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2008-2015

Strings School Days was Strings’ flagship music education program, unlike any other in Northwest Colorado. Spanning two years, the program brought a professional musician to Northwest Colorado to present music workshops and conduct rehearsals alongside school music directors and students. Students performed a free final evening concert at the end of the second year with the featured musician at the Strings Music Pavilion for parents, teachers, friends, students and community members. Through Strings School Days, student musicians learn new techniques from an energetic professional musician, perform in a concert hall setting and help keep music education in the forefront of our community.

Mozart Masters has evolved from Strings School Days, and is more focused, immersive, and provides more face time with artists. 

Jazz ReachJazzReach, 2014-2015

JazzReach was established in 1994 in New York City and is dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music.

Through the presentation of innovative, widely acclaimed live multi-media educational programs for young audiences, captivating main-stage concerts for general audiences and informative clinics and master-classes for student musicians and ensembles, JazzReach is steadfastly dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of this rich, vital, ever-evolving American art form.

Since premiering our debut educational program in 1997, JazzReach has successfully positioned itself as one of our nation’s leading arts organizations dedicated to jazz. Our dynamic, innovative programs have triumphantly served over 255,000 young people nationwide in partnership with many of America’s most prominent performing arts presenters and have received unanimous praise from students, teachers, parents, the media and arts professionals alike.

 

DBR_(c)Courtesy of DBR Music ProductionsDaniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), 2012-2013

Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.

Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR recently collaborated and performed with Lady Gaga on FOX’s American Idol. His accolades range from being voted as “America’s Assignment” on the CBS Evening News, to receiving praise as one of the “Top 100 New Yorkers” (New York Resident), “Top 40 Under 40″ business people (Crain’s New York Business), one of the entertainment industry’s “Top 5 Tomorrow’sNewsmakers” (1010 WINS Radio), and spotlighted as a “New Face of Classical Music” in Esquire Magazine.

DBR composed music for Daniel Beaty’s play Resurrection directed by Oz Scott, the feature ESPN television segment E:60 Homeless Basketball in which DBR was bestowed with a Sports EMMY nomination for Oustanding Musical Composition, and feature documentary films – Strange Things by Alexandria Hammond and Off and Running by Nicole Opper, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festiva​l. 

Simon Boyar Strings Music FestivalSimon Boyar, 2010-2011

Simon Boyar is reshaping the percussion landscape and transforming the marimba as a major instrument for all musical genres. An accomplished solo artist, producer, composer/arranger, and educator, Boyar’s talent’s stretch across the music industry and have made him an important and influential artist in the 21st century.

As a classical soloist and section percussionist, Boyar has performed around the world and has appeared with artists such as John Adams, Lukas Foss, Evelyn Glennie, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Gilles Vonsattel, Guillermo Figueroa and Leon BotsteinHe has been a featured percussion soloist with dozens of orchestras and is also very active in the expansion of the modern percussion repertoire. He was the first percussionist ever to perform a double concerto with violin (Harold Farberman) and guitar (Andrew Thomas) and to record and premiere the first work for solo marimba “Figment V,” composed by Elliot Carter (Bridge Records). In 2010, Boyar performed the world premiere of the first-ever marimba concerto by composer Frank Zappa, an arrangement of Zappa’s “Revised Music for Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra” conducted by Jonathan Haas.

Notably, upon his graduation from The Juilliard School, Simon joined the faculty of the school’s Pre-College Percussion Department. The program’s success led to an invitation for Boyar to join the college faculty at NYU, where he has aided in the creation of a new marimba program unlike any of its kind — The NYU Contemporary Marimba Ensemble (NYUME), an ensemble dedicated to teaching Boyar’s unique approach and sound, one which he calls “The Boyar Method.” 

Alpin Hong, 2008-2009

During two whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe, pianist Alpin Hong has earned the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper. Opening the ears, eyes and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of Americans, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet. Indeed, the Santa Barbara News Press described Mr. Hong’s performance as “…a tour de force. Hong evoked a kind of Beatlemania when he came on stage. What a showman! What a musician!” In recognition of the pianist’s immense gifts for communicating his passion for music to audiences of all ages, The McGraw-Hill Companies honored him in September 2005 with the $10,000 Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.

Mr. Hong’s astonishing ability to connect to people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds distinguishes him and shapes his evolving performance style. His extensive classical training, matched with his background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts, and videogames, forms a creative force unmatched in its youthful vivacity and boundless energy.

Alpin Hong is a native of Michigan and made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of ten. He moved to Los Angeles soon after and garnered competition victories at a young age with wins at the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition, the 1993 SYMF Competition and the 1994 Los Angeles Spotlight Awards Competition. His teachers have included Mark Richman, and Emilio del Rosario, and he completed his Master’s degree as a student of Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard School.