Miriam Kapner is the founder of Small Batch Concerts in Colorado. Ms. Kapner’s oboe playing has been described by the New York Times as “a sensitive exploration of the oboe’s singing character and its technical armory”. She has performed with chamber music groups in many prestigious settings, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Opera, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Steamboat Springs Orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose, and the Monterey Symphony. She performs regularly with the Colorado Bach Ensemble and Colorado Pro Musica. Her musical endeavors have also taken her to Germany, Israel, and Hawai’i. Additionally, she was Principal Oboe for a season with the Sarasota Opera in Florida. Ms. Kapner has been heard on NPR as part of Studio 360, discussing the art of oboe reed making.
Ms. Kapner was recently appointed as the oboe instructor at Regis University in Denver. Additionally, she is a Practicing Artist at the Denver School of the Arts, where she teaches group oboe lessons and coaches chamber music for winds, brass and percussion students. She is also the piano instructor for the Englewood Arts Strings Attached program. In 2013, she coached a woodwind quintet at Denver School of the Arts, a group awarded Student Quintet of the Year by Downbeat Magazine. For the past six summers, she has led a program through Scholars Unlimited, teaching children ages 6-10 to compose their own music. She has served on the oboe faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in the Adirondacks, and on the piano faculty of the Bronx House of Music in New York City. Ms. Kapner has a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory, and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. Her past teachers include Stephen Taylor, Laura Ahlbeck, Matthew Sullivan, Toby Blumenthal, and Dolores Holtz.
An active performer and teacher, Katherine Marie Smith is Assistant Lecturer of Horn at the University of Wyoming, Fourth Horn of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Second Horn of the Fort Collins Symphony, has served as guest Principal Horn of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Pro Musica Colorado, and is on the sublists of numerous orchestras around the country including the Colorado and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras and the Colorado Music Festival. While pursuing her undergraduate degree with David Jolley at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, she had the privilege of performing with a wide variety of professional ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fischer Hall. In 2005, while attending the North Carolina School of the Arts high school, Katherine was the winner of the Southeast Horn Workshop High School Solo Competition, and in 2009, she won the Columbia University Bach Society Concerto Competition. Katherine received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University where she studied with Gail Williams and William Barnewitz. After receiving her MM, Katherine was invited to play with the North Carolina Symphony as Assistant Principal/Utility Horn during their 2011-2012 season. Last season, Katherine had the opportunity to fill in last-minute as soloist with the Wyoming Symphony, and in May she performed in a hand-picked Brass and Percussion Ensemble of Northwestern University Alumni to commemorate the opening of their new music school. During the summer of 2016, she had the unique opportunity to tour the country and perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with the indie folk singer-songwriter, Gregory Alan Isakov, and has since recorded and performed with several other indie folk artists, including Elephant Revival and Natalie Tate.
A self-proclaimed teaching addict, in addition to teaching at UW, Katherine spent the 2013 spring semester as interim instructor of horn and is a former Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance and Pedagogy candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied with Michael Thornton. She has served on the faculty of several music camps and workshops, including two years with the CU Summer Music Academy.
Katherine has had the privilege of performing with dozens of different chamber ensembles including the award-winning wind quintet, 40th Parallel. Katherine is currently a member of the Snowy Range Brass and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Brass and Woodwind Quintets and performs regularly with chamber music groups throughout the area. She is incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in such a variety of ensembles while also actively exercising her teaching skills in beautiful Wyoming and Colorado.
Since 2006, the Boulder Bassoon Quartet has impressed a wide audience through substantive, engaging performances. At home in a variety of venues, the Quartet is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the bassoon quartet in a variety of genres through new arrangements and original compositions. The Quartet has performed at Governor’s Mansion, Gothic Theater, and conferences in Arizona and Tokyo.
The Quartet’s first album, From the Opposite Shore, is a showcase of new and inventive music. Called “exemplary in many ways,” From the Opposite Shore is an album that “every music library should own.”
As the Denver Post wrote, “Nothing embodies the way classical music is evolving — in positive ways — better than the Boulder Bassoon Quartet.”
Violinist Susan Paik joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in the 2016-2017 season. Prior to moving to Denver, she played with the Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras. Active and experienced as a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator, Susan has performed as soloist with the Juilliard Theater Orchestra and appeared in performances with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series, and in faculty recitals at Indiana University and Roosevelt University. She has provided guest instruction at Loyola University Chicago and Western Kentucky University, and also held an Associate Instructor position at Indiana University.
Violinist Jubal Fulks, Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Northern Colorado, is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist and teacher who performs music from every historical era through today. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras across the United States and has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” His orchestral experience includes GRAMMY-nominated performances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in New York City, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Alice Tully Hall, in the Jazz at Lincoln Center series, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist, he has appeared at numerous summer festivals and concert series in the United States and has toured extensively in Europe with orchestras and chamber groups. Dr. Fulks has taught at Luther College, State University of New York-Stony Brook and Michigan Technological University, and he continues to conduct master classes at universities throughout the country. During the summer he teaches and performs in Burlington, Vermont at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and has been on the summer faculties at Kinhaven Music School, Montecito International Music Festival, and at Lutheran Summer Music Festival in Iowa. He has previously held positions at Luther College in Iowa and the University of Alabama, and currently performs in several ensembles with colleagues from various universities and maintains an active recording and national recital schedule.
Syracuse native Chris Menter began playing violin at age 8 in her public school’s orchestra program. By high school she was a proud “orch dork” and chose to spend many free periods (and perhaps some math classes) practicing alone on stage in the auditorium. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Chris is principal second violin of the Fort Collins Symphony and Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and performs with Opera Colorado, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and Pro Musica Colorado.
Chris has built a multi-faceted career as a musician in Denver. In addition to teaching private violin and viola students, she is personnel manager and librarian for Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Director of Live Music for dj Maestro. Although she has resided in the Denver-Boulder area since 2003, Chris still experiences “wait, I live in Colorado?!” moments thanks to the natural beauty of our state. She enjoys hiking and wishes she could spend more time exploring the mountains.
Phillip Stevens, violist, has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and is currently Affiliate Professor of Viola at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Phillip teaches privately, and is active in educating youth through the programs of the Colorado Symphony, Friends of Chamber Music, and Up Close and Musical, where he serves as Personnel Manager.
Phillip began his musical education in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1994, while completing his Bachelor’s degree the University of Michigan studying with Yizhak Schotten, he won first prize in the Viola division of the 1994 National ASTA Music Competition. He spent many summers attending the Aspen Music Festival, and continued his formal education at Northwestern University, where he received his Master’s degree studying under Peter Slowik.
Chamber music has always been an important part of Phillip’s career, being a founding member of the Sheridan Chamber Players in Chicago, and more recently as a member of the Ivy Street Ensemble in Denver. In addition to the busy concert schedule, CD recordings, and radio broadcasts, he frequently participates during the summer at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon, and the Off the Hook Arts Summerfest in Ft. Collins, CO, including performances with the Miami String Quartet.
Phillip currently serves as an artistic director of the Chamber Music at the Mansion series at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, and performs regularly at the Lone Tree Arts Center and with the Front Range Chamber Players. Additionally, he has been featured in recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of the DCINY Distinguished Concert Artist Series.
Michelle is a native Texan and is an adjunct clarinet professor at the University of Northern Colorado. She is Principal Clarinet in both Opera Colorado and Colorado Ballet and 2nd Clarinet in Central City Opera and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestras. Michelle is the Executive Director of Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras here in Denver. She resides in Denver with her husband and three dobermans.
Grammy winning hornist, Marian Hesse, is Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. A member of the renowned Chestnut Brass Company (CBC), Ms. Hesse, a graduate of Yale University, is a multi-instrumentalist who performs on the modern horn as well as historic brasses including natural horn, sacbut, saxhorn and quinticlave. With the Chestnut Brass, she has been a finalist in the esteemed Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and a semi-finalist in the Erwin Bodky Early Music Competition. Having toured in all 50 of the United States, she has additionally performed in the Cayman Islands, Korea, Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Mexico, Canada, Iceland, Germany and Hungary.
She is a member of the Colorado Pro Musica, Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Opera Colorado and has often frequent performed with the Colorado Symphony Her more than fifteen recordings include the Grammy award winning CBC recording Hornsmoke, and recordings with the Mozart Orchestra, the Philadelphia Virtuosi, and the soundtrack of the Ken Burns Civil War television program and NFL Films. Ms. Hesse is the author of Daily Routines for the Horn Player and Daily Routines for the Student Horn Player, (Mountain Peak Music) which are highly regarded publications for horn. She has given masterclasses at Interlochen, Juilliard, Ohio State, and the University of Oregon, among others.