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.
Anne Breeden-Ehmke, a native San Franciscan, currently performs and teaches throughout Colorado. She also serves on the part-faculty of Metro State University and loves running Modern Medicis, her piano-teaching studio for both adults and kids. She has a Master’s in Chamber Music and Accompanying from The Eastman School of Music, having also studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music and DePaul University. While living in Chicago, Anne founded and ran Arts At Large, an organization that united emerging artists with underserved audiences, bringing concerts to places like women’ prisons and low-income HUD buildings. Anne has collaborated with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. More unusual and intriguing experiences throughout her career have been performing for both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney in 2000, and again for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2010.
Pianist Nan Shannon is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher in the Denver
area. As a former member of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C., she
gave premieres of numerous pieces by an international group of composers. She has
continued working with living composers in Colorado with the Playground Ensemble and
on the Pendulum Series, and has performed on chamber music series by the Colorado
Chamber Players, Front Range Chamber Players, and Denver Eclectic Concerts. Ms.
Shannon teaches at Regis University and Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is
a frequent adjudicator for competitions in Colorado and Wyoming. She earned her
Doctorate in Piano from the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Ann Schein,
and her Master’s in Accompanying from the University of Southern California, studying
with Jean Barr and Brooks Smith.
Brian Ebert is currently the Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of
Bands at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colorado, and Affiliate Professor of
Clarinet at Regis University. He is a member of two award-winning chamber
groups, the new music collective Playground Ensemble and the woodwind
quintet Antero Winds. Dr. Ebert is from Kankakee, Illinois, and he studied music
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1987-1989. He has
performance degrees in clarinet from the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM),
the University of Denver (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (DA).
David Schwartz was born in Gary, Indiana – yes, of Michael Jackson and “Music Man” fame. As an orchestral musician, David performs regularly with the Colorado Bach Ensemble and Pro Music Chamber Orchestra and freelances with regional orchestras from Denver to Greeley. Before moving to Denver, he played with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, the Columbus Bach Ensemble, Springfield Symphony, Richmond (IN) Symphony, Sorg Opera, the Kentucky Symphony, and other regional orchestras in central and southwest Ohio. David is also an avid chamber musician, having performed children’s and outreach concerts with the Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet for many years, as well as having been a founding member of numerous other trios and quintets. He also spent more than a decade writing published reviews of new international and domestic recordings of bassoon, oboe, and
chamber music for the American Record Guide, and has taught beginner to pre-college bassoon students. In addition to his bassoon performance training from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, David is an economist with a California-based consulting firm, Economic Planning Systems. In that capacity, he spends his time developing quantitative ways to measure the social and economic impacts of industries, like nonprofits, and working with cities around the US and develop policies to get more affordable housing built. Residing in Denver, David and his wife, Kylie, try desperately not to encourage their son, George, not to play the bassoon!