Chamber Music with the Land Trust
August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm$30
A stunning location plays host to even more amazing music. You’ll experience two masterpiece works, by Mozart and Brahms, that represent the pinnacle of both the Classical and Romantic periods. Fingernoise’s all-star lineup performs both works with its trademark infectious energy, virtuosity, and connection with audience members.
Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin
Sarah Off, violin
Stephanie Mientka, viola
Andrew Krimm, viola
Jake Saunders, cello
Mozart: Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Brahms: Quintet in G Major, Op. 111
Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin
Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson is a leader in numerous fields: performance, artistic direction, arts advocacy, administration, education, career research, entrepreneurship, and academia. She holds performance degrees from The Juilliard School and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As violinist, she has received acclaim from leading publications including The New York Times, been soloist with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and recorded for leading record labels. Dr. Ondracek-Peterson is a leader in multiple organizations – Executive Director of the Diehn School at Old Dominion University and Festival Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival. Additionally, she holds an MBA with specializations in both Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Ondracek received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki under a Morse Scholarship. At Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Ondracek received her doctorate in Music and Music Education; her research into the careers of classically-trained musicians culminated in a 500-page doctoral thesis. She also holds an MBA with specializations in both Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
Stephanie Mientka, violin
Dr. Mientka is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic, and held the position of associate principal viola with Colorado Springs Philharmonic during 2014 – 2015 season. She is also a regular substitute for Colorado Symphony, and has performed with Shreveport Symphony in Louisiana and Mercury Baroque orchestra in Houston. Summer festivals include Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Idyllwild Summer Music Festival, and several notable master-classes in Germany and Italy. Ms. Mientka is also an active chamber musician, and a founding member of the Deciduous Trio (flute,viola, harp), which performs regularly in Texas and Colorado. In 2006 she became a member of the crossover Celtic band FEAST. Besides numerous concerts in Colorado,the band has twice toured Germany and the USA. PBS filmed two of the band’s spectacular Irish shows, and the resulting films have been broadcast on television and submitted for both an Emmy and a Grammy.
Andrew Krimm, viola
Andrew co-founded the award-winning string quartet, Altius Quartet. During their residency at SMU, Altius Quartet won first prize at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and was awarded the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
In the Fall of 2015, Mr. Krimm moved to Boulder to study with the world renowned Takacs Quartet. The Altius Quartet was awarded a three-year residency at CU-Boulder to guide the quartet through the creative and business aspects of having a successful career as a string quartet. In 2016 with the Altius Quartet, Mr. Krimm made his Carnegie Hall debut in NYC.
The Altius Quartet recently completed two albums. The first was released in April 2017 featuring a mash up of many different genres including Haydn, Bolcom, a-ha, and Dave Brubeck. The second, to be released in October 2017, features Shostakovich’s “Personal Quartets” Nos. 7, 8, and, 9. Both discs are being released by PARMA Recordings.
After serving as Board President for the Western Slope Concert Series, Andrew became the Executive Director in 2018. In 2020 Andrew was also named the Executive Director of the Boulder Symphony. An organization committed to connecting with and profoundly affecting the human spirit. Boulder Symphony envisions a community that is informed, connected and inspired by the arts.
Sarah Off, violin
Dr. Off has established herself as an innovative and passionate performer and educator. Her performances have been described as “brilliant and seamless with great focus” (AZ State Press) and “intuitively talented” (Bridge Initiative).
She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in Iceland’s Harpa International Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, Music in the Mountains Festival and Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, Oh My Ears New Music Festival, and as soloist with the Boulder Symphony, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s “Up Close and Musical”, Durango’s Music in the Mountains Chamber Orchestra, among others.
An avid chamber musician, Sarah has had the privilege of working and performing with the Brentano, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets, through the String Quartet Residency program at Arizona State University, as well as collaborating with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the American Composer Alliance. As an advocate of new music, Sarah frequently commissions and performs new works for violin. She released her album “Alone” featuring works by composer, Dylan Fixmer in the Summer of 2021 shortly followed by the premier of Fixmer’s Sonata for Violin and Piano with pianist, Edward Rothmel. She looks forward to premiering Fixmer’s Concerto for Violin in the Fall of 2022 with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2011-2018 Sarah performed as the violinist and co-founder of Tandem Duo with percussionist Marilyn Clark Silva. As composers and advocates of new music, Tandem Duo wrote, commissioned, and premiered newly composed works. In 2016, they hosted the International Kondo Festival which showcased the work of Japanese composer Kohei Kondo. During this time, they premiered several of Kondo’s works with the composer in attendance. In 2017 the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater commissioned Tandem Duo to compose and perform the original score to the play Some Velvet Morning by Neil LaBute. Shortly after, Tandem Duo was named “Resident Artist Group” for TCA. Tandem Duo released their sophomore album Velvet Scraps in 2017 and began collaborations with The Bridge Initiative Theater Group, EPIK Dance Company, and The Torch Theater. In 2018 Tandem released their final album Dear Elizabeth shortly after performing the premier of their score for the play “Dear Elizabeth” in collaboration with the Bridge Initiative Theater.
Sarah is an enthusiastic music educator and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Violin and Music Business at University of Northern Colorado where she was recently named “Dean’s Fellow of Creative Scholarship and Community Engagement”. As an educator, Sarah aims to provide students with a solid understanding and command of their instrument and musicianship, balanced with expertise in entrepreneurship and business savvy. She believes that creativity, advocacy, business skills and community engagement are vital for the sustainability and progress of the arts in today’s industry. Sarah enjoys sharing her passion for arts advocacy and her recent public speaking and guest artist engagements include presentations for the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the College Music Society’s National Conference and the Women in Jazz National Festival.
Jake Saunders, cello
Dr. Jake Saunders is a cellist, educator, and collaborative artist based in Boise, Idaho and Denver, Colorado.
In 2021, Saunders accepted the position of Associate Principal Cello with the Boise Philharmonic, where he also performs as a member of the Boise Philharmonic String Quartet. As an active member of Playground Ensemble and Sphere Ensemble, Saunders has established himself as a sought after collaborative artist in Colorado. Other Colorado-based projects include Boulder Altitude Directive (BAD), Boulder Symphony, and Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.
Saunders is a founding member and Artistic Director of 208 ensemble, the first professional ensemble in Idaho dedicated to the advocacy and performance of music written by living composers. Since 2014, 208 ensemble has presented the Idaho-premiere of more than 50 contemporary works. In 2018, 208 ensemble introduced is flagship project “Avant Garden”, designed to commission chamber music from emerging and underrepresented composers and cultivate an accessible, collaborative environment for the performance of contemporary art in Boise, Idaho. Additionally, Saunders is the creator of Boise Cello Collective, a collaborative project among some of Idaho’s preeminent cellists specializing in the performance of classical, contemporary, and popular music in nontraditional venues. Saunders serves as the group’s director, arranger, and principal cellist.
Saunders has held principal orchestral positions with Symphony Tacoma and the Opera Idaho Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, and the New Hampshire Music Festival. Additionally, Saunders has served as principal cellist with the symphonies of the University of Colorado Boulder, Boise State University, and University of Michigan, as well as the Music Academy of the West’s Festival Orchestra.
Saunders has attended music festivals in the United States and abroad, including Ensemble Evolutions at the Banff Centre (CA), Blackbird Creative Lab, Music Academy of the West, Accademia Musicale Chigiana (IT), Castleman Quartet Program, LyricaFest, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Astona International Festival (CH), and International Music Academy at Pilsen (CZ). Former chamber music mentors include members of the Cleveland, Takacs, Cavani, Zemlinksy, Fry Street, and Ying Quartets, as well as International Contemporary Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Charles Castleman, Laura Bossert, and Terry King. Saunders has studied extensively with Richard Aaron, Dr. Brian Hodges, Terry King, and Samuel Smith.
Saunders holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Cello Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he served as Teaching Assistant to Prof. David Requiro. Additional degrees include Master of Music (MM) in Music Performance from Boise State University, where he studied with Dr. Brian Hodges, and Bachelor of Music (BM) in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, where he studied with Prof. Richard Aaron.
Erik Peterson, viola
Dr. Peterson’s background as an internationally-concertizing musician, successful arts administrator, academic, and entrepreneur positions him as a unique leader in the arts. As violinist and violist, Dr. Peterson studied at the renowned Juilliard School and earned a doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music / Case Western Reserve University. As a founding member of the Voxare String Quartet, he performed over 400 concerts on the world’s leading stages, including as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, and appearing frequently on national television and radio programs. He has recorded for numerous classical music labels, received glowing reviews in The New York Times, and was awarded Chamber Music America’s coveted ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. As an academic, Dr. Peterson has been lecturer at institutions such as Princeton, New York University, Oxford, and the British Library. Additionally, he has been Artist-in-Residence at schools such as Dartmouth and the Universities of Virginia and Leeds (UK) where he researched electro-acoustic interactive music. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of several successful organizations, including a national media production company and a thriving arts consulting firm (PetersonBandar). In addition to his musical studies, Dr. Peterson holds an MBA in both finance and marketing from the University of Colorado and undertook additional studies in astronomy at Columbia University.