The AMERICAN CELLO INSTITUTE'S (ACI) purpose is to promote string performance and pedagogical ideals (focused on but not limited to the cello and cellist), and to preserve, archive, and research sheet music, instruments, recordings, and video.  ACI will further the cause of music making and scholarship in the areas of performance and pedagogy through the creation of new editions, re-mastered audio and visual recordings and organized seminars and festivals.

In addition to scholarly pursuits ACI operates within a larger, more universal perspective.  With Music's power to ignite hope and promote peace, ACI has as objectives to share music of the highest artistic caliber with under-served communities throughout the world and participate in the responsibility of creating a better world.