Our Commitment to Education
Our music school and Festival Fellows program are just some of the ways we further our mission to expand access to musical education in Colorado.
Founded in 1995, the Center for Musical Arts is a community music school dedicated to expanding access to quality music education regardless of age, ability, cultural background or financial means. The Center for Musical Arts provides quality, creative music-making opportunities to over 550 students each week in Lafayette, Colorado, and is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. In 2009, the Center merged with the Colorado Music Festival to provide the community with the highest quality music education and performance.
The Festival Fellows Program brings eight aspiring professional musicians to serve as Festival Fellows in Boulder, Colorado, during the Colorado Music Festival. Created with the intent to diversify the field of classical music, the Festival Fellows program gives aspiring musicians from diverse backgrounds access to world-class guest artist mentors as well as performance experience within our Festival orchestra and chamber music settings.
The Fellows program includes coaching from illustrious guest chamber musicians, seminars led by the Festival’s highly qualified organizational leaders, and private instruction from Music Director Peter Oundjian. Fellows perform a weekly concert within the ranks of the Festival Orchestra, with a final quartet performance at the end of their Festival residence.
This program is kindly supported by the SeiSolo Foundation.
Chava Appiah, cello
Chava Appiah is a third-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony. Her performance experience spans from Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall to more intimate settings such as Emmanuel Church of Boston and The Cleveland Institute of Art. She has collaborated with notable artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Emanuel Ax, Alisa Weilerstein, Geoff Nuttall, and Chris Thile, as well as conductors Valery Gergiev, Herbert Blomstedt, Andris Nelsons, and Leonard Slatkin. Prior to joining NWS, she led a varied freelance career in Boston.
Kate Arndt, violin
Violinist Katherine Arndt, from Boston, Massachusetts is a full-time student at Yale School of Music, where she is pursuing her Masters of Music, studying with Ani Kavafian. She recently graduated from New England Conservatory of Music under teacher Miriam Fried.
An avid chamber musician, Kate has attended several intensive chamber music programs including Music@Menlo, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music and others. Her former group, the Isolde Quartet, was featured on NPR’s From the Top for the 15th anniversary taping in Jordan Hall, and the group also received an honorable mention at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Justin Goldsmith, cello
Cellist Justin Goldsmith was born and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. As a founding member of the award-winning Vera Quartet, he has won awards and held residencies across four continents. He began violin lessons at the age of 4 and cello lessons at the age of 9. Chamber music, and the string quartet in particular, became a prominent interest early on in his musical life – according to play count on iTunes, the music he listened to most in high school was Radiohead and Beethoven’s Razumovsky quartets.
Byungchan Lee, violin
Byungchan Lee garnered international attention as prizewinner of the inaugural 2009 Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, and was one of CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2017. He appeared as soloist with the McGill and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, performed at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and played alongside Stevie Wonder in Montreal. He was featured in Edward Burtynsky’s “In the Wake of Progress” filmed at Yonge-Dundas Square for Luminato Festival Toronto.
Ka-Yeon Lee, violin
Ka-Yeon Lee is a second-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. She is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival Violin Competition and the special prize winner of the Henri Marteau International Violin Competition. As a soloist, Ms. Lee has performed with the Aspen Music Festival’s American Academy of Conducting Orchestra, the Summit Symphony, the University of Cincinnati Orchestra, and the Daejeon Philharmonic, among others. She has made her solo appearances in many countries worldwide, including Austria, China, England, Germany, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.
Jacquelyn O'Brien, viola
Jacquelyn O’Brien is a first-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. She studied with Mark Jackobs at the Cleveland institute of Music (CIM), where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the five-year overlap program while receiving additional guidance from Robert Vernon, focusing on audition preparation.
Passionate about orchestral playing, Ms. O’Brien has enjoyed substitute positions with various Midwestern regional orchestras such as the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony and Firelands Symphony. She is also an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony.
Grace Takeda, viola
Ms. Takeda’s musical endeavours have taken her into various different music genres including jazz, baroque, contemporary and free improvisation. A native of North Vancouver, Canada, Grace began her studies on the violin at the age of four after being awed and inspired by Sailor Neptune, a character from her formerly favourite tv show Sailor Moon, playing Boccherini’s Minuet. At the age of six, she started taking piano lessons, following in her older sister’s footsteps.
James Zabawa-Martinez, violin
James Zabawa-Martinez is a first-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has performed recitals around Europe, Central America and the United States and has been selected to participate in the Sphinx, Music Teachers National Association and Saint Paul Chamber competitions.
Mr. Zabawa-Martinez previously served as concertmaster of the Buffalo Community and University of Minnesota Symphony orchestras and guest concertmaster for the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, among others.
The Festival Fellows positions were filled by the Festival through an invitation-only audition process in collaboration with faculty at America’s top conservatories. All Fellows receive professional experience working in an intensive environment comparable to that of a full-time orchestra.