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 93rd 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.
Concertmaster Dr. Timothy Hsu, violin
Dr. Timothy Hsu, dedicated teacher, active performer, and conductor, serves as Colorado State University-Pueblo’s violin and viola artist-in-residence as well as its orchestra and chamber ensemble director. He is also the Pueblo Symphony’s current concertmaster and the assistant concertmaster for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in Colorado Springs, CO. Hsu’s playing has been lauded as having “heavenly moments” (Derek Townley, The Pueblo Chieftain). His performances have led him across the globe and to concert venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a soloist, Timothy has performed with several different orchestras, including the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.
As a chamber musician, he currently performs and teaches with the Prometheus Piano Trio at CSU-Pueblo who concertize regularly throughout the United States. Timothy has also been a member of the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas, the Dubuque Symphony and Waterloo Symphonies in Iowa, and served as Principal Second Violin in the Orchestra of the Pines in Nacogdoches, TX. As a conductor, Dr. Hsu has conducted honor orchestras including the Pikes Peak Honor Orchestra in Colorado Springs, CO. He has also been an adjudicator for numerous competitions in the state of Colorado including the MTNA music competitions and the Pueblo Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Throughout his career, Timothy has been actively involved in community engagement initiatives. He joined forces with the Pueblo Symphony and the music department at CSU-Pueblo to bring back the Pueblo Youth Symphony in Pueblo, CO. One of the special projects he co-created with the Prometheus Piano Trio is the Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp that offers students a combination of rigorous musical studies and fun outdoor activities. Timothy has served as violin faculty for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids, an El-Sistema inspired music program that provides free music instruction to students in underserved communities. He was also a violin instructor for a similar program at the Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program. Through his work with OrchKids, Dr. Hsu was given the opportunity to travel to Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their country’s intensive El-Sistema summer seminarios.
In collaboration with the Prometheus Piano Trio, Timothy co-founded the Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp held on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The mission of Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp is to create a community of young Colorado musicians through building an enduring passion for music, embracing teamwork through outdoor adventures, and encouraging self discovery through the nurturing of skill development, tenacity, and integrity.
Timothy has been the recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant and the University of Iowa School of Music Travel Funds Grant. In competition, Dr. Hsu also received first prize in the MTNA Young Artist’s Competition State Division. Timothy has attended numerous musical festivals as a violinist including the Aspen Music festival and The National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. As a committee member, Timothy formerly served as the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association’s Commissioned Composer Chair for two years.
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