Durango Chamber Music Academy :: June 3-7 & 10-14, 2019
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Molly Jensen, Academy Director,recalls that her enthusiasm for chamber music began in elementary school when her mother, a musician and pedagogue, had Molly and her siblings practice together one tired Friday evening. Who knew that "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" could sound like a full and rich composition with musicians of only 9, 7, and 3 years of age?! A performance of a Bach Brandenburg Concerto in fifth grade, and the discovery of Mozart Divertimenti in ninth grade had her hooked on chamber music. As a professional musician and teacher, Molly strives to instill a love of chamber music in her students.

Molly is currently the Orchestra director at Durango High School and Miller Middle School in Durango, CO. She performs with the San Juan Symphony and also conducts the Youth Philharmonic, the middle orchestra of the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. Ms. Jensen received a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance and Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia where she studied with Helen Kwalwasser. She received a Master's degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied with Lina Bahn. Ms. Jensen is a Max Aronoff award winner for excellence in performing and teaching, and has performed extensively in the Philadelphia and New York area with the Apollon Chamber Group. Ms. Jensen can be found at MusicalMountainMama.com.

Amy Barrett, Upper and Lower Strings, graduated in December 1997 from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. She sang with the Fort Lewis Concert Choir for four years. During her senior year, she served as Choir President and Assistant Director. It was also during her senior year that she became Music Director of the Durango Barbershoppers. As such, she is one of a very few women directors in an all-male singing society. Amy taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade choir and orchestra at Heights Middle School in Farmington, New Mexico as well as teaching for a few years in Aztec, New Mexico. Her choirs and orchestras consistently received Superior ratings at music concerts. In addition, she was responsible for the 6th grade Music Experience classes. Ms. Barrett conducts the Durango Children's Chorale and the Durango Youth Chorus. She is a recipient of the Red Apple Teacher's Award, an honor given by the nomination of her students. In November of 2007, Amy purchased Unfinished Furniture for Your Home located a few doors north of Katzin Music. She continues to teach music for the Durango Montessori School, and teaches private piano lessons.

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