2019-20 PSA Board of Directors
Donna Seilheimer, President
Patricia Rooney, Vice President
Barbara Johnson, Recording Secretary
Sharon Hawkins-Juniel, Treasurer
Dr. Jacob Chi, Music Director & Conductor
June King, Chief Operating Officer
Georgia Alfonso, Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Timothy Hsu, Orchestra Representative
Stevy White, Orchestra Representative
Sandy Stutters, PS Friends Representative
Pat Rurup, PS Friends Representative
Dee Rogers Brown
Dr. Haydee Kort
Dr. Thomas Ready
Oliver "Chips" Wood
A Message from the President
Welcome to the 91st season of the Pueblo Symphony! Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” The Pueblo Symphony Association has sought to fulfill these words as they continue to provide a quality musical experience for the people of the City & County of Pueblo, by recognizing that music is a vital feature of the artistic, cultural and educational life of a community. The Orchestra will not waiver from its mission to bring the spirit-renewing gift of music to the Pueblo Community. Under the astuteness, knowledge and skill of Maestro Dr. Jacob Chi, Executive Director June King, CFO Georgia Alfonso and Concertmaster, Dr. Timothy Hsu,
the Orchestra promotes accessibility to classical music to all who seek it in any demographic, cultural or social sphere. As well, the quality of musical talent seems to continue on an upward trajectory as high artistic excellence is upheld. The Pueblo Symphony Orchestra strives to evolve and provide an ultimate symphonic experience. Music is another form of communication, one that transcends the boundaries
of language, nationality and religion. Diverse cultures influence and enrich one another. This season, the power of music will be enchanting as guest artists from various languages, nationalities and religion entertain with unique repertoires. The repertoire and the guest artists themselves are also a part of the Music Education programs of the Pueblo Symphony. When the Music Education programs began, there were three and now there are ten programs which range through all ages. One of the programs is the Symphony for Kids, offered each May to over 2400 4th grade students in School Districts 60 and 70. The children experience the wonder of a live performance from some of the finest symphonic musicians in southern Colorado. A child’s education is not complete unless it includes the arts, and music is vital to maximizing a child’s full potential. Support for the educational activities and community engagement activities of the Symphony is always appreciated. Become an advocate! The Music Education programs and the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra performances are made available through personal donations, grants, foundations and partnerships, such as CSU-Pueblo and the Pueblo City-County Government. For the past two years, the Symphony has been awarded the use of Memorial Hall so that the free annual Thank You 4th of July concert could be continued. The tireless support of the Pueblo Symphony Board and a cadre of volunteers, called P.S. Friends, are to be acknowledged for contributing to the success of all activities. May you experience a journey of renewal and joy this new season. Thank you!
Dr. Jacob Chi, Conductor
The 2019-2020 season celebrates Dr. Jacob Chi’s 26th season as the music director and conductor for the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1929. Under his innovative, artistic and passionate direction, the Pueblo Symphony has reached new peaks each season for that last 23 years. Over that time, Dr. Chi and the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra have accumulatively reached more than 250,000 people and countless broadcast audiences. Jacob Chi was born in Qingdao, China. At age 17, he became the youngest Concertmaster of the Beijing Opera Company; at 23, he was the Company’s conductor and composer. Chi completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestra Conducting from Michigan State University with Leon Gregorian, and an MM in violin performance from the University of Michigan with Jacob Krachmalnick, former concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Chi’s conducting studies brought him to Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa and Gustav Meier, the International Conducting Workshop, and other workshops with Leonard Slatkin, Rossen Milanov, and others. Dr. Chi is currently a full professor of music at Colorado State University-Pueblo (1997-present). He taught at Miami University (1993-1997) and the University of Southern Colorado (1991-1993). Chi also teaches conducting at universities and conservatories in China and Mexico. In 2006 and 2008, with Gustav Meier and Dr. Benjamin Loeb, Chi taught the International Conducting Workshop for young professionals in Chihuahua Mexico. Being the music director of the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra since 1991, Maestro Chi is also the principal conductor of the Marquette Symphony in Michigan since 2008 and was the artistic and music director of the Chihuahua State Philharmonic at Chihuahua Mexico from 2005 to 2007. He guest conducts nationally and internationally. Maestro Chi has conducted the Denver Symphony (Colorado), Colorado Springs Symphony (Colorado), El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras (El Paso, Texas), Taos Symphony (New Mexico), Jackson Symphony (Michigan), and Midland Symphony (Michigan). Internationally, he conducted Vladimir State Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir, Russia), Sault Symphony Orchestra (Sault Sainte Marie, Canada), Northern Czech Philharmonic (Smetana Hall, Prague, Czech), Hradec Kralove Philharmonic (Smetana Hall, Prague, Czech), Orchestra Citta’Di Grosseto (Grosseto, Italy), EurOrchestra da Camera di Bari (Italy), Mexico State Orchestra (Toluca, Mexico), Guanajuato Philharmonic (Guanajuato, Mexico), Michoacan State Symphony Orchestra (Morelia, Mexico), Echternach International Festival (Luxembourg), Festival International Chihuahua (Chihuahua, Mexico), Chihuahua University Symphony Orchestra (Chihuahua, Mexico), New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), Xiamen Philharmonic (Xiamen, China), Wuhan Philharmonic (Wuhan, China), Xinjiang Philharmonic (Ulumuqi, China), Xinghai Conservatory Wind Orchestra (Guangzhou, China), and Hua-ou Philharmonic (Qingdao, China), of which Chi is the principal guest conductor and artistic advisor. Chi’s conducting repertoire includes the standard symphonic music, opera, ballet, and popular music, from Baroque to contemporary and from the West to the East. By virtue of his significant professional contributions to American society in 1994, Chi was selected among thirteen other Asian conductors, along with Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta and Bright Sheng, for the Premiere Edition of Who’s Who Among Asian Americans. In 2000, he was listed in the 17th edition of the International Who’s Who in Music and the Musicians Directory. Chi’s musical career was summarized in the 2012 documentary, broadcasted in China on the international channel, CCTV4. Dr. Chi and his wife Dr. Lin Chang have two children: a son, Julius, age 23 and a daughter, Juliet, age 21.
Concertmaster Dr. Timothy Hsu, violin
An Oklahoma native, Timothy Hsu has had the opportunity to perform and teach in various cities throughout the country and South America, including Baltimore, Dallas, Aspen, Iowa City, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hsu has always had a passion for teaching and community engagement programs throughout his career. During his time at Peabody, Timothy was actively involved in several outreach organizations for students in underserved communities, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids and the Greater Baltimore Youth Symphony’s Bridges after school programs as a lead violin teacher. He was also on the TWIGS violin faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In the summer of 2012, Timothy traveled to Acarigua Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their country’s El Sistema education sites. He was also one of two violinists from the United States asked to teach a special masterclass in Guanare, Venezula during that same summer. While in Iowa, Timothy has performed concerts at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the VA Hospital, and an educational concert for the pre-school division of the Preucil School of Music. Always on the lookout for new opportunities, Timothy has been involved in numerous original projects. In an effort to enrich the ties between Johns Hopkins and Peabody, he facilitated a chamber music reading event between the students of Homewood campus at the Johns Hopkins University and Peabody music students. He was also a co-founding member of the Occasional Symphony whose purpose is to celebrate diverse holidays in distinctive venues with original and classic compositions. Timothy has been the recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant in 2010 and the University of Iowa School of Music Travel Funds Grant in 2014. In 2006, Mr. Hsu won the MTNA Young Artist’s Competition State Division. He received full scholarships while attending the University of Central Oklahoma for his undergraduate studies. He has also participated in several music festivals including the National Kennedy/Center Summer Music Institute and the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Won-Bim Yim. He has performed in masterclasses with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow, and violinist Chee-Yun. As a chamber musician, he has received coachings from numerous quartets including the Brentano String Quartet, Jupiter String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, JACK Quartet, and Saint Lawrence String Quartet. Timothy has also played with several symphony orchestras including the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas, the Dubuque Symphony, and Waterloo Symphonies. He was also concertmaster of the symphony ensembles during his time at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Iowa. Mr. Hsu is currently finishing his doctoral studies with Katherine Wolfe. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and received his master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory. His former teachers include Dr. Hong Zhu and Violaine Melancon of the Peabody Trio. Timothy’s favorite activity is going to new restaurants and trying new foods.
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