About Dr. Christensen

Teaching Experience

I have 17 years of experience as a college violin professor preparing music educators and performers for careers in music. In addition I have coordinated string programs for pre college academies in Missouri and Beijing. Throughout my career as a professor I remained active as a pre-college instructor and Suzuki teacher. 

Performing Experience

The focus of my career has always been chamber music and I have been fortunate to have performed professionally in Canada, Sweden, Finland, Italy, China, and throughout the United States.  As a soloist I've performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, the Carolina Chamber Symphony, the Southeast Missouri Symphony and the Beijing Sinfonietta among others. My concerto performances have included the world premiers of two concertos: Doppelgänger by David Dzubay, and Zephyros by Enrico Blatti.  I was the founder and artistic director of a professional chamber music series in Missouri called "Chamber Music Sundays at Three" 

Suzuki Background

I was a "Suzuki kid" and grew up in Boulder Colorado surrounded by the Suzuki community.  My mother was a Suzuki piano teacher and respected member of the community in Colorado.  I received my teacher training from Mary Kay Neal of Buffalo Suzuki strings and am very pleased to be returning to my pedagogical roots.

Building community. Promoting culture

One of the reasons I left academia is that I was looking for the opportunity to create a pre college studio in a region where I could collaborate with other educators in a meaningful way to promote, sustain, and develop the study of classical music as an integral part of a community.  I am pleased and gratified by the tremendous welcome I've received in Durango and look forward to doing what I can to contribute to the already thriving musical culture here.