Prior to starting her Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, cellist Tatum Hodgson accumulated a breadth of chamber, orchestral, and solo experience as a freelance musician in Los Angeles. She was principal cellist in Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (CYMO) and held a position in the American Youth Symphony. In 2019, Tatum won CYMO’s concerto competition, performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations on their final 30th anniversary concert. Tatum also won the baroque concerto competition at Indiana University’s String Academy and performed with orchestra on the final gala. She has won first place in ASTA solo recital, MTAC’s VOCE, and Satori Strings competitions, among others. She has attended Music programs all over the U.S. and Internationally such as Interlochen National Arts Camp, Montecito International Music Festival, Credo Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Borromeo Chamber Music festival. She was selected to perform in masterclasses under various esteemed artists such as Nathan Vickery, Brandon Vamos, Amir Eldan, and Sung-Won Yang, and was invited to play for Amit Peled at the SAA National Conference. Her past teachers include Tanya Carey, Ben Lash, and Clive Greensmith. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, Tatum currently studies cello performance with Dr. Melissa Kraut. She plays for Ashland Symphony Orchestra and sits Assistant Principal for The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra.