Alicia Storin

Collaborative Cellist

 Photograph by Valo Photography

Photograph by Valo Photography

As a collaborative cellist, Alicia enjoys seeking out opportunities to work with artists of different mediums.  Currently creating original works as a founding member of Cadance Collective, she works with dancers and musicians to pursue an entirely new creative process.  One of Alicia's favorite collaborations was the production of An Iliad, presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the spring of 2014, and by American Players Theatre during their 2015 season.  Alicia performed the role of the Muse, only speaking through her cello, opposite James DeVita as the Poet.  She also performed in Windfall Theatre's production of Identita, highlighting both folk songs and contemporary pieces from Slovenia.

Alicia has recorded for Will Phalen and can be heard on his album, The Dirt and the Air and the Grass.  Currently, Alicia and composer Sean Neukom are in the post-production stages of several recording projects for NeuKraft Records, based in Pittsburgh, PA.   

Alicia began playing cello at the age of 10 with the public school music program in her hometown of Mequon, WI, and continued her studies in middle school and high school with Greg Mathews of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  Alicia earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities under the tutelage of Tanya Remenikova in 2004, and her Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007, where she studied with Stephen Geber.  

Upon her return to Milwaukee, Alicia served as cellist in the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music at UW - Milwaukee, where she graduated with a performance certificate in chamber music under Stefan Kartman in 2013.  During this time she also worked closely with Dr. Bernard Zinck and members of the Arianna String Quartet.  While at UWM, she and her colleague, violinist Megan Buschkopf, won the 2013 Concerto Competition playing the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.  Megan and Alicia are founding members of the Riso Quartet, a Milwaukee-based piano quartet.  
Alicia has performed with Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, and the Canton Symphony.  She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and often plays with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, the Racine Symphony Orchestra, and Festival City Symphony.  Alicia also performs as a core member and soloist with Camerata Milwaukee, a local Baroque ensemble.  Breaking the mold of string ensembles, Alicia performs with the Monarch Ensemble, a woodwind trio plus cello.

Alicia enjoys teaching as the cello faculty at Alverno College, the Waukesha String Académie, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra's Blair Elementary program, and at Hartford Union High School. Pulling from her strong chamber music background, Ms. Storin also coaches string quartets for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra's Davidson Chamber Music program and chamber music at Alverno College. She has also taught in Mequon at Homestead High School, Donges Bay Elementary School, and Wilson Elementary School as a mentor to small ensembles and cello sectionals.  

Also an early music enthusiast, Alicia learned to play the viola da gamba back when she attended Interlochen Arts Camp, and continued playing while at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she also played baroque cello.  She currently serves on the executive committee on the board of directors for Milwaukee based organization Early Music Now.  She still plays gamba in her free time.

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