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Roberta Bottelli

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.  Dr. Bottelli 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).  Dr. Bottelli completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2013 and 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.


Dr. Bottelli has been the third chair cellist in the Spokane Sym- phony since 2006. As a performer, Dr. Bottelli 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 Sym- phony and has performed with Vancouver New Music and Victoria’s Aventa ensemble.  As the Director of Strings at Whitworth University (2001-2005), Dr. Bottelli conducted the String Orchestra, eventually building the program to include the performance of full symphonic works. Dr. Bottelli enjoys collaborating as a chamber musician; she is currently the cellist for the Riverside String Trio and was the founding cellist of Trio sTREga and the Cerberus Trio.

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