Juilliard-trained Cellist Avery Waite is an active performer, teacher, composer and arts advocate. Excited by the transformative impact of music education and cultural exchange, he is involved in a wide range of education programs, social justice initiatives, and cultural diplomacy projects. Avery has lived and taught overseas at music programs in the Middle East, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean and is very involved with the El Sistema movement both abroad and in the USA. He is Executive Director of MusAid, a non-profit specializing in global music education and has led teaching trips to El Salvador, Belize and Jamaica. In addition to his work with MusAid, Avery has worked in Lebanon, Iraq and Turkmenistan with the State Department program American Voices.
As a performer, Avery has appeared in concert at Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, MoMA, Carnegie Hall and has performed solo in Europe, Asia and North America. Avery has been a featured performer on Sesame Street and was also recently selected to perform in concert with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program. Avery is also an active composer and arranger. Inspired and moved by his most recent experience teaching in Afghanistan, he has done extensive arranging of traditional Afghan folk music. Selections from these arrangements were recently performed at the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston (SC) and at The Juilliard School. Avery completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory in 2010 and received a Masters degree from The Juilliard School in 2012.