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Saturday, October 8, 2022

Colorado Mesa University is presenting String Day on Saturday, October 8, 2022 for pre-college students (7th to 12th grades). Come and enjoy a day of exciting activities for all levels.

The day will include master classes, ensemble rehearsals, a presentation on improvisation by new CMU faculty cellist Jason Pegis and a short concert by students and faculty.

Master class participants will be chosen by audition with up to 3 applicants accepted. Applicants are encouraged to perform All-State excerpts for the master class, but other repertoire will be accepted. Early registrations will be given priority in master class selection. If you are interested in playing in the master class members, please enter the YouTube URL of your playing in the registration page.

• All activities will take place in Moss Performing Arts Center. Details will be given at registration.

• This is a FREE event.

• Concert Attire: black pants and colored top

• If you have any question about the event, please contact Brian Krinke.

Our Faculty


Brian Krinke

Professor Krinke has played solo violin in concerts throughout the USA, as well as in Central America, Russia and Ukraine. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. He joined the faculty of CMU in 2017, where he is also active as a pianist and composer. Mr. Krinke is concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony.


Jason Pegis

Described as a “true talent" by Christophe Huss of Montreal's Le Devoir, Dr. Jason Pegis holds an Instructor of Cello position at Colorado Mesa University and plays as Co-Principal Cellist of Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous awards as a soloist and chamber musician; in addition to being a national finalist of the 2014 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competition, he also won the 2015 Eugene Symphony Young Artist Competition and has performed with Johannes Moser, Axel Strauss, Ettore Causa, Victor Fournelle-Blain, and Denis Bouriakov, Antonio Lysy, Varty Manouelian, and Robert deMaine. He holds a faculty position at the International Cello Institute and is a fellow and/or award winner of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, and Carlsen Cello Foundation. 

String Day Schedule (MDT)

9-9:30am Registration     
9:30-11am Orchestra and Ensemble rehearsal
11am-12pm Lecture and improvisation exercises by new CMU faculty member Jason Pegis - will include brief power point on improv background and importance, then one audience volunteer to play with Brian/Jason
12-1:15pm Lunch on your own
1:15-2:10pm Master class/All-State excerpts presentation with CMU Faculty
2:15-3:45pm Rehearsals
4-4:30pm Fruita Monument Orchestra warm-up, Individual practice or rest   
5pm Free CMU student/faculty concert