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Summer Music Festival

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

Susan Grace, music director
Virginia Barron, associate director
Scott Yoo, conductor

The Colorado College Summer Music Festival’s 36th season, scheduled to take place from June 7-27, 2020, promised to be yet another exceptional experience. The fellows selected for the orchestra were outstanding, the planned collaborations were unique and star-studded, and our eminent faculty were inspired not only to teach, but to present an exciting season of works old and new, a commissioned piece, and a few Colorado premieres. So it is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the Festival’s 2020 season. Given the global nature of our program, with fellows and faculty coming in from all over the world, we feel it would be irresponsible to continue plans in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our fellows, faculty, and our local festival family who support our endeavors is of primary importance to us, and so we rally our enthusiasm to focus upon plans for our 2021 season with, we hope, some interim events to allow you to help us keep that enthusiastic momentum going.

We will try and answer some of your most common questions below, but we still encourage you to reach out and stay in touch if you have any questions, kudos, or concerns. Please be aware that the festival staff are working remotely, so there may be a delay in replying to you as we work out what our next steps will be. We will do our best to keep you informed as we navigate the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Be sure to mark your calendars now for our 2021 season

2021 Summer Season: June 6-26

The Colorado College Summer Music Festival is an intensive three-week program for advanced student musicians who work with world-class faculty to further develop their musical talents.

The Festival has brought the very best in chamber and orchestra music to the wider Colorado Springs community since 1984. With 29+ concerts in a 3-week period, from classical to contemporary, children's concerts and free lunchtime concerts, the festival offers something for everyone.

Applications for our 2021 season will open on November 1, 2020.


Norman - Gran Turismo (2004) | 2019 

Clara Schumann - 3 Romances, Op. 22 | Scott Yoo, violin; Susan Grace, piano

Tchaikovsky - Jester's Dance from the Snow Maiden, op. 12 | 2019 

Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune | 2019


Find biographies, 2020 performances and more by clicking on faculty pictures.

Susan Grace, music director

Virginia Barron, associate director

Scott Yoo, conductor

Steven Copes, violin (June 18-27)

Ellen dePasquale, violin (June 7-15)

Stefan Hersh, violin (June 7-27)

Grace Park, violin (June 14-20)

Stephen Rose, violin (June 14-24)

Robin Scott, violin (June 6-20)

Andrew Wan, violin (June 20-27)

Toby Appel, viola (June 7-27)

Phillip Ying, viola (June 7-20)

Mark Kosower, cello (June 21-27)

Bion Tsang, cello (June 7-27)

David Ying, cello (June 7-20)

Susan Cahill, bass (June 7-27)

Elizabeth Mann, flute (June 7-15)

Julie Thornton, flute (June 19-27)

Alice Dade, flute (June 15-24)

Robert Walters, oboe (June 7-21)

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe (June 19-24)

Jon Manasse, clarinet (June 7-17)

Anton Rist, clarinet (June 17-27)

Michael Kroth, bassoon (June 7-27)

Michael Thornton, horn (June 7-27)

Kevin Cobb, trumpet (June 7-27)

John Rojak, trombone (June 7-27)

John Novacek, piano (June 18-27)

Orion Weiss, piano (June 7-14)

Jon Nakamatsu, piano (June 13-20)

Aiyun Huang, percussion (June 14-22)

Michael Van Wirt, percussion

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Gina Spiers, Assistant Director
Colorado College Summer Music Festival
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 389-6552