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Our Director

René Knetsch

René KnetschSince receiving his masters degree in violin performance from Wichita State University in 1976, René has made his living in music, as a performing violinist, teacher, and conductor. Before moving to Denver in 1994, he was a violinist with several professional orchestras, including Oklahoma, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Birmingham. His first job after college was at Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas, where he taught violin and viola, and conducted the university’s orchestra. While living in Birmingham, Alabama in the early 90’s, where he played in the Alabama Symphony, René had the opportunity to be the music director of the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, a community orchestra in many ways similar to the Parker Symphony Orchestra. It was this group that made him come to understand the important role that community orchestras play in providing opportunities for musical expression to many who would otherwise not have that chance.

He made his mark in the Denver area playing as the principal 2nd violinist with Opera Colorado and the Central City Opera Orchestra, as concertmaster for the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra, and as conductor of the Arapahoe Community College. He is now semi-retired, but continues to conduct the PSO and play with Inside The Orchestra – a group that performs classical music concerts in elementary schools and Tiny Tots concerts for young children and parents.

When he is not busy with his musical endeavors, René spends time in his woodworking shop at home. He has been an avid woodworker since he was in high school. Be sure to check out his website at www.sjoelbakcrafter.com.


Our Concertmaster

Cynthia Carrier

Cindy CarrierMs. Carrier is an established violinist and music teacher. She was the assistant concertmaster of the Lone Tree Symphony and performed with the Parker Symphony last year. She has also previously performed with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Università di Firenze in Florence, Italy, the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra in Missouri. As a soloist, she performed in the Kansas City and Chicago areas including at the Gospel Fest in 2005 in front of an audience of over 3,000. She is currently also an elementary school music teacher in Castle Rock. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


The Orchestra

CONDUCTOR
René Knetsch

VIOLIN I
Cindy Carrier, Concertmaster
Tiffany Chang
Louise Deoge
Dave Higgins
Debra Ortmann
Mary Roper
Jenny Spampinato
Dianna Starnes
Roxanna Trevino

VIOLIN II
Amelia James +
Mary Barnhart
Staci Blinn
Dawn Carlson
Dana Drown
Bruce Goldstein
Susan Thomas
Lee Weinberger
Andrea Wells
John Williams

VIOLA
Megan Yeung +
Melinda Boyd
Farley Fleming
Andrew Kolczynski
John Schultz

CELLO
Brad Simpson +
Kerry Beebe
Adam Gardner
Shari Mathias
Katherine McMurray
Ausra Mollerud
Kenneth Rubin
Amanda Rusten
Marianne Wire

BASS
Mary Anne Parrish +
Joe Turnage

FLUTE/PICCOLO
Sue Duehr +
Erin Hunt
Lisa Meltzer

CLARINET
Robert Nuñez +
Markus Botwinick

BASS CLARINET
Karen Weiser

OBOE
Cheryl Poules +
Joanie Nelson

ENGLISH HORN
Joanie Nelson

BASSOON
Megan Altekruse +
Tim Hoyman

FRENCH HORN
Doug Johnson +
Elisabeth Bristol
Jeff MacQueen
Wendy Nagel

TRUMPET
Jeff Blinn +
Lisa Diven
Esther Morgan

TROMBONE
Dan Reinschmidt +
Justin Olmos

BASS TROMBONE
Rick Phelps **

TUBA
John Morgan

TIMPANI
Teag Solberg

PERCUSSION
Joni Bullock +
Abby Ballinger
Jennifer Gneiting
Robert Russell

HARP
Joan Fitzpatrick

PIANO
Jeannette Howell

+ Principal Players
** Charter Members

Musicians are listed alphabetically to emphasize their equal contributions to the orchestra

 

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