Lynn nestingen

Executive Director

Lynn grew up in the Midwest, but quickly followed her call to live in the mountains right out of college.  Her passion for nonprofit arts management took hold with her first position as Executive Director of the Evergreen Chorale from 1998 – 2006 followed by the Evergreen Children’s Chorale from 2006-2017.  Prior to this she worked twelve years in higher education as Director of Student Life at Community College of Denver and Arapahoe Community College.

Lynn holds an Associate Arts degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College, a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Therapy from the University of WI-Milwaukee, Masters/Doctorate degrees in Public Administration from the University of CO, and Certification as a Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (a midlife quest).  Her principal instrument is oboe, but also enjoys voice, guitar, and piano.

Lynn and her husband, Philip, live in Evergreen where they raised their three children – Erik, Kahri and Rebekah, and is an avid trail and marathon runner.

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David rutherford

Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Music Director

David Rutherford has been involved in nearly every aspect of music – from performing to teaching, conducting to broadcasting. David is in his 8th year as Music Director for Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Colorado’s premiere innovative collaborative orchestra. In 2008, David founded and directed a non-traditional chamber orchestra in the Denver area known as UnStaged. David is also an award-winning radio music personality, hosting Sacred Classics as well as being the afternoon voice of Colorado Public Radio Classical. David is also Music Director of Valor Symphonics Youth Orchestra, for 6 years was a frequent guest conductor and exclusive rehearsal conductor of the Longmont Symphony.  He was Director of Orchestral Studies and Music Education and continues to serve as adjunct faculty for Colorado Christian University. He still conducts shows for CCU and Broadway in Boulder, and enjoyed three years as Music Director and Conductor of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic.

As a bassist, David has served as Principal Bass of the Cheyenne Symphony orchestra, as well as Assistant Principal Bass in the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. He continues to actively freelance along the Front Range. David is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, with a bachelor’s degree in Double Bass Performance and a master’s in Music Education with an emphasis in conducting.

In 1997, David moved to Idaho Falls, where he founded the Snake River Chamber
Orchestra and served as its Music Director for its first four years. In this capacity,
Rutherford has worked with such national and international stars as Craig Schulman
(Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), Cris Groenendaal (Phantom), as well as pop/country star
Kenny Rogers.

When he is not involved in music and radio, David enjoys spending time in the
mountains with his family, hunting, fishing, hiking, berry picking and making the world’s
best black currant jelly.

Jennifer Ferguson

Colorado Women’s Chorale, Music Director
Colorado Men’s Chorale, Music Director

Jennifer Ferguson has been the Artistic Director and conductor of the Colorado Women’s Chorale since 2012 and is proud to be the founding director of the Colorado Men’s Chorale, started in 2016. She loves being able to blend the voices of the men and women separately, and then bring them together occasionally for special collaborations.  In 2014 she brought the CWC to join Nancy Menk for a performance at the Lincoln Center, and in 2017 she brought members of CWC and CMC to Italy to tour in Rome, Florence, and Venice.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in instrumental and vocal music education from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.   In addition to CWC and CMC, Jennifer is also the Director of Music at Parkview United Church of Christ in Aurora where she directs their vocal, instrumental, and children’s music programs.  She is proud to be a Board member and a singer of the professional Evans Choir under the direction of Catherine Sailer.  Jennifer has been privileged to perform with Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Christopher O’Riley, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  She has also been the guest conductor for the Poudre District Honor Choir and the Arvada Honor Choir, and has been a guest speaker at Colorado ACDA.

Jennifer lives in Centennial with her two children, Patrick and Samantha.

jeremy nicholas

Production / City Strings Manager

Jeremy Nicholas grew up in a small rural town near Lake Superior in the far northern reaches of Wisconsin. With almost no exposure to orchestra, chamber music or even stringed instruments, life at that time in his life consisted solely of hockey.  It wasn’t until his move to the “big city” of Kenosha that he finally experienced a symphony orchestra.  Mr. Nicholas then quickly discovered a talent for playing double bass and joined the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.  After an inspiring summer in Michigan at the Interlochen Music Academy, he decided to pursue music for life and hasn’t looked back since.  He began studying privately with Laura Snyder of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and won positions in both the Kenosha Symphony and the Racine Symphony before graduating High School.

Mr. Nicholas attended Illinois Wesleyan University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance.  While there, he won his first Principal Chair position with the Heartland Philharmonic.  He then moved to Colorado in 2001 to study with Paul Erhard at the University of Colorado and earned his Masters in Music Performance in 2004.

Before finishing his Masters, Mr. Nicholas won the Principal Chair positions of both the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the St. Mary’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra and began regularly playing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  In 2004, he earned a spot with the Greeley Philharmonic and then in 2005 joined both the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and became the Principal Double Bassist of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.  He now also plays in the Opera Colorado pit orchestra and the Boulder Philharmonic.

Mr. Nicholas is also actively teaching, coaching, and performing recitals in the Denver area.  He and his wife Carrie currently direct an Early Childhood Music program in downtown Denver.  He lives in Edgewater and is the proud father of two remarkable children, Kason and Gwendolyn.

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