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Welcome to the Violin Studio!
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Welcome to the Violin Studio!

Welcome to the CU Boulder Violin Studios! Our violin students fill our hallways, classrooms, ensembles, stages, local community and beyond with fresh energy, whimsical curiosity, and vibrant music. Each studio is filled with creative thinkers who bring a diverse range of interests to their musicianship. Partnerships, collaborations, and project design involving music education, visual arts, drama, dance, music technology and engineering naturally blossom from the interdisciplinary spirit our violin students cherish. We design weekly studio classes and performance classes in Grusin Hall to embrace early, new, and world styles of music, focusing on honing our students’ skills in fluid technique, chamber music, musicians’ wellness, imaginative improvisation and nuanced ensemble playing. Professor Wetherbee and Professor Rhodes embody the spirited learning environment for their studios, filled with inspiration, integrity, curiosity, warmth and fun!

chas wetherbeeCharles Wetherbee

Violinist Charles Wetherbee brings to the CU College of Music a wealth of experience and expertise from his varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral concertmaster and teacher.  He has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Center, the Hidden Valley Festival (CA), the Roycroft Chamber Festival (NY), the Nouvelle Academie International d’Été (Nice, France), the Olympic Music Festival (WA), the MidAmerica Music Festival (OH), and Strings in the Mountains (CO). The Washington Post called Wetherbee “a consummate artist… with flawless technique”. The Virginia Pilot said that he “… gave a performance of great conviction and emotion”. The Columbus Dispatch wrote “… a first rate showman… his double-stops, harmonics, and beautiful sound kept the audience spellbound”.  Mr. Wetherbee held principal positions in two major orchestras: principal second violin in the National Symphony and concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.  A devoted chamber musician, Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. Charles is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. View Mr. Wetherbee's full bio.

harumi rhodesHarumi Rhodes

Harumi Rhodes is the second violinist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet. The Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983 and, in collaboration with other String Faculty, has developed a program geared toward students who relish the chance to develop their artistry with a special emphasis on chamber music, in a small tightly knit community where students will not be lost in the crowd. Members of the Takács admit a small number of students to their individual classes each year and work intensively with a resident graduate string quartet. Although the quartet maintains a high-profile international career, the schedule is managed carefully to allow for regular and frequent periods teaching in Boulder. The Quartet’s commitment to teaching is enhanced by summer residencies at the Aspen Festival and at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. The Takács is a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Significant scholarships to study with members of the Takács are available, thanks to the Takács Society and the Starling Foundation. View Ms. Rhodes' full bio.

edward dusinberreEdward Dusinberre

Edward Dusinberre is the first violinist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet. The Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983 and, in collaboration with other String Faculty, has developed a program geared toward students who relish the chance to develop their artistry with a special emphasis on chamber music, in a small tightly knit community where students will not be lost in the crowd. Members of the Takács admit a small number of students to their individual classes each year and work intensively with a resident graduate string quartet. Although the quartet maintains a high-profile international career, the schedule is managed carefully to allow for regular and frequent periods teaching in Boulder. The Quartet’s commitment to teaching is enhanced by summer residencies at the Aspen Festival and at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. The Takács is a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Significant scholarships to study with members of the Takács are available, thanks to the Takács Society and the Starling Foundation. Read Mr. Dusinberre's full bio.

karoly schranzKároly Schranz

Károly Schranz was born in 1952 in Budapest, Hungary. His first musical experiences were listening to the Gypsy bands in restaurants, which he has always admired for their virtuosity and musicianship. Schranz began playing the violin at the age of four under the very strict supervision of his mother who often resorted to unconventional methods of teaching and encouraging practice. (“To improve my bowing technique, she devised a method of attaching a string to my arm, and pulling in the desired direction. When this approach failed, she spanked me with a wooden spoon, which resulted in my hatred towards practicing.”) At the age of fourteen, he entered the Béla Bártok Secondary Music School, where he met his future wife, also a violin student at the school. In 1980, he received his music diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music where he studied with Mihály Szücs, András Mihály, and György Kurtág. Read Mr. Schranz' full bio.

margaret soper gutierrezMargaret Soper Gutierrez

Violinist Margaret Soper Gutierrez has enjoyed a multi-faceted musical career. She began her professional life in the Washington, D.C. area, performing as a member of the National Symphony Orchestra and touring extensively with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Soper Gutierrez enjoys performing in concert series and public schools around the Front Range as a member of the Colorado Chamber Players and is currently concertmaster of both the Opera Colorado orchestra and the Colorado Bach Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Soper Gutierrez was a member of the Maia Quartet, the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa. Read Ms. Soper Gutierrez's full bio.