About Brendan

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Brendan Finucane is a cellist, music educator, and music entrepreneur. Brendan currently directs Middle and High School Orchestras at the Chicago Waldorf School, and maintains a private teaching studio of cello students who he teaches both remote via Zoom and in-person in the “cello garden” at his Rogers Park home. He leads the Knights of Jazz String Band, an extracurricular ensemble devoted to early jazz. The wonderful music of the jazz age inspires his approach to cello performance, and his teaching as well. His students participate in chamber ensembles, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, and several have gone on to study music in college.  His company Soapbox Music recently launched the Chromawheel Music Explorer Kit, a unique hands-on  approach to learning music concepts. Brendan performs and records with The Paver and Black Tie Elephant.