UCF Music Department
David Bjella

David Bjella

  • Professor

David.Bjella@ucf.edu
Campus Location: PACM129

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 2021.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81945 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) F 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80555 MVS1213 Secondary Cello Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80560 MVS1413 Cello Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80566 MVS2423 Cello Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80572 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80798 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80578 MVS4443 Cello Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80584 MVS5453 Cello Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80891 MVS6463 Cello Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19655 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) F 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17121 MVS1213 Secondary Cello Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17126 MVS1413 Cello Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17131 MVS2423 Cello Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17136 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17366 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17141 MVS4443 Cello Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17146 MVS5453 Cello Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17480 MVS6463 Cello Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89489 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
91097 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) F 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89336 MVS1213 Secondary Cello Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89341 MVS1413 Cello Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89347 MVS2423 Cello Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89353 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89600 MVS3433 Cello Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89359 MVS4443 Cello Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89365 MVS5453 Cello Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89699 MVS6463 Cello Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

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