Meet the musicians who make the music that makes our wonderful concerts!

                      

Amanda Balestrieri

took her rigorous instrumental training in orchestral and chamber music and her love of language and the stage, and crafted an unusually versatile soprano voice in the classical music community, making her truly a musician’s singer. Born in England, she won two scholarships to Oxford University where she received her BA/MA in German and French, and studied voice in London with Marjorie Thomas of the Royal Academy of Music and Milan with Maria Luisa Cioni. She sang with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner for the soundtrack of the movie Amadeus and was a regular soloist in contemporary music with James Wood’s New London Chamber Choir. 

After moving to the United States, Balestrieri made several notable appearances with the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin and Christopher Hogwood, and with the Smithsonian Chamber Players under Kenneth Slowik. Renowned for her “radiant intelligence” and her “unusually versatile” voice with its “luminous warmth” (Washington Post, Santa Fe New Mexican), she is in high demand for her musicianship and skills in baroque repertoire. Her teachers included Martha Ellison and Mary Ann Stabile. She has appeared with the major period instrument ensembles throughout the U.S., including New York Collegium, Concert Royal and New York Baroque Dance Company, Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, and American Bach Soloists.

Balestrieri moved to Denver in 2009 and has been a guest soloist with area symphony orchestras and ensembles, including the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Chamber Players, and with period instrument ensembles including Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Boulder Bach Festival, and Parish House Baroque. Formerly on the Voice Faculty at the University of Virginia, she taught Voice Performance at Regis University in Denver for several years, and maintains a private studio in Boulder County. Balestrieri was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seicento Baroque Ensemble in 2018, is Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Cadmus, and has recorded with the Dorian, Koch, and Virginia Arts labels.

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Sarah Biber

has played viola da gamba and cello across the United States, Australia, and China. In recent collaborations with dance, she has been featured with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing solo Bach for the company’s first performance with period instruments. Ms. Biber earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University after double-degree studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She recently relocated to Golden, Colorado where she teaches and plays with groups like the Baroque Orchestra of Colorado and Byrd on a Wire, her viol consort. Sarah plays an 1815 Lockey Hill cello and and 2015 gamba by François Danger.enjoys playing both Baroque and Modern Violin. A Colorado native, she has been delighted to be a part of the growth of Early Music in this beautiful state. 

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Jubal Fulks

has become one of the most successful and sought-after violin teachers in Colorado. In 2013, he was appointed as Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Northern Colorado. His students include competition winners at the state, regional, and national levels, many of whom have gone on to lead professional careers as educators, orchestral and chamber musicians, and attend prestigious music festivals and graduate programs throughout the United States and abroad.

An acclaimed performer, Dr. Fulks maintains an active and multi-faceted performance schedule. Along with his UNC School of Music colleagues Adam Zukiewicz and Gal Faganel, he formed the Colorado Piano, which performs concerts, outreach, and recruiting activities across the region and nationally. Recent performances include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and a feature on Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Spotlight,” and the trio looks forward to beginning a Greeley-based concert series to bring high-quality chamber music to northern Colorado. Dr. Fulks also serves as a leader and founding member of Sinfonia Spirituosa, a baroque chamber orchestra based in Sacramento, California. Sinfonia Spirituosa is dedicated to presenting bold, historically-informed performances on period instruments, and to bringing to life the broad spectrum of color, affect, and rhetoric inherent in the music of the Baroque era.

Dr. Fulks has performed as soloist with orchestras across the United States and has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” His orchestral and chamber music 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, Weill Recital Hall, 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 Asia and has toured extensively in Europe. During the summer months he is on the faculty of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont and has been a faculty member at Montecito International Music Festival in California, Lutheran Summer Music Festival in Iowa, and Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. Dr. Fulks holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Kevin Lawrence, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where his teacher was Mitchell Stern. He lives in Greeley with his wife, hornist Lauren Varley, and their children Patrick, Finnian, Oliver, and Flannery.

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Barbara Hamilton

is the Artistic Director and Violist with the Colorado Chamber Players, now entering its 27th season. For the past five years, Barbara has embarked on a study of baroque instruments, including the viola d’amore. She recently acquired a 2018 Olivia Pelling viola d’amore, and a 2013 Martin Biller viola d’amore. Barbara was honored to perform at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institutes in 2017, 2018 and 2019, studying viola d’amore with Thomas Georgi. As well, she performed at several Oberlin summer baroque institutes, and performed with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra’s complete Brandenberg concerti in 2018. Previous orchestra positions include Principal Viola and Soloist with the Orquesta de Barcelona, Eastern Music Festival, and Colorado Symphony, and Assistant Principal Viola with Buffalo Philharmonic. She held a one year tutti viola position with New York Philharmonic. Barbara has played as Principal Viola with Pro Musica Colorado for 13 years. She served as the Chamber Music coordinator at Denver School of the Arts from 2013-2018. Barbara has performed chamber music with Lynn Harrell, David Krakauer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Julia Fischer, Roger Tapping, Jesse Levine, and Sharon Isbin. Barbara received the DMA from Yale School of Music in 1993, and holds advanced degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and Indiana University.  You can learn more at www.coloradochamberplayers.org.

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Wesley Leffingwell

is a keyboardist based in Denver, Colorado. Recent performances include appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Breckenridge Music Festival, Ainomae Ensemble, Playground Ensemble, The Spirituals Project, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boulder Bach Festival, and concertos with the Aurora Symphony. As a Jazz musician, he has performed at Dazzle Jazz, Porgy and Bess Vienna, Summit Jazz Festival, Sacramento Jazz Festival, and Evergreen Jazz Festival. Wesley has held staff positions at the University of Denver, Regis University, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Wesley is a 2019-2020 season Fellowship Artist in Continuo with the Boulder Bach Festival. 

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Brune Macary

is a native of Paris, France, and has been an active performer in the Boulder area for the past eight years. Specializing in Baroque music, she is a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado as well as the Boulder Bach Festival, and she regularly performs with the Seicento Baroque Ensemble. She plays modern violin with Sphere Ensemble, and she is the Principal Second of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She maintains an active studio of violin and viola students.

 

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Frank Nowell

founded the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in 2005, and the ensemble quickly garnered acclaim for its “artistic vision, authenticity, and devotion” (Denver Post) under his leadership as Artistic Director and harpsichordist.

Founding the orchestra fulfilled a long-held dream to expand the Denver arts scene to include a professional orchestra devoted to historically inspired performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. An active performer as a Baroque keyboard specialist and “early music entrepreneur,” Mr. Nowell was previously co-founder of the early music group Diverse Passions and founder of the Denver Handel Festival. He is a frequent guest artist, collaborator, and soloist, including recent appearances with Cottonwood Music Festival, Wyoming Baroque, Off the Hook Chamber Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Pro Musica Colorado, and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. As an organist he earned Associate certification (AAGO) from the American Guild of Organists and has recorded on the Cygnus label.

Mr. Nowell takes joy in introducing people of all ages and backgrounds to Baroque music and in collaborating with a wide range of artists (such as choreographers, puppeteers, poets, spoken-word artists, and actors) to bring new dimensions to this music. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Early Music America, with a special focus on education, awards and scholarships, and support for emerging artists.

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Parish House Baroque

is Colorado Springs’ Early Music Ensemble, specializing in the brilliance and diversity of music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries through historically informed performances. Drawing on varied sources of performance practice in interpretation and ornamentation of the renaissance and baroque, Parish House Baroque strives to expand the community of people who love Early Music and to foster the next generation of audiences for Early Music through performances, outreach and dialogue.  With a core formation of baroque violin, recorders, baroque cello, viola da gamba and harpsichord, Parish House Baroque has developed a reputation for highly expressive performances and compelling programming. Parish House Baroque is currently ensemble-in-residence at First Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Elisa Wicks (Artistic Director) brings a deep passion for early music to the stage. She has worked and studied with many of the great baroque violinists of our day, including Rachel Podger, Cynthia Roberts, Carla Moore and Julie Andrijeski with coachings from Jeannette Sorrell, Marilyn McDonald, Ross Duffin and Mimi Mitchell. She has performed with Chatham Baroque, the Bach and the Baroque Orchestra, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Seicento, the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra (as Concertmaster) and the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (as co-Concertmaster). On modern violin, she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where her principal instructors were Linda Cerone and Stephen Rose, along with Michelle George and Teri Einfeldt from whom she received her full Suzuki teacher certification. Elisa formerly served as Concertmaster and soloist for the Butler County Symphony and as Principal Second Violin for the Academy Chamber Orchestra, both in the Pittsburgh area. In addition, she performed with the Wheeling Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Westmoreland Symphony. Currently she serves as Principal Second Violin in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and is frequently asked to play with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and other groups throughout the Pikes Peak region both as ensemble member and soloist.  Elisa’s violin was made in 2011 by Thomas Mace of Louisville, Kentucky; patterned after the instruments of Nicolo Amati (1596-1684), who was Stradivari’s teacher. 

Jennifer Carpenter’s love for the recorder began while earning her Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her pursuit of early music studies brought her to study at the University of North Texas where she received a Master of Music degree in musicology with an emphasis in early music performance and is ABD (all but dissertation) for her PhD in the same field from UNT. As a recorder player, Jennifer performs regularly as a soloist and in early music ensembles in both Texas and Colorado. She enjoys teaching as much as performing. In addition to teaching private lessons and coaching ensembles, Jennifer has been on the faculty of early music workshops in TX, CA, NM, and CO. Her enthusiasm for working with amateur recorder players as led her to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Recorder Society, where she was recently elected to her second four-year term. Jennifer was the music director of the Dallas Recorder Society from 2009-2014 and continues to mentor and coach ARS chapters across the country. As a musicologist, Jennifer worked as a teaching fellow at UNT and was an associate professor of music history at Collin College from 2008 until the birth of her son in early 2013. Now happily a resident of CO, she is enjoying integrating into the early music scene on the Front Range.

Eric Wicks serves as organist at the First Lutheran Church in downtown Colorado Springs. He received his Master’s Degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson. He also studied harpsichord with Janina Ceaser, piano with Olga Radosavljevich, eurhythmics with David Brown, and early music performance practice with Ross Duffin. While in Cleveland, Eric joined Elisa in performing baroque programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and in house concerts at the home of Phillip Cucchiara, a harpsichord builder. As an organist, Eric previously served at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Kennewick, Washington; St Peter’s Episcopal in Lakewood, Ohio; Old Stone Church (First Presbyterian) in Cleveland, Ohio; Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, Ohio; and, from 2004 to 2012, First United Methodist in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Pam Chaddon is praised for “capturing the bold imagery and beauty” of the works she performs (Gazette). Currently serving as associate principal cellist for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, she has also performed with Maryland and York Symphony Orchestras, Gettysburg and Millbrook Chamber Orchestras, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Harrisburg Choral Society, Bel Voce, and Cantate Carlise. As an orchestral soloist, she performed Fauré’s Élégie with the Hanover Symphony.  With violinist Jeri Jorgensen, she is a founding member of Trio Paradis, whose 2013-14  inaugural season presented music by women composers in a series entitled “Unsung Voices.  She received her musical training at Peabody Conservatory under Mihaly Virizlay and Towson University under Cecylia Barczyk.  She has taken master classes and coached with Stephen Kates, Lorne Munroe, David Hardy, and Barbara Thiem.  She has studied baroque cello with internationally-acclaimed viola da gambist and baroque cellist, Ann Marie Morgan.     

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Paul Primus

 is a harpsichordist and has performed and studied extensively over many years. His introduction to the harpsichord was at the age of eleven, as a student at the Music Center of Lake County in Waukegan, Illinois. The director had acquired a small harpsichord, and Paul taught himself how to tune it, and performed his own compositions for it. At Indiana University he studied with Richard Troeger, now a leading early music specialist in Boston. More recently, in 2018 Paul attended and performed at the Baroque Music Institute in Oberlin, Ohio, where he studied harpsichord with Lisa Goode Crawford, and continuo playing with Joe Gascho. Paul has also studied with Frank Nowell, music director and harpsichordist with The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. His instrument is a two manual French harpsichord built by Thomas Stevens. In his other life Paul is Principal Second Violinist with the Colorado Symphony.

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Daniel Urbanowicz

holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Urbanowicz is the former Principal Viola of the Augusta Symphony and performs regularly with the Miami Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Dan has played with the New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony, Gulfshore Opera, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Orchestra, and the Plymouth Philharmonic. He has served as Principal Violist of Charlottesville Opera, Gulfshore Opera, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra. Apart from playing the viola, Dan also enjoys playing the viola d’amore. As a viola d’amore player Dan has been featured at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, College of Charleston’s Second Monday Series, and Augusta University as a guest lecturer and recitalist. His principal teachers include Martha Katz, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, and Marylene Gingras-Roy on viola; and Thomas Georgi on Viola d’Amore. Mr Urbanowicz plays on a 2017 Robert Clemens Viola. Urbanowicz’s viola d’amore is from the 19th century and is of unknown origin.

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