Cornelia Watkins is a Preparatory Cello Instructor and Lecturer in Music at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, and a freelance musician in the Houston area. She has written several articles for American String Teacher, The Strad, and Wisconsin School Musician, as well as two books: “Rosindust: Teaching, Learning and Life from a Cellist’s Perspective”, and “From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers” with co-author Laurie Scott, published by Oxford University Press. She has led many teacher training clinics and workshops at conferences across the United States, and is a committee member of CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance), a teacher development program in Wisconsin. She has served as the chair of American String Teacher Associations Committee on Studio Instruction, and as the private teacher representative on the board of TexASTA.
Corky received a Bachelor of Music degree from Hartt School of Music, where she studied with David Wells before moving to Houston, TX as a fellowship recipient to earn her Masters of Music at the University of Houston under the tutelage of Hans Jorgen Jensen. She spent many summers studying chamber music at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Putney, VT, and performing with the Wantastiquet Chamber Players and Blanche Honegger Moyse’s Bach Festival Orchestra, and now performs regularly with many Houston organizations, including the Houston Ballet and Texas Master Chorale.
She and her cellist husband Max Dyer have three very tall sons: Daniel, Jeremy, and Michael.