I teach to strengthen the community and for a better future in music.
Sebastian Fraser started learning the cello in Las Vegas, Nevada under the mentorship of Jeremy Woolstenhulme when he was 12 years old. After learning and progressing from Woolstenhulme’s teachings he studied at Las Vegas’s premier arts school, Las Vegas Academy and began taking lessons from Las Vegas Philharmonic’s principal cellist and UNLV’s professor of cello, Dr. Andrew Smith. During his high school career in Las Vegas, he was a member of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, Nevada All State Orchestra, and a state finalist in the Nevada Solo and Ensemble competition. He finished high school in Boise, ID where he studied with Dr. Brian Hodges of Boise State University. He was the winner of the Idaho State Solo and Ensemble competition, the principal cellist of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, a participant in the Idaho All State Orchestra, and a participant of the All Northwest Orchestra with Maestro Gerard Schwarz as conductor. He also had the pleasure of playing in masterclasses with cellists Steven Doane and Carlos Prieto during this time.
While in his studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho he was the principal cellist of the BYU-Idaho Symphony for many semesters and a member of the Idaho Falls Symphony. He had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Robert Tueller and expanded his knowledge of cello performance in traditional cello studies and early music studies on Baroque cello and viola da gamba. He was a finalist in the Idaho Falls Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Idaho Civic Symphony Young Artist Competition and a two time finalist in the BYU-Idaho Symphony Concerto Competition. He had the pleasure of playing and working with Joshua Roman, Norman Krieger, William Hagen, The Alcan String Quartet, The Jasper String Quartet, David Archuleta, Nathan Pacheco, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many others. Sebastian graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in cello performance from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2019 and continued onto a Masters in Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He studied there for a short time with Professor Jennifer Culp, baroque cello and viola da gamba studies with Professor Elizabeth Reed, and orchestral cello studies with Professor Amos Yang. Sebastian currently resides in Saint George, Utah with his wife, Lisa. He teaches cello at the Resonance School of Musicianship and plays in the Southwest Symphony.