alt
alt
alt
alt

Our Musicians

Sue Temple - ViolaSue Temple, business manager, is the violist and an original member of the String Quartet Con Brio. Performing in the Front Range area since 1976, she has played extensively with the Ft. Collins Symphony and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras and continues to perform as a free-lance musician throughout Colorado. 

Ms. Temple is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Just Chamber Music, a summer chamber music festival for aspiring musicians ages 8 and older. Since it’s inception, Just Chamber Music has received high acclaim as being one of the best festivals for musicians who want to be challenged to grow musically, explore new ideas and build skills.

As a private teacher, Sue has maintained an active private studio for over 35 years and currently coaches strings and chamber music at Fort Collins High School. Her students have won top prizes in various Concerto Competitions and have been selected to perform in the master classes of violists Jesse Levine, Simon Rowland-Jones, Carol Rodland, Mimi Zweig, David Holland, Dr. Juliet White-Smith and the Borromeo, Cavani and Alexander String Quartets.

Originally from the New England area, Sue received her Bachelors' Degree in Music with an emphasis in Performance from Bennington College in Vermont and a second Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University.

Musicians who play with us:

Leann Griffey, violin, began studying violin at the age of 4, following in the footsteps of her mother (former Concertmaster of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Carla Hager) and grandmother. As she grew, Leanne expanded her musical studies to include piano and voice, being inspired by her legendary Music Educators in Poudre School District and at Colorado State University. Ultimately, Leanne earned her Music Education degree from CU Boulder and has since taught orchestra, choir, and band in public schools for more than 15 years. She is currently the Orchestra Director at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School in Fort Collins.

Throughout her career, she has maintained a steady “diet” of both teaching and performing, having taught private violin, viola, and voice lessons in addition to teaching in schools, and performing with multiple ensembles in Colorado and Virginia. She has played with the Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Richmond (VA) Symphony, Williamsburg Symphonia, and the Front Range Chamber Players.  She is currently serving as Concertmaster for the Greeley Chamber Orchestra for her 13th season and enjoys playing in string quartets for many events.

As much as she loves teaching and performing music, Leanne’s true loves are her husband and daughter.  As a family, they enjoy adventuring around the world and close to home in the Colorado mountains, especially to go snow skiing!

Robert A. Kreutz, violin, a native of Colorado, has spent the past 30 years as a music and strings educator in the Thompson School District in Loveland. In 2012, Mr. Kreutz was awarded the Thompson School District teacher of the year from the Loveland Rotary Society and in spring 2014, educator of the year from Thompson Valley High School. Since retiring from public school teaching in the Spring 2014, the String Quartet Con Brio welcomed Bob into their family of performers.

As a violinist, Mr. Kreutz performed regularly as a member of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra for 25 years retiring from full time performance in 2008; and has also performed with the Cheyenne Symphony, Loveland Chamber Orchestra, and Quartet Con Brio. He now performs as a regular substitute for the Fort Collins Symphony.

Mr. Kreutz is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Colorado, creating great music with tremendous orchestral students in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan, Grand Junction, Jefferson County, Longmont, Thornton, and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Orchestra conducting from the University of Denver where he earned distinction for academic achievement and outstanding chamber music performance.

Mr. Kreutz attributes his love of music to his father, noted Colorado composer, Robert E. Kreutz; and his mentors, Wilfred Schwartz and Steve McNeal; renowned Colorado conductors and educators.

His hobbies include fly-fishing, golf, nature and quality time with his family.

Marci Pilon, violin, a native of Colorado began studying violin at age nine. As a teenager, she performed in Boettcher Concert Hall with the Young Artists Orchestra of Denver under the direction of David Lockington.  By 1990, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy graduating as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. In 1995, she received a Master’s of Music degree from Colorado State University and later held a faculty position at CSU in the Department of Music Therapy.

Throughout the last twenty-two years, Marci has performed with the Fort Collins and Cheyenne Symphonies, the Greeley Philharmonic, Larimer Choral, Centennial Children’s Chorus, String Quartet Fantastique, and the Fort Collins Opera.

During this time, she has enjoyed being a part of music performances of Chris Brubeck, Trisha Yearwood, Zuill Bailey, Elizabeth Pitcairn, and Eugene Fodor. Marci has shared her love of music with others by working as a violin and piano instructor and as a neurologic music therapist for people with special needs.

Cellist Heidi Mausbach, a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, has enjoyed a fulfilling and diverse orchestral career throughout the US.  She has played with the Naples Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and was principal cellist of the Greeley Philharmonic from 2000-2008. Currently, she is assistant principal of the Cheyenne Symphony, a busy freelance musician and private teacher.  

Heidi has performed in master classes for Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and Yo-Yo Ma.  She is enthusiastic about chamber music and looks forward to every chance she gets to play and teach quartets!

Lisa Eakins, cello, has been living in Fort Collins, with her husband Tom and daughters Jenny and Heather, since 1988. She completed her Master of Music degree at CSU, studying cello with Barbara Thiem, and continued with post-graduate work at the University of Colorado with Judith Glyde. During those years, she built a thriving cello studio of private students and founded the Larimer Youth Festival Orchestra, now known as the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies. She has performed with several orchestras along the Front Range, including the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Greeley Philharmonic, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Fort Collins Symphony. She especially enjoys performing with Quartet Con Brio, as well as other chamber groups such as Chambermade, Ethos West, and Laudamus Chamber Chorale.

A graduate of Fort Collins High School, Ms. Eakins studied cello with André Navarra in Vienna, Austria, and with Janos Starker at Indiana University, where she met her husband, Tom. The two spent the first three years of their married life in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they played with the Orquésta Sinfonica del Estado de Jalisco, and enjoyed vacationing in near-by Puerto Vallarta.

Kristin Rangel - Violin

String Quartet Con Brio
Welcome: Guest