ANGELA ASTLE is the proud creator and Executive Producer of Athena Project, the Denver based nonprofit whose mission is to empower women in the arts.  Founded in 2011, Athena Project produces an annual month long arts festival featuring visual arts, theatre, music, and dance created by women. The organization has grown to include summer art camps for girls in 6th-10th grade, and numerous invitations to provide programming for some of Denver’s most respected organizations such as TEDx, The Women’s Foundation, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and others.


Hailed by critics in North America, Europe and Asia as “extraordinarily moving”, “soul-stirring”, “at once gripping and timeless”, “show-stopping”, “anything but passive”, “blazingly alive, with lovely, aching melodies”, “haunting”, “beautiful…warm”, and “illuminated by dreamy images”, Scottish-American composer JENNIFER MARGARET BARKER’s compositions have received performances and commissions from most notably: The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra with the St. Louis Children’s Choirs, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with the New Jersey Youth Chorus, The Virginia Symphony with The Virginia Children’s Chorus, The Fort Collins Symphony, The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra with the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, The Bearsden Choir with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Brass and Percussion, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra String Quartet and String Trio, Vocali3e, Orchestra 2001, Relâche, Network for New Music, The Society for New Music, 6ixwire, Mélomanie, Duo Pegasus, Marimolin, The Taggart-Grycky Duo, Christiana Winds, Musica Nova, The Children’s Chorus of Maryland, and The Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia, as well as an extensive list of international concert artists including Martin Jones, John Novacek, Alice K. Dade, John McMurtery, Peter Miyamoto, Howard Watkins, Kevin Robert Orr, Francesca Hurst, and Heather Corbett.

Her compositions have been featured on documentary and art films, exhibited as music video art in galleries, and utilized as musical underscoring for theatrical productions. To date, her works have been performed in China (mainland and Hong Kong), India, Israel, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Malta, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Canada, Argentina and Brazil, as well as in the United Kingdom (Scotland, England and Wales) and the United States.

Recent festivals and conferences in which her music has been featured include the 2016 and 2015 Victoria International Arts Festivals in Gozo, Malta; 2016 and 2015 Belvedere Chamber Music Festivals in Memphis, Tennessee, USA; 2016 ClarinetFest in Lawrence, Kansas, USA; 2015 Fifth European Clarinet Festival in Ghent, Belgium; 2015 National Flute Association Convention in Washington, DC, USA; 2015 Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, USA; 2014 Festival Internacional Compositores de Hoje in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and 2014 Odyssey Chamber Music Series in Columbia, Missouri, USA.

In addition to a wide variety of international awards, Barker has received grants from organizations such as The National Endowment for the Arts, The Scottish Arts Council,

Creative Scotland, the Pew Charitable Trust, the American Composers Forum, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Norfolk (USA) Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Grant, the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, the Philadelphia Music Project, and the Delaware Division of the Arts. In 2007 she received an Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts for her contributions to the State of Delaware.

Published by Boosey & Hawkes, Theodore Presser, Vanderbeek & Imrie Ltd., Southern Percussion and McKenna-Keddie Publishing, Barker has received numerous broadcasts of her compositions on American public radio, Hong Kong radio, Swedish radio and the BBC. Two CDs are dedicated solely to Barker’s chamber compositions: Composers Recordings Inc.’s Nyvaigs CD which is currently distributed by New World Records, and Meyer Media’s Geenyoch CD which includes a bonus DVD featuring four music videos created by British cameraman John Anthony Palmer. In reviewing the Geenyoch CD, critic Jon Alan Conrad noted that Barker’s music “sounds familiar and yet always new”. While speaking in her own distinctive compositional voice, it answers the emotional and visceral needs that music has always met”. Conrad also notes Barker’s ability to “incorporate thrilling new sounds”, and that “there is always a gratifying curve and arch to her vocal and instrumental phrases, as well as in the shaping and pacing of whole movements”. Further ensembles that have recorded Barker’s compositions on CD and DVD include Mélomanie, 6ixwire and the Virginia Children’s Chorus. Three new CD recordings of Barker’s compositions will be released in 2016 and 2017. The first is a recording of A Lassie’s Love by Scottish ensemble, Vocali3e (Visual Images Media, Inc. label); the second is a recording of Na Tri Peathraichean by American flautist, Alice K.

Date (Naxos label); and the third is recordings of Moana and BuMian by internationally renowned British pianist, Martin Jones (Mahin Media label). An extensive video recording catalog of Barker’s compositions is also published online.

Barker is a Full Professor of Music Theory/Composition at the University of Delaware.

Born and raised in Stirlingshire, Scotland, Barker has split her time between Scotland and America since 1987. In addition to composing, Barker is active as a chamber and collaborative pianist.


CATHERINE BEESON has served as Assistant Principal Viola since 1999 and has directed the Community & Education Programs of the Colorado Symphony since 2014. Catherine comes from a family of musicians, educators, and community builders. She is ceaselessly devoted to the latter, connecting people of all walks of life through community and school residency programs that encourage music composition and performance.

Catherine cut her teeth on this work teaching and creating curriculum for the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program and the Little Orchestra Society.  Since moving from NY to Denver in 1999 Catherine has created innovative community based programming for Friends of Chamber Music, Up Close and Musical, Denver Eclectic Concerts and the Colorado Symphony.  Additionally, she has created original marketing content for UCAM, and managed social media, development, and operations for Denver Eclectic Concerts.  Catherine has more than 20 years of experience with artistic programming, fundraising, marketing and operations for the Loon Lake Live summer chamber music series in the northern Adirondack mountains of New York, having built and managed that organization from the ground up.

Ms. Beeson recently completed the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management intensive course.  She is deeply interested in the positive application of systems and structures in artistic environments to enhance creativity and innovation.  She believes the root of sustained success lies in collaborative teamwork whether on the staff or in the orchestra.

In addition to the Colorado Symphony, Catherine has performed with a variety of organizations including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York City Opera National Company, the Handel-Haydn Society of Austin, the Asian Cultural Council (Tokyo and New York), the Lenape Chamber Ensemble (Philadelphia), Santa Fe Pro Musica, Englewood Arts, Denver Eclectic Concerts, two jazz quartets, and a rock band.  She especially loves collaborating with composers to bring new pieces of music into the world.

Believe it or not Catherine has spare time!  She loves playing board games, reading, cooking, hanging out with her kids, and making cool stuff with found objects.


FELICIA BEHM is an innovative educator and percussionist based in the Denver-metro area.  She teaches elementary band in Douglas County, as well as private percussion, piano, and flute lessons.  She performs across the front range and provides clinics to student groups throughout the year.

Felicia received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2009 from Lawrence University.  While there she studied classical percussion, West African drum and dance, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian drumming with Dane Richeson, and Balinese gamelan with Sonja Downing and I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana.  She also studied conducting with Andrew Mast and education with Laura Sindberg, Carol Lenz, and Craig Gall.

She has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the Colorado Wind Ensemble, Wyoming Symphony, Gamelan Tunas Mekar, and the Lakewood Symphony.  Felicia has also participated in the International Body Music Festival with Keith Terry and co-founded Lawrence University’s first body music ensemble with Stacey Stoltz (LU ’11).

Felicia served as a clinician for the Fox Valley Youth Symphony and as an instructor for the Lawrence Academy of Music.  She completed her student teaching in Kimberly, WI, taught English in Madrid, Spain, and was the band director at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, CA. Currently she teaches private lessons and beginning band in South Denver.  She began Slap Happy Music Studio, a music school based on a holistic and exploratory approach to music education, in 2011 and was both owner and instructor there until 2015.

As a percussionist, Felicia has worked with many artists, including Michael Spiro, Nancy Zeltsman, Nani Agbeli, Keith Terry, Joe Locke, Jackeline Rago, Michael Burritt, Gordon Stout, I Made Lasmawan, Mestre Galego and Mestre Acordeon.

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In November 2016, KENDRA WHITLOCK INGRAM was appointed to the executive director position for the Newman Center for the Arts at the University of Denver. For the previous five years, she served as Vice President of Programming and Education for Omaha Performing Arts, overseeing the artistic direction of OPA’s season as well as all education and community engagement initiatives. Ingram has held senior leadership positions with several major performing arts institutions including: Managing Director of Shenandoah Conservatory, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Pops and Special Programming for The Detroit Symphony.

She holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University. She is also an alumna of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. Ingram has served as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in its Music Management Program and has been a guest lecturer for the University of New Orleans Arts Administration program. Ingram has also served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Broadway League and Colorado Creative Industries. Ingram’s volunteer work has included service as board chair for the non-profit organization Hear Nebraska, and membership in the Women’s Fund of Omaha Circles, Women of Color in the Arts, and The Broadway League’s diversity committee.


Denver-based violinist ROBYN JULYAN is originally from Albuquerque, NM, where she began playing the violin at age three.

She received her Bachelors of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Tokyo Quartet first violinist Martin Beaver and Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony. She received her Masters of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with David Updegraff, violin department head. In 2003 she was awarded a fellowship to help Singapore start its first conservatory, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and to play with the Singapore Symphony.

As a dedicated educator, Robyn received apprenticeship Suzuki training under her former mentor, Susan Kempter, and maintains a full private studio. She is also a Master Mentor at the Denver School of the Arts.

Robyn has been on the string faculty at Regis University in Denver since 2011, and in 2016, she joined the faculty of Orvieto Musica as director of the Intensive Strings program, a three week chamber music performance workshop in Orvieto, Italy.

Robyn has held positions with the Colorado Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Sarasota Opera, and was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. She is a member of the Opera Colorado orchestra, and performs regularly with the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival, among many other orchestras around the Front Range.

An active chamber musician, Robyn has been a featured performer in concert series and festivals around the country and abroad, including the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Denver Eclectic Concerts, Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Series, Charleston Chamber Players, Charleston House Concerts, and Breckenridge Music Festival’s Winter Concert Series. She participated in the Domaine Forget festival in Quebec in 2000 and 2001, and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado from 2002 to 2003.

She has been a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music since 2008, and spends two weeks every August in Santa Cruz, CA slaving over challenging music for the satisfaction of bringing the very newest classical music to life!

Furthering her passion for both new music and chamber music, in 2017 Robyn joined the Playground Ensemble, the Front Range’s premier new music group.

Robyn has been training aerial arts since 2011, and teaching for the past 3 years. She teaches at Gravity Aerial Arts in Denver.

Robyn lives in SE Denver with her husband, Benjamin Tomkins. They share their home with their cat, Molly, and their dog, Amelia.


CYNTHIA KATSARELIS is Music Director and Conductor of Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. She has conducted excellent professional and youth orchestras. As Conducting Assistant with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Ms Katsarelis worked with top conductors and guest artists, assisted with recordings for Telarc Records, and worked with James Conlon and the Cincinnati May Festival. Her professional activities include conducting the Colorado Music Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Knoxville, Kansas City, Spokane, Flint, Georgetown and the Columbus Women’s Orchestra. She made her international debut leading the Bourgas Philharmonic in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Critical reviews have praised her work as “a model of precision and spirit.”

A pioneer for professional women conductors, Ms. Katsarelis served as Associate Conductor with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina) and Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. There, she was a dynamic force for education, creating and conducting dynamic Young Peoples’ Concerts, as well as implementing innovative musical programs for economically challenged children, public school students, and gifted young musicians. Ms. Katsarelis charmed audiences in her appearances leading the Greensboro Symphony Pops and the Greensboro Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and their parody “the Cracked Nut.” In Colorado, Ms. Katsarelis guest conducted the Colorado Music Festival in their Young People’s Concerts of June, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2007, she assisted CMF in conducting the offstage brass in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection. For three summers, she conducted the Young Artist Seminar at Rocky Ridge Music Center. Working with the Loveland Opera Theatre, Ms. Katsarelis led performances of Hansel and Gretel, HMS Pinafore and La Boheme.

Ms. Katsarelis’ commitment to working with young musicians has taken her to Haiti since the fall of 2004 to guest conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité, Les Petits Chanteurs, and to teach at the Holy Trinity School of Music in Port-au-Prince. In 2016, she was a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. The focus was on incorporating women and girls into the outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Katsarelis studied Violin and Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, earning her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees. She was the first undergraduate ever admitted to the conducting program. At the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, she pursued doctoral studies in Orchestral and Opera Conducting. There she served as assistant conductor for both conservatory orchestras and the Opera Theater. She has studied at the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling and also participated in master classes led by Neema Jarvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenneth Kiesler, Yoel Levi and Marin Alsop. She began her professional career at the age of 18 as a section violinist in the Florida Orchestra.


WES KENNEY is now celebrating his fifth season with the Denver Young Artist Orchestra having taken the Young Artist Orchestra to successful performances at Carnegie Hall in June of 2016. That appearance helped the orchestra win the Ernst Bacon award from the American Prize for outstanding performance of contemporary music and recognition by the city of Denver for outreach.

Mr. Kenney is the 2007 Grand Prize Winner of the Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition. He is now in his 15th season as Music Director of the Fort Collins (Colorado) Symphony and Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University. Named in 2004 to an additional post as Music Director of Opera Fort Collins, he currently conducts three professional operatic productions as well as numerous orchestra concerts and dance performances each season throughout Northern Colorado.

Mr. Kenney’s recent guest conducting activities include the Denver Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Acadiana Symphony (LA), Lafayette (IN) Symphony, and both New Hampshire and New Mexico All-State. Next January he will travel to Hanoi to conduct the Vietnam National Symphony and then in February to Korea for the first time to conduct the Changwon Philharmonic. He has also conducted the Alabama All-State Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Alabama Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony. Other international guest conducting includes performances with the Vidin State Philharmonic and Stara Zagora Opera Company in Bulgaria as well as the Edinburgh (Scotland) Music Festival.

In six seasons as the Virginia Symphony’s Associate Conductor, Mr. Kenney appeared more than 350 times with that orchestra where he was responsible for programming and conducting Pops, Family and Young People’s Concerts. During his tenure with the Virginia Symphony, he was also invited to guest conduct the Williamsburg Symphonia, Virginia Chorale, Norfolk Chamber Consort and Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival.

Mr. Kenney has also enjoyed success directing opera, ballet and musical theater. Previous positions include Music Director of the Virginia Ballet Theater, Co-Principal Conductor of the Oakland Lyric Opera, and Guest Conductor with Universal Ballet Korea. During the 2014-2015 Season he conducted productions of Follies, Gianni Schicchi, Idomeneo, and Lucia di Lammermoor. In the past ten seasons he has been on the podium for Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sweeney Todd, Turn of the Screw, Barber of Seville.,  Madama Butterfly, Cenerentola, Rigoletto, Tosca, Die Zauberflote, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Street Scene, La Boheme, Pagliacci, Cavelleria Rusticana, Falstaff, Turandot, Marriage of FigaroThe Merry Widow, AidaDon Giovanni, and Tenderland. In addition he has conducted over one hundred performances of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Firebird, and many other dance works.

Named Educator of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association in 2008, Mr. Kenney enjoys working with talented young people in his position as Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University and has served as Guest Conductor with the Alabama, New Mexico, and Virginia All-State Orchestras. Awarded the prestigious Carmen Dragon Conducting Prize in 1992, Wes Kenney served as Music Director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra for five seasons.

Mr. Kenney is one of the founders of the CSU Summer Masters Degree program for working Music Educators and has helped over 60 professionals earn their MME degrees with an emphasis in conducting. As a conducting teacher he has taught an many workshops including a Conductors Guild workshop at CSU and at the Conductor’s Institute held at Bard College in upstate New York, teaching alongside founder Harold Farberman and American Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leon Botstein.

Mr. Kenney is a past president of the Conductors Guild, a 2000 member service organization to the conducting profession. He currently is on the Guild’s advisory board. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University. Additional studies include three years as a fellow at the Conductors Institute, several American Symphony Orchestra League and Conductors Guild Workshops, and the Sandpoint Festival.  His teachers include Harold Farberman, Hans Beer, Gunther Schuller, Hans Swarovsky and Miltiardes Carides.  He will also be performing at the Symposium.


CAROLYN KUNICKI is a native of Pennsylvania. She showed an interested in music at an early age playing the family piano and her father’s old boy scout bugle which often led to her and the bugle being sent outside. At age nine she started studying the French horn mostly due to her mother telling her she thought it sounded pretty and a strong desire to play something loud. She was accepted to the Julliard School when she was 16.

Her Studies with Julie Landsman (retired principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera) led her to winning the Juilliard Strauss Horn Concerto competition, the Aspen Music Festival Fellowship Award, and the Aspen Wind Solo Competition as well as cultivating a love for the operatic repertoire. Carolyn spent many evenings attending the Metropolitan Opera during her schooling.

When Carolyn was twenty-one she earned a position in the Colorado Symphony horn section through a national audition. As she was currently in the second year of her fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival she was delighted to start a life in Colorado having fallen in love with the state. She left briefly to play Assistant Utility Horn in the Saint Louis Symphony but was eventually relieved to return to Colorado mostly due to the weather of the Mid-west.

Carolyn plays principal horn for the Central City Opera during the summer. She has a passion for educational outreach and plays and narrates stories throughout the Denver Public School system. When not playing horn she is often visiting the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, and Denver Museum of Science with her two daughters who are two and four. She enjoys biking, hiking and crossfit.


SOYOUNG LEE, Executive/Music Director at Rocky Ridge Music Center, received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has held director positions at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Adult Education & Preparatory Department, Millikin University Preparatory Division, and the Boulder Arts Academy & Boulder Ballet. A strong believer in the concept of artist as entrepreneur, she cofounded two organizations: Colorado-based AirTurn, a company dedicated to empowering musicians through technology; and Notes at 9,000 at Winter Park, a multi-genre music competition that launches emerging musicians by providing concert opportunities, funding, and mentoring. She is passionate about building community through the arts, and serves currently as a trustee on the board of Boulder County Arts Alliance and as a member of the Estes Arts Presents Task Force.

An award-winning pianist and a Regents scholar, SoYoung is a recipient of the Ernő Dohnányi Piano Prize and the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Accompanying Fellowship at University of Southern California. She recently released a CD, In This World, with flutist Claudia Anderson. Equally at home as a teacher, she served on the music faculty at Millikin University and State University of New York, Fredonia, and was a visiting Piano Pedagogy faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder. SoYoung enjoys her multi-faceted career as a performing artist, administrator, teacher, producer, and arts advocate.


ANN MCCUTCHAN spent her early career as a clarinetist and segued to arts management, teaching, writing about music, and composing libretti.

As an arts journalist and essayist, Ann published work in numerous newspapers, journals and magazines; “Reaching for the End of Time,” an essay on the music of Olivier Messiaen, appeared in The Best American Spiritual Writing.  Her early books include a biography of French flute virtuoso Marcel Moyse and a collection of interviews with composers about the creative process — both important contributions to the literature of music and creativity. In 2011, she published two books: a personal essay collection, Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life, and River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, an eco-biography of Louisiana musician Earl Robicheaux and the vanishing Atchafalaya River Basin he preserves in sound. Ann’s fifth book, Where’s the Moon? a Memoir of the Space Coast and the Florida Dream was released last year. She is currently writing a biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, under contract with W.W. Norton.

Ann has collaborated on nine works for the stage and concert hall, including two new operas: Swan’s Inlet, based on an original story, in collaboration with composer Mark Alan Taggart, and Purewater, based on Andre Gide’s novella La Symphonie Pastorale, with composer Andrew Rudin.  Both will be premiered next year in New York by the Center for Contemporary Opera.  In progress are a church opera for the Dunwoody United Methodist Church (Atlanta) and a theatre piece for Chamber Music Hawaii.

Ann’s work in arts management included positions with the Austin Symphony, the Writers’ League of Texas, and Chamber Music Hawaii.  She taught at several universities, and recently retired from University of North Texas, receiving the Kesterson Award for outstanding graduate teaching. Her education included performance degrees from Florida State University and the University of Michigan, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston.


MARGARET MILLER is special assistant professor of viola and coordinator of the Graduate Quartet Program at CSU. She teaches viola, chamber music literature and coaches both undergraduate and graduate ensembles. Ms. Miller is also on the faculty of the LEAP Institute for the Arts at CSU, a multi-disciplinary program that gives students tools to be successful musicians after they graduate.

Prior to joining the CSU faculty in 2004, Ms. Miller was violist of the da Vinci Quartet for eighteen years. Based in Colo., the Quartet was in residence at the University of Denver and Colorado College. Known for its innovative programming and outreach, the quartet toured throughout the U.S., and was a prizewinner in both the Naumberg and Shostakovich competitions. The da Vinci Quartet recorded the complete works of American composers Arthur Foote and Charles Martin Loeffler for the Naxos American Classics label.

A dedicated teacher and performer, Ms. Miller has given recitals and master classes throughout the West, recently visiting the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University. She has given clinics on viola playing and career opportunities at the Primrose Festival, the Michigan Music Conference, and the Colorado Music Educators conference. She has been recognized for her teaching by the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.


With music described as “powerful” and “important” (The Denver Post), “compelling” (Deforming Prisms), “exciting” (Wingspan) and “somewhere between crime jazz and Boulez” (Midwest Record), Denver-based composer LORETTA K. NOTARESCHI (b. 1977) creates works that intrigue and move audiences. Born in Canton, OH and raised in Stillwater, OK, Notareschi has written works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, chorus, and large ensemble, written on commission for groups as diverse as the Spektral Quartet/Walden School, the Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus, The Playground Ensemble, and the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. She has received awards from the Cincinnati Camerata, IronWorks Percussion Duo, the American Composers Forum, the former Ensemble Eleven, and the GALA Choruses. In October 2016, she was a TEDxMileHigh speaker.

Notareschi is an associate professor of music at Regis University and a summer faculty member of The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat and Young Musicians Program. She received an MA and PhD in composition from the University of California at Berkeley, a BMus in composition from the University of Southern California, and the General Diploma from the Zoltàn Kodàly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemèt, Hungary, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Her primary teachers in composition have included Morten Lauridsen, Erica Muhl, Rick Lesemann, Cindy Cox, and Jorge Liderman, and her music is published by Disegni Music, Friedrich Hofmeister, and Bachovich.


Dr. REBECCA PHILLIPS is the Director of Bands at Colorado State University where she conducts the CSU Wind Symphony and guides all aspects of the band and graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina where she was responsible for directing the Symphonic Winds Concert Band, “The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Carolina Marching Band, “Concocktion” Pep Bands, teaching undergraduate instrumental conducting, and directing the Carolina Summer Drum Major Clinic.

Dr. Phillips has served as a guest-conductor, clinician, and performer throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, she conducted chamber wind performances with members of the Prague National Symphony in the inaugural “2017 American Spring Festival” in Prague, The Czech Republic. In May 2018, she will conduct members of the Des Moines Symphony in a chamber winds concert at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Annual Conference. Dr. Phillips regularly conducts collegiate honor bands and all-state bands across the United States and she has been a rehearsal clinician at the Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. Ensembles under her direction have been featured at the 2012 College Band Director’s National Association Southern Division Conference (CBDNA), the 2010 Society of Composers International Conference, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention. In 2019, the Colorado State University Wind Symphony will be featured at the American Bandmasters Association National Convention.

Dr. Phillips believes in treasuring the traditional wind music of the past as well as promoting cutting edge works of today’s finest composers. She has conducted the world premiere of James David’s Big Four On the River, the world premiere of John Fitz Rogers’ Narragansett at the 2013 CBDNA National Convention, the consortium premiere of John Mackey’s Harvest: Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, the world premiere of Robert Bradshaw’s Las Apariencias Enganan, the consortium premiere of John Mackey’s Turbine, and the world premiere of Brett Dietz’s Crop Circles. Her conducting performances of David del Tredici’s In Wartime and John Mackey’s Redline Tango are both featured on the nationally distributed Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble compact disc project and the world premiere of John Fitz Rogers Narragansett has recently been released on the Compact Disc And I Await, featuring Dr. Phillips as guest conductor of the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble.

As a trombonist, Dr. Phillips’ performances can be found on several internationally distributed recordings. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Tampa Bay Opera Orchestra. She has also performed internationally in England, Mexico, the Caribbean, Russia, and Sweden, and has toured as a trombonist with Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow.

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Phillips earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in conducting and trombone performance from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Louisiana State University.  She served as a secondary school band director for seven years in Florida, including Director of Bands at Howard W. Blake Performing Arts High School in Tampa, Florida where she developed an award-winning concert band program.

Dr. Phillips holds memberships in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and in 2014 she was elected into the American Bandmasters Association. She has served on the national CBDNA Collegiate Marching Band committee, the CBDNA Music Education committee, and is currently the NBA College/University Representative.


LESLIE STEWART is director of String Pedagogy at Colorado State University and director of CSU’s Summer Master of Music Education degree program with a Specialization in Conducting for working music educators. In addition, she conducts the CSU Concert Orchestra, teaches violin, coaches chamber music and plays violin in the faculty ensemble, the Verdoro String Trio. Ms. Stewart is a violinist with the Colorado Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Cheyenne Symphony and performs frequently with the Fort Collins Symphony. She was a member of the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra from 1980 to 2012. In 2013 she received the Outstanding Service Award from CSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

Previous academic posts include Old Dominion University where she served as Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Orchestral Activities beginning in 2000 and received the Most Inspirational Faculty Member awards from the College of Arts and Letters in 2006. She has also served on the faculties of Christopher Newport University and the Governor’s School for the Arts (both in Va.), Chowan College in N.C., and Dominican College of San Rafael in Calif.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Ms. Stewart holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from the University of Southern California. She was a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony and Alabama Symphony before moving to Northern California in 1989 to conduct the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and direct the Marin Symphony’s Youth Programs. During her six-year tenure in Marin, she also played violin with numerous professional orchestras including the California Symphony,

Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Cruz Symphony, Women’s Philharmonic and Marin Symphony. For the next eight years, she served as Music Director and Conductor of the Bay Youth Orchestra of Virginia culminating in the Bay Youth Symphony’s performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Aug. 2006.

A popular guest conductor and clinician, Ms. Stewart has worked with numerous honor orchestras in Va., Md., Calif., and Colo. including the Colorado All-State Philharmonic and the Jefferson County High School Honor Orchestra.In 2013, she guest conducted the Poudre School District Middle School Orchestra in Ft. Collins, and District XI Concert Orchestra in San Antonio, sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association. She is currently music director of the Health & Wellness Community Orchestra, a collaboration of Front Range Community College and University of Colorado Health Foundation. She has also guest conducted the Longmont Symphony and the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies. Other guest conducting appearances include the Milikin-Decatur Symphony in Ill., Orquestra de Jundai in Brazil, Ball State University Orchestra in Indiana, Women’s Philharmonic in California, and Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra in Alabama.

Ms. Stewart is also one of our dignified performers at the Symposium.


Dr. JULIE STROM earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music studying under New York Philharmonic Principal Percussionist, Chris Lamb, and her Master of Music degree from the Hochschule für Musik (Munich, Germany). Her Doctor of Arts degree is from the University of Northern Colorado. As an orchestra administrator or manager, Julie has worked with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra (Ontario), and the Manhattan School of Music orchestras. She has a fascination for experimental music and theater collaborations.


Welsh-born composer, HILARY TANN, lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York where she chairs the Music Department and is the John Howard Payne Professor at Union College, Schenectady. Recent composer-residencies include the 2011 Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival, 2013 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and 2015 Welsh Music Center. Her work has been supported by numerous organizations, including the Welsh Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Hanson Institute for American Music, Vaughan Williams Trust, Holst Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer / Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA.  Praised for its lyricism (“beautiful, lyrical work” – Classical Music Web) and formal balance (“In the formal balance of this music, there is great beauty …” – Welsh Music), her music is influenced by her love of Wales and a strong identification with the natural world.  These two interests combine in her enjoyment of haiku (she is a published haiku poet) and in text selections from Welsh poets.  A deep interest in the traditional music of Japan has led to private study of the shakuhachi and guest visits to Japan, Korea, and China. Her compositions have been widely performed and recorded. Her recent orchestral CD, “Here, The Cliffs” is praised as “music of great integrity, impeccable craft, and genuine expressive ambition” (Robert Carl, Fanfare 36:1); her first Narvona CD, “Exultet Terra”, is described as “marked by gracefulness and lyricism” (Textura, January 2017).


MAUREEN TAYLOR began studying the violin at age 8 and performed recreationally through graduation from Colgate University. She began her professional career in the orchestra library at The Juilliard School before accepting a position as Managerial Associate at Columbia Artists Management. There, she worked closely with a roster of some of the top operatic vocalists in an artist liaison capacity. She served as the Operations Manager at the New York Youth Symphony and then finally found her home at IMG Artists, starting as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of the company and rising to the position she holds currently of Vice President and Artist Manager. There she specializes in the management and booking of Film with Orchestra – a relatively new genre of performing classical scores live to picture. She has been witness to the unprecedented success of this genre, growing from a handful of films to over 100 on the market today.


RAVEN UNDERWOOD is a Colorado-native violinist and educator. Both eclectic and innovative, Raven’s experience ranges from Classical Indian to Virtuosic Pop and everything in between. She appears on albums as an instrumental writer and performer with the bands Manon Ward and The Northern Empty. With the collaboration of Dr. Chappell Kingsland, she is a part of Electric Athena, a virtuosic cover-band of Pop and Rock music. Raven presents all-female composer performances to further normalize women composers in the violin canon. It is her firm belief that music can change the world and serve as a social justice tool, which is why she is working on several resources for violinists and teachers to have access to the large amount of female composer works for solo violin. Raven holds a Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance, as well as a Suzuki Violin Pedagogy graduate certificate from Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.


VICTORIA VANEST is an enthusiastic arts administrator on the behalf of young musicians. Victoria is also Director of the Lamont Summer Academy, an innovative pre-college music program. Previously, she coordinated the University of Colorado Denver’s LYNX National Arts and Media Camps. She enjoys the logistical, behind-the-scenes work that helps make music happen. In her free time, Victoria plays with Nebula Ensemble, an adventurous chamber ensemble dedicated to igniting listeners’ interest in the exciting possibilities of contemporary music. Victoria completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the University of Denver under flutists Pamela Endsley and Julie Thornton.


LINDA WANG is among the premier violinists of her generation, consistently praised for her artistry, warm, singing tone and charismatic performances.

Since her debut with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic at the age of nine, Linda Wang has performed concerti with more than 70 ensembles and maintains a worldwide presence as a performer and educator. In the US she has been soloist with the symphonies of Virginia and West Virginia, and with orchestras throughout California, Colorado, New York, Arizona, Texas, Alaska, Washington, Georgia, Idaho, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, South Carolina, Massachusetts; collaborating with such eminent conductors Sir Georg Solti, JoAnn Falletta, Jorge Mester, Chistian Tiemeyer, Daryll One, Steven Lipsitt, Andrew Sewell and Stephen Gunzenhauser. Abroad her concerto performances include the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra in Germany, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Paris Sinfonietta, Sächsische Kammerphilharmonie Dresden and Philharmonisches Orchester des Vogtland (Germany) and The Czech Republic’s Southern Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she toured. In Asia, her solo appearances include Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, a televised performance with China’s Harbin Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonia Musical, and the Phillipines Philharmonic Orchestra.

Linda Wang has performed solo engagements worldwide to critical acclaim in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage and the Berlin Schauspielhaus. In recital she has performed 42 states as a roster artist for Community Concerts. She has been a faculty and/or performing artist at international music festivals including the Montecito Summer Music Festival (CA), Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (AK), Savannah Music Festival (GA), Garth Newell Music Center (VA), Norfolk (CT), Aspen and Rocky Ridge (CO), Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende Festival, Canada’s Orford Centre d’Arts, Japan’s Okhust, England’s Aldeburgh Festival, Holland Music Sessions, Austria’s Salzburg Festival and the Interharmony Festival in Tuscany, Italy.

Domestic and international audiences have seen Linda Wang’s televised performances on PBS, Arts and Entertainment, Germany’s ZDF and Japan’s NHK, while radio broadcasts include NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR (New York City), WFMT (Chicago), KUSC (Los Angeles), MDR (Germany), Leipzig Rundfunk and Deutschland Radio, Berlin. Numerous first prizes include the International Markneukirchen Instrumental Competition in Germany, the National Federation of Music Young Artists Auditions, the International Kingsville Competition and the Waldo Mayo Award honoring New York’s best young performer.

An avid chamber musician, Linda Wang has been privileged to collaborate with such artists as Schmuel Ashkenazi, Ivry Gitlis, Cho-Liang Lin, Lynn Harrell, Heinrich Schiff, Roberto Diaz, the Ives Quartet, members of the San Francisco and Dallas Symphonies, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics.

A native of New York City, Linda Wang has studied at The Juilliard School, Colburn School and University of Southern California. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, she pursued advanced studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She began Suzuki violin studies with Nicole DiCecco and her principal teachers have been Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Alice Schoenfeld and Ruggiero Ricci.

A dedicated teacher herself, Linda Wang is String Chair and Professor of Violin at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, also on the Fulbright Specialists Roster for teaching at overseas institutions. An international reputation as an exceptional performer and teacher garners her frequent invitations to perform and present master classes at distinguished music institutions nationally and internationally. Her students perform as soloists and in orchestras throughout Colorado and have been accepted to graduate programs at such prestigious institutions as the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, Yale University, Eastman School of Music, London’s Guild Hall, Royal Academy and the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik. As a juror, she was Chair at the International Schoenfeld String Competition in China, adjudicator for the Hong Kong International Music Competition, San Francisco International Guitar Competition, Chicago’s Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the Music Teachers Association National Competition, among many others.

Linda Wang currently performs on a 1767 J.B. Guadagnini, and has recorded for Albany, Equilibrium, Centaur, MGS Productions and Beauport Classical. Additional information can be found on her website, www.lindawang.com.


KELLY WALTRIP joined the DYAO staff in August, 2014. Prior to this position, Kelly was the General & Personnel Manager of the Lexington Philharmonic where she was responsible for the artistic and educational programs of the orchestra. Additionally, Kelly has held positions with the Detroit Symphony, Opus 21, the Aspen Music Festival and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. In addition to her administrative experience, Kelly has been heavily involved with the performing arts teaching private lessons, performing and accompanying. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Michigan University, and a Certificate of Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


CARMEN WIEST brings to DYAO a unique combination of experience at university and high school music programs.  She recently moved to Denver from Texas where her orchestra was awarded 1st place in the ASTA National Orchestra Festival.

For nine years, Wiest served as conductor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra where they were selected among the state’s university orchestras to perform at the state music convention. During her tenure at UWW she also taught studio violin and supervised student teachers, who are now teaching music throughout the country. During that time, she performed violin in the faculty piano trio, string quartet, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Carmen is also a champion of new music and has commissioned a number of original works for her orchestras.

Wiest has enjoyed a rich and exciting career including being nominated for the Grammy Educator Award and Teacher of the Year. Her orchestras are known for their energetic and focused performances and have won many awards. She conducted in the Central Illinois Youth Symphony from 1995-1998 and has appeared as guest conductor for Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and numerous honor and regional orchestras throughout the United States. Carmen is currently serving on the Colorado ASTA Board of Directors.

Wiest earned her Masters in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Donald Schleicher at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is currently serving as Orchestra Director at Gateway High School in Aurora. Having witnessed the profound impact music has on the world, Wiest has a driving passion to develop musical talent in young people.