Director, Violin

Jeri Jorgensen

Jeri Jorgensen

Jerilyn Jorgensen is a member of the performance faculty of Colorado College and has been adjunct faculty in violin and chamber music at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver as well as Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. From 1980-2004 she was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet, and as a member of that ensemble she has performed throughout the United States, been a prizewinner in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition and finalist in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, and appeared on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Her recordings of string chamber music by Arthur Foote and Charles Martin Loeffler appear on the Naxos label. Her performances with the quartet have been praised as “…abundant in feeling and fire” (Milwaukee Journal), “taut, confident playing, brimming with thrust and color” (Los Angeles Times), and as exhibiting “ease, authority, and thoroughgoing excellence” (San Francisco Chronicle). Concerts from 2016-2019 included the complete Beethoven Sonatas in Colorado Springs and Denver with pianist Cullan Bryant, as well as appearances in New Mexico, Potsdam, NY, Boston, Ann Arbor, MI, and elsewhere in Colorado. As a performer of historically informed concerts on original instruments, she has appeared with Mr. Bryant at the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos in Ashburnham, MA, the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, and the Loring-Greenough House in Boston, as well as being featured performers at the Historic Keyboard Society of North America’s 2018 conference.

Concerts for 2019 included a tour across North Carolina. She and Mr. Bryant have recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas on period instruments of the Frederick Collection, to be released by Albany Records in May 2020.

Ms. Jorgensen has given master classes in violin and chamber music at the University of California at Davis, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Sam Houston State University, Kansas State University, Simon’s Rock College, the University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado State University. She is in demand as a pre-college teacher, counting among her present and past students several winners of regional competitions, including the MTNA senior strings competition. She is on the faculty of the Lamont Pre-College Academy summer program and is the Artistic Development Coordinator for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association, where her responsibilities have included curriculum design and teacher training for the Mozart Strings Project and sectional coaching and coaching oversight for four orchestras. She is currently director of chamber music for the organization, managing coaching and community performances throughout the year for student chamber ensembles.

Ms. Jorgensen holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School. Her modern violin is by Sanctus Serafin from 1728, and her classical instrument is by Viennese maker Antonius Carolus Leeb, from 1797. For classical-period concerts she has use of an anonymous English bow from 1780 on generous loan from Darnton and Hersh Fine Violins, Chicago.

Pianist Cullan Bryant is among the most active chamber and collaborative pianists in New York City, maintaining a schedule of over 50 recitals a year. 

He has performed such artists as Emanuel Borok,  Oleh Krysa, Midori, Sviatoslav Moroz, Peter Rejto, and members of the Almati, American, Arcata and Borromeo Quartets.  He has also appeared in recitals with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in such venues as Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. Mr. Bryant made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992 in recital with violinist Patmore Lewis.

Mr. Bryant’s festival appearances have included the Long Island Beethoven Festival where he performed 16 Beethoven piano sonatas in a 2-day marathon, the Serenates de Platja d’Aro and the Porta Ferrada festivals in Spain, the Chateau de la Napoule in France, the Lake Winnepesaukee Music Festival in New Hampshire, the Palm Beach Invitational Series in Florida and the Shandelee Piano Festival in New York, among many others.

Cullan Bryant began playing the piano at age two, giving his first public recital at age six. At eleven he toured campuses in his native Arkansas and in Texas including several televised recitals. His prizes and awards include the Leschetizky International Competition, the National Arts Club of New York, the Memphis Beethoven Competition, Miami Arts Competition and a certificate of outstanding citizenship from Arkansas Governor Frank White. His college studies were with Robert Goldsand and Artur Balsam at the Manhattan School of Music. In July of 2002 he toured Japan in recitals with violinist Midori.

Artistic Director, Piano

Cullan Bryant

Cullen Bryant

Instructor, Viola

Tim MacDuff

Tim MacDuff picked up the viola guided by the teachers in his public school music program where he grew up in upstate New York. After being exposed to the string quartets of Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak at New England Music Camp in Maine, he decided to become a professional musician.

Early chamber music experiences include attending the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont and performing with Loon Lake Live: an intimate chamber music series in upstate New York. At the University of Maryland, he and other graduate students formed the Anacostia String Quartet which served as the ensemble in residence of the District New Music Coalition in 2018. In octet form, he has collaborated with the award-winning Omer Quartet and performed on the Washington Performing Arts Series with the Left Bank Quartet. Through the National Orchestral Institute, he worked with the Adelphi Quartet on community engagement projects in schools and retirement communities in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In 2019, Tim joined the Quapaw Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony.

Orchestral experiences include playing in summer festival orchestras such as the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, and the Texas Festival Orchestra at Round Top. In 2018, Tim was a finalist and substitute musician with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. He was also an active substitute musician in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. The winner of two concerto competitions, Tim is also comfortable as a soloist and has performed concertos by Cecil Forsyth and Ernest Bloch. As a teacher, he enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. At the college level, he has served as a teaching assistant responsible for instructing undergraduate lessons and an orchestral excerpts course. While living in Maryland, he maintained a studio of 30 violin and viola students of which many received music scholarships, entered youth orchestras, and earned grades of distinction at Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Tim received his Bachelor of Music degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and his Master’s degree from Rice University. He completed his Doctoral studies at the University of Maryland. His mentors and major teachers are Shelly Tramposh, James Dunham, and Katherine Murdock.

Daniel Kopp is a leading cellist, educator, and artistic director of Austin Camerata. As co-founder and cellist for Austin Camerata, Daniel has brought collaborations of chamber music, dance, and storytelling to venues across central Texas. Austin Camerata has been praised for its “unadulterated beauty” and nominated by the Austin Critics Table for “best classical ensemble.”

As a frequent dance collaborator, Daniel has performed solo cello and chamber music with Ventana Ballet, Ishida Dance Company, and the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas. In 2019, he organized Austin’s first CelloFest, which drew a standing-room-only crowd at the Georgetown Public Library. An avid chamber musician, Daniel has spent summers performing at Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Madeline Island. Notable performances include at Carnegie Hall as principal cellist for the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Seiji Ozawa Hall as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and in Colorado Springs as principal cellist of the Colorado College Summer Festival Orchestra. He has been featured on KMFA, KUTX, and in the Austin360. 

As a committed educator, Daniel is on faculty with the Clavier-Werke School of Music, the University of Texas String Project, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. Through Austin Camerata, he frequently performs educational programs in local schools, hospitals, and libraries in central Texas. Daniel received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, and his master’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin. His principal teachers include Bion Tsang, Norman Fischer, And Cathie Lehr-Ramos.

Instructor, Cello

Daniel Kopp