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Stacy Lesartre, Concertmaster

StacyLesartreStacy Lesartre, Concertmaster
Stacy Lesartre performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the Rocky Mountain region. She is currently Concertmaster of the Cheyenne Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Pro Musica Colordo, and the Larimer Chorale Orchestra. She was a member of and repeat soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded at Skywalker Ranch for Warner Brothers Records and has been featured on on Colorado Public Radio.
Stacy Lesartre began playing the violin in the 4th grade while a attending the Philadelphia public schools. She studied violin at the Settlement School of Music with Lynn Mather. Her degree in Music Performance is from Temple University. She was the recipient of several music and academic scholarships, including the Louis G. Wersen Award and the Temple University Outstanding Achievement Scholarship. While at Temple Univeristy, she studied solo repertoire and chamber music with Helen Kwalwasser and orchestral repertoire with Luis Biava. During a season as a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony, she studied with Saul Ovcharov. While in Houston, she received coaching from Raphael Fliegel and studied solo repertoire with Fredell Lack. She has studied with Harold Wippler in Denver, Burton Kaplan at Magic Mountain Music Farm, and received coaching from the concertmasters of Boston Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra.
Stacy has taught violin students, chamber music and orchestral excerpts in Houston and Fort Collins. Her students have become professional musicians, teachers, and competition winners. They have been accepted as music majors at the Eastman School of Music, Cincinatti Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute, The University of Texas, the University of Houston, Lamont School of Music, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. .
Stacy Lesartre lives in Fort Collins with her husband, Gregg, a technical contributor for Hewlett-Packard, and their two sons, Andre and Michael.

About CSO

EVERY GREAT CITY DESERVES A GREAT ORCHESTRA.
Today’s Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra is a source of pride for the City of Cheyenne and surrounding areas. As the region’s only fully-professional performing arts organization, the CSO provides Cheyenne with concerts and educational programs that rival those of much larger cities. While the Symphony is a vehicle to showcase exceptional Wyoming talent, its excellent musical reputation attracts and retains musicians from the Front Range, Nebraska and as far away as Washington State and Oregon. CSO has maintained this level of excellence by requiring musicians to meet rigorous performance standards in order to win and retain their positions with the orchestra.

Developing the CSO into a renowned symphony is the result of decades of hard work and dedication by its Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Most importantly, CSO has remained steadfast in its ambitious mission:
–to organize, fund and responsibly manage a quality, professional symphony orchestra;
–to provide musical enjoyment, growth and cultural outreach;
–to act as a catalyst for other cultural and educational events contributing to the quality of life for residents of Cheyenne and the surrounding areas.

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CSO History

The Cheyenne Symphony can trace its roots to the Cheyenne Little Symphony which was organized in 1935 by Mr. Clyde G. and Mrs. Alice Ross, both prominent Cheyenne musicians. Twenty five people belonged to the early orchestra that was conducted by Mr. Ross, a violinist while Mrs. Ross played the piano. In 1951 Mrs. Ross organized the Cheyenne Civic Symphony and served as its first president. Mr. Eugene Adams served as conductor.

In July of 1954 The Cheyenne Civic Symphony and the Cheyenne Community Chorus joined forces. During this period, several conductors, including local educator Rex Yocum led the ensembles. The merger of the Symphony and Chorus lasted for nearly thirty years; the influence is still apparent in today’s strong ties with local choral ensembles.

By 1981, community support and demand for high-caliber entertainment created an opportunity for the organization to expand. Robert Carter Austin was hired as Music Director and helped to lead the initial transition from amateur to professional ensemble. Over the years, the baton has been passed to many internationally acclaimed Maestros including David Lockington, Mark Russell Smith, Stephen Alltop and finally our current Maestro William Intriligator.