Violinist Charles (Chas) Wetherbee brings to the Boulder Phil a wealth of experience and expertise from his varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral concertmaster and teacher. He has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Center, the Hidden Valley Festival (CA), the Roycroft Chamber Festival (NY), the Nouvelle Academie International d’Été (Nice, France), the Olympic Music Festival (WA), the MidAmerica Music Festival (OH), and Strings in the Mountains (CO). Charles is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. He made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Symon Bychkov, and since then has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as the Japan Philharmonic, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the National Repertory Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony, among others.
The Washington Post called Wetherbee “a consummate artist… with flawless technique”. The Virginia Pilot said that he “… gave a performance of great conviction and emotion”. The Columbus Dispatch wrote “… a first rate showman… his double-stops, harmonics, and beautiful sound kept the audience spellbound”. As a recording artist, he is represented on Naxos, Seize the Music Records, Weasel Records, Vienna Modern Classics, as well as the Cascade labels, and was also featured on a recording with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra playing Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs.
A devoted chamber musician, Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. After a recent concert, the Washington Post had this to say about Carpe Diem - "But the Carpe Diem Quartet, appearing at the Dumbarton Church, was extraordinary. Among these contemporary quartets who speak in different tongues, the Carpe Diem is the best one out there." He often performs with artists outside of the “classical box” and has collaborated with composer and guitarist Andrew Lipke, singer/song writer Willy Porter, Juno Award winner banjoist Jayme Stone, and Latin Grammy winner Raul Juarena, among others.
Charles’ first orchestral appointment was as Principal Second Violin with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Following five years in NSO, Chas was concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony for sixteen years.
Charles has taught throughout his career, and held positions at American University, Capital University, Ohio Wesleyan and The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he developed a new violin course for folk music and improvisation. He also taught orchestral excerpts and audition preparation. His students have gone on to study at such schools as Rice, Juilliard, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Colburn Conservatory. In 2002, Mr. Wetherbee acquired the use of one of the world’s rare and sought after violins, the Widenhouse 44. He performs on bows by Charles Espy and Bennoit Rolland.
Travis Jürgens, 2nd place winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting (2011), is in his fourth season as Music Director of the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. Previously he served as the Associate Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre in Denver, where he received the Leon Guide Outstanding Conductor Award (2012).
During his tenure with the Kansas City Philharmonia, Jürgens has dramatically raised the artistic level of the orchestra. Additionally, he helped to increase the audience base, which led to the organization’s first sold-out concert. In collaboration with the board and staff, he expanded the education programs to include new clinics, side-by-side concerts, competitions, and a mentorship program. He also conducted many world premieres by emerging composers, and organized a video shoot with ESPN for a 2011 Halloween Special that was aired on Monday Night Football. Jürgens has formed new collaborations with the Kansas City Children’s Chorus, public and private schools, and local choruses; he also fosters an ongoing partnership with the Kansas City Youth Ballet.
Jürgens has performed in the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has been praised as "a superior conductor" and "well on his way to becoming a major conductor in the world of symphony orchestras" (Opus Colorado). He has conducted the Alabama and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, Denver Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Illinois Valley Symphony, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Orquestra de Cadaqués. He earned his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance with High Distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and his Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Illinois. Additionally, he studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and the Institut für Europäische Studien in Vienna, Austria. He also made his Viennese debut as guest conductor of the IES Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Jürgens served as Graduate Assistant Conductor at the University of Illinois, and Assistant Conductor for the U of I Opera Theater production of Hansel and Gretel by Neely Bruce. While in Illinois, he founded the United Orchestra of Urbana. His primary conducting teachers include Donald Schleicher, David Effron, and Lawrence Golan. Additionally, he has received instruction from Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Steven Byess, Larry Rachleff, and many others. As an advocate of new music, Jürgens has performed many premieres by emerging composers, and continues to create innovative programs to engage communities.
Annamaria Karacson, assistant concertmaster
Hungarian-born Annamaria Karacson has resided in Boulder with her family since 1986. After completing her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, she became assistant concertmaster of the Hungarian Opera and Philharmonic Orchestras and of the Festival Orchestra, which she also helped establish. She won First Prize in the Hungarian Opera’s violin competition and was a recipient of the Bartók-Pásztory award. Ms. Karacson continues her orchestral playing in Colorado as assistant concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic and the Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra and as concertmaster of the Mahler Festival Orchestra. Also an active chamber musician, Ms. Karacson has appeared with University of Colorado music faculty members on numerous occasions and is first violinist of the Columbine String Quartet.
Yenlik Bodaubay Weiss
Yenlik Bodaubay Weiss was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and began to study violin at age of seven. She graduated from the Baiseitova music college and Almaty State Conservatory with honors and performed with orchestras throughout Kazakhstan, Germany, and the US. She completed a Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Cleveland and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was a graduate assistant in the studio of Professor Oswald Lehnert. She has performed with Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Mahler Festival, and Colorado Music Festival, and has been a member of the Boulder Philharmonic since 2000. Additionally, she has been a featured soloist for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Symphony, and on Colorado Public Radio. In 2007 she moved with her husband and daughter to La Canada, CA, and recently became a member of Redlands Symphony and San Bernardino Symphony Orchestras.
Michelle Davis, violin, is originally from upstate New York. She attended the University of Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree while working with Paul Kantor. Ms. Davis chose to stay at the University of Michigan for graduate work where she completed two Master’s Degrees, one in Violin Performance and another in Chamber Music. Ms. Davis moved to Denver during the summer of 2004 with her husband and won a position with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Davis has played in the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, Gyöngyvér (Georgina) Petheö is a dedicated violin instructor, an entrepreneur and an active performer in the Boulder and Denver region. She began her career in the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and subsequently settled in Colorado in 1986. She has since performed as a professional violinist with the Central City Opera Orchestra, Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Colorado Ballet, among others. Georgina’s biggest passion for music lies in teaching. She received her music diploma with a concentration in violin pedagogy from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. An avid chamber musician, Georgina has established her own small business, Columbine Entertainment, which provides chamber musicians for a special event, such as a wedding (for more information, please visit www.columbineentertainment.com). She enjoys reading, traveling, chamber music, and spending time with her family.
Originally from Venezuela, Désirée Cedeño-Suárez started violin lessons when she was 10 yrs old in the Boulder Public Schools. Désirée received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Colorado, and then went on to graduate school in the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In Minnesota she studied with Jorja Fleezanis, the concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. Ms. Cedeño-Suárez then won a position as a fellow of the New World Symphony, the leading orchestral academy in the United States. She has been a soloist with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boulder Youth Symphony, as well as the National Repertory Orchestra. She has had the opportunity to work with world renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Eiji Oue, Jean-Pascal Tortelier, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Robert Spanno, and Zdenek Macal. In 2004 Ms. Cedeno-Suarez came to Denver, where she has been performing in the Front Range with groups like the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, The Boulder Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. She is currently residing in Denver, where she is enjoying being close to her family and hiking in the beautiful outdoors.
Leah Mohling, principal
Leah grew up in Boulder but currently splits her time between Minnesota and Colorado. After graduating from Fairview High School, she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Boston University in violin performance. She moved on to become a member of full-time orchestras such as the New World Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, as well as the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Summer festivals include Des Moines Metro Opera, Spoleto Festivals (USA & Italy), Breckenridge Music Institute, and National Repertory Orchestra, among others. Leah has run three marathons and loves to hike the Colorado peaks. She enjoys her position as Associate Personnel Manager of the Minnesota Orchestra, but always looks forward to her time with the Boulder Phil!
Sarah Delevoryas has been a member of the Boulder Philharmonic since 1997. She lives in Broomfield where she maintains a private Suzuki studio. She is the violin teacher at The Denver Waldorf School and at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. She conducts youth orchestras in Thornton for Creative Arts for Kids' Enrichment. She has been a member of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra since 2007. Before moving to Colorado from California, Mrs. Delevoryas held orchestra positions with the Fremont Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Monterey Symphony and was Concertmaster of the Livermore Symphony. Her degree is from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Azaduhi Vieira was born in Bulgaria where she began her music education at the age of seven. Three years later she was accepted in Dobri Hristov School of the Arts in her hometown of Varna. In 1994, Azi immigrated to Long Island, New York, completing high school while also attending the Mannes School of Music Pre-College division in Manhattan, where she graduated with honors in 1997. While studying with Dr. Chin Kim at Mannes, she performed in Carnegie Hall with the Gemini Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as giving numerous solo performances in Steinway Hall and other performing venues in the Manhattan and Long Island areas. In 2002 she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at Louisiana State University where she studied with Professor Kevork Mardirossian. While a student at LSU, Azi was a member of the first violin sections of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras. In 2002, she won a position in the second violin section of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, and in 2003 she won a position in the Boulder Philharmonic. Azi was a student of Professor Oswald Lehnert at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she completed her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance in May, 2005. During her tenure at the University of Colorado Azi was awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistantship and was a member of the Ichos String Quartet, which received First Prize in the Music Teachers National Association National Chamber Music Competition. In 2006, Azi won a position in the first violin section of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. In the same year she was also appointed Concertmistress of the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra where she served in that position until 2008. Azi moved permanently to Colorado Springs in 2005 and since then has built her violin studio. She enjoys teaching children and adults, performing orchestral music, and loves giving chamber music concerts.
Aniel Cabán began his viola studies at the age of 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has attended world renowned summer music festivals including Interlochen Arts Camp, Meadowmount School of Music, National Repertory Orchestra, Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, The Yehudi Menuhim Chamber Music Festival and The Sarasota Music Festival. His primary instructors have included Stanley Konopka, Erika Eckert, Eugene Becker and Guillermo Figueroa. He has studied Chamber Music with Peter Salaff, James Dunham, The Takács String Quartet, The Cavani String Quartet, Anne Epperson and Robert Levin. Mr. Cabán received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music (2002) and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado-Boulder (2006), where he was the recipient of The Gabor Ormai Viola Award. He has held the position of Principal Viola of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra since 2005 and is also a section member of the Boulder Philharmonic and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras. Other local ensembles where he has been a regular player include the Fort Collins and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Cabán is a also an active chamber musician in the Boulder area collaborating with local and guest artists such as Opus Two, David Korevaar and Andy Stein among others. He currently holds the position of Violin and Viola Instructor at the Flatirons String Academy and Viola/Chamber Music faculty of A Mid-Summer Day’s Dream String Camp in Boulder.
Charles Lee, principal
Dr. Charles C. Lee, cellist/composer/conductor, received his bachelor’s degree in composition/piano from the Eastman School of Music where he won the Bernard Rogers composition award. After receiving a master’s degree in cello performance at Temple University under Jeffrey Solow, he moved to Boulder to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Judith Glyde at the University of Colorado, which he received in 2004. Dr. Lee has been principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra since 1998, and principal cellist of Colorado Ballet Orchestra since 2002. In addition to performing actively in the region as a chamber musician, he also appears frequently with the Central City Opera House and the Colorado Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Lee is currently serving as instructor of cello, conductor of the string ensemble and director of chamber music at the Regis University in Denver.
Eleanor Wells, cellist, graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts high school division in 1995 and went on to study at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as a full scholarship student with Judith Glyde. While at the University of Colorado, she received the Denes Koromzay Quartet Award and placed in the finals of the honors competition two years in a row. She also spent several summers at the Eastern Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. Her teachers have included John Erhlich, Yehuda Hanani, Robert Marsh, and Charles Wendt. Ms. Wells received her M.M. from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she studied with Geoffrey Rutkowski. Currently, she is pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at CU Boulder. She is also a member of Boulder Philharmonic, Central City Opera and the Colorado Ballet.
Cellist Anne Brennand is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic and the Greeley Symphony. She has also played in the St. Mary's Baroque Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson dance, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Springfield Orchestra, Northeastern Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Association. She has participated in the Domaine School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, the Blossom Festival Orchestra in Ohio, and the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Ashland, Oregon. Ms. Brennand holds a Master of Music in cello performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received the Denes Koromzay Chamber Music Award, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. She is a member of the Serenata String Quartet in Boulder, and teaches students of all ages.
George Blum has been a cellist with the Boulder Philharmonic since 1985. Georgia has her roots in the Midwest, born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois to an outstanding musical family. Father, Carl and mother, Grace were both violinists; brother Richard, long-time member of the Pro Arte String Quartet and brother Philip, a cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 54 years. In the early 1980's, Georgia learned to play the cello. With her mother on violin she joined the Longmont Symphony as a cellist for several years before becoming a member of the Boulder Philharmonic. However, her lifelong passions are varied. Georgia worked 15 years as a master tutor for the CU athletic department, spent her early years in teaching, followed by extensive traveling in sales with three major airlines, coupled with a brief stint as a CPA but always returning to what she seemed to love; working with people and a love for music.
A Colorado native, Bob Orecchio began playing the bass at the age of 10. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996, where he studied with Paul Erhard. After college, he also studied privately with the late Ken Harper of the Colorado Symphony. As a student, Bob received a scholarship from the Boulder Philharmonic and played with the orchestra as a student member. He officially joined the orchestra in 1997. In addition to his passion for classical music, Bob is a wine enthusiast and amateur horticulturist. He enjoys sharing his hobbies with his family and friends.
Kathleen Wychulis, principal
Kathleen Wychulis, principal harp of the Lincoln Symphony and Boulder Philharmonic, is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Alice Chalifoux and Yolanda Kondonassis, and received her Master of Music degree from Rice University as a student of Paula Page. A Fulbright grant recipient in 2001, Ms. Wychulis traveled to Australia where she studied with Alice Giles at the Australian National University in Canberra. She has performed nationwide as an orchestral soloist and harpist, chamber musician, and recitalist. Active as a supporter of arts non-profits, Kathleen has served on the board of the Omaha Chamber Music Society and the Great Plains Harp Chapter. She has given numerous masterclasses and teaches at the University of Nebraska-Omaha as well as maintaining a private studio in Omaha.
Douglas William Walter, principal
Versatile musician Douglas Wm. Walter has an excellent international reputation as a marimba &
vibraphone artist in both the classical and jazz fields. The only keyboard mallet artist to win first prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC, Walter has performed over 300 solo recitals & concerti in Canada, France, England, Ukraine, Lithuania, Norway, Brazil, Greece, Switzerland and 40 of the United States. An accomplished orchestral musician, Dr. Walter has performed with the Dallas, Flint, Fort Worth, Santa Fe Opera, Oregon, Colorado Ballet (468 Nutcrackers so far), Philadelphia, Salem & Terre Haute Symphony Orchestras, and the Sunriver & Colorado Music Festival Orchestras, among others. Since 1992 he is Principal Percussionist/Timpanist with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. He plays annual tours in the USA with the Westminster Brass since 1990. As director of percussion studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Walter teaches undergraduate through doctoral students and directs the marimba and percussion ensembles. Dr. Walter graduated summa cum laude from the North Texas State University with a double degree in music education and music theory. He studied with Charles Owen during his two masters degrees at the University of Michigan, and Alan Abel while earning his doctorate from Temple University. His BA degree in French at UCB was named summa cum laude in 2009. A Yamaha Artist Clinician since 1986, Douglas Walter endorses Encore Mallets and Sabian Cymbals. Doug enjoys teaching and playing music-IMMENSELY.
Hiroko Okada Hellyer, principal
Hiroko Okada Hellyer received her Bachelor of Arts at the Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan and came to the U.S. in 1998 to study with Tim Adams at Carnegie Mellon University. Before coming to the U.S., Mrs. Hellyer was a gold medal winner of the All Japan Ensemble Contest, Percussion Division (1995) and Kansai Ensemble Contest, Percussion Division (1997). Mrs. Hellyer arrived in Denver in 2003 to earn her Masters degree under the tutelage of John Kinzie at the University of Denver. She graduated in 2006 with the distinction of the most outstanding graduate student in performance at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She has performed with the Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Colorado Music Festival. Mrs. Hellyer is also the principal percussionist of the Fort Collins Symphony and resident percussionist with Summit Brass. She also performs as a substitue percussionist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Mullikin, assistant principal
Paul Mullikin graduated from Denver School of the Arts in 2001 and received a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion from Denver University in 2005. He has worked with the Colorado, Fort Collins, and Greeley Symphonies, and is currently the assistant principal percussionist with the Boulder Philharmonic. As a drumset player, he performs regularly with many of Denver's finest jazz groups. Paul also enjoys teaching private lessons at the Denver Music Institute and at his home studio.
Michael Tetreault holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a Master of Music Degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK. Michael is currently Principal Timpanist of the Central City Opera, Fort Collins Symphony and Percussionist with the Boulder Philharmonic. Michael has performed domestically and abroad with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Orchestre de Paris, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra (Dublin), Ulster Orchestra (Belfast), and the Halle Orchestra (Manchester). As a chamber musician Michael has collaborated with Quattro Mani, Alarm Will Sound, Ann Murray and was a founding member of the London Steve Reich Ensemble. He has performed at festivals in England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, and France and has recorded extensively for Albany Records, Warner Bros. Records, Bridge Records, Sony Classical, RTE Radio/TV and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Sarah Bierhaus, principal
Dr. Sarah Mellander Bierhaus, oboe/English horn, was born and raised in upstate New York. In addition to being Instructor of Oboe and English horn at the University of Northern Colorado, she is a member of the Antero Winds, formerly known as the Arundo Winds, a Boulder, Colorado-based woodwind quintet with whom she won first prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and a silver medal in the wind division of the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Bierhaus is the principal oboist of the Boulder Philharmonic and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras and plays second oboe and English horn in the Central City Opera orchestra. Her extensive orchestral experience has also included performances with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, numerous college ensembles, and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. As a soloist, she has performed with the Finger Lakes Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Carleton College orchestra, and the CU-Boulder Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to performing on oboe and English horn with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Tenly Williams is principal oboist of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and founding member of the Mountain Music Duo. A Colorado native, Tenly is happy to be living in Denver after completing her Master of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2001. Tenly teaches students of all ages and abilities at Boulder's own Parlando School for the Arts and at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette. A commercial reed maker for Midwest Musical Imports since 2004, Tenly presents reed making workshops in addition to master classes, entrepreneurship seminars, and recitals.
Max began his musical education with the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Costa Rica which allowed him to study with Principal Oboist Jorge Rodriguez and helped to cultivate a passion for Classical Music and the Oboe. Max arrived in the USA in 1996 at the Loyola University of New Orleans and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. Max began his professional career performing a season with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Principal Oboist. Max moved to Denver in 2002 in order to pursue his Masters Degree in Music Performance. He attended the Lamont School of Music at Denver University and graduated in 2004. Max went on a whirlwind tour of the United States and Canada performing The Pirates of Penzance with the London based Carl Rosa Opera Company in 2007. He has performed with the Colorado Ballet, Fort Collins Symphony, Steamboat Springs Orchestra, Emerald City Opera, and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and appears at various music festivals with small ensembles all over the state of Colorado. In addition to playing with the Boulder Philharmonic, Max also appears as Assistant Principal Oboist of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Oboist for the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.
Stephanie Zelnick, principal
Stephanie Zelnick, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kansas and Buffet Crampon-sponsored Artist, has performed as a soloist and orchestral clarinetist throughout the U.S., South America, Asia, and Europe to great critical acclaim. Dr. Zelnick is the principal clarinet of the Central City Opera and the Boulder Philharmonic and has served as principal clarinet of the Mississippi Symphony, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, and the Johann Strauss Opera in Vienna. She has appeared as a soloist in venues around the world, including most recently at the 34th annual International Music Festival of the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás in Goiania, Brazil, among others. Dr. Zelnick is a graduate of Rice University, University of Northern Colorado, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.
Since 2000 Kim Peoria has played bassoon in the Boulder Philharmonic and since 1992 he has spent his summers playing in the orchestra of Central City Opera, where he is also the Orchestra Manager. He is frequently asked to play as a substitute or extra player with the Colorado Symphony in Denver. Before moving to Colorado he was principal bassoon for 16 seasons with the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera in Norfolk. He has a degree in Bassoon Performance from Carnegie-Mellon University, where he studied with Arthur Kubey. He has also studied with Mark Popkin and John Miller. Twice Mr. Peoria was honored as “Artist of the Year” by the Virginia Chapter of Young Audiences, Inc. for his work with school children in Virginia.
Brian Brown, principal
Brian S. Brown is currently serving as Principal Trumpet in the Boulder Philharmonic. He received his Masters Degree in 2000 from Rice University where he studied with Armando Ghitalla. He has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Dallas Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, The Florida West Coast Symphony, and The Dallas Wind Symphony. Mr. Brown has performed with the New York Philharmonic in Vail, Colorado, and performs on a regular basis with The Colorado Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. Brian attended the National Repertory Orchestra Festival in Breckenridge, The Colorado Music Festival, and is a regular performer with the Strings in the Mountains festival in Steamboat. Mr. Brown served as Principal Trumpet and cornet soloist with the Marine Band in Quantico, Virginia. Brian lives in Ft. Collins with his wife Julie, five year old son Dylan, and two year old daughter, Ella.
Ken has been a freelance trumpet player in the Boulder area since moving to Colorado in 1986. He has played 2nd trumpet with the Boulder Philharmonic since 1987. He has also performed with the Boulder Brass, the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Music Festival and the Greeley Philharmonic. He also enjoys playing chamber music and jazz.
Roberta Asmus Goodall was born and raised in Fort Collins Colorado. She earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Arizona State University where she studied with CU alum David Hickman. In addition to performing with the Boulder Phil, which she joined in 2002, Roberta is a member of the Classical Brass quintet, does freelance work across the front range and teaches private trumpet and piano lessons. Previously, she was principal trumpet in the Central City Opera Orchestra, a member of the Denver Brass and the Arizona Opera Orchestra. Extensive brass quintet experience includes performing with the Faculty Brass Quintet at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and recording and touring with Heavy Metal Brass Quintet in Tucson, AZ of which Roberta was a founding member. She lives in Centennial with her husband and two daughters.
Bron Wright, principal
Bron Wright has served as Principal Trombonist with the Boulder Philharmonic since 2008. Most recently he served as 2nd trombonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans for the 2010/2011 concert season. In addition, Bron currently holds Principal positions with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Fort Collins Symphony orchestras. From 2005-2007 he served as a member of the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. In addition he has won positions with the Mississippi, Tucson, and Memphis symphony orchestras. Bron has toured and performed on numerous occasions with the Colorado Symphony; the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, and Sir Neville Marriner; the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Harry Ellis Dickson; and a 2004 tour to Carnegie Hall and Rome, Italy with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson-Thomas. He has received fellowships with such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; the American Russian Artists Orchestra in Russia; the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria; and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. As a soloist, Bron has toured to over 35 countries and in 1993 was selected to perform for Queen Noor and King Hussein at the Jerash International Music Festival in Amman, Jordan. Bron currently teaches trombone and euphonium at the University of Colorado Denver. He enjoys spending much of his free time skiing and mountain biking Colorado’s backcountry.
Pete Vriesenga is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, with emphasis on bass trombone/tuba performance. He also performs with the Boulder Brass, and frequently performs as an extra for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Past performance credits include the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa (Mexico), and also legendary performers that include Tony Bennet, Nelson Riddle, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Mel Torme. In addition to his performance credits, Pete has served as President of the Denver Musicians Association (American Federation of Musicians) since 1995.