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Piano workshop features master musicians on keys

St. Mary Catholic Church, at Seventh and Birch streets in Rifle, is offering a classical piano master class at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of its performance series.

Pianists Carla Ramsey and Stuart Stapleton will perform, and Linda Jenks Colby, doctor of musical arts, will serve as clinician.

Ramsey holds a bachelor’s of arts in music from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in music education from Harvard University and a master’s in philosophy of religion from the Denver Seminary. She has taught at the University of California ” Santa Cruz, Arapahoe Junior College and the Denver Seminary. Along with piano, she has played trombone professionally with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra and the American Ballet Orchestra. The workshop will feature Frederic Chopin’s Piano Nocturne in D-flat Major, Opus 27, No. 2.



Stapleton, a senior at Rifle High School who has studied piano for 11 years under Colby’s direction, will play the Third Movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Opus 27, No. 2 (the “Moonlight” Sonata) at the workshop. He has performed for audiences since he was 7. A veteran performer in the Kiwanis Club Stars of Tomorrow competitions, Stapleton has placed twice in the local rounds and has represented the Western Slope in the divisional level. An avid soccer player, Stapleton plans to attend Wake Forest University and pursue a double major in communications and music performance.

Colby studied under Abbey Simon at Indiana University and holds a doctorate in classical piano performance from the University of Colorado. She helped establish the Las Vegas Junior Conservatory and was managing director for the Las Vegas Symphony. She performed as festival pianist for the Breckenridge Music Festival and has performed in concerts for more than three decades. At CU, she taught in the College of Music and was assistant to the directors of the university’s writing program. She has conducted critical thinking workshops at CU and for Ball Aerospace in Boulder. She maintains a private teaching studio in New Castle and is accompanist at St. Mary.



The program is free to the public, though donations will be accepted to sustain the performance series. For more information, call 984-0419.


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