BEN WELCH SNELLINGS – cellist and conductor, has been performing and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. Ben’s credits as a cellist include tenured positions in numerous regional orchestras of the San Francisco Bay Area, performances at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, performances with Different Strokes (a jazz strings duo) and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. He was also the Music Director of “Funky Fitness”, a TV show produced in San Francisco. Ben’s teaching experience includes positions as Instrumental Music Director, Artist in Residence, Strings Teaching Specialist, Chamber Music Coach, Cello Sectional Coach and Cello Instructor for numerous school districts, private schools, youth orchestras and community music schools. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Arizona and San Francisco State University.