Brass Faculty


Jason Michael Johnston - French horn (JSS1 & 2)

Jason Johnson

Horn Teacher and Lecturer at the University of Wyoming, Jason Johnson is Associate Principal Horn for the Greeley Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins the Canyon Concert Ballet.  Jason is Acting Assistant Utility Horn for the Cheyenne Symphony, Principal horn for the Emerald City Opera and also the Principal Horn of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra.  He appeared as a soloist with the Steamboat Symphony performing Mozart’s Second Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony performing The Britten Serenade, the University of Wyoming Wind Symphony performing The Glass Bead Game, and the Fort Collins Wind Symphony performing Shadowcatcher.  Jason is also a Principal Player (horn) with the national touring ensemble Apollo Chamber Brass, hornist with the Boulder Brass, Steamboat Winds, Rocky Ridge Wind Quintet, and the Elevenet Jazz Ensemble, an ensemble with which he had the fantastic opportunity to take part as a performer/clinician at the 2008 International Association of Jazz Educators conference in Toronto, Canada.

Jason has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic as Principal Horn and other capacities, the Omaha Symphony as Principal Horn and other capacities, the Billings Symphony as Principal Horn and other capacities, Opera Colorado, the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Orchestra, the Denver Brass, the Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the San Juan Symphony, Longmont Symphony, Front Range Chamber Players, Denver Municipal Band, Northern Colorado Opera Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Horn Ensemble. Jason can be heard on the commercially available recordings, “IN A WORLD…” on the Goes to Eleven label, with Wil Swindler’s Elevenet on the Origin Records label, and the Denver Brass, “Brass & Organ: Feel the Sound.” 

Jason has been teaching in the Colorado/Wyoming Front Range for 16 years and currently maintains a strong private studio of students who regularly attend All-National Honor Orchestras, All-Northwest Honor Bands and Orchestras, All-State Orchestras, All-State Bands, Collegiate Honor Bands, and various District Honor Bands. Jason has students attending universities all over the country including the San Francisco Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and the YouTube Symphony in Sydney, Australia.  Jason coaches/teaches individual lessons and small chamber ensembles at the Rocky Ridge Music Center and works closely as a section coach with several Front-Range high schools.  


Dawn Kramer - trumpet (YAS, JSS1 & 2)

Dawn KramerDawn Kramer is a freelance trumpet player in the Denver area. She is currently a member of the Boulder Brass, the Darren Kramer Organization, and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. She is second trumpet at the Buell Theatre. She has subbed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Denver Brass, and many regional orchestras and chamber ensembles.

As a Colorado native, Ms. Kramer attended the University of Colorado. She has toured as lead trumpet aboard several cruise lines, a Miami-based salsa band, as well as the internationally acclaimed rock band, Matchbox Twenty. These travels took her across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Mexico. She has appeared on the Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, the Rosie O'Donnell show, and VH1 Storytellers.

She has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Colorado Music Educators Association conventions.

Ms. Kramer teaches privately and is a staff member of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts and the Colorado Honor Band Association.


Kolio Plachkov - horn (YAS)

Kolio PlachkovKolio Plachkov is currently the Associate Principal/Third horn of the Colorado Symphony and enjoys performing solo recitals with his beautiful wife and pianist Anna Song. During the summers, Mr Plachkov resides as the horn faculty at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He previously served as principal horn for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Arts Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, the New World Symphony, and the New York String Seminar Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

After receiving his Bachelor Degree of Music from the Juilliard School, Mr. Plachkov obtained the principal horn position with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, meanwhile pursuing a full time Masters of Music degree at Rice University.

Mr Plachkov has performed as a soloist with Idyllwild Arts Orchestra, Arts Symphony, The Broadway Bach Ensemble, among others. He made his debut recital in the United States, in Norfolk Virginia, which was broadcasted on NPR through the radio show “From The Top”. As a chamber musician Mr Plachkov has performed as part of the Bulgarian Concert Evenings where he has performed at the Bulgarian Embassy for the Bulgarian General Council.

Mr Plachkov was awarded numerous prizes including winner of the 4th National Competition for French Music in Plovdiv Bulgaria, Winner in one of the most prestigious International competitions in Kishinev, Moldova “Eugene Coca”. Shortly after coming to the United States Mr Plachkov won second prize (no first prize awarded) at the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, and Winner of the Redlands Bowl Instrumental Competition.


Terry Sawchuk - trumpet (YAS)

Terry Sawchuk

Terry Sawchuk is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Colorado Boulder. As an orchestral musician, Terry has served as Acting Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Symphony, Principal Trumpet with the Central City Opera Orchestra, the American Chamber Ensemble, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and has performed and recorded with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he was a member of the nationally renowned Dallas Brass, and he recorded with the ensemble on Dallas Brass II. As a soloist, Terry has performed at several International Trumpet Guild Conferences, the National Trumpet Competition, and at universities, colleges and high schools throughout the United States. In 2000, he performed as soloist with the Ukrainian National Orchestra in Kyiv, Ukraine. Terry has toured with the national Broadway productions of Carousel and Miss Saigon. He has performed with more than fifty jazz and commercial artists in Detroit, Chicago Kansas City and Denver.

Presently Mr. Sawchuk is First Trumpet for the Buell Theater in Denver, and a member of the Colorado Brass Quintet.

Mr. Sawchuk has performed master classes and clinics throughout the United States, and has served as adjudicator for many competitions with the International Trumpet Guild and the National Trumpet Competition. He has also served as a member of the ITG Board of Directors.

Many students of Professor Sawchuk are professional musicians in orchestras, touring bands, and shows across the United States. Several students are teaching trumpet at universities in the U.S. and in Canada, and many other trumpet students are teaching in public school programs across the country.

Mr. Sawchuk has taught at Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and at the University of Kansas. He received his music degrees from the University of Michigan.


William Stanley -  trombone (YAS, JSS1 & 2)

Bill StanleyWilliam Stanley is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Colorado College of Music. Prior to his appointment at CU in 1985, he performed as a member of the Chestnut Brass Company, a brass quintet which tours internationally and recently won a Grammy award. Dr. Stanley performs performs in a wide variety of musical settings, including as a member of the Boulder Brass, the Colorado Brass Quintet, Colorado Ballet Orchestra (principal) and as substitute/extra with the Colorado Symphony. He has presented master classes and clinics for many organizations and schools including the International Trombone Association, Music Teachers National Association, and the Colorado Music Educator’s Association, and has hosted the 1998 International Trombone Festival at CU. Dr. Stanley has authored articles and reviews for the International Trombone Association Journal, is co-author of Teaching Brass: A Resource Manual (McGraw-Hill), and was a contributor to Solos for the Student Trombonist: An Annotated Bibliography (BIM 2004). His teaching experience includes positions at Temple, Eastern Illinois, and Millikin Universities. He holds the BME degree from the University of Kansas and MM and DMA degrees from the University of Illinois.


Donald R. Williams - trumpet (JSS1, JSS2)

Donald WilliamsDon Williams is a founding member of the Apollo Chamber Brass and is quickly becoming one of the most active freelance trumpet players in the Front Range area. He is currently second trumpet in the Wyoming Symphony and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Symphony (now the Colorado Springs Philharmonic), the Greeley Philharmonic, the Ft. Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra. In addition, he regularly performs at numerous churches throughout the Front Range area.

A long-time resident of Colorado, Don completed his Master's degree in trumpet performance in 2005 at the University of Colorado - Boulder, studying with Terry Sawchuk.  Don received his Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado; while there, Don studied with William Pfund, professor emeritus of trumpet, and Dan Kuehn of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 1999, Don was a featured soloist with the University of Northern Colorado Symphonic Band as one of the winners of the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition. Don has also studied with Thomas G. Wilson from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. An active private instructor and clinician, Don has been teaching in the Loveland, Boulder and Denver areas for nearly eight years and currently maintains a large private studio.



Summer 2015 Season

Adult Piano Seminar  #1
May 30 to June 3, 2015

Adult Piano Seminar #2
June 3 to June 7, 2015

Junior Music Camp #1
June 9 to June 21, 2015

Young Artist Program
June 23 to July 26, 2015

Junior Music Camp #2
July 28 to August 9, 2015

Chamberre in the Rockies
August 12 to August 16, 2015

Early Music Academy
August 19 to August 23, 2015

Chamber Music Workshop
August 17 to August 21, 2015

American Roots Music Program

Sept 4 to Sept 7, 2015

A Rocky Ridge Day

Tuba Lesson