YIN-FENG KEYNES CHEN, CONCERTMASTER
Yin-Feng Keynes Chen began his violin study at four, and entered Chongqing School of the Arts at the age of eleven, then the prestigious Shanghai Music Conservatory when he was thirteen. In 1995, he moved his violin study to CU Boulder and received Master Degree of Music Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Throughout Mr. Chen’s music career, he has received numerous prestigious awards which include the Dénes Koromzay Chamber Music Award; winner of CU College of Music’s Concerto Competition in 2000; winner of both the State and Regional Music Teachers’ National Association Music Competition in 2001; and first prize-winner in the 2002 Bruce Ekstrand Competition with his former quartet - Nacht Quartet - which was the Graduate String Quartet in Residence and the Performance Teaching Assistant ant CU Boulder.
He was chosen to attend the Takács Quartet seminar both in 1999 and 2001, and was awarded with full scholarship to participate in the Australian Chamber Music Festival in 1998, and scholarship to the prestigious Aspen Music festival in 1999. He was a first violin sectional member of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and has lead as the concertmaster for its orchestra tour in 2000-2001. His frequent regional performances have included numerous performances in the CU Music School’s Faculty Concert Series, a solo concert with the CU Symphony Orchestra; a solo recital for the Colorado Music Festival in 2001; two solo performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Up Close and Musical Concert Series; and a duet performance with the world renowned Grammy winner, Kitaro, at the Boulder Theater in 2003; a series of chamber music concerts for the Backyard Arts Series in 2005; a duet concert for Boulder Chamber Orchestra’s 2007 concert series; a joint recital with pianist Mr. Weng Lei at CU Music School’s Guest Artist Recital Series in 2009, and as well as a quartet recital for Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series in 2010.
Besides Mr. Chen’s performance career, he has been teaching violin since 1994 and he has received this complete Suzuki pedagogy training under the famed Suzuki Pedagogue Dr. William Starr. Mr. Chen was the principle violin teacher for Englewood Arts’ Strings Attached program at five different Englewood public schools from 2003-2005. Mr. Chen Currently serves as the Music Director for Longmont Youth Symphony; He was also the Artistic Director for Boulder Youth Symphony and Conductor for Colorado Youth Symphony’s Sinfonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Chen has leaded a successful youth symphony tour in China which they have visited and performed in numerous cities. He also serves as the Executive Director of A Mid-Summer Day’s Dream String Camp in Boulder. Starting the summer of 2006, Mr. Chen became the first violinist for the Illuminati Quartet, and they perform and teach for the String Quartet Program of Northern Colorado at both Greeley and Fort Collins, Colorado. Because of his passion for music education, Mr. Chen and his wife Regan Kane, have also co-founded a high-standard music school in the Boulder area called Flatirons Strings Academy since 2007.
DANA VACHHARAJANI, CHORUS MASTER
Dana Vachharajani is the new Chorus Master for the Boulder Symphony. In 2015 she helped build the opera chorus for Boulder Symphony’s La Bohème, and will continue to lead the chorus for future productions. Dana’s career has spanned singing in top venues, teaching in public and private schools, and building her own private music school, Dana V. Music, in Louisville, CO.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon and the Juilliard School, her selected performances include a solo performance of the Mira Bai Songs in Alice Tully Hall, various pieces with the Boulder Bach Festival, The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boulder Ballet, as well as many recitals as a touring artist with the Piatagorsky Foundation. She also performed as soloist for the Aspen Chamber Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall.
Dana now teaches privately, directs, and runs Dana V. Music in Louisville, CO. Today, Dana V. Music offers over 30 programs and teaches over 500 students per week. Many Dana V. Music students have gone on to study music at some of the country’s top programs.
She is supported by her husband Manish, daughter Anjali, and sons Kiran and Devin.
CODY GARRISON, STAFF ACCOMPANIST
As an avid collaborative pianist, Cody Garrison enjoys working with a diversity of musicians and genres. He is on faculty in Metropolitan State University Denver’s music department as a staff accompanist in the brass and woodwind departments.
Cody is the principal collaborative pianist for the Boulder Music Institute, where he works with vocal coaches from throughout the country in private sessions and master classes designed to develop singers’ technique. He performs regionally and nationally with vocalists and instrumentalists, and recently collaborated with members of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Boulder Symphony.
Cody currently serves as the staff accompanist for the Boulder Symphony and works as the rehearsal accompanist for its opera productions. He was the core accompanist for the University of Jamestown’s music department from 2004-2008 and has functioned as the pianist for the International Music Camp’s music theater program. He was a semifinalist in the Amateur Pianists International Competition in 2012. When not following his passion for the piano, Dr. Garrison is a dentist in Denver, Colorado.