Warren Oja • Cello Instructor

Warren Oja (B.M. Cello Performance, Western Michigan), is an active teacher and performer. Mr. Oja has been giving private cello lessons for nearly a decade and taught an elementary orchestra class for two years. Since the summer of 2014, he has been head counselor of the International Cello Institute at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he serves as a mentor and a coach for young and serious cellists. Aside from teaching, Mr. Oja has served in numerous professional symphonies as a sub and a section cellist, including the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Park Ridge Civic, and the New Philharmonic Symphony.


Mr. Oja received his bachelor's degree in music performance at Western Michigan University where he served as principal cellist of the University Symphony and received the Herbert Butler scholarship. Mr. Oja continued his education at University of Tennessee, where he had the position of graduate teaching assistant and served as principal cellist of the University Symphony. His primary teachers have been Bruce Uchimura, Wesley Baldwin, and Brant Taylor.


Mr. Oja is recognized internationally as a cellist and teacher through his platform on Instagram, which has nearly 40,000 followers. With his following, he built an online Skype studio through which he currently gives private cello lessons to students from all over the world.

Mr. Oja is happily married and expecting two twin girls with his wife, Elizabeth Vaughan.

Northside Music Academy is providing music lessons for following Chicago neighborhoods: Edgebrook, Wildwood, Sauganash, Forest Glen, Jefferson Park, Mayfair, Norwood Park, Edison Park as well as the suburbs of Skokie IL, Niles IL, Park Ridge IL, Morton Grove IL, Lincolnwood IL.

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