Every year, UWEC hosts Cellopalooza, organized by Dr. Tulio Rondon and one of his students. It is a day long clinic for cellists of all levels and abilities. Last year over 50 cellists came together to learn and have fun. The day is filled with rehearsals, both as a large group and in separate small ensembles, clinics with guest speakers, and masterclasses. The participants of Cellopalooza range in age and ability. Some are beginners at the middle school level while others are community members that have been playing their whole lives. Rebecca Ernst, a Music Education student, helped organize the 2020 event. Ernst appreciates the opportunity to help musicians in the community while also learning how to organize an orchestra event. She, along with all the other UWEC students that volunteered their time, know that this is a great way to apply their teaching and musicianship skills. One of Ernst’s favorite parts about Cellopalooza is that, “it brings a sense of pride to our community.” Because the event is not limited to school age students or specific skill level, it does what music is meant to do: bring people together. The online Cellopalooza 2021 guest artist will be German Marcano.