Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, cello, completed her musical studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany, under the tutelage of Professor Susanne Mueller-Hornbach and has undertaken additional studies with Gerhard Mantel, Siegfried Palm, Hubert Buchberger, Ulrich Voss, Menachem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), and Edna Golandsky.
Before moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania, she taught at Justus-Liebig- University, Giessen, and headed the string department for the Buseck Music School while performing regularly both as soloist and chamber musician throughout Germany.
Currently a member of Marywood University’s string faculty, Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida teaches applied cello, chamber music and cello methods, as well as all levels of cello instruction in Marywood’s award winning String Project. She also serves as artist-in-residence at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania, where she teaches String Ensemble, music theory and chamber music while maintaining a private cello studio. In addition, Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida is the artistic director of an annual chamber music festival at Wyoming Seminary. Most recently the festival has featured the music of Arnold Schoenberg (2010), Alfred Schnittke (2011), Dimitri Shostakovich (2012), Ernest Bloch (2013), Béla Bartók (2014), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2015), Antonín Dvořák (2016), Gabriel Fauré (2017), Johannes Brahms (2018), and Edward Elgar and Frank Bridge (2019). During the summer, she is on the faculty of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida is an active free-lance performer with various chamber ensembles and orchestras in the region.