Betsy Rettig, cello
Betsy Rettig is a cellist and educator dedicated to innovation and experimentation in musical practice. Equally active in music performance and education, Betsy maintains a private cello studio while also coaching chamber music and sectional strings through organizations including Millikan Middle School Performing Arts Magnet, Elemental Music and the Neighborhood Community Music School. She is a founding member of the Isaura String Quartet, and has collaborated with diverse composers and artists including Sofia Gubaidulina (The Journey Back to the Beginning, presented with the composer at REDCAT), Alan Smith (Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman at USC), Lily Hadyn (video performance for Kashmir, Lobsterfest), and Jose Gurria’s Gurrisonic Orchestra (Angel City Jazz Festival at the Ford Amphitheater). As cello soloist, she has recently created and performed the music for the opening exhibition of Circa Trilogy by celebrated conceptual artist Mary Kelly with artist collective My Barbarian and BESSIE LECTURE by multimedia artist Ursula Brookbank, a live performance from her She World Archive series. Betsy is featured on the albums of Malachi (Milwaukee) Universalia Jane (Humboldt) and can be heard on the upcoming albums of LA-based bands Man Man and Chances. MFA CalArts, 2013; BM Cleveland State University, 2005.