UCF Music Department
David Bjella

David Bjella

  • Professor

David.Bjella@ucf.edu

David Bjella is Professor of Cello at the UCF School of Performing Arts. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cellist David Bjella has an extensive, multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist. He is Co-Principal of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis Tennessee for the last 18 years under the direction of Michael Stern and was a member of the Inman Piano Trio for 13 years. Professor Bjella is one of the featured IRIS chamber musicians for the Naxos-released CD, "Music of Stephen Hartke," which was chosen by the New York Times as a Top Ten Classical Recording. He has also served as Professor of Cello at Stetson University, Visiting Associate Professor of Cello at Florida State University, Adjunct Professor of Cello at UCF and has taught in the Valade Master Teacher program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. 

A sought-after performer and teacher, Bjella was asked in 2018 to join the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin. He has also been a faculty member at the following festivals: Orfeo Festival in Italy, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado, Bellingham Festival in Washington State, Quartz Mountain Festival in Oklahoma, Black Hills Chamber Soloists in South Dakota, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival in Iowa, and the Bay Area Music Festival in Florida. In 2015, Bjella was featured soloist at the Beaumaris Festival in the UK.

Bjella’s passion for teaching has produced many recent notable achievements:

  • Students placed in graduate programs at USC (Thornton School of Music), Rice, Indiana University, Hartt School, Longy, and CIM
  • Two students in the last three years winning auditions for NYO (National Youth Orchestra)
  • National audition winners at orchestral openings for the Memphis Symphony and Principal Cello with the Mississippi Symphony
  • Summer festival placements at Tanglewood, Aspen, Bowdoin, Brevard, and Eastern
  • Winner of Sarasota Young Artist Competition and 2nd place at Sphinx Competition
  • Pre-college students awarded title positions in Youth Symphonies, All-State Principal chairs, and Concerto competition winners.

In 2012, Bjella joined Cuerdas de Enlace, a performing and teaching festival in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As soloist, Bjella has appeared with many regional and college orchestras in the Southeast and Midwest. In addition to his orchestral work with the IRIS Orchestra, he has also been Principal Cellist of the Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, a member of the cello section in Cincinnati, Tampa (Associate Principal Florida Orchestra) as well as a substitute for the Baltimore Symphony. An avid sports fan, Bjella lives in Oviedo, Florida with his wife Traci Ash-Bjella, and their two dogs, Sandy and Moxie.

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2019.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81598 MUL2010H Hon Enjoyment of Music Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
80203 MVS1213 Secondary Cello Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80208 MVS1413 Cello Ⅰ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80214 MVS2423 Cello Ⅱ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80220 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80479 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80226 MVS4443 Cello Ⅳ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80232 MVS5453 Cello Ⅴ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80578 MVS6463 Cello Ⅵ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10197 MVS1213 Secondary Cello Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10202 MVS1413 Cello Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10207 MVS2423 Cello Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10212 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10461 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10217 MVS4443 Cello Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10222 MVS5453 Cello Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10582 MVS6463 Cello Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80230 MVS1213 Secondary Cello Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80235 MVS1413 Cello Ⅰ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80241 MVS2423 Cello Ⅱ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80247 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80514 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80253 MVS4443 Cello Ⅳ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80259 MVS5453 Cello Ⅴ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80613 MVS6463 Cello Ⅵ Face2Face W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 2, 2018

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