of Professor Ross Harbaugh, a renowned and accomplished soloist, instructor and founding member of the New World String Quartet and Bergonzi String Quartet. Excerpts of chamber works were chosen based on their technical or musical challenges. Annotations and suggestions of bowings and fingerings are based on Professor Ross Harbaugh’s performance notations. A brief historical description of each piece is provided. This paragraph can be used for program notes by the reader. The essay is intended to provide bowing, fingering, and musical solutions for selected chamber works to aid students, amateurs, and chamber music professionals in their preparation of these pieces.


chamber music; cello; string quartet; piano trio; piano quintet; excerpts