Founded in 2018, the Colorado Cello Summit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that in partnership with Metro State University of Denver provides an opportunity for Colorado cellists to connect and celebrate the cello. All are welcome to attend and participate in talks, chamber music, visiting with luthiers, masterclasses and a large cello ensemble reading. Past presenters and facilitators have included: Dr. Charles Lee, Doug Moore, Rich Slavich, Gil Selinger, Margaret Romney, David Rutherford, Christopher Dungey, and Deborah Miles.
Dr. Charles Lee received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, his Masters in Music from Temple University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Composition from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Judith Glyde, Jeffrey Solow and David Ying. He is currently the principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and also performs with Colorado Ballet and Opera Colorado orchestras. He teaches at Metro State University of Denver and Regis University.
Evan Orman began his musical studies as a cellist, starting at 10 years old. Growing up in a musical household, Evan had early experiences with woodworking (in addition to being an acclaimed printmaker) with his his father, who has built built a number of violins, violas and guitars.
After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre and the New England Conservatory of Music, he embarked on a career in music. Having been fascinated by instrument-making for many years, he finally focused his attention on bows and bow making.
Early in his bow making career, Evan's primary mentors and influences were Stéphane Thomachot, Eric Grandchamp, Morgan Anderson, David Forbes, Lee Guthrie and Tim Baker among others.
Evan feels bowmaking has allowed him to retain his connection with the music he loves and it is also a beautiful art in and of itself - an elegant tool for the creation of music. Evan is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow makers, the British Violin Making Association and the Violin Society of America.