Emily Mantell, cellist, is a busy freelance musician in the Chicago area. She is principal cellist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and plays with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Each summer she teaches and performs at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin. Mantell teaches adjunctly at SXU and Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights) and from her home studio in Orland Park. Her husband Matt is a violist and violinist and their daughter Sonia is a cello major at New England Conservatory in Boston.