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  • 3040 Blake Street
  • Denver, CO, 80205
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Five Points Chamber Music Society

Each month, here at The Preservery, we host a live chamber music ensemble as part of our Five Points Chamber Music Society event series. The goal is to provide a platform for young artists within the Five Points neighborhood and to help foster an appreciation for classical music among our guests. Free to attend! You can reserve a table at opentable.com or give us a call at (303) 298-6821.

Cello in the City
Derek Sumpmann: Cello
Katie Burns: Cello

Katie Burns
As a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and activist, Katie Burns uses the cello to engage people in unique and meaningful musical experiences.

Katie enjoys bringing cello music to a wide range of settings from the concert hall, to the hip-hop club, and from the church, to the yoga studio.  Studying at Butler University under William Grubb and the Lamont School of Music with Matthew Zalkind, Katie has presented four full-length recitals including repertoire from the Baroque through the Modern era.  As an accomplished orchestral cellist, Katie has played for various musicals, ballets, operas, film recordings, and season concerts since 2003, most recently appointed as Principal Cellist of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Katie’s true passion as a cellist lies in performing chamber music.  She currently collaborates with guitarist Russ Callison on their duo Solazur, formed in 2016 out of a shared desire to offer captivating and intimate performances of cello and guitar music.  As a member of the Vero String Quartet (2010-2012) she intensely studied and performed major works of the string quartet repertoire, playing at several venues throughout Indianapolis.  Katie’s experience as a chamber musician brought her to three seasons of the Zodiac Chamber Festival and Academy
where she spends two weeks collaborating on standard repertoire as well as premiering new compositions throughout the south of France.  

As a young cellist, Katie studied with pedagogue Sally Gross at the Western Springs School for Talent Education, who served as a major influence for her to pursue Suzuki training.  Katie received her Master of Music in Suzuki Cello Pedagogy at the University of Denver under the tutelage of Carol Tarr, president of the Suzuki Association of Colorado and former board member for the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  Katie currently runs an active private cello studio in Denver, CO, and also has the pleasure of serving as a guest teacher for El Sistema Colorado and a group class teacher for Denver Talent Education.  Through these organizations, Katie hopes to bring quality cello instruction and music education to as many young people as possible, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Derek Sumpmann
As a member of the Denver classical music community, Derek is known as a solo performer, chamber musician, and orchestra member. Derek currently studies Lamont School of Music where he plays in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. His primary teachers are Matthew Zalkind and Jennifer Arnold.

In 2013, Derek was selected to perform Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor with the Cherry Creek High Symphony Orchestra. From 2009-2013, Derek was a 4 time selectee to Western States Honors Orchestra and a 3 time selectee to All State Honors Orchestra.

Derek played in the Counterpoint String Quartet for one year in New Orleans, and has played with the Basilius Quintet since 2015. As a chamber musician, Derek has performed for a variety of international settings including churches, retirement homes, event fundraisers, weddings, gallery openings, and professional chamber recitals. Noted venues include Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague, and Newcomb Art Museum in New Orleans.

In recent years, Derek has become fascinated to study the aural complexity behind house, dance, and techno music since this genre of music keeps his feet shuffling and his soul full. Derek plans to wield the inter-disciplinary knowledge he gains in music school in order to contribute to the artistic development of this genre. He has been volunteering at Movement Electronic Festival in Detroit since 2015 and continues to pursue opportunities with close interaction with DJs, electronic musicians, and other sonic arts professionals.

After graduating, Derek plans to relocate to Detroit in order to immerse himself in the birthplace of techno. Derek follows his passion for music fearlessly, and maintains an open mind for what the future holds in store.