About Priscilla

"Life is worth living in large part because music stirs and stills my soul. Organizing musical events for students, friends and myself has been my lifelong interest. I am very keen on following through on plans I have made, and love completing tasks. My joy begins when I am allowed to share my love of music with others through teaching and performing."

Priscilla has studied cello since childhood, performing in a piano quartet with her two sisters and father. Upon graduation from Ferndale H. S., Mich. she was awarded a music scholarship from the Michigan Youth Symphony to study music at the University of Michigan. Upon her graduation from U. of M. she taught strings in the Detroit Public Schools.

She has served as principal cellist of the Detroit Women's Symphony, Grosse POinte Symphony, Bakersfield,Ca. Symphony, Tulare County, CA. Symphony and Sacramento Ballet Orchestra. She holds a California Teaching Credential and has taught cello and chamber music privately and in the schools for 40 years.

Mrs. Hawkins was a founding member of the interdisciplinary (music, narration and masked movement) story telling group Voice of the Wood for 16 years as they performed in hundreds of schools, libraries and Festivals. Priscilla served 10 years as Sacramento Section President of The American String Teacher's Association and 2 years as California State President of ASTA. Her music reviews can be found in the American String Teachers National Magazine. In her continuing quest for new musical ideas, she is studying alternative cello music and techniques. Her cello teachers include Arlene Seaman, Oliver Edel, Edward Korkigian, Jerome Jelinek,Jeff Solow, Ron Leonard, and Marika Hughes.

Priscilla currently performs with cellist, Patricia Valentine in Tango Twosome, a cello duo rocking out on jazz, blues, tango, and folk. Their recording of Libertango and Fuga by Piazzolla can be heard on Priscilla's new CD Out of the Wood.

Priscilla also teaches a summer music camp at Mono Lake in Northern California.

Teaching Biography

  • 1967-1970- taught strings at 7 Elementary and Junior Highs in Detroit Public Schools.
  • 1972-73- I initiated and taught a new string program at the Elementary level in Porterville Public Schools, Ca. (I had a baby then and wanted to stay home, but the String program continued with another teacher).
  • 1974- Received my California Life Teaching Credential
  • 1976-1989- String Music Coach in the Bakersfield, Ca. School District at the High School level.
  • 1980-82 Studied private cello in Los Angeles with Jeffrey Solow(assistant of Gregor Piatagorsky).
  • 1982-Attended summer Festival at Aspen, Colo. where I studied cello with Ron Leonard, Principal Cellist of L.A. Philharmonic. Continued with Ron for 5 years driving to L.A. for lessons.
  • 1980's I attended many Piatagorsky Workshops at USC in L.A.
  • 1989-Taught cello students as guest Master Teacher in the Azores Islands.
  • 1990-2011- Substituted in the Davis, Ca. string program at all levels.
  • 1990-2011- Presented cello bowing workshops and cello sectionals in the Davis, Ca. Schools.
  • 1993, 95,97- Andy Luchansky and I organized A Cello Festival for the regional students. I was one of the teachers.
  • 1971 to the present- I have continuously taught private cello students.
  • 2004-11-adjudicator for the Solo and Ensemble Festivals of the CMEA, Capitol Section, Sacramento.