J.S. Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello

Theodore Buchholz
Mondays 6 PM - 8 PM (AZ Time)
October 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 2022
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J.S. Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello

Fall 2022
In Session
6 PM - 8 PM (AZ Time)
October 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 2022


Main Campus



Attend In Person OR Online

This four-week course will explore the cello’s magnum opus, J. S. Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello. Through these six masterpieces we will discuss Bach’s life in the 1720s, analyze the compositional ingenuity, examine Baroque musical forms, and delve into the fascinating lore that has emerged around the Suites. As we traverse this repertoire, we will also trace the broader trends that have shaped music and culture. These two-hour sessions will feature live performances by Theodore Buchholz and the outstanding cellists from the University of Arizona Cello Studio.

Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In-person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All students attending on-campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to participate in person will also have complete online access to the course, including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

  • No textbook is required. All readings will be distributed to students electronically.

Course Registration

Meet Your Professor

Assistant Professor
Fred Fox School of Music

THEODORE BUCHHOLZ is the cello professor at the University of Arizona. Described by critics as a “virtuosic cellist” with a “beautiful, warm sound”, Buchholz has recorded for Centaur, Toccata, and Lorelt Records. He is an artist at the Killington Music Festival and Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival. A fervent believer in the power of music education to transform lives, he is the Director of the UA String Project. He is a recipient of a 2019 Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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