Dr. John Cloer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello (cum laude) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his Master’s Degree in Cello from Indiana University where he was a scholarship student of Janos Starker, and his Doctorate in Cello and Conducting from Columbia University. His formal education includes study with such renowned artists as Janos Starker, Gyorgy Sebok, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Mihaly Virizlay as well as chamber music study in the internationally acclaimed master classes of Rostislav Dubinsky (Borodin String Quartet), Gyorgy Sebok, Josef Gingold, and Menahem Pressler. His performing career includes duo recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia including live performances through both radio and television as well as numerous solo and premier performances of avant garde works of which he is an avid champion. He is also a frequent performer on several concert series in New York City and has been featured at national symposiums of the College Music Society.
Dr. Cloer has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Antioch College in Ohio, Hardin-Simmons University in Texas, Davidson College, and Yonsei University and the Seoul High School of Music and Art in Seoul, Korea. He has performed with such orchestras as the St. Catherines Symphony in Canada, the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Ohio, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent guest clinician for cello and chamber music master classes in both North and South Carolina. He has also taught cello and chamber music at the North Carolina School of the Arts’ acclaimed summer program, Musica Piccola.
At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Cloer was the founder of the Rowe Arts Chamber Players. Made up of musicians from the Charlotte Symphony and the university’s performing faculty, this group featured collaborative performances with guest artists from such institutions as Ithaca College, the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, Indiana University, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He also served for nine years as the conductor for the University String Orchestra and the University Symphony Orchestra. Besides his work with the university, Dr. Cloer maintains an active private studio teaching gifted middle and high school students as well as professional cellists seeking improvement. His former students have gone on to receive degrees from such institutions as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is also the founder and music director of the Charlotte Cello Choir and the annual Charlotte Cello Camp.