Introducing CYSO's Summer Music Menu
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Registration Deadline: June 1st

Courses begin: June 10th

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*Students enrolling in multiple courses receive $30 off each additional course.

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Your participation in CYSO's Summer Music Menu guarantees you a spot for the 2020-2021 CYSO season! Visit our AUDITIONS tab for season highlights and more information! (Video audition required for ensemble placement purposes only)

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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Piano  $150

Level: Age 10 and up, beginner, little to no piano experience required

Instructor: Angie Dombrowski

This four-week online class will use the Faber Accelerated Piano Adventures Lesson Book 1 to explore the basics of learning piano. (Participants are required to purchase this book). This four-week course will include a combination of videos, Zoom meetings, and a final video to be submitted to the instructor, CYSO’s own Angie Dombrowski. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of this course. 

*Weekly videos sent Thursdays, including practice assignments and ear training audio exercises

*Two 20-minute individual Zoom meetings set for the afternoon/evenings of Thursday, June 18 and Thursday, July 2nd. Sign-up ups will be sent out to sign up for specific times on those days. 

*Students submit videos of weekly practice assignments (short!) for feedback

*Click HERE to purchase Faber Accelerated Piano Adventures Lesson Book 1

Beginning Guitar Class  $150

Level: Beginner-little to no guitar experience.

Instructor: Patrick Sutton, Guitar soloist and chamber musician

Music will be provided for this class. Students will learn pop tunes, scales, and different techniques for playing the guitar. This class will include Zoom meetings, videos, and a final performance submitted by video for written feedback by Mr. Sutton for each participant. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of this course. 

*Weekly Zoom meetings and/or instructional videos will occur WEDNESDAYS at 10:00am MST for the duration of the course

Beginning Music Theory  $150

Level: Beginner: little/no theory knowledge

Instructor: Angie Dombrowski

This 4-week online class features the basics of music theory. Students will learn staffs, notes, time signatures, ear training, and more using Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Book 1. This course will include videos, Zoom meetings, weekly homework, and a fun Jeopardy game to challenge musicians’ new skills.  Instructor of this course will be CYSO’s own Angie Dombrowski. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of this course. 

*Weekly videos sent Thursdays, including homework assignments and ear training audio exercises that correspond with book

*Two 45-minute group Zoom meetings set for Thursday, June 18 6:30-7:15PM and Thursday, July 2nd 6:30-7:15PM

*Students submit photos/scans of weekly homework for instructor feedback

*Final group zoom call on July 2nd will be the Jeopardy team game 

*Click HERE to purchase Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Book 1 (required)

Musical Improvisation  $150

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Instructor: Grant Larson

Learn the basics of improv (classical and jazz) with CYSO’s own Grant Larson. This four-week course includes videos, zoom meetings, and a video submission at the end for written feedback. 

*Weekly videos sent 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29

*Two  Zoom meetings set for 1:00pm MST on 6/10 and 6/24

*Final student submission videos will be due on 7/8 with feedback to follow.

College Audition Preparation for Violinists  $100

Level: Any violinist contemplating a college entrance audition

Instructor: Claude Sim

Associate concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony and Professor of Violin at CU Boulder, Claude Sim, will prepare you for a successful college audition. Highlights will include how prepare their concerto, orchestral excerpts, scales, college audition etiquette, tips, and much more. This course includes videos, zoom meeting, and a final video for written feedback at the end. 

*Weekly videos will be sent on WEDNESDAYS

*Three 20-30 minute individual Zoom meetings will take place on Fridays (times tbd by your instructor)

*Students will submit final videos for feedback

Music Composition  $175

Level: All levels welcome

Instructor: Ben Tomkins

Ben Tomkins, graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, will teach you the fundamentals and ins and outs of music composition. Learn to compose your own music, actually write it down, and get it ready for performance. This course includes four videos, zoom meetings, midi files, and a performance of the students final composition with written feedback for the young composer.

*Week 1: Video on Wednesday June 10th to kick off the project, and 12 o'clock 20 min  intro zoom meeting with the students.

*Weeks 2-4 will include video postings on Mondays and a Zoom office hour from Noon-1pm each Wednesday. Students are invited to jump in and out of the zoom meeting with questions they have.

*Week 5: Wednesday 12-1pm presentation of works on zoom and concert as appropriate/possible for pieces. 

**Final projects will be due by noon the Saturday before the final zoom meeting. Subject to enrollment.

Colorado All-State Violin Music Preparation  $100

Level: All high school violinists (8th graders entering hs in the fall are invited to enroll)

Instructor: Justin Bruns

Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony, Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Denver native will cover every aspect of the Colorado high school all-state violin music. Justin received his master’s degree from Rice University where he studied violin with the renowned teacher Paul Kantor. Justin will take you through every aspect of all of the all-state music while giving you a practice regimen, practice techniques, and every detail for a successful all-state violin audition. Program includes four videos and participant final video submission for individual feedback from Justin.

*Weekly videos sent out Wednesday mornings at 9am beginning June 10th

*Final recording of all state music from students due Monday June 29.

*Students will receive final individual comments on Wednesday July 1st and a private Zoom lesson

*Click HERE to download the All-State Violin music

Colorado All-State Viola Music Preparation  $100

Level: All high school violists (8th graders entering hs in the fall are invited to enroll) 

Instructor: Brant Bayless

Brant Bayless, Principal violist of the Utah Symphony, Principal of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, and performer with the Grand Teton Music Festival, will cover every aspect of the Colorado high school all-state viola music. Brant was a student of Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music. Brant will meticulously take you through the music and provide you with a practice regimen, practice techniques, and every detail for a successful all-state viola audition. Program includes four videos and participant final video submission for individual feedback from Brant.

*Weekly videos sent out Wednesday mornings at 9am beginning June 10th

*Final recording of all state music from students due Monday June 29.

*Students will receive final individual comments on Wednesday July 1st and a private zoom lesson.

*Click HERE to download the All-State Viola music

Colorado All-State Cello Music Preparation  $100

Level: All high school cellos (8th graders entering hs in the fall are invited to enroll)

Instructor: Rainer Eudeikis

Rainer Eudeikis, Principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony, Principal of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, and Denver native/CYSO alumni, will cover every aspect of the Colorado high school all-state cello music. Rainer attended the University of Michigan where he studied with Richard Aaron and the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Carter Brey, Principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic.  Rainer will take you through every aspect of the all-state cello music while giving you a practice regimen, practice techniques, and every detail for a successful audition. Program includes four videos and participant final video submission for individual feedback from Rainer.

*Weekly videos sent out Wednesday mornings at 9am beginning June 10th


*Final recording of all state music from students due Monday June 29.


*Students will receive final individual comments on Wednesday July 1st and a private Zoom Lesson


*Click HERE to download the All-State Cello music

Rainer Eudeikis
Brant Bayless

Born in Kansas and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Brant Bayless came to Utah after completing his studies in New York City. After early piano lessons and singing in his father’s various church choirs, Brant started the viola at age 12. Winning the Governor’s Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1992 gave him his first glimpse of the musical world outside Oklahoma. After two years at the University of Kansas studying with Michael Kimber, Brant found his way to New York. Invited to study on scholarship with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, Brant finished his bachelor’s degree in 1997.
Brant joined the Utah Symphony in 2001. With the Utah Symphony he has made regular concerto and concertante appearances: in February 2019 in Bach’s Sixth Brandenburg concerto with Roberta Zalkind; in May 2018 with Music Director Thierry Fischer and cellist Rainer Eudeikis in Strauss’s “Don Quixote”; in March 2012 with conductor Jun Märkl in Takemitsu’s “A String Around Autumn”; in August 2010 with conductor David Lockington in Bruch’s “Romance” and von Weber’s “Andante and Rondo Ungarese”; and multiple performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinists Viviane Hagner, Kathryn Eberle, and Ralph Matson.
Brant performs on most of Salt Lake City’s stages in ensembles large and small and is especially proud of his association with the NOVA Chamber Music Series. With NOVA he has presented solo works from Bach to Berio and given first performances of important new works—including a chamber concerto written for Brant and pianist Jason Hardink by composer Bruce Quaglia.
Outside of Utah he has appeared as guest principal viola of the St. Louis Symphony with their Music Director David Robertson. Brant has performed as a regular guest and substitute violist with the Muir and Fry Street string quartets. During summers he plays at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Brant’s chamber music performances from GTMF have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today. At the GTMF he formed the Teton Trio with Dallas Symphony Principal Clarinetist Greg Raden and Jason Hardink. Their first CD will soon be released on the Centaur label. Brant is also principal violist of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.
Brant started his career while still at the Manhattan School as the violist of the Arcata String Quartet. His performances with the Arcata were heard throughout the US and Europe, including concerts at New York’s Town Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie and London’s famed Wigmore Hall. The Arcata’s Beethoven Cycle at Wave Hill, the Bronx estate of Arturo Toscanini, and their many recordings, some of which are available still, continue to be memorable highlights. In 1998, the Arcata inaugurated a residency at Utah State University, a position that they held for three years.
His viola is attributed to the Milanese maker Luigi Bajoni from 1858. Having fallen in love with the mountains and deserts of Utah, he spends as much time as possible hiking, cycling, and seeking out backcountry ski descents. Brant is married to the cellist Anne Francis Bayless, and they have a young son.

Justin Bruns

Justin Bruns joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 2006 and was appointed Associate Concertmaster this past fall after winning a national audition for the position. In the summer he serves as Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Before moving to Atlanta, Bruns was Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and served as Concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival. He has also played with the Houston and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, and toured Germany with the American Sinfonietta. He has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, BRAVO Vail Valley Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Music in the Mountains Festival and Conservatory in Durango, CO and Bellingham Music Festival. He has been a guest concertmaster with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Louisville Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony (OSESP).


Actively involved in teaching and bringing music to young audiences, he maintains a private teaching studio and regularly gives master classes, orchestral excerpt courses and chamber music coachings. Through programs of the ASO, he has taught and mentored students in the Talent Development Program, coaches sections of the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra and strives to build relationships with schools and other civic organizations through Community Engagement and Outreach. He served as a teaching assistant at Rice University and participated in the founding and organization of its outreach program. He regularly appeared with Chamber Music Ann Arbor’s outreach program and throughout Colorado with Up Close and Musical. He has served as Director of Chamber Music at Kennesaw State University.


As a chamber musician, Bruns has performed throughout the United States and England. He has appeared on the Faculty Tuesdays Series at the University of Colorado, with the String in the Mountains Music Festival and Michigan Chamber Players. He has also performed cycles of the Brahms, Beethoven and late Mozart sonatas. In the Atlanta area, he has performed with Georgian Chamber Players, Sonic Generator, Bent Frequency, KSU Faculty Chamber Music, ASO Chamber Music Concerts and the North Georgia Music Festival. While he was first violinist of Atlanta Chamber Players, he appeared at the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival and made his chamber music debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.


Violinist Justin Bruns began his studies at age three and won his first competition two years later. He made his solo debut with an orchestra at age nine. Since then he has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the US, South America and UK. Bruns graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and was awarded the top prize upon graduation, the Stanley Medal. He received his master’s degree from Rice University. Performance highlights of this year are a series of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performances in Lima, Peru, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver and at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

Claude Sim

Claude Sim has been with the Colorado Symphony since 1999 and frequently performs as featured soloist with the orchestra. He previously held a principal position with the Baltimore Symphony, and has been guest Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony.

Other affiliations include the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Claude has concertized as guest first violinist of the critically acclaimed Miró String Quartet, and as violist with the GRAMMY Award®-winning Pacifica Quartet. He has also collaborated with members of the Tokyo and Vermeer String Quartets, and with noted pianists including Jeffrey Kahane and Christopher O'Riley.

Meet your outstanding guest artists and teachers

Rainer Eudeikis was appointed Principal Cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2019. He was previously the Principal Cellist of the Utah Symphony for five seasons, and has performed in the same role at the Mainly Mozart Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Central City Opera.

Recent performance highlights include Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor and Strauss' Don Quixote with the Utah Symphony, and C.P.E. Bach's Cello Concerto in A Major for NOVA in Salt Lake City. He has participated in numerous international festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh (UK), and the Académie Musicale Internationale de Vaison-la-Romaine (France). Rainer was a two-year fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, and was a member of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, where he was Principal Cellist in 2011.

Born in Texas, Rainer began cello studies at the age of six. Following studies in Colorado with Jurgen de Lemos, he attended the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron, completing his B.M. in 3 years with highest honors. He received his M.M. from Indiana University, where he studied with Eric Kim. In 2014, Rainer completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.

Ben Tomkins

Benjamin received his M.M. In violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where is studied with Cleveland Orchestra principal Stephen Rose, and his B.M. from Western Illinois University, where he studied with Monte Belknap. He has performed as a member of the Charleston Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, and currently performs with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. Ben has been teaching violin for nearly 20 years, and has been in the faculty of Illinois College, as well as serving as interim faculty at Regis College.

As a chamber musician, he has attended master classes alongside members of the Cleveland, Miami, Arditti, Penderecki, Tokyo, Miro, and Pacifica quartets. He has served as Director of Strings Attached and Music Director of the Colorado Youth Symphony, and is currently a Master Mentor with the Denver School of the Arts. Ben lives in Denver, and in his spare time he enjoys cooking, boxing, philosophy, history, and spending time with his wife Robyn and their two wonderful pets, Molly and Amelia.

Patrick Sutton

Dr. Patrick Sutton is an award-winning guitarist, chamber musician and recording artist from Evergreen, Colorado. He was a featured artist at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention. His eclectic performing and teaching career has taken him to conflict zones, three coasts of Africa, both ends of Vietnam, border towns, major cities, as well as myriad music societies, universities, and concert halls in-between. Recent concerts and masterclasses include the Florida Guitar Foundation, Portland International Guitar Series, Knoxville Guitar Society, University of Cape Town in South Africa, Shanghai Conservatory in China, and the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan. Patrick also recently performed and taught as a Juilliard Global Visiting Artist at Nord Anglia international schools in Bratislava, Budapest, Dublin, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and New York City. Recent engagements as an electric guitarist include concerts in Cairo and Alexandria with Egyptian fusion group, The Nour Project, and a concert tour of Poland with the Memphis Mix soul band. In 2018, Patrick was one of twelve musicians including James Taylor, Carly Simon and Natasha Bedingfield, to compose original music for the interactive art installation, “Come to Your Senses” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA).

His trailblazing cello & guitar duo, the Patterson/Sutton Duo, has been lauded by composer Dušan Bogdanović for their “virtuosity and lyricism”. The duo perform often as guest-artists throughout the United States and abroad. The duo’s debut album, “Cold Dark Matter” was hailed by the Strad magazine for its “wit and imagination” and is available on MSR Classics. The duo’s research in the field of cello and guitar performance has also culminated in chamber music lecture- recitals at multiple venues, including the International Guitar Research Center at the University of Surrey in the UK and the Dublin Guitar Symposium. Patrick’s ongoing collaboration with University of Massachusetts flute professor Cobus du Toit, has led to recordings of new and lesser-known chamber music including an upcoming recording of the complete chamber works of Jacques Castérède for the Naxos record label. In 2014, the du Toit/Sutton Duo gave a nine-concert tour throughout South Africa to critical acclaim. Their eclectic debut album, Trîptico features new music by world renown composer and guitarist Ricardo Iznaola.

Patrick is a strong believer in the transformative power of educational outreach in developing countries. While in Kabul, Afghanistan for guest artist residencies in 2014 and 2015, Patrick worked with the budding generation of young Afghan musicians at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and helped set up a year-by-year curriculum for the guitar program. Patrick also recently taught and performed at the Atlas Music Academy’s “Chopin in the Forest” music festival in Beni M’tir, Tunisia.

Dr. Sutton’s principle teachers have been Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood. He has served on the music faculty at Arkansas State University-Midsouth, Naropa University, the Lamont School of Music Summer Academy at the University of Denver and the University of Memphis.

Grant Larson

Dr. Grant Larson –  An active recitalist and proponent of new music, saxophonist Grant Larson has premiered works for saxophone by Paul Hanson, Philip Wharton, Chiayu Hsu, Steven Makala, and John Drumheller at regional and national conventions. He is the soprano saxophonist with the Chautauqua Saxophone Quartet and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. Grant currently serves as the Saxophone Practicing Artist at Denver School of the Arts, and wind ensemble conductor for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Equally comfortable in both classical and jazz settings, Grant has performed on stage with notable artists such as Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Art Lande, Brad Goode, Johannes Weidenmueller, Peter Erskin, Ray Charles, Ignacio Berroa, and “Slammin” Sammy K. He has released two jazz albums of original compositions under the Dazzle Recordings label (Denver, CO). Grant holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a Master of Music from the University of Colorado; and a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College. Previously, he served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Concordia College, and the Boulder Arts Academy.

Angie Dombrowski

Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras Symphony conductor Angie Dombrowski is an avid performer and educator in the Denver area. She performs regularly with the Central City Opera, Colorado Ballet, and Opera Colorado, and as a frequent substitute with the Colorado Symphony. She maintains a large private violin studio and enjoys working as a string specialist at schools in Jefferson County.

Angie earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, where she studied with Bayla Keyes, and her Master of Music degree from Rice University, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler. While at Rice, she took additional weekly private lessons with former Houston Symphony concertmaster Raphael Fliegel for the study of the orchestral repertoire.

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