The Bluegrass Ensemble at Colorado College consists of six students performing with all acoustic traditional bluegrass instruments. By audition only, the students immerse themselves in the traditional style of bluegrass, incorporating its full musical spectrum of vocal harmony, tone, and timing. They have the privilege of performing on the main stage at the Bluegrass Meltdown in Durango, CO, Steve’s Guitar’s in Carbondale, CO, and have performed at Black Rose Acoustic Society multiple times. The group also performs two yearly concerts on campus, as well as a host of other events at Colorado College.
This years’ musicians:
Jessica Wright grew up in the bay area of Northern California and is now a junior at Colorado College. She began playing electric guitar during her freshman year of high school and by her senior year she had switched to playing mostly acoustic. Her interest in folk-Americana music led her to take bluegrass guitar lessons during her freshman year at CC. She has been playing in an ensemble for two years now, and hopes to continue playing and performing.
Max Hittesdorf grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, learning to play the electric guitar from a young age. He went to his first bluegrass “pick” during college and immediately got the bug to go acoustic. Since then, he has had the good fortune of learning the tradition through banjo extraordinaire and Colorado College instructor Keith Reed, performing and experiencing bluegrass to its fullest extent. Max is a senior this year at the college.
Isaac Radner, a junior political science major from Colorado College, began playing the violin at age six. He was classically trained throughout most of his violin career, and participated in various orchestras, symphonies, and ensembles—including the Colorado College orchestra. During his sophomore year he joined the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble and quickly fell in love with the music, welcoming the challenge of playing in a style with which he was unfamiliar. Bluegrass offers a more intimate and energetic performance experience than classical music, and allows him to travel and play all around the state and country. He says the downside is that he has only one more year left with the CC Bluegrass Ensemble.
Ben Pitta is from a small Massachusetts town called Hadley, famous for its asparagus. Ben started playing the upright bass in 5th grade and takes influence from Edgar Meyer and Paul Kowert.
Jeremy Becker grew up near San Francisco and became interested in bluegrass and old-time music at the end of high school. After being inspired by Bela Fleck and Noam Pikelny, he started playing banjo when he got to Colorado College.
Born in Glenwood Springs, Cora Lubchenco has played the fiddle since she was six years old. She’s in bluegrass for the community more than anything, and additionally heartily enjoys fresh snow, dark chocolate, tall trees, and the key of G.
$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for youths 12 and younger. No tickets; admission paid at door.