Artists

Autumn Deppa, Violin

Matthew Diekman, Viola

Elizabeth Gergel, Cello

María Brotherston, Double Bass

Timothy Garrington, Piano

 

BIOGRAPHIES

autum 2Autumn Deppa, Violin

Autumn is a native of Wisconsin who has played in orchestras across the country including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, and Spoleto USA. Autumn holds four degrees in violin performance, with Sally O’Reilly and Elmar Oliveira among her principal teachers. She is an avid solo, orchestral, and chamber musician who has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Sir James Galway, Amy Grant, The Fray, and Smokey Robinson. Autumn currently serves as a violinist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is on the faculty at the distinguished Lucci Music Academy, and is Concertmaster of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

 

Matthew Diekman, Viola

MattMatthew Diekman (“Diek”), violist, began playing violin at a very young age to compete with his musical siblings.  After entering college, he met the legendary Wayne Crouse, former principal violist of the Houston Symphony, and was convinced to make the switch to viola.  Since the conversion, Diek has played with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, Sarasota Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, and has served as Principal Violist of the Tucson Symphony and Principal Violist of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.  He was a founding member of the Crouse Quartet (Oklahoma), a string quartet named after his former teacher, is a member of the Walden Chamber Music Society (Colorado) and has participated in many summer festivals across the country such as the Aspen Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Brevard Advanced Chamber Music Program, and has been the principal violist of the Utah Festival Opera Company.  As a chamber musician he’s been invited to perform with the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, Austin Chamber Music Society, and others.  Diek has studied with the principal violists of many of our nation’s top orchestras, such as the Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He has a Masters of Music in Performance from the University of Oklahoma and an Artist Certificate in Viola from Southern Methodist University.  He is an active and enthusiastic music teacher to all ages, and enjoys a healthy freelance career as well.  Perhaps his greatest musical honor is to own and perform on the very instrument on which his former teacher (Crouse) built his illustrious career.

 

Elizabeth Gergel, Cello

Cellist Liz Gergel is a versatile performer and avid teacher. Her orchestral career has included playing in symphonies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Oregon.She appears on four recordings, a short film and a commercial, including space music and rock albums. She is excited to join Denver-based Virtuoso Rock band Electric Athena. Liz recently performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto with the University of Oregon. Liz has 10+ years of teaching experience and has completed Suzuki Cello Teacher Training through Book 10, as well as Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage One. She is both a Suzuki teacher and an orchestra teacher, currently serving on the faculty of Parker Performing Arts School and as founder and director of Red Rocks Cello Studio. Liz holds a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Oregon, where she served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Minor in Music Entrepreneurship. When Liz isn’t teaching or performing, she can be found hiking the beautiful Colorado mountains or experimenting with a new recipe.

 

Tim Garrington, Piano

String Quintet 081414 30 (584x640)Tim Garrington has enjoyed a lifelong passion for music as a pianist, organist, harpsichordist, and singer. He has been keyboardist with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado, since its inception in the late 1990’s. Highlights have included playing harpsichord in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 and Concerto for Four Harpsichords and playing piano for selections from Claude Bolling’s Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio. He also had the opportunity to perform with the Augustana Orchestra and Choir on tour in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, and England as singer, orchestra member, and accompanist, performing on several famous organs and singing Aaron Copland’s Chig-A-Ring Chaw at St. Martins-in-the-Field in London. He has also performed chamber music with several different chamber groups formed from within the membership of the orchestra.  When not involved with musical pursuits, he works as a physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

 

María Brotherston, Double Bass

CloseupMaría has been a  member of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra since 2001. She holds a Masters Degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of Miami, a Bachelors degree in DB Performance from Lynn University (former Harid Conservatory of Music) and a Bachelors of Music Education from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.  María  is a Strings Specialist for Aurora Public Schools. She has a private teaching studio in Aurora,  and was a Resident Artist at the Denver School of the Arts for 5 years. She was invited as Guest Artist with the Paramount Chamber Players April 2014 in Tennessee and Virginia and returned for the 2015 season. Maria  travels to her  home country Colombia and  has been  a Double Bass clinician at the Batuta  Instrumental Program in Sincelejo, Sucre. She held the position of Assistant Double Bass Faculty at the New World Schools of the Arts, FL as well as the Assistant Bass Faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan. Performed and collaborated with James Taylor. She has also performed with the Denver Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Boca Pops, Naples Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Symphony of the Americas, South West Florida Symphony, Palm Beach Pops Orchestra, and Colombia Youth Orchestra. During the summer months she has had the opportunity to attend and perform at many summer music camps including Texas Music Festival, Brevard, NC, Chautauqua, NY, Round Top, TX and Sewanee, TN. Her major teachers include Lucas Drew and Janet Clippard as well as Stuart Sankey and performed for François Rabbath and Francesco Petracchi.