Ensembles

5 Suites to the Wind

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We are a Fort Collins-based woodwind quintet, comprised of professional freelance musicians and teachers who all also happen to be mothers. We strive to promote new music by living composers and collaborations with other local artists and organizations. Our goal is to introduce as many people to this fun and not-often-heard ensemble by playing in schools, galleries, churches, and anywhere else where people can be found!

Members: ‘Cille Lutsch, flute; Liz Telling, oboe; Copper Ferreira, clarinet; Susan McCollum, bassoon; Jennifer Swanson, horn


Four on the Floor

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Four on the Floor is an oboe and strings quartet. We play classical favorites written for this ensemble, such as Britten’s Phantasy for oboe and strings, the Mozart Oboe Quartet, and Jean Francaix’s Quartour for english horn and strings. We also play arrangements of tangoes, pop tunes, and standards. We also commission new works by composers to premiere in Northern Colorado.

The group consists of these fine instrumentalists:

Liz Telling, oboe

Ben Durfee, viola

Lola Kern, violin

Amber Johnson, cello

Madera Dulce

Madera Dulce

“A lush and bohemian instrumental duo with sultry Mediterranean overtones, Madera Dulce is a rare combination of Bass Clarinet and Contrabass Guitar that elicits an inviting and elusive sound; a deep resonant acoustic tonality.”

“This unique duo paints an eclectic blend of musical artistry. With influences of the classical to the avant-garde, from improvisational ethnic and jazz idioms, of Middle Eastern and European elements, they draw inspiration from their gypsy heritage and weave it into the musical tapestry of the world around us.”

Members: Bronwyn, bass clarinet and soprano clarinets, and Derek, 6-string contrabass guitars

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Front Range Saxophone Quartet

Front Range Saxophone Quartet

A winner of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition, the Front Range Saxophone Quartet is an enthusiastic and versatile group. The ensemble’s program ranges from Baroque transcriptions to jazz and contemporary works. Since the group’s founding in 2013, the group has been actively performing across Colorado. The quartet has toured high schools in Colorado Springs, was a finalist chamber ensemble in the spring 2013 and fall 2014 University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Southard competition, was featured at the Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit at Colorado State University, entertained crowds at the UNC Commencement, the UNC Homecoming Communityfest, local restaurants around Northern Colorado with the Fort Collins Chamber Music Society, and the 2015 UNC Performing and Visual Arts Gala. In September, 2014, the Front Range Saxophone Quartet performed the Concerto Grosso by William Bolcom with the UNC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Singleton.

The Front Range Saxophone Quartet features Adam Blakey, Andrew Kropp, Mark Pipes, and Benjamin Whittier. It is coached by Dr. Andrew Dahlke.

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Synesthesia

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Experience a “Union of Senses” with this unique ensemble and enjoy a wide variety of musical styles. Synesthesia is a chamber music group from Northern Colorado made up of a unique combination of instruments: Flute/Tin Whistle/Melodica, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet, Electric Cello and Harp. All of the members of Synesthesia are classically trained musicians who regularly preform in professional orchestras throughout Colorado and Wyoming. They began playing as Synesthesia in 2014 and especially enjoy the opportunity to play music in venues that are outside the traditional classical setting. Currently you can hear Synesthesia at breweries throughout the Northern Colorado Front Range Region.

Members: Becky Kutz Osterberg – Electric/Acoustic Cello; ‘Cille Lutsch – Flute/Tin Whistle/Melodica; Copper Ferreira – Clarinet & Bass Clarinet;
Frances Cobb – Harp; Thomas VanSchoick – Percussion

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Double Bass

Double Bass

Double Bass is a fun and innovative bass clarinet duo based in Fort Collins, Colorado. DB is dedicated to performing a broad array of styles and they devote themselves to creating a sound that matches each unique genre, including the ones that seldom write for their instrument. Dedicated to performing the composers of today, DB performs world premieres often as well as an abundance of music written in the past ten years. They are known for their warm sense of humor, and often add talking or theatrics to their performances. Formed at Colorado State University in 2016.

Members: Lara Mitofsky Neuss and Asa Graf