Dr. Roberta Bottelli, Philharmonic Conductor
Spokane Youth Philharmonic Conductor, Dr. Roberta Bottelli is well respected across the northwest as a cellist, arts administrator, and teacher. She teaches cello and chamber music at Whitworth University, cello and music theory at Holy Names Music Center, and is a coach in the Spokane Symphony’s Young Musician Education Program(YMEP) . Roberta often adjudicates for the Washington State Music Educators’ Association, coaching and critiquing cellists, chamber music groups, and high school and middle school orchestras, and was the Marketing and Development Director for the Spokane Chamber Music Association.
As a performer, Roberta has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across the northwest, including the Lake Chelan Bach Fest orchestra, the Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Mid-Columbia Symphony. Roberta was the principal cellist of the Lake Chelan Bach Fest orchestra and the Mid-Columbia Symphony and has performed with Vancouver New Music and Victoria’s Aventa ensemble. As the Director of Strings at Whitworth University (2001-2005) Roberta conducted the String Orchestra, eventually building the program to include the performance of full symphonic works.
Roberta enjoys collaborating as a chamber musician; she is currently the cellist for the Riverside String Trio and she was the founding cellist of Trio sTREga and the Cerberus Trio. In addition to teaching and performing, Roberta recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Roberta has been the third chair cellist in the Spokane Symphony since 2006.