"I feel very privileged to have been working with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival since 2002. It has become one of the premier training programs for young orchestral musicians. Every year that I return I am stunned by the quality of the orchestra, the enthusiasm of the students, and the energy of the faculty members. The Cornerstone Performing Arts Center is a magnificent building and the concert hall itself is a joy to perform in. I have recommended the acoustic enhancement system to other performing arts centers after the great results that I have experienced at CPAC."
Scott Yoo, festival orchestra conductor
"The Colorado College Summer Music Festival is one of the best experiences out there [in the west]. Susan Grace has created a unique event that serves community, students and artists alike. Each year ends with the delight of having been a part of it, and the desire to return again!"
Mark Fewer, violin, Faculty Artist
"The Colorado College Summer Music Festival is the great highlight of my musical year. Susan Grace runs a phenomenal festival. The faculty are hand-picked, not only for the high-quality of their playing, but for their simpatico. They are a seamless fit, whether making great music together or coaching young artists. And these young artists are provided an inspiring work environment second to none. Time and again, students tell me that their festival experience has been 'transformative.' Superb chamber and orchestral concerts (led by the tireless Scott Yoo), life-changing learning experiences. The indispensable CCSMF is, in short, magic."
John Novacek, piano, Faculty Artist
"I wish I had known about the Colorado College Summer Music Festival when I was still a student! Despite the fact that the students have an intensive three-week schedule of orchestral, chamber and solo work, there is a relaxed, collegial relationship between the faculty and students that I have not seen elsewhere. It makes for an enormously rewarding and memorable experience for all every June."
Bion Tsang, cello, Faculty Artist
"As always, you run a fantastic festival. Of all the places I go, the CC festival is outstanding for the depth of experience for the students, the thoughtful and comprehensive musical activities offered to them, and of course, the great faculty. I have such a wonderful time working with the students and collaborating (and hanging out) with terrific colleagues. Thanks for letting me be a part of it again this summer."
Phillip Ying, viola, Faculty Artist
"In the six years I have been fortunate enough to play and teach at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, my students there have gone on to win solo oboe positions with the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Houston Symphony. I firmly believe this to be one of the most educationally potent summer music programs in the country. This festival developed early on as something of a hidden gem within the profession; over time it has steadily and recognizably become a national treasure."
Robert Walters, oboe, English horn, Faculty Artist
"I can officially say that the CC Summer Music Festival has been one of the most musically-enriching experiences of my young career."
Breanna Ellison, horn
"I cannot express to you how much I have learned from orchestra rehearsals and concerts, master classes, supplemental music lectures and the wonderful proximity to esteemed faculty members who have been so accessible and supportive."
Arleigh Savage, bassoon
"The professional level experience and unbelievable faculty push me to new heights of music making and inspire me to put everything I can into my art."
Derek Powell, violin
"I would highly recommend CCSMF to anybody who is seeking an experience that exposes them to world-class faculty, numerous performing opportunities and chances to dive into musical outreach events. Students here get to perform some of the greatest orchestral and chamber repertoire that there is to offer, and the social climate of the festival is very welcoming and invigorating as well. I know I will take with me knowledge and skills that will further my professional development as a musician and prepare me for auditions and performing opportunities to come."
Emmanuel Toledo, clarinet
"CCSMF has been the most helpful and nurturing program I’ve ever attended."
Jules Sulpico, viola
"I grew a lot from the 3 weeks packed with fantastic repertoire, opportunities, performances and top-notch faculty."
Seth Russell, cello
"I learned more than I ever expected that I could in three weeks, and I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by amazing faulty and colleagues."
Deborah Hui, piano