Rosalyn Iannelli, Cello

Assistant Principal of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra



Cellist Rosalyn Iannelli began her musical studies in her home city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her cello studies with Orlando Cole at The New School of Music culminated with her receiving a Diploma in Musical Performance at the age of 20. Immediately after her graduation in 1980, she auditioned for The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and became one of its youngest musicians. After gaining her position as Assistant Principal Cellist in 1984, she has often played in the Principal position, including six complete seasons.

Rosalyn has participated in music festivals in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Colorado, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Saint Thomas, Spain, New York, and Washington, D.C. She has performed and also recorded chamber music by Puerto Rican and Latin American composers. A Sonata for Cello and Piano was written for and dedicated to her by Jose Daniel Martinez.

In addition to her performances in the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Rosalyn plays chamber music with Gallery Music and other groups. Through the years, she has taught private cello students of all ages and levels of development. In 1989, she taught chamber music and cello orchestral excerpts in the first season of FOSJA (Festival de la Orquesta Juveníl de las Américas). She gave master classes and cello sectionals from 2008 until 2011 in Experiencia Sinfónica, a program in which high school students learn standard orchestral pieces and then perform them seated next to their teachers. In June 2017, she will be on the faculty of The Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival.

For 10 years (2006-2016), Rosalyn studied and performed sacred and secular Jewish music at Temple Beth Shalom, the Reform Jewish Congregation of Puerto Rico. With her four children, also talented musicians, she played at Shabbat services at Temple Beth Shalom and performed at all types of celebrations. She made musical arrangements to include her family and more available musicians on various instruments to form a versatile group known as the Simcha Ensemble. She also organized The TBS Choir in November 2013 and developed the group with the assistance of Cantor Dorothy Goldberg and vocal arranger Emily Krasinski. Under her direction, The TBS Choir performed at numerous religious services, Jewish holiday celebrations, events of the Jewish Community Center of Puerto Rico, as well as the Annual TBS Benefit Concert.