About

Cellist, Teacher, String Arranger


Kelsee Vandervall is a Chicago based cellist, teacher and arranger. A typical day for this cellist ranges from recording sessions to orchestral performances.

Kelsee received a dual Master's of Music Degree in Cello Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan in 2018, studying with Anthony Elliott. She was a awarded a fellowship for her 2 years, having the opportunity to train with world-renown faculty and artists such as the Calidore and Takács string quartet.

Most recently, Kelsee was awarded the Harmony Fellowship with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra starting in their 125th season (2018). She can also be seen performing with groups such as the River Raisin Ragtime Revue, ecletic band Glad Rags, and on episodes of the FOX show Empire. Kelsee spent part of 2018 performing with J. Cole on his KOD tour.

An alum of Columbia College Chicago, Kelsee spent 4 years under the instruction of Jill Kaeding and had the opportunity to perform with many artists including; Grammy award winning artist Paula Cole, Todd Rundgren, smooth jazz artist Brian Culbertson, gypsy jazz guitarist Samuel Strouk, Charlie Sexton, record with singer/ songwriter Yoshi Breen, guitarist Kevin Eubanks and Darmon Meader. Previous teachers include Jocelyn Butler of the New Music School and Lincoln Smelser, faculty of Northern Illinois University.

Kelsee has been playing the cello for 19 years. Over those years she has been a private teacher to students ranging from grade school to high school, conducted student orchestras in her high school district’s summer camps, and currently teaches at Music House in Chicago.