David Patton Barone, Co-President
David moved to Fort Collins in 2012. He grew up in Ohio and is a lifelong amateur pianist and supporter of classical music. He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He pursued an academic career, ending as Professor and Chair of Psychology at Illinois State University. He sang in the South Florida Symphony Chorus over 20 years ago. He is past president of the Fort Collins Newcomers Club . He teaches classes in psychology for the CSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and in music for the Front Range Forum . He and his wife Deborah share their home in southeast Fort Collins with three standard poodles and a very musical African gray parrot.
Linda Messersmith, Secretary
Linda retired to Fort Collins from Atlanta in 2006. Linda grew up in Ohio and received a degree in English Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. For over 25 years, Linda worked at various publishing companies, both large and small. Linda and her husband have four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild in various places around the country. Besides keeping in touch with them, she enjoys reading, music, drama, gardening and the Front Range Forum. She also regularly volunteers at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Roberta (Bobbie) Mielke, Board Member
Bobbie is a member of the accompanying staff in the C.S.U. Department of Music. She retired recently as Principal Keyboard of the Fort Collins Symphony, and remains an active and enthusiastic chamber music player. She worked her way through the University of Minnesota as a jazz pianist, receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mathematics. She taught there, at Macalester College and C.S.U. When the Mielke children were young, Bobbie decided to get serious about classical music and became an adult piano student of Wendel Diebel during the last 20 years of his life. That prompted a change of field that she has never regretted.
Katherine Runnels, Co-President
Katherine's first career was as a symphony violinist. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and received a performance degree from the University of Michigan. She was a member of several orchestras, including the Utah and San Antonio Symphonies, Denver/Colorado Symphony, and Central City Opera. After graduating from the University of Denver law school, Katherine practiced law in the Washington, DC area for 10 years, where she also freelanced and played numerous chamber music performances. She is now happily retired from the law, after working for 16 years as the employment attorney for The Nature Conservancy, but continues to play chamber music and perform with area orchestras. She previously served as a member of the board of the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies. Katherine, her husband Bruce, and their Greyhounds live in Fort Collins.
John Charles Tippet, Treasurer
John holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He retired from the aerospace industry and moved from southern California to Fort Collins in the fall of 2013. He has always been interested in classical music but shares an equal passion for traditional jazz. John has been a volunteer for the South Bay Chamber Music Society for the last two years. In that capacity he has prepared program notes and announcement flyers for 7 to 8 concerts per year. He is also the treasurer for a Connecticut Home Owners’ Coop called Dark Entry Forest. This organization is responsible for maintaining forest land in western Connecticut in pristine condition for future generations. John enjoys music, 78 rpm record collecting, genealogy, reading, learning French, travel, fly fishing and golf.
Robert Molison, Vice President
Bob received degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory and the M.M. Degree in Performance from Yale University School of Music. He taught high school and played clarinet in the Honolulu Symphony, then studied choral conducting in Philadelphia and completed the doctoral degree in Choral Music in 1970 at the University of Illinois. Bob has been Director of Choral Activities at Brown University, Colorado State University, and retired in 2000 after 21 years as Professor of Music at Iowa State University (Ames). He founded the Providence Singers and served as director of the Des Moines Choral Society and the Greeley Chorale. Since retiring, Bob has conducted chamber choirs and been a lecturer for Road Scholar programs at the Central City Opera and the Boulder and Aspen festivals. He has directed summer choral Road Scholar programs at Pingree Park for six years.
William David, Board Member
After a disti nguished 40-year career as founding member and pianist of the Ames Piano Quartet and faculty member at Iowa State University, William retired and moved to Colorado in 2012. Since his relocation he has performed with members of the Colorado Symphony and faculty from Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming. He has also taught at the Lamont School of Music Summer Academy at the University of Denver. He recently served as a judge at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Margaret Miller, Board Member
Margaret has been Assistant Professor of Viola and Coordinator of the Graduate Quartet Program at CSU since 2004. Prior to coming to CSU, she was violist of the Colorado-based Da Vinci Quartet, which toured nationally and recorded for Naxos American Classics. She is an active performer and guest clinician, and has given recitals at the University of Iowa, Montana State University, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. She is also active in state organizations, giving presentations for the Colorado Music Educators Association, the Colorado American String Teachers Association, and the Wyoming Music Educators Association. A native of Detroit, Margaret received her degrees from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied with the Fine Arts Quartet.