Ella Bodaubay Weiss- Violin, Viola
Golden Chamber Conductor
Ella is a dedicated chamber musician and orchestra performer. In addition to maintaining contracts with the Boulder Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, and San Bernardino Symphony Orchestras, she has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Opera, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Marina del Rey Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Choral Society, and served as an Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Mahler Festival and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Symphony, on Colorado Public Radio, and performed numerous chamber solos in the U.S., Europe, and Asian. Originally from Kazakhstan, Ella completed her Masters in Violin Performance in Cleveland and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a freelance musician in Los Angeles, she performed with Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and Earth Wind & Fire among other contemporary performers, and performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Dr. Weiss is a passionate teacher dedicated to helping her students succeed and achieve their best. In Los Angeles, she taught violin classes and orchestra at Education Through Music—Los Angeles, the Renaissance Arts Academy, an award winning public charter for the performing arts, California College of Music and La Canada Music Studio. Her students performed at Universal Studios, at the Music Unites Festival under composer Christophe Beck (The Muppets and Frozen), the Walt Disney Concert Hall, won the Fidelity Future State Competition and featured at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Gala in 2010. Before her recent seven years in LA, she was on the faculty of the Boulder Arts Academy, and taught at Golden Music, private lessons and directed Golden Music’s orchestras. Her students have entered the Denver School for the Performing Arts, auditions with All State Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Honor Orchestras and Denver Performing Center for the Arts.
Takanori "Tak" Sugishita - Violin / Viola
Takanori Sugishita (“Tak”), born in Matsumoto, Japan, began studying violin at the age of three with Yuko Mori, and later took lessons with the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the worldwide music education movement known as the Suzuki Method. By age ten he was making solo appearances with Suzuki Children tours in Beijing, Shanghai and Calgary. In high school, Tak studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy where he graduated with distinction. He continued his violin studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and then went on to receive his M.M. from the Eastman School of Music.
As a chamber musician he received coaching from the Cavani, Cleveland, Manhattan, Mendelssohn, Takacs, Vermeer and Ying String Quartets. With the Aerith Quartet, which he co-founded, Tak performed throughout the United States and Asia. He has been a principal in the Boulder Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, Central City Opera and Opera Colorado Orchestras. He also regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet Orchestras.
Tak has been teaching privately for over 18 years, and has taught at schools such as Boulder Arts Academy, Shedd Institute in Eugene and the Flatirons Strings Academy. He has been teaching at Golden Music for over 5 years.
“I hope to bring the best out of each student in musicality and technique. We work hard and enjoy the music we make together.”
Anna Sobotka - Violin, Fiddle
From starting piano lessons at age six, and violin from age fourteen, music quickly became Anna’s biggest passion. After earning two music scholarships for violin and piano, she attended The University of South Dakota. Throughout this time, Anna played in many ensembles including jazz band, concert choir, orchestra, and string quartets. Anna enjoyed studying her core classes which included over three years of music theory, advanced orchestral conducting, composition and arranging, and music history. As a final project her senior year, she presented a lecture recital on the history of the violin, which won her a scholarship. Anna graduated with honors with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance.
From long intensive hours of practicing the violin, Anna understands more than anyone, the pain that can come with overuse and misuse. As a new student of Denver’s Alexander Technique School, Anna focuses her time and energy on the health and wellness of her students. By incorporating the methods of The Alexander Technique, Anna ensures that her students are utilizing their muscles, stature, and breathing correctly in order to be completely injury free--allowing for a happy and injury-free learning and playing experience.
As a private teacher since high school, Anna has taught over seventy students of all ages and levels. Throughout Anna’s college years, she started working with group ensembles from numbers of two up to ten. As Golden Music’s Daytime Orchestra instructor, Anna arranges all the music that her students play in order to challenge each student to the best of their abilities. With one-on-one instruction, Anna teaches the Suzuki Method to establish a good foundation with all of her students focusing on technique, theory, rhythm, and history. After a student is well established in the violin technique, Anna includes repertoire that is focused on the student’s interest including bluegrass, fiddle, Celtic, jazz, contemporary, etc. Anna challenges her students to think critically about the music on the page, allowing them to create their own story for the music that they play.