The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra Music Director & Teaching Artist Team
Bill Capps, Music Director Emeritus
Dr. Brittni Brown, Co-Music Director
Ross Kribbs, Co-Music Director; RFMS Development Director
Sarah Graf, RFMS Executive Director; Co-Music Director
Bill Capps led the RFYO as its Music Director since the program's start in 2011. He will return to conduct part of the program on the March 2023 concert, which will be an opportunity for all to celebrate his time with the RFYO!
Bill holds a B.A. in music from Wheaton College and a Master of Music degree from University of Denver. In addition to conducting, he is an accomplished cellist, private music instructor, and classroom music teacher. Bill recently retired as general music teacher at the Aspen Country Day School after 17 years of teaching.
Shaunna Wilsky, Violin Teaching Artist
Shaunna Wilsky has been teaching in New Castle for the past 15 years. She began studying the suzuki at the age of 3 where she studied under John Kendall as well as many of teachers, at SIUE in Southern Illinois. After studying at the University of Evansville, she moved to Colorado. Shaunna teaches the Suzuki method and also likes to explore different types of music based on each child’s interests.
Dr. Brittni Brown is a sought-after violin pedagogue and artist- performer in Aspen, Colorado. She maintains a full studio, with the focus of transforming students into artists, and is an avid performer of solo and chamber music in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Brittni is on the string faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp, spending six weeks mentoring some of the most advanced and dedicated young students. Dr. Brown received her undergraduate and masters degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under William Preucil. She went on to receive a doctorate in violin performance from the University of Texas under the tutelage of Brian Lewis.
She is a certified Suzuki teacher, having received her long-term training from Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Sato Suzuki Center.
Ross Kribbs is active as a performing violinist and teacher. A fluent player in wide range of styles from classical to bluegrass to jazz, Ross enjoys sharing these skills with student musicians. After graduating from Brown University, Ross moved to the Roaring Fork Valley. Ross plays with many bands and ensembles throughout the Valley and has a thriving private violin studio in Carbondale, CO. Ross has coached students in the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra since 2012.
Cellist Sarah Graf is an avid chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Since moving to Colorado in 2007, Sarah has performed extensively in concerts across the state on both modern and baroque cello. She earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alan Harris and Steven Doane. While there, Sarah focused on performing with the new music ensembles and the Collegium Musicum. Sarah has attended festivals including the Freiburg Baroque Academie, National Orchestral Institute, and Aspen Music Festival. More recently Sarah has performed in the Colorado Bach Ensemble, as principal cellist of the Aspen Choral Society and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and as a soloist with the High Country Sinfonia. As a teacher Sarah has a private studio and coaches students of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra, of which she is also Executive Director. Now based in the Roaring Fork Valley region, Sarah grew up in Frederick, Maryland.