Andra Padrichelli

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Cedarville University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Andra Padrichelli, B.M.

Studio Instructor for Music and Worship


Andra Lunde Padrichelli, principal cellist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, began her cello studies in Santa Barbara, California. She has appeared as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and has performed in recital in Indiana, New York, Ohio, California, and Spoleto, Italy, as well as in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and a live performance on WBUR public radio.

Andra has played in the Fort Worth Symphony as Assistant Principal and has played in the Cincinnati Symphony. She was principal cellist of Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and Spoleto Festival orchestras, and she has received many awards, including First Prize in the New York ASTA competition in 1997. From 2001 to 2003, Andra was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, Andra performed in many chamber music concerts and master classes and as principal cellist for several symphonic programs.

Her tenure with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has given her opportunities to collaborate with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax as well as performing chamber music and extensive orchestral solos.

Andra has studied with Ronald Leonard in Los Angeles and Pamela Frame at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and she was the teaching assistant of Professor János Starker at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her Artist Diploma. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in 1998 from the Eastman School of Music.

Education and Credentials

  • Artist Diploma in cello, Graduate level, Indiana University
  • B.M. in music and Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music


  • Favorite Places: Venice, Italy; California Central Coast
  • Hobbies: walking the dog, chasing after my children, reading when I am not chasing after my children!
  • Expert topics: Orchestral repertoire and specialized technique as relates to the student