Chicago’s Caitlin Andrew to play cello in Fogo Divino
Caitlin Andrew is a musician, teacher, and performer based in Chicago, IL. Caitlin has been playing music since age 5 and has variously studied piano, cello and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Cello Performance at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), Caitlin is drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people. She has studied cello under Mimi McShane, Janet Anthony, Richard Hirschl, and John Sharp.
Arriving in Chicago in 2010, Caitlin served as Principal Cellist of the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years while pursuing graduate studies at the Divinity School. Her courses of study lead her to inquire about the nature of music as a foundational religious and social experience and inspired her to pursue a career as performer and educator.
More recently, Caitlin has performed as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout Chicago and has built up a studio of private cello and piano students of all ages.
Caitlin is also a founding member of Brazilian percussion ensemble, Bloco Maximo. Since 2010 she has studied samba bateria and pagode percussion and song with the 11 other members of Bloco Maximo and travels to Cazadero, CA each summer to attend California Brazil Camp (CBC).
Inspired by their experiences at CBC, Caitlin and Bloco Maximo have worked to foster the same spirit of learning and cultural discovery at home in Chicago through their community performances, while sponsoring residencies and workshops led by Jorge Alabe and Jimmy Biala of Grupo Samba Rio (Oakland, CA), and Dr. Philip Galinsky of Samba New York.
Caitlin is thrilled to spend a week collaborating with Salt Lake City’s Samba Fogo this spring and is so excited to combine her love of cello and Brazilian music! Thanks to Mason, Lorin and everyone else for having her here!