Having played together since 2001, the nationally recognized Ivy Street Ensemble is based in Denver, Colorado. Recently awarded Second Place for The American Prize Chamber Music 2015, ISE continues to present classical music to audiences around the country. In February, 2016, ISE will be presented by SAC Presents in Corvallis, Oregon, and visit several schools in the Corvallis community.
They have performed throughout Colorado and can often be heard in Oregon as part of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival. Classical music lovers in Denver can hear them frequently broadcast on Colorado Public Radio. Ivy Street Ensemble was selected by Chamber Music America to have a composition commissioned for their trio by Kenji Bunch in 2012. In 2008 they were finalists in the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. Comprised of three Colorado Symphony musicians, Cathy Peterson, Erik Peterson, and Phillip Stevens, the ensemble presents a diverse array of classical chamber works from the baroque era to 21st century compositions.
The Ivy Street Ensemble regularly performs at elementary schools in the Denver-metro region. Their young audiences are usually comprised of children ranging in age from 5 – 11 years old. The Ivy Street Ensemble’s education concerts are geared toward introducing a variety of instruments, while at the same time giving a tangible lesson on theme and variation that children of all ages can understand.