Durango Chamber Music Academy

Monday–Friday, June 6–10 | 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. | Arrive at 8:45 to set up instruments | For ages 9–18

Director: Molly Jensen | Faculty: Sandy Kiefer and Amy Barrett
Tuition: $325 | Registration is OPEN!
Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 910 E. 3rd Ave., Durango

Any string student, ages 9 through 18 (and others on a case-by-case basis), who reads music proficiently and competently plays material from late Suzuki Book 2 (or equivalent ability) is welcome to enroll.

Each day of the Academy will be divided into ensemble playing with coaching, group work by instrument, and general music, with a performance for friends and family on Friday. Music will be mailed on or around May 1 and must be learned prior to the academy.

Tuition includes tickets to daily Durango Chamber Music Festival concerts, Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. (family kick-off concert) and Monday–Friday, June 6–10, from 12:15–12:45 p.m. in the St. Mark's Sanctuary. Parents are encouraged to purchase a Parent's Pass during the registration process and attend concerts with their young musicians.



Molly Jensen is an active violinist and conductor who currently teaches orchestra at Durango High School and Miller Middle School in Durango. Ms. Jensen received a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance and Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she performed extensively in the Philadelphia and New York area with the Apollon Chamber Group. She received a Master's degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied with Lina Bahn. In addition to performing as a chamber musician, Molly performs with the San Juan Symphony and serves as conductor of the SJS Youth Philharmonic. She is a recipient of the Max Aronoff Award for Excellence in Performing and Teaching, and is Editor-in-Chief at MusicalMountainMama.com.


Amelia Barrett has been playing and teaching piano for over 18 years in the Four Corners area. She received her B.A. in Music Education from Fort Lewis College where she studied piano with Ying Ying Liu and Norman Krieger. She currently maintains a private piano studio in her home and is the Artistic Director of the Durango Children's Chorale, Durango Youth Chorus, Durango Barbershop Chorus, and the Durango Chamber Music Academy. Amy is a frequent clinician for choral and orchestra festivals in Colorado and New Mexico and both her school orchestras and community choirs have performed at the NWNMMEA and CMEA music festivals. She is currently the music teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School in Durango.


Cellist Sandy Kiefer has spent most of her life as an orchestral cellist and teacher. She has played with the Boston Ballet, Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and Roanoke Symphony. She has taught at the University of Rhode Island, Longy School of Music, and New England Conservatory Preparatory Department. As a freelancer she played in the back-up bands for Judy Collins, The Beach Boys, John Denver, and Meatloaf. She has given Suzuki cello workshops in Thailand, Indonesia, Kansas, and Oregon. She holds a Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory and honors from the Yale Chamber Music Seminary. Sandy has worked with 3rd Ave. Arts, Be Frank Foundation, Durango 9-R schools, and Stillwater to bring music to the Four Corners community.



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