The Denver Area Music Teachers Association Presents:

Spring Programs 2024

Travis Chastain
Lori Forden
Joshua Zabatta
Dr. Minna Rose Chung
Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:00pm
All Programs are presented Online or in person at Classic Pianos of Denver.

January 10th ~ Travis Chastain

“The Alexander Technique for Health and Authentic Performance” (ONLINE ONLY)

The session will outline the history and principles of the Alexander Technique, how it helps you in all aspects of living, and how to apply it in practice and performance.

March 13th ~ Joshua Zabatta

Connecting to the Music, Connecting to Others:  Audience Engagement and Performance Skills for Musicians

For any performer, the job is to connect with audiences and tell dynamic stories.  This workshop will help you learn to communicate beautiful stories with your music, regardless of whether there are words to your piece. You will also learn effective techniques to engage with your audience from the moment you step on stage and then take it further to leave a significant, lasting impression. Lastly, you will be given tools to channel your nervous energy into performance.

February 14th ~ Lori Forden

“Dalcroze: Meter and Rhythm Ideas for the Studio”

The Dalcroze philosophy can be used in many different ways for groups or individuals. In this interactive class, we will explore various ideas for meter and rhythm that can used for students of different ages and abilities.

April 10th ~ Dr. Minna Rose Chung

You Aren’t Really Listening: Revealing the Mystery Behind Great Intonation(ONLINE ONLY)

“You Aren’t Really Listening” is a live interactive presentation intended for all musicians who deal with discerning intonation beyond the equal temperament. The presentation aims to introduce and summarize the three string intonations most commonly used: equal-temperament, Pythagorean (melodic), and Just (harmonic), with a laid-back and humorous delivery.

May 8th ~ DAMTA Teachers Musicale

The Teachers Musicale is an opportunity for our local teachers to share their gifts and experiences with each other through performance.  It’s also a great way for our member teachers to get to know one another.  Email our Programs chair, Joshua Zabatta for more information.

2024 DAMTA Spring Programs

Meet The Presenters

Travis Chastain
Travis Chastain came to the Alexander Technique after sustaining a career-threatening injury from a car wreck that badly damaged his neck.  After 6 months of intense practice, Travis went from being unable to play or perform, to graduating with his master’s degree in Classical guitar performance.

He discovered that not only did the Alexander Technique move him out of pain but it enabled him to perform on the guitar with greater joy, authenticity, and competence on his instrument.
Since then, Travis has dedicated his life to promoting the health benefits of the AT to health professionals and people dealing with unsolved chronic conditions.  He has also conducted several master classes for actors and musicians on healthy performance practice using the AT principles.

Lori Forden

Lori Forden holds a Dalcroze Professional Certificate from the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and she is currently continuing her studies in pursuit of her Dalcroze Professional License. Lori enjoys guiding people of all ages to have a deeper understanding of music using movement. She is the owner and main teacher at Dalcroze Musical Arts in Colorado. She has been a music teacher in both public and private schools and has also taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Suzuki workshops, public school workshops, and musicianship skills to dancers. In addition to teaching, Lori is also involved with the Dalcroze Society of America as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the national level and Treasurer of the local Rocky Mountain chapter. In her spare time, Lori enjoys many activities like skiing, camping and photography with her husband, children, dog, and cat.

Joshua Zabatta

Joshua Zabatta never imagined that singing while driving a tractor on a Montana farm would eventually lead to a career where he performed in 48 states and 14 countries.  After emerging onto the professional scene, Joshua quickly received acclaim as a “terrific soloist” by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Career highlights include serving as a soloist in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck with the St. Louis Symphony, the role of Harry in La Fanciulla del West (Opera Colorado), Don José in Carmen, Fernando in Goyescas (Boulder Opera), and Harlekin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis (People’s Theatre of Denver).  An avid music education advocate, Joshua Zabatta mentors dozens of students around the country in addition to serving as a touring and teaching with Central City Opera and Faculty for the Rushmore Music Festival. You can follow Joshua Zabatta’s career through his website:

Dr. Minna Rose Chung

Korean-American cellist Minna Rose Chung is Professor of Cello at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) Canada. In addition, she is co-author alongside Hans Jørgen Jensen of the internationally acclaimed CelloMind: Intonation and Technique, a discerning pedagogy method praised for its “dense and fascinating treatise focusing not just on the left hand, but almost exclusively on the aspects underpinning the most minute gradations of intonation…it takes written pedagogy to a new level” (Strings Magazine, April 2018). Minna Rose is a returning guest artist, teacher, and chamber coach to several international music festivals: Meadowmount School of Music (New York), Rushmore Music Festival (South Dakota) the Heifetz International Music Institute (Virginia), the Canadian International Cello Festival (Winnipeg, Canada), Rio International Cello Encounter (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Piracicaba Music Festival (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Alaska Cello Intensive (Fairbanks, AK), Cincinnati Virtual Cello Academy (Ohio), and the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy (Winnipeg). Chung performs with the Borealis Piano Trio and the Nacka Duo, which tour extensively in recital and lecture performances at world music conferences, primarily focusing on the art of chamber music. In 2007, Chung made her Carnegie Hall debut with her Pangea String Quartet, featuring signature works commissioned by the Kronos Quartet. Currently, Chung performs regularly with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and enjoys performing in various music collaborations across the country. International tours include Canada, UK, Sweden, Germany, Serbia, Poland, Brazil, Asia and the USA.

See what people are saying about DAMTA’s Programs!

“All of the programs were wonderful. The diversity was terrific.”

“The Fall Course involved people in our community that have rich cultures that we don’t usually get to see.”

“The local approach to this Fall Course was unique and beneficial to my understanding of music in the Denver area.”

“The Fall Course gave me introductions to diverse music with more depth than I have seen in the past. It will help me carry this exposure into my music selections for students.”

“The Zoom worked well – I attended from out-of-town, so it was a great opportunity!”

“The experience was wonderful online. Certainly not like being there, but I could not do that. You did a wonderful job making the programs available to those of us who could not come in.”

-Reviews Submitted By 2021 Fall Course Attendees