VIOLIN INSTRUCTORS

DR. DMITRI POGORELOV

Violin | Viola l  Piano

LITTLETON STUDIO, CENTENNIAL STUDIO & ONLINE

Dmitri joined the Colorado Symphony in 2018 as the Fixed Fourth Chair/First Violin. Previously he performed with the Phoenix Symphony, and Chicago Symphony's Civic Orchestra. 

A passionate educator, Dmitri has been sharing his love for music with students across the United States for nearly 20 years, teaching violin, viola, piano, and coaching orchestras and chamber groups. He has taught college level musicians at Northwestern University (Illinois), Western Michigan University (Michigan), and Lenoir-Rhyne University (North Carolina). He has worked with music lovers of every age and skill level at Kontras Quartet Workshop/Suzuki Institute (Virginia), Pine Crest School (Florida), New Art Center (North Carolina), and Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine), among other places.

An avid chamber musician, Dmitri was a founding member and first violinist with the Kontras Quartet. He also performed with members of GRAMMY-winning and nominated ensembles such as Vermeer, Avalon, and Spektral string quartets, Eighth Blackbird, the Lincoln Trio, Ibis Camerata, as well as principal players of the leading American and European orchestras. 

As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra concertmaster Dmitri has performed on four continents including prestigious venues such as the Chicago Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and has also been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, and WFMT Chicago. 

Dmitri has collaborated with renowned jazz and bluegrass artists including Branford Marsalis, the Kruger Brothers, and Steve Martin, performing on main stages of the Telluride, Rocky Grass, MerleFest, and IBMA festivals. Dmitri can be heard on recordings of chamber music by Gunthur Schuller, Yehudi Wyner, Eric Ewazen, Kevin Volans, Dan Visconti, and Jens Krüger.

Dmitri was born in Russia to a family of professional musicians. Dr. Pogorelov holds degrees in Music performance from Northwestern University (DMA), Depaul University (MM), and Lynn University (BM), having studied with Gerardo Ribeiro, Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, and Sergiu Schwartz.

Dmitri lives in Littleton with his fiancée Emily. When not teaching or playing the violin, he enjoys exploring national parks, hiking, cooking, and watching soccer. 

DEBBIE BROWN

Violin | Piano

ONLINE & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Debbie Brown has a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in piano from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.  She began playing the piano at age 4, and the violin at age 7.  She won the Colorado State piano competition at ages 13 and 15.  

Debbie enjoyed wonderful experiences in music training from being in a Youth Orchestra to being the choir accompanist throughout high school and college and attending Interlochen Arts Camp where she studied under world renowned professors.   

Debbie worked with High School students at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs where she was the piano accompanist and substitute teacher.  Along with leading choirs, she also taught music theory classes. She has been teaching privately out of her home for about 16 years.

Debbie teaches classical music and has been trained in all the formal techniques. She also teaches music theory, ear training, and the basics of singing. 

JEANNE TURNER

Piano | Violin | Cello

ONLINE & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Jeanne has been a music instructor, private, small group, as well as general music, band, and orchestra, for the past 25+ years.  She holds her BA from the Fort Lewis College of Music, Piano Performance. Additional training and certification in the “Let’s Start Music” program, Ventura, Ca.

Her piano performance history includes solo and collaborative, classical, jazz, pop, Celtic styles. Church organist and pianist, wedding and special occasion pianist. Accompanist for musical theatre productions, choirs, and individual vocalists and instrumentalists. National Guild international winner for piano. She is a member and past adjudicator for National Guild and Certificate of Merit programs.

Styles taught: classical, pop, jazz, music theatre, liturgical music, Celtic music, basic musicianship and theory. She has taught in several prestigious music academies, including Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette, Co., Bietry Broadmoor Academy of Music, Colorado Springs, Co., and currently Forte Academy, Centennial and Littleton, Co.

Jeanne provides individualized plans for each student, adhering to Forte’s proven and comprehensive curriculum. She has taught all ages- 4 to 80+.  She believes music, as an art form, should be presented in a manner that fosters creativity, while maintaining core structure and appreciation for a composer’s intent.   Jeanne has a very supportive, nurturing and relaxed approach. She believes learning is a two- way street, and open communication is a key component of learning.

ANDREW ZBRYK*

Viola | Violin | Saxophone 

ONLINE & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Andrew Zbryk is a professional musician and teacher. Graduating from CSU in 2014, he received his degree in music education, certification in private lessons, and certification in composition. 

 

Since graduating from CSU he has performed as the Principal Violist of the Parker Symphony for four years, been an active member of a string quartet, played in multiple bands, and has even played with members of the band Devotchka. He is well versed in classical music, rock music, jazz, and bluegrass, and has taught students from ages 5 to 60. With a lifelong love of music, Andrew is dedicated to sharing his passion for music with as many people as possible.

AMY ALSINA

Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass | Piano | Guitar | Group Piano

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

Amy Alsina teaches violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, and guitar. She began her music career playing Viola at age 11. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and currently holds a professional teaching license in the state of Colorado. Amy has been teaching in the Denver area for 7 years. Amy currently teaches elementary music for Denver Public Schools in addition to Stapleton Music Lab. She is the principal violist for the Aurora Symphony. When not teaching, Amy loves to crochet and hiking with her husband and dog.

BRAD FURLOW

Piano  l  Violin  l  Viola | Voice | Saxaphone | Flute | Clarinet | French Horn | Trumpet | Oboe | Bassoon

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

Brad Furlow teaches piano, voice and all band and orchestral instruments. He began studying music at the age of 5 on the piano. He began his study of instrumental music at 8 years of old on the saxophone in 3rd grade eventually expanding to include all instruments of the woodwind and brass families in his hometown of Mulkeytown, Illinois. Brad continued his study of music at the university level at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2002, he also pursued advanced study at the university level in instrumental conducting, brass pedagogy and music theory/composition. Brad continues to perform professionally as the Principal Tubist with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and Denver Concert Band. Brad is also involved with the Denver University Pioneer Pep Band and other regional bands and orchestra on a freelance basis. Brad’s philosophy of music is that every person can be musical, it’s just finding the right instrument to bring it out. He enjoys working with students of all ages. When not teaching, performing or composing, Brad enjoys traveling with his partner, and spending time with their three Siberian Husky “kids”.

*Denotes teachers that donate lessons for our Scholarship Program. 

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