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Musicians in a Pandemic

In the midst of a global pandemic, many find themselves struggling. Layoffs, furloughs, and overall anxiety is the topic of many discussions in the media and news. But in this time, musicians and artists are finding ways to practice their craft and continue to share their talents – virtually that is. Musicians thrive off performing in front of an audience. Nowadays, that audience may look different. With so much free time during this quarantine, social media users are tuning in to their favorit

Advertiser Spotlight: Teresa R. Funke's Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life

Teresa R. Funke lives in Colorado, and over the years has created her brand by writing books about World War II. Her fictional books are targeted towards both children and adults. Teresa has also created a variety of supplementary teaching materials and tools that pair with her books to be used in a classroom setting. Funke’s many creative endeavors go beyond writing and authoring books. Her platform consists of three areas: book sales, coaching, and teaching. She is a motivational speaker that

The Chamber Music Academy During COVID-19

This month, Off the Hook Arts has been planning for the future. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of our lives have changed. This includes our academy programs, and the executive committee has been working on creating a new plan in order to follow health and safety guidelines. Founder and Executive Director of Off the Hook Arts Jephta Bernstein explains the direction that the Academy programs are planning to go in moving forward. “The Chamber Music Academy will go forward,” sh

Advertiser Spotlight: Piano & Guitar Institute

The Piano & Guitar Institute serves the Fort Collins and Windsor communities in a variety of ways. On their website, the business states that they endeavor to provide inclusive “piano and guitar lessons to ages 3 to 103.” Lessons are offered according to age group, and the curriculum provides comprehensive musical training for participants of any ability level. The Piano & Guitar Institute have adapted their business to fit the changing landscape for music lessons during the pandemic. They now

SummerFest 2020 Artist Spotlight: Miami String Quartet

The Miami String Quartet is one of the most accredited and well-known quartets in chamber music today! The group was the first string quartet in over a decade to be awarded the First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition in 1992. The Quartet’s accomplishments have spread worldwide as they were awarded Laureate of the 1993 Evian Competition, 1991 London String Quartet Competition, and the 1989 Grand Prize Winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. More recently in 2000, t

Advertiser Spotlight: The Gressiwick

The Gressiwick is a beautiful historic space and the perfect venue choice due to its ideal location in Downtown Loveland. This incredible space has hosted many weddings and musical events that have gifted much joy and magical memories to its guests. The Gresswick offers a variety of ways to customize an event including decorations, furniture, food service, and overall ambience. With room to accommodate 100-130 people, this space can make any event truly unforgettable. This vintage style venue i

SummerFest 2020 Artist Spotlight: Keeper

Keeper is a songwriting jazz duo who have performed together since the fall of 2018. Vocalist Cordelia Tapping and bass player Tyler Wagner create original pieces and put their own spin on existing compositions by delivering a unique, soft-toned sound to their audiences. According to their Off the Hook Arts bio, Keeper brings “quiet intensity, angular and unlikely harmonies, and metric geometry together in a concise and shiningly resonant style. Their contrasting backgrounds span jazz, classica

Advertiser Spotlight: [my] Talent Forge

[my] Talent Forge provides easily accessible online fiddle lessons for musicians at any experience level. They provide convenient video-based music lessons along with play along tracks, and sheet music. And, members have access to the [my] Talent Forge faculty of world-class artist-teachers. Monthly and yearly subscription options are available at an incredibly affordable price and are listed on the website. Ten talented teaching artist provide lessons on [my] Talent Forge, ranging from the fid

SummerFest 2020 Artist Spotlight: Michael Brown

Michael Brown is an accomplished pianist and composer, praised by The New York Times as “one of the leading figures on the current renaissance of performing arts.” As a soloist, Brown has performed with an array of groups including the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, New Haven, and Albany Symphonies. Born and raised in New York, Brown continued his music career in The Big Apple accompanied by his beloved Steinway Concert Grand Model D piano’s –

OtHArts' Alcove Announcement

Calling all Off the Hook Arts fans and followers! We are so excited to introduce Off the Hook Arts’ Alcove, an online forum to provide a space for artists to come together during this uncertain time. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected essentially all aspects of life; however, the arts community is feeling the loss and grief of what was once “normal.” Artists can no longer use their platform to bring groups of people together physically, but here at OtHA we aren’t going to let that stop us. The

SummerFest 2020 Artist Spotlight: Deborah Buck

Deborah Buck is an accredited violinist with years of experience performing as a soloist, music professor, and member of the renowned Lark Quartet. During her seventeen years in the quartet, Buck has recorded numerous albums and performed in the first quartet to include percussion, voices, clarinet, and piano in their works! Buck grew up in LA and relocated to New York to attended The Juilliard School as a Starling Scholarship recipient under Dorothy DeLay. She moved back to the West Coast to r