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Cristian Masso bassist
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Cristian Mazo

Originally from Medellín-Colombia, Cristian Mazo started his musical career in his hometown in the Network of Music Schools. Later on, Mr. Mazo finished his bachelor’s...

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Leslie Stewart, Violin
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Leslie Stewart

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Leslie Stewart holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music Performance from the University of Southern California. She was a...

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Desireé Anderson

Desireé Anderson has performed in music halls all over the world as a chamber musician, concert soloist and recitalist. She has performed in various music festivals...

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Larry Salmen FCS Board of Directors
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Larry Salmen

Summary Bio             Larry is a serial entrepreneur in the areas of software technology. He has been developing, integrating and selling technology in his businesses...

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Marty Marsh
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Marty Marsh

Growing up, I remember listening to my father play his oboe, and I have loved that instrument and classical music ever since.  When we moved...

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Charlie Grimwood
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Charles Grimwood

Charles (“Charlie”) Grimwood believes the Fort Collins Symphony can be a role model for our fractious world. Many people from varied backgrounds and playing very...

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Kate Henry, Community Engagement and Education Director
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Kate Henry

As Fort Collins Symphony’s newest staff member, Kate Henry is enthusiastic about serving in the new role of Community Engagement and Education Director. Kate brings...

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Madgetta Dungy

In 2017, Madgetta Dungy moved to Fort Collins from Iowa City, Iowa with her husband, retired Pediatrician, Dr. Claibourne Dungy, to live closer to their...

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Zack Niswender
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Zack Niswender

Zack Niswender is an active freelance musician and teacher in the Northern Colorado Region. Zack plays with a variety of ensembles and is floored to...

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David Halperin in Croatia
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David Halperin

A native of Highland Park, Illinois, David B. Halperin joined the United States Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, CO as a clarinetist in...

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David Lindstrom
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David Lindstrom

David Lindstrom was raised in the east and educated at the University of Rochester (BA), Colgate (MA) and Penn State (PhD).  He moved to Fort...

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Harp
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Pamela Eldridge

Ms Eldridge received her BFA in Harp Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and her MM from the New England Conservatory. For the past 10 years,...

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Leo Canale Percussion
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Leo Canale

Leo Thomas Canale grew up in upstate New York. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the State University of New York...

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Carl Dixon Percussion
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Carl Dixon

Versatile percussionist Carl Dixon is at home with music spanning multiple genres, continents, and instruments.  He can be found performing in concert halls, jazz clubs,...

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Michael Tetreault Timpani
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Michael Tetreault

Michael Tetreault holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a Master of Music Degree from the Royal...

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Steve Vaughn, Tuba
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Steve Vaughn

Dr. Steve Vaughn, a native of upstate New York, is a freelance musician across the front range of Colorado and is currently Adjunct Professor of...

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Kiel Lauer Trombone
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Kiel Lauer

Kiel joined the Fort Collins Symphony as the bass trombonist in July 2019. Along with FCS, he plays throughout the region as a member of...

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Nat Wickham Trombone
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Nat Wickham

Nat Wickham’s first musical inspirations were experienced in his childhood home where both parents were professional performers and music teachers, and all four siblings have...

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Daniel Watt Trombone
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Daniel Watt

Daniel Watt, a native of Colorado, is an active freelance musician across the Front Range. Mr. Watt serves as principal trombonist with the Wyoming Symphony...

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Derek McDonald Trumpet
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Derek McDonald

Mr. McDonald currently plays principal trumpet with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and also holds tenured positions with the Fort Collins...

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Stanley Curtis Trumpet
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Stanley Curtis

Stanley Curtis has developed a multi-faceted career as trumpeter, teacher and early-music performer. After studying at the University of Alabama, the Cleveland Institute of Music...

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John McGuire Horn
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John McGuire

Dr. John McGuire has a vast array of performance and teaching experiences. He has performed with many orchestras around the world, most notably the Dallas Symphony...

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Ayo Derbyshire

Ayo Derbyshire is an active freelancer in Northern Colorado, playing in a variety of chamber and orchestral settings. Ayo graduated in 2019 with a B.A...

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Susie McCollum

Susie McCollum graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She immediately pursued a master’s degree in bassoon performance at Wichita State University studying with Richard Beene. She...

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Tom Bittinger

Bassoonist, Tom Bittinger, has been a member of the Fort Collins Symphony longer than any other current member of the orchestra, beginning his tenure under...

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Kellan Toohey

Clarinetist Kellan Toohey is an avid performer whose varied career includes recitals and solo appearances, chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. He holds a DMA from...

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Gina Johnson

Gina’s love for music was apparent before she could even read. When she was knee high to a grasshopper, she would listen to her older...

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Max Soto-Sibaja

Soto began his musical education with the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil of Costa Rica. He studied with Principal Oboist Jorge Rodriguez and cultivated a passion for...

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Sandra Tiemens

Sandra Tiemens hails from Rochester, Minnesota. She currently serves as a flutist and piccoloist of the Fort Collins Symphony. She is completing a 20-year military...

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Kristin Sommer

Kristin Sommer has been a member of the Fort Collins Symphony since 2005, performing on both piccolo and flute. She first became intrigued by the...

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Norman Menzales Flute
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Norman Menzales

Filipino-American flutist, Norman Menzales, joined the Fort Collins Symphony as Principal Flute in 2013 and was appointed to the same position with Montana’s Great Falls Symphony...

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