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Celeste Johnson, Fiddler
In addition to performing widely,  Celeste takes great pleasure in sharing her expertise and enthusiasm for fiddle through teaching. She teaches by ear, the way these tunes have been passed down for hundreds of years. Her aural teaching method gives students the tools to learn songs by ear and develop independence as  musicians. Celeste emphasizes elements that make up the core of good musicianship, including technique, listening skills, and musicality. Lessons play into the community-oriented nature of fiddle music to encourage students to join jam sessions, enter contests, and perform whenever possible.   Celeste has many years of experience teaching students young and old, beginner to advanced. When she's not playing music, she loves to read, travel, and pet cats.

Celeste Johnson is a nationally recognized musician with deep roots in Texas-style fiddling. She grew up in Arvada, Colorado, where she discovered her passion for fiddling at the young age of five. She began by studying classical violin but within a year, she discovered Texas-style fiddle music and devoted all her time and practice to learning this uniquely American style. Throughout her musical career, 

Celeste has studied with multiple renowned national champion fiddlers and master musicians who continue to shape and inspire her, including Katie Glassman and Joey McKenzie.

     Celeste plays with a variety of bands whose repertoires include western swing, traditional swing, jazz manouche, country, Americana, and more. She continues to pursue her passion for Texas-style fiddling by competing in fiddle contests throughout the nation. Celeste has won her division at the National Old Time Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho five times, earning the first of these titles when she was just eleven years old. She is also the two-time Rocky Mountain Regional Fiddle Champion, a multiple-time Colorado State fiddle champion in her division, and the 2019 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion. Her students have also gone on to win state and national titles.

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Morganne McIntyre - Violin, Viola

Morganne McIntyre is a multi-faceted musician who is passionate about performing, teaching, music theory, and injury prevention. She fell in love with the violin at the age of 9 and has never stopped wanting to explore every aspect of practicing, performing, and teaching the instrument. A native of Minnesota, Morganne studied with Dr. Benjamin Sung and Dr. Sonja Harasim before earning her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota under renowned pedagogue Sally O’Reilly. Having moved to Denver in 2019, Morganne attended the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and received a Master of Music in Violin Performance under Linda Wang and will be completing a Master of Arts in Music Theory in 2022. After acting as an Aural Skills Graduate Teaching Assistant for two years at DU, Morganne will become a Music Theory GTA for the 2021-22 school year. Morganne has taken multiple violin pedagogy courses at both the U of M and DU and is certified in books 1-5 of the Suzuki Violin Method. 

Music festivals that Morganne has attended include Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Bravo! Summer Institute at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Montecito International Music Festival, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival. She has won first place at the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Solo Competition and the FMAYS Concerto Competition and has placed in the Mary West Solo Competition and the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition. She was a member of the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra for three years and has acted as principal violin for numerous school and festival orchestras. Morganne loves playing chamber music with friends and colleagues, listening to and thinking about the violin repertoire, and helping students reach their full potential.

 

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Stephanie Bork - Violin, Viola

 

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Stephanie Bork came to the violin at a young age through a children's television show and has been playing ever since. She received her Bachelor of Music in violin from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from The University of Michigan. Her primary instructors have included Hai-Xin Wu, Piotr Milewski, and Aaron Berofsky.  

Stephanie has been teaching students of all ages for over 15 years. Her students have received high marks at Solo and Ensemble, won seats in the region orchestra in their school district, and earned first chair seats in their school orchestras. They have also played in the Houston Youth Orchestras.

Stephanie's teaching is personalized to each student. She works with her students to identify strengths and weaknesses and give the student the tools he or she needs to practice effectively and efficiently at home. Her goal is not only to train up solid musicians, but to invest her students with the same love for music that she herself has!

 

Ms. Bork has also played with a number of symphony orchestras and opera companies, including the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the Toledo Symphony, The Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. She is also a substitute violinist with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Ballet.  When she is not playing the violin Ms. Bork enjoys hiking, traveling, and trying out new recipes.

 

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Ella Weiss - Violin, Viola

 Dr. Yenlik (Ella) Weiss is a dedicated chamber musician, orchestra performer, and teacher. In addition to maintaining contracts with the Boulder Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony Orchestras, she has performed with the San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Opera, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Marina del Rey Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Choral Society, and served as an Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Mahler Festival and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. 

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She has been a featured soloist for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Symphony, on Colorado Public Radio, and performed numerous chamber solos in the US, Europe, and Asia. As a member of the Boulder Philharmonic Education String Quartet she has visited and performed at dozens of schools and performed family concerts at the Boulder Public Library. She also mentors students at the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. Ella completed her Masters in Violin Performance in Cleveland and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a freelance musician in Los Angeles, she performed with Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and Earth Wind & Fire among other contemporary performers, and performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Emily Holmstead - Violin

As a dedicated teacher and sensitive musician, Emily Holmstead is tenacious and committed to connecting with others through music. In seventh grade, she began tutoring younger violin students and learned then that she loves to teach. 

Currently, Emily is working on a Master of Music degree in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy and Violin Performance at the University of Denver. She studies under Linda Wang, Lamont School of Music’s String Chair, and receives Suzuki instruction from Kathleen Spring, a Suzuki Teacher Trainer. Here, she also has performed as concertmaster and principal second for the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Emily is certified in Every Child Can and books 1-6, continuing her certifications through book 8 this year.  

 

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily began violin lessons at the age of 4. Her early teachers were Deborah Moench, a renowned Suzuki pedagogue, and Leonard Braus, emeritus associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Brigham Young University where she studied under Alexander Woods. She has performed in public masterclasses, both as a soloist and chamber player, for renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Stephen Clapp, Nicola Benedetti, Nicholas Mann, Alejandro Drago, the Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet, the Fry Street Quartet, as well as the Danish String Quartet.  Emily enjoys her family, the outdoors, quilting, and weekend adventures.