Summer music festival hits high note with 4 new faculty, record number of applicants

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Popular festival offers 26 concerts in a three-week period across town

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 11, 2017 – Imagine 26 concerts in a three-week period. Colorado College’s Summer Music Festival, running June 4-24, offers just that, with music ranging from classical to contemporary, children’s concerts and free lunchtime music.

Now in its 33rd season, the festival brings the best in chamber and orchestra music to the Pikes Peak area. This year has seen a record number of applicants, from countries all over the world including Argentina, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Romania, France and New Zealand. Additionally, four renowned musicians are joining the festival’s faculty this year, including Carol Wincenc, one of the biggest names in the flute world.

Directed by Grammy-nominated pianist Susan Grace, CC’s senior lecturer in music, the festival schedule includes formal and informal chamber music concerts, five orchestra performances, including a free children's concert, and several off-campus outreach concerts, including concerts at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Fort Carson Patriot Program, Pauline Chapel, and the Hillside Community Center.

The new faculty will join Grace, Associate Director Virginia Barron, and Conductor and Violinist Scott Yoo, as well as 21 other faculty musicians. The four new faculty members are:

Violinist Andrew Wan. Wan comes from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, who named him concertmaster in 2008 (making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony, worldwide). As a soloist, Wan has toured in Canada, the U.S., China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and Switzerland. He also frequently serves as guest concertmaster for several North American orchestras, and is a founding member of the Opus-award winning New Orford String Quartet. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Wan also is assistant professor of violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

Violinist Jonathan Crow. Crow is the concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Crow has performed with most major Canadian orchestras; as a chamber musician he has performed at festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe. Crow records for ATMA, Bridge, CBC, Oxingale, Skylark and XXI-21 – he can be heard frequently on Chaîne Culturelle of Radio-Canada, CBC Radio Two, and National Public Radio, along with Radio France, Deutsche Welle, Hessischer Rundfunk and the RAI in Europe. He is currently associate professor of violin at the University of Toronto.
Grammy-nominated flutist Carol Wincenc. Wincenc is one of the biggest names in the flute world. First prize winner of the Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the National Flute Association, the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music from the National Society of Arts and Letters, Wincenc currently teaches at the Juilliard School and at Stony Brook University. As a soloist, she has appeared with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and London Symphonies, the BBC, Warsaw and Buffalo Philharmonics and the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras (the latter for which she was principal and solo flute from 1972-77). She has premiered works written for her by such luminaries as Tod Machover, Yuko Uebayashi and Joan Tower and has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Mann, Emanuel Ax, and other notable artists. The author of the popular series of etudes and flute classics, the “Carol Wincenc 21st Century Flute” (Lauren Keiser/Hal Leonard Music Publishers), Wincenc is also a founding member of Les Amis Trio and a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet.

Oboist Jonathan Fischer. Fischer joined the Houston Symphony as principal oboe in 2012, and the faculty of the University of Houston in 2014. Before that, he served as associate principal oboe for the San Francisco Symphony for nine seasons. He also has held positions with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Savannah Symphony and the New World Symphony. Fischer has performed as a guest principal with many of the nation’s leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St Louis Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, the New World Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. Fischer currently teaches at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and the Texas Music Festival. He has taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Oberlin Conservatory. He has given masterclasses at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the San Francisco Conservatory, Rice University, University of Michigan, and has been a coach at the New World Symphony. He holds a degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Woodhams.

About Colorado College

Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its approximately 2,000 undergraduate students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week segments. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit

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