Rowena Hammill

Lecturer - Cello

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • B. Mus., Northern Illinois University
  • M. Mus., Indiana University


Rowena Hammill is Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.  She divides her time between Los Angeles area and Puget Sound, Washington, where she is founder and artistic director of Vashon Chamber Music and cellist of the Girsky String Quartet.  A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, she was teaching assistant to Janos Starker before being appointed Professor of Cello at the University of Northern Iowa and later at California State Northridge.  She was Assistant Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for ten years and since moving to Washington has substituted regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Opera orchestras, including playing Principal Cello for Seattle Opera’s 2009 Ring Cycle.  She is presently teaching a class of cello and chamber music students at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.