3/25 Ensemble Vivente

Becky Weidman-Winter, flute

 

Kenneth Todd, violin

 

Jocelyn Smith, viola

 

Peter Greydanus, cello

Program

Ensemble Vivente was recently formed by Jocelyn Smith and Peter Greydanus to provide classical music for the Gunnison Valley in concert settings and for special occasions. The complement of personnel in this versatile group of musicians adapts with each performance. Ms. Smith and Mr. Greydanus are also founding members of the Sally Miner String Quartet. They have founded an after-school strings class at the Crested Butte Community School with the support of the CBCS Enrichment Program and the Crested Butte Music Festival and teach students in the class and privately.

Becky Weidman-Winter teaches flute and music theory at Western State College of Colorado and is the current President of the Colorado Flute Association. Becky has won the Flute Society of Kentucky (2008) and Mid-South (2007) Young Artist Competitions, received honorable mention in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition (2008) and participated in the Jean-Pierre Rampal Competition in Paris, France (2001). Becky has been a member of the Garland, Las Colinas, and Arlington Symphonies and the band Tin Roof Tango in Dallas, Texas. From 2001-2004 she was on the faculty at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, CO, teaching flute, piano, and Intro to Instruments and performed frequently with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Mountain Music Ensemble (flute/oboe/guitar) and Ensemble Vivente (flute and strings) and performs with the Crested Butte Music Festival and Crested Butte Mountain Theatre. She is a DMA candidate at the University of North Texas and holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder (MM) and Oberlin Conservatory (BM). Previous study has been with Terri Sundberg, Alexa Still, Michel Debost, and John Oberbrunner.

Kenneth W. Todd is the director of the applied string studio and orchestras at Western State also teaches string education, music appreciation, and theory courses. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Texas at Austin, he holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music and Master of Music respectively. Prior to his service at Western, he directed high school orchestras for nine years in McAllen and College Station, Texas. His groups at Western have successfully presented at the Colorado Music Educators Association on three different occasions. Mr. Todd is also the director of the Valley Youth Orchestra, a position he has held since 2005. The VYO consists of three orchestras—the Concertino, Philharmonic, and Symphonic Orchestras. These orchestras provide a positive orchestral experience for young musicians ranging from Telluride to Grand Junction along the Western Slope of Colorado. Every two years, the VYO combines with the Valley Symphony Orchestra for a series of spring concerts. Mr. Todd performs with his wife, Alicia Belgiovane, in recitals at Western. He performs on a violin of Carlo Antonio Testore made in Milan, Italy in 1742.

Jocelyn Smith is currently in her eighth season as a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, from which she has taken leave, and has performed in the Crested Butte Music Festival since 2001. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she began string and piano studies at the age of nine. Ms. Smith earned her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Chauncey Patterson, former violist of the Miami String Quartet, and Lisa Boyko of the Cleveland Orchestra. Her musical endeavors have taken her all over the country as well as to Canada and Europe. Ms. Smith is a founding member, along with husband and cellist Peter Greydanus and violinist Tara-Louise Montour, of the Clivia String Trio, which performs often through Young Audiences of Virginia and was named Young Audiences of Virginia Artists of the Year in 2008. The ensemble’s main focus is to bring the knowledge and joy of music to children in the Greater Hampton Roads area. Ms. Smith recently became a resident of Crested Butte, along with her husband and their two cats, Lily and Fidelle.

Peter Greydanus is an active orchestral and chamber musician. He is a graduate of Temple University where he was a student of Orlando Cole and studied as well with Metta Watts and William Stokking. Mr Greydanus holds a position as member of the cello section of the Richmond Symphony, is an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Formerly assistant principal cellist of the Youngstown Symphony, cellist of the Youngstown Symphony String Quartet, and associate principal cellist of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra he has also been a member of the Haddonfield, Albany, and Canton Symphonies. In addition he has performed with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and been a participant in the Spoleto festivals in Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, SC as well as the Europaisches Musikfest Stuttgart. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Crested Butte Music Festival. Mr. Greydanus now lives in Crested Butte with his wife, Jocelyn Smith.