Alan is an experienced musician and teacher of all ages and levels. He began learning the violin from the Suzuki Method at age four. In 2000, Alan with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony toured much of Eastern Europe, including Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and The Czech Republic, and in 2002 toured Australia and New Zealand. At The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of music in violin performance, Alan studied privately with Jeri Jorgensen (former co-founder and first violinist of The Da Vinci Quartet). His education also includes four months in Milan, Italy, where he studied at the Accademia Internazionale Della Musica under violinist Carlo Feige. Since finishing his studies at The University of Denver, Alan has turned his attention toward teaching in the Denver and Castle Rock areas. He and his wife Mary Anne co-direct the Korean Christian Church Youth Orchestra and provide private violin and viola lessons to over 40 students, age three to adult. He considers himself incredibly blessed to be able to share his gift of music with people!
Notable performances include The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, The Casa Di Riposo Per Musicisti Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Harris Hall in Aspen, Colorado.
Mary Anne is a Colorado native who believes a person's surroundings influence one's creative juices. What better place is there to gain inspiration from than The Rocky Mountains, roaring rivers, and soaring eagles of majestic Colorado?
Mary Anne is a classically trained violinist, but also loves to explore other styles of music. She has performed as a soloist, as well as in group settings, such as orchestras, chamber ensembles, and even rock bands. She loves to teach classical music, as well as fiddle music. She graduated from The University of Denver with a bachelor of arts degree and has studied and performed in Milan, Italy. Being able to physically be in the place where genius composers such as Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Mozart gained inspiration, gave her a deep appreciation and understanding of their timeless compositions of music. Music is a passion in her life and she works to spread that passion through her teaching. Mary Anne is laid-back and friendly in personality, yet serious and passionate when it comes to music. In lessons, the student will focus on principal and passion. Both are essential for healthy development in music. She is strict on foundations such as good positions, scales, rhythm, and note reading, yet desires to instill inspiration so that the student can play with heart and soul. T.S. Eliot would not have been able to write his magnificent poetry without the foundations of vocabulary and grammar.
Mary Anne asks that students be patient in their musical development and she will do the same. A beginner student's first few months of lessons will focus on the foundations of holding the violin correctly, developing a correct bow stroke, stance, and posture, while learning beginner pieces of music, which slowly develops note reading and rhythm training. Learning to play the violin takes many years of dedication and at times can be daunting, however, the fruits of perseverance makes it all worthwhile.