Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~ Rumi

About Christine

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Christine Tsen is a cellist and poet.  As a young cellist, Christine attended the Eastman School of Music "Prep" Department graduating with honors.  She went on to attend Eastman School as an undergraduate studying under Paul Katz.  She received her Masters with high honors from the New England Conservatory of Music studying under Colin Carr,  and has also studied with Stephen Doane, Alan Harris, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Timothy Eddy, Irene Sharp, David Wells, Barbara Bogatin, Bernard Greenhouse, Marjorie Hunsberger and David Ying.

Her chamber coaches have included the Cleveland Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, The Tokyo Quartet, Charles Castleman, Renato Bonacini, Eric Rosenblith, Robert Taylor, James Vandemark and Zvi Zeitlin.  Christine has performed with orchestras both locally and abroad including the Massachusetts Symphony, Acton-Concord Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Master Singers, Boston Philharmonic, Heidelberg Opera Orchestra, and Rochester Chamber Orchestra.  She has also performed with Mannheim Steamroller, Jackie Evancho, and Orpheus. 

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I can't help but wonder why we spend so much of our lives attaining degrees, striving for accomplishments only to discover the truth:  That nothing counts as much as the heart.

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She has made solo appearances with orchestras including The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, The Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Greece Symphony, Penfield Symphony, EMF Orchestra and The Acton-Concord Chamber Orchestra.  Christine has premiered compositions by brother composer David Evan Thomas, including "Chrysalis" and "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" for unaccompanied solo cello, "Waterways:  A Rochester Triptych", and "From The Land of Song" (O Gwlad y Gan). 

Christine's poetry chapbook "Cellography" is published by Vine Leaves Press.  She is grateful to those publishers that have taken a chance on her work, and to her elder brilliant brother Jeff for guiding her as a poet, as well as to Bill, who has generously edited her work.