Cello | Violin | Viola
Gwen Chambers has been involved with music all her life, and has been teaching music lessons for over a decade. She enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels, and is very passionate about nurturing people’s love for music. She performs and teaches many styles on the cello including Classical, Romantic, Baroque, rock, metal, and pop. She has had the opportunity to perform with numerous high-level ensembles, including the Continental League Honor Orchestra, Western State Honor Orchestra, Colorado All State Orchestra, Colorado College Symphony, The Trans-Siberyian Orchestra, and The Colorado Springs String Quartet. She has also performed at both Boettcher Concert Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheatre numerous times. She studied the cello under Rodney Farrar, principal cellist of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and pioneer of the Suzuki Method for cello. Gwen is a cellist at heart, but she loves working with all string instruments, especially beginning learners!
Piano | Violin | Cello
Jeanne has been a music instructor, private, small group, as well as general music, band, and orchestra, for the past 25+ years. She holds her BA from the Fort Lewis College of Music, Piano Performance. Additional training and certification in the “Let’s Start Music” program, Ventura, Ca.
Her piano performance history includes solo and collaborative, classical, jazz, pop, Celtic styles. Church organist and pianist, wedding and special occasion pianist. Accompanist for musical theatre productions, choirs, and individual vocalists and instrumentalists. National Guild international winner for piano. She is a member and past adjudicator for National Guild and Certificate of Merit programs.
Styles taught: classical, pop, jazz, music theatre, liturgical music, Celtic music, basic musicianship and theory. She has taught in several prestigious music academies, including Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette, Co., Bietry Broadmoor Academy of Music, Colorado Springs, Co., and currently Forte Academy, Centennial and Littleton, Co.
Jeanne provides individualized plans for each student, adhering to Forte’s proven and comprehensive curriculum. She has taught all ages- 4 to 80+. She believes music, as an art form, should be presented in a manner that fosters creativity, while maintaining core structure and appreciation for a composer’s intent. Jeanne has a very supportive, nurturing and relaxed approach. She believes learning is a two- way street, and open communication is a key component of learning.
Violin | Viola l Cello
Nienke Izurieta is an artist and educator with nearly fifteen years of experience teaching the violin. Beginning with private violin and piano lessons at the age of 6, she became an avid member of several youth symphony orchestras from middle school all the way through high school. Nienke continued to perform regularly until university where she shifted her focus from music to visual art.
After graduating from The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2010, Nienke moved to Paris, France to work and study. After she returned to the USA from Europe, she accepted a job as a Teaching Artist for an El Sistema inspired orchestral music program in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Nienke taught the violin and viola to students as young as the age of 5 in groups that were part of a large youth orchestra.
A skilled improvisor, Nienke has written original music and worked as a session musician in the recording studio. She was awarded several creation grants while in Canada and has collaborated and performed with choreographers, professional dancers and contemporary musicians from all over the world.
For Nienke, music has always been an outlet of creative expression. With a strong foundation in classical music education and the Suzuki method, she takes an intuitive approach to teaching that focuses on what her students need. Her philosophy surrounding music and art is to inspire others to strive for greatness and have fun while doing it.