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Dr. Betsy Husby

Betsy Husby

Professional title

Assistant Professor of Cello


Dr. Husby earned her DMA, MM, and BA degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, L.I., N.Y. where she studied with Bernard Greenhouse, former student of Pablo Casals, and cellist of the internationally renowned Beaux Arts Trio, and Timothy Eddy, cellist of the Orion String Quartet and faculty at Julliard School of Music. Highlights of her career have included performing in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, a live Minnesota Public Radio Broadcast of the technically demanding Prokofieff Sinfonie Concertante with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, concert tours of the United States, France, Japan and Russia, and numerous solo appearances  with local and international orchestras.  Dr. Husby began her extensive solo, chamber music, and orchestral experience in New York where she was winner of the DMA concerto competition, and a member of the Poulenc Chamber Players on Long Island.  Dr. Husby has been principal cello with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra for 30 years, has performed on Minnesota Public radio with the Highland String Quartet, and has been featured artist with the DSSO, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Itasca Symphony Orchestra, Petrozavodsk, Russia Symphony Orchestra, and the Ashland Chequamegon Symphonette. In 2005, she and UMD faculty pianist Dr. Alexander Chernyshev were featured artists on the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in St. Paul, and at the Bernard Greenhouse 90th Birthday Celebration in Greensboro, N.C.  

In addition to her performing career, Dr. Husby has an extensive pedagogical background, having completed the Suzuki Association of America's short term teacher training coursework from Book 1 through 10.  She taught and co-directed the Lake Superior Suzuki Talent Education Program at UMD for over 25 years.  Dr. Husby is currently the cello section coach for the Minnesota Music Educators Association All State Orchestra.