About Us


Photos: Efrain Cruz,  www.illuminateworkshops.com

Our Mission

  • To provide extremely high quality performances of significant repertoire for chamber orchestra, by professionals with high caliber training and experience.
  • To be a strong contributing and collaborating member of the arts culture on the Front Range.
  • To reach out to various audiences, children and adults, of all backgrounds.

Our Goals

  • To give inspired performances.
  • To be accessible and connect with our audiences from the stage, in receptions, and being part of the community.
  • To give interesting perspective on the works we perform.
  • To give voice to music that speaks to our time.

Our Board Members

  • Sarah Kiefhaber, President
  • Gabe Racz, Past-President
  • Caryl Stalick, Vice-Chair with focus on development
  • Stanley Guralnick, PhD, Treasurer
  • Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor
  • Rebecca T. Tice, Executive Director, ex officio

Our Musicians

Alvaro deGranda, Concertmaster, played in The Cleveland Orchestra for 40 years and was assistant concertmaster for 31 of those years. Born in Cuba, he studied at The Curtis Institute of Music and in Europe with Yehudi Menuhin and Nadia Boulanger. He has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

NOTE: Mr. deGranda has retired from performing. We are deeply grateful for the 4 years he served as our concertmaster. We will always treasure those performances.

Stacy Lesartre, concertmaster is currently concertmaster with both the Fort Collins Symphony and Cheyenne Symphony. She has played in the Houston Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra and in numerous chamber ensembles.

Leslie Sawyer, principal second violin, served as concertmaster of the Eugene, Oregon, Symphony and is currently principal second violin with the Fort Collins Symphony. She has played extensively with the Colorado Symphony, Central City Opera and numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Susie Peek, was a member of the Colorado Symphony for 5 years, and the Charlotte Symphony for 13 years.

Debbie Holland has held positions with the Tucson Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the Pittsburg Opera and Ballet orchestras. She performs regularly with the Colorado, Cheyenne, and the Colorado Springs symphonies.

Desiree Cedar-Suarez, has played in Michael Tilson Thomas’s New World Symphony and plays in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and other regional orchestras.

Leslie Stewart is on the faculty at Colorado State University and has played with the Virginia Symphony and Cabrillo Festival.

Anne Baldwin Beer

Violas

Barbara Hamilton-Primus, Principal Viola, is currently Artistic Director and Violist with the Colorado Chamber Players. Barbara has played as principal violist and soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona, the Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Eastern Music Festival. She was a member of the New York Philharmonic for one season.

Mary Harrison is principal viola of the Boulder Philharmonic.

Ethan Hecht is principal viola of the Fort Collins Symphony.

Cellos

Carole Whitney, principal, served as Assistant Principal Cellist with the New Jersey Symphony for 22 years and has played with the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, and has extensive chamber music experience.

Heidi Mausbach is Principal Cellist in the Greeley Philharmonic.

Becky Kutz Osterberg is Acting Principal with the Greeley Philharmonic.

Bass

Paul Erhard is on the faculty of CU Boulder.

Flute

Michelle Stanley has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Boulder Bach Festival.

Olga Shylayeva is a member of the Boulder and Greeley Philharmonics, is the former principal flute Kiev Symphony, and has recorded for Naxos.

Flute

Michelle Stanley has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Boulder Bach Festival.

Olga Shylayeva is a member of the Boulder and Greeley Philharmonics, is the former principal flute Kiev Symphony, and has recorded for Naxos.

Oboe

Lisa Martin is Principal Oboe of Central City Opera and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Martin has played Principal Oboe with the Cheyenne Symphony, the Colorado Ballet and the Denver Municipal Band. During the 2000-2001 Season, Ms. Martin played Assistant Principal/second oboe with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Horn

Marian Hesse is on the faculty of University of Northern Colorado and a member of the Grammy award winning Chestnut Brass.

Devon Park 
plays with many regional professional orchestras.


Trumpet

Bruce Barrie is a member of the Grammy award winning Chestnut Brass.

Dawn Kramer 

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