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2020 Summer Music Festival Schedule, from a Distance

The Colorado College Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce that, despite the challenges presented by the global COVID 19 pandemic, distance cannot stop the music! We have put together an educational program for our fellows that includes master classes, creative classes and private lessons with our faculty. We are making many of these master classes and creative classes available to observe for our supporters and for the CC community.

Below, you'll find a schedule of what's happening, along with the links for each that will allow you to log on and follow along. We will open up the session for a Q&A from the public at the end. Be sure to check back frequently for updates.

Scroll down past the schedule to find out how you can tune in to two Live from Packard Hall concerts, scheduled for June 21 and 23!

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Colorado College 2020 Summer Music Festival Schedule 

Note: All times are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)  

Masterclasses last 1 ½ hours and Creative Classes last 1 hour

  • Every class listed below has an accompanying Zoom ID link, so you can join us.
  • The first time you click on a link, you may be prompted to download Zoom - it is fine (and necessary!) to do so
  • Although participation in the classes is just for our fellows, there will be a brief Q&A at the end of each, for your questions and comments.
  • A handful of classes require a password to join. In those instances, once you have clicked on the Zoom ID number and been taken to Zoom, you will be prompted to enter the password. If we don't have a password listed, that class is not password protected and all you need to do is click the link.

Tuesday, June 23 

9:00am: Creative Class: Caring for String Instruments with Stefan Hersh  -  Zoom ID: 82219864816 

10:30am: Creative Class: Musical Entrepreneurship: Empowerment through startups and management with Virginia Barron, Susan Cahill, Stefan Hersh, Susan Grace. Includes starting a music festival or music series, including grant writing.   -   Zoom ID: 84190615318

7:00pm:  Join us before the Live from Packard Hall concert, as Professor Michael Grace presents a Pre-Concert Lecture on the composers and pieces that will be performed this evening.   -    Zoom ID: 99191327958 

8:00pm: Live from Packard Hall!  Festival artists playing socially distanced chamber music together in Packard Hall, featuring Orion Weiss performing the Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat Major.  Find the full program and performers here.

(Live via FaceBook, CPR, and KCME) 

***Michael Thornton has dedicated much study to performance psychology as it applies to musicians.  He is certified as a Mental Toughness (TM) Coach through the Human Performance Institute and has worked extensively with Don Greene (Winning on Stage), Jim Loehr (New Toughness Training for Sports), Doug Jowdy (US Olympic Speedskating Sports Psychologist), and others.  His students have benefitted from his holistic approach to auditions and optimal performance, and they have won auditions for orchestras, premier military ensembles, and higher education positions throughout the US and abroad. 

In Gratitude


Susan Grace, music director

Virginia Barron, associate director

Gina Spiers, assistant director

Kate Nelson, assistant to the director, stage manager

Justin Maike, technical director

Betsy Fiel, academic administrative assistant

Izzie Hicks, intern

Shaian Gutierrez, intern

Kevin Stock, piano technician



Jane Turnis, vice president for communications

Felix Sanchez, assistant vice president for communications

Leslie Weddell, director of news and media relations

Charlotte (Lo) Wall, communications paraprofessional and website master

Erica Hardcastle, ITS events team lead

Donald Herbst, lead audio visual events technician

Daniel Raney, network engineer

Idris Goodwin, director of the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Lisa Gregory, lead academic administrative assistant, Department of Music


The festival is especially grateful to Katherine Loo, Susan Ashley and Robert Lee, and Libby Rittenberg and Nasit Ari, and Iddo Aharony and Julie Yeagle, who graciously hosted our visiting musicians in their homes


Bain Family Foundation

Bloom Foundation

Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund

EOS Foundation

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Inasmuch Foundation

The NEH Professorship

Pikes Peak United Way

The Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving

The Webb Family Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Seattle Foundation


American Public Media’s Performance Today

Classically Colorado and Colorado Public Radio

KCME 88.7 FM

KRCC 91.5 FM