Music is fun to listen to and fun to perform. Our rehearsals are filled with music, personal stories, and laughter. We think that our concerts should be too. The Ute Pass Chamber Players celebrate music as an integral part of life which brings those who participate either as listeners, performers, or volunteers a sense of community and shared experience.
Our mission is to provide residents of the Ute Pass region, especially those in rural areas, affordable access to high-caliber, live, classical chamber music and the associated education to make each performance a meaningful and enjoyable experience.
Giving Back to our Community
The Ute Pass Chamber Players play one concert each year to benefit a local nonprofit organization.
Woodland Park Senior Citizens Organization
Habitat for Humanity
Mountain Top Cycling Club
Community Cupboard of Teller County
Ute Pass Chamber Players (UPCP) grew out of the dream of several local professional musicians to form a superb chamber music ensemble for the benefit of the Teller County community and to enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded musicians in the performance of a wide variety of chamber music. Momentum was fueled by the enthusiasm of a core group of musicians who played together for the Tweeds Musical Tapestry concerts. These core musicians include Guy Dutra-Silveira (recently retired Principal Oboe of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic), Sally Ann Wilson (Pikes Peak Community College, French Horn), Clark Wilson (former Principal Bassoon of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic), Dina Hollingworth (flute), and Barb Riley-Cunningham (Piano).
Over two dozen musicians have augmented the core group since UPCP’s first concert in 2013, thus establishing its reputation for variety as well as excellence. Our musicians include graduates of such prestigious music conservatories as The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Conservatory of Versailles in France. We have performed ten seasons full of concerts in an intimate setting, creating a special connection among the musicians and audience. The musicians reflect on the pieces they play, providing a personal and educational link to the music to make the performance meaningful to everyone attending, including those unfamiliar with classical music. Humor, one of our core organizational values, helps breathe life into our performances and strengthens the bond with our audience.
UPCP was established as a nonprofit corporation in 2012, and received designation as a 501(c)3 organization from the IRS in August, 2014. That same year, the Ute Pass Chamber Players received a generous bequest from the estate of Cheryl Lynne Shoemaker, which has allowed us to maintain affordable prices and boosted accessibility to our concerts. In its short life span, UPCP has already made significant contributions to our local community. Outreach has included donated services to the annual Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club High Tea (the organization’s major fundraiser to support Senior health and wellbeing), a free public performance at the Woodland Park Library, and musical support for services at local churches. UPCP was awarded the Teller County Cares Arts and Culture Award in 2016.