Cellist Jonathan Chenoweth received his training at the Oberlin Conservatory and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has performed as a member of several professional ensembles including the Dakota Quartet, the Soviet Emigré Chamber Orchestra , the Richmond (VA) Symphony, and the contemporary music group Bis. He has been a soloist at festivals in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont and has taught at universities in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and South Dakota.
At UNI, Dr. Chenoweth is coordinator of chamber music activities. In addition, he has developed service learning opportunities that get UNI student musicians out in the community, and has explored innovative approaches to the teaching of music appreciation. He serves as principal cellist with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, a group in which several of his students also play.
"I am convinced that students learn the most when their experience at the instrument is especially gratifying and when the goals of their work are clear and compelling to them. On this first point, it is hard to imagine an instrument that is more gratifying to play than the cello! Clarity in teaching requires a comprehensive knowledge of the instrument and its techniques, but it also involves the ability to understand the individual student's experience and the ability to articulate and demonstrate concepts in a variety of ways. Teaching becomes compelling when the student becomes familiar with success. As a teacher, I am fascinated by these processes and deeply indebted to the examples of my own mentors, especially Timothy Eddy and the late Richard Kapuscinski."