2019 Faculty: Strings

Sue Temple, Founder

Sue Temple

Sue Temple is the Founder and Artistic Director of Just Chamber Music and violist with the String Quartet Con Brio - http://quartetconbrio.com/.  Performing in the Front Range area since 1976, she has played extensively with the Ft. Collins Symphony and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras and continues to perform as a freelance musician throughout Colorado.  As an advocate for the viola, Mrs. Temple has maintained an active private viola studio for over 40 years. Her students have won top prizes in various Concerto Competitions and have been selected to perform in the master classes of violists and acclaimed chamber musicians including Victoria Chiang, Roger Chase, Jesse Levine, Simon Rowland-Jones, Carol Rodland, Dr. Juliet White-Smith, James Holland, Felicia Moye and the Borromeo, Cavani, Alexander and Miami String Quartets.

Outside of private teaching, Mrs. Temple is a sought after clinician and coach for middle schools, high schools, Solo and Ensemble Competitions and various Viola Day Events (most recently at Ohio State University).

Originally from the New England area, Sue received her bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Performance from Bennington College in Vermont and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University.

"Participation in Chamber Music provides an opportunity to bring out the very best in all of us as musicians and enriches our lives."

Jean Farley, Co-Founder

Zo Manfredi

Zo Manfredi has enjoyed much success as a performer and teacher in Canada and across the United States. She is currently an Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music at Colorado State University and formerly Teaching Artist of Violin and Viola at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Assistant Music Associate of Violin at Grinnell College. In August 2015 she received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas under the direction of renowned pedagogue, Julia Bushkova, where she was awarded both a Teaching Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship.

Dr. Manfredi performs with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic and served as guest concertmaster for the Iowa-based musical consortium, ConcertIA in 2015. Dr. Manfredi is also a promoter of contemporary music and premiered new music through NOVA,

UNT’s contemporary music ensemble, as a violinist with the UNT Conductor’s Quartet. She was also recently invited to joined the Iowa-based contemporary ensemble, Durwood, a group that seeks to educate and inform its audience about lesser-known contemporary works as well as commission new works by living composers from around the country.

Dr. Manfredi’s current performing groups also include her duo, the Manfredi/Gasworth Duo with violist and colleague, Michelle Gasworth. Since their debut in 2014, the Manfredi/Gasworth Duo has been giving performances predominantly in the Chicago metro-area, where they founded and currently direct the David Adler Center for the Arts Chamber Music Camp along with cellist, Ross Gasworth. The camp seeks to cultivate and foster the collaborative and leadership skills necessary to perform chamber music for young students between the ages of 8 and 14 years old. In addition to these performing opportunities, students are introduced to eurhythmics and varying levels of music theory to supplement their education. Enrollment within the chamber music camp is in high demand and the Duo is currently working on additional projects to expand these opportunities in other geographic areas. In September of 2016, the Manfredi/Gasworth Duo gave performances and master classes on the campuses of Drake University and Grinnell College. The Manfredi/Gasworth Duo was most recently invited as guest artists to the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival where they performed alongside faculty from around the country to present chamber works in venues around Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa. Additionally, they served as the artists of outreach during the festival and presented programs to the diverse communities throughout the Cedar Valley.

Dr. Manfredi is originally from Billings, Montana where she spent the summer of 2010 as the host for the radio program, Music to Follow the San Francisco Symphony, part of Yellowstone Public Radio’s Classical Music Program. She currently resides in Loveland, Colorado with her husband, Matt and their (new!) daughter, Louisa.

Heidi Mausbach, cello

Heidi Mausbach

Cellist, Heidi Mausbach, a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, has enjoyed a fulfilling and diverse orchestral career throughout the US. She has played with the Naples Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera before moving to Fort Collins in 2000. Currently, she is assistant principal of the Fort Collins Symphony and the Cheyenne Symphony.

Heidi performs chamber music frequently playing in Denver and surrounding areas with Pro Musica Colorado, the Front Range Chamber Players and Ensemble Faucheux. She enjoys teaching and offers lessonsat her private studio and also at Front Range Community College. In June, Heidi is busy coaching chamber music at Just Chamber Music, a local summer festival for young aspiring music students. In her free time, you can find Heidi on the Spring Creek Trail or hiking around enjoying Colorado.

Ben Tomkins, violin

Ben Tomkins

Benjamin Tomkins has distinguished himself as violinist, composer, writer and educator. He received his M.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Music in violin performance, and subsequently won a position with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with numerous other orchestras, and has coached extensively as a chamber musician with members of the Cleveland, Miami, Penderecki, Tokyo, Miro, and Arditti quartets.

As a composer, Mr. Tomkins has had his music performed in recitals and concerts across the country. Most recently, his String Quartet was performed as part of the Breckenridge Music Festival winter series, and he is currently engaged this fall for the premier of his piano trio at CU Boulder and a piece for string orchestra for the Denver School of the Arts.

Mr. Tomkins currently serves as Director and principle violin instructor for Strings Attached, a non-profit string music initiative in Englewood and Sheridan, CO to provide string education to communities without means or availability. Under his tenure the program has expanded dramatically, and his skills as an arranger have allowed Strings Attached to present diverse programming including Carnival of the Animals, Rodeo, the Nutcracker, Peer Gynt, units on French Impressionism and the Russian Five, and a staged version of Bizet’s Carmen. Future programming includes Dvorak, the Magic Flute, and American in Paris.

Finally, this year Mr. Tomkins was appointed director of the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonia Orchestra.

Benjamin currently lives in Denver with his wife Robyn, their cat Molly, and their dog Wallace. When not involved in music, he occupies himself writing a column for the Dayton City Paper and his blog, running, and cooking.


Altius Quartet

Margaret Gutierrez

Joshua Ulrich, violin

Joshua Ulrich joined the award-winning Altius Quartet in the spring of 2014.  Joshua has performed internationally as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.  His growing artistic reputation is supported by having collaborated with such artists as James Tocco, Awadagin Pratt, and Sarah Sant’Ambrosio. He is currently a candidate for the degree of Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  

Joshua completed his studies with renowned pedagogues: Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy Delay, Chin Kim, Hyo Kang, Joel Smirnoff, and Cho-Liang Lin and has performed in master classes taught by Midori, Pinchas Zuckerman, Cheeyun Kim, and Igor Ozim.  He has been awarded fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival and was a Shouse Artist at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.  As an orchestral musician, Joshua was a regular substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Associate Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Indiana.

In 2017, Joshua completed a post-graduate degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he and the Altius Quartet were the Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence working with the Takács Quartet. There he studied privately with Ed Dusinberre, Károly Schranz, and Harumi Rhodes.

Joshua plays on a violin made by Franz Kinberg in 1966 and a bow by Émile Auguste Ouchard.


Andrew Giordano, violin

A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Andrew Giordano began playing the violin at the age of five. He is currently a violinist and founding member of the award-winning Altius Quartet. As a member of the quartet, Andrew has won awards and toured internationally in Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2017, the Altius Quartet released two albums on the Parma Records label: “Dress Code” (a crossover album) and “Shostakovich String Quartets Nos 7,8, and 9”. In summer of 2018, the quartet will be releasing its third album, which will consist of eight newly-recorded contemporary compositions.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Indiana University where he studied with Kathleen Winkler, Federico Agostini, and Koichiro Harada. After graduating from Indiana, he went on to complete his Master of Music degree at SMU under the tutelage of Emanuel Borok. From 2014-2017, Andrew and the Altius Quartet were the Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at University of Colorado – Boulder and were mentored by the Takács Quartet. While at CU – Boulder Andrew also studied privately with Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes of the Takács Quartet.

Andrew has performed as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician at many respected music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Colorado Music Festival.

In addition to performing, Andrew is a passionate teacher. Now in his fifteenth year of teaching, Andrew has taken several graduate-level pedagogy seminars and Suzuki Method teaching courses. Andrew teaches violin and viola in many venues throughout the Boulder/Denver area, and also teaches for Boulder MUSE, an organization dedicated to providing group lessons for young musicians who cannot afford to pay for private lessons. Additionally, he teaches master classes with the Altius Quartet throughout the United States.

Andrew plays on a 1928 Gaetano Gadda violin, and a bow made by David Samuels.  


Andrew Krimm, viola

Andrew Krimm began studying viola at the age of 7 in Dallas, Texas. In 2006, he began Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying with Erika Eckert and Geraldine Walther. In 2011, Mr. Krimm returned to Dallas to pursue a Performer’s Diploma at Southern Methodist University where he studied with Ellen Rose.  While in attendance, Andrew co-founded the award-winning string quartet, Altius Quartet. During their residency at SMU, Altius Quartet won first prize at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and was awarded the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

In the Fall of 2015, Mr. Krimm moved to Boulder to study with the world renowned Takacs Quartet. The Altius Quartet was awarded a three-year residency at CU-Boulder to guide the quartet through the creative and business aspects of having a successful career as a string quartet. In 2016 with the Altius Quartet, Mr. Krimm made his Carnegie Hall debut.

The Altius Quartet has completed two albums. The first was released in April 2017 featuring a mash up of many different genres including Haydn, Bolcom, a-ha, and Dave Brubeck. The second, released in October 2017, features Shostakovich's “Personal Quartets” Nos. 7, 8, and, 9.  Both discs were released by PARMA Recordings.

Currently Mr. Krimm lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife, violist Stephanie Mientka and their cat, Gus. Andrew is the most outrageous, most obsessive, and at times the most heartbroken Dallas Cowboys fan in the world.


Erin Patterson, cello

Currently based in Montreal, QC, cellist Erin Patterson is pursuing her Master’s Degree in in Cello Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Matt Haimovitz. She began playing the cello at the age of three in the Suzuki Program in her hometown of Huntsville, AL and was later accepted into the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham to focus primarily on her music studies in high school. She made her solo debut with the Huntsville Symphony performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto at age 17.

During her summers she has been a participant of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. Erin is a prize winner of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 CCM undergraduate competitions and was a finalist in the 2015 CCM Cello Concerto Competition. She had the opportunity to perform Schumann's Cello Concerto with members of CCM's Philharmonia Orchestra in 2016. In addition to performing as a soloist, Erin is an avid chamber musician. Her quartet won the 2015 CCM Chamber Music Competition and she has been a fellow of the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival for the past 6 years. She will be returning to the CYA Chamber Music Festival on faculty in June of 2019.

Erin has performed in masterclasses for world renowned cellists such as Rafael Rosenfeld, Alisa Weilerstein, Pieter Wispelwey, Paul Watkins, Alan Harris, Tamas Varga, Fred Sherry, and Richard Aaron. She held a substitute cello position with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra between 2014-2017, and was the recipient of CCM's Bauer Memorial Scholarship in 2014, 2015, and 2016. She was also the recipient of the Vaughan Hedrick Award in 2017. Most recently, she had the opportunity to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the University of British Columbia’s Chamber Orchestra in July 2018. Erin is a member of the Grammy nominated all cello ensemble, Uccello.

After graduating from McGill University in May of 2019, Erin will become the new cellist of the Altius Quartet — an ensemble based in Colorado that focuses on outreach and engages audiences in concert halls and alternative venues.


2019 Additional Faculty


Madison Johnson

Madison earned her B.M. at the University of Northern Colorado and her M.M. at The Boston Conservatory in Viola Performance. Madison spent three years performing with the Great Falls symphony and the Cascade String Quartet in Montana, where she also maintained violin and viola studios in Great Falls, Havre, and Fort Benton, Montana. 

With the quartet Madison toured across Montana and the Northwest, performing concerts, presenting educational school shows, giving masterclasses, and collaborating with other professional artists across the state and country. 

In 2016 she returned home to establish a violin and viola studio in Fort Collins. 



 "Of course all my music teachers helped and inspired me with my clarinet, but they also taught me the nobility of working together honestly and sincerely on something greater then myself in order to share and nurture the potential for goodness and beauty inside us all."
- Richard Stolzman, clarinetist

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