Tracell (20 Years) is the Principal Cellist, Assistant Music Director and Conductor with the St Augustine Chamber Orchestra (SACO). She started music with the recorder and piano at a very tender age with Ms Louise McIntosh (deceased). She began training on the violin and cello in 2005 and 2006 respectively with Mr. Kenneth Listhrop.
In 2007 she became a student teacher under the supervision of Mr. Kenneth Listhrop. She now tutors children daily on the violin, viola and cello.
Tracell performed at the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival in 2012 and was able to win the open class championship for both the cello and music sight reading.
She has acquired grade eight certificates in music theory, violin and cello and also acquired grade seven certificate in piano. At present she is preparing for her grade eight piano exam with the assistance of the world renowned Charles Brunner and also for her diploma exams in both the violin and cello in the next two years.
Tracell is currently at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, pursuing her Law Degree.
Assistant Music Director and Conductor, SACO/TTYP (August 2010 – August 2013)
Sameer, 23, has been playing the violin for 8 years, being taught by Andre Comeau, and later Kenneth Listhrop, Music Director of SACO. He is currently studying Violin with Roger Huckle, Senior Violin Teacher at the University of Bristol and Leader of the Bristol Ensemble, UK, having previously studied with Jonathan Storer, Concertmaster of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. He has participated in master classes with British violin virtuoso Oliver Lewis and Holly Hamilton of the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C. USA).
Sameer holds a Diploma in Violin performance and Grade 8 certificate in Music Theory from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of the West Indies. He is passionate about conducting, having attended conducting classes with Jhonny Cubides and Gabriel Carrero in Venezuela, and a conducting workshop with Maestro Lawrence Golan in Colorado, U.S.A.
In 2012, he also worked with Maestro Kwame Ryan and members of the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine, France, as part of the Heroes Foundation Mentorship Programme and was one of two persons selected to attend rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra in France.
He is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Theory from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, one of the world’s top 30 universities, and is preparing for the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Violin Performance in 2014.