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We take pride in our family-focused and community-centered approach to playing and sharing music. Our experienced instructors are committed to creating an enjoyable experience for every member of the Cherry Creek Youth Symphony. We are also honored to have the continual support of our CCYS parents.
Dr. Douglas Macomber
Organ, Director and Conductor
- Dr. Douglas Macomber, a fourth generation Californian, started his musical training at age 7. By the time he was 9 years-old, he began playing for song services at his church and was soon playing for area churches, as well. At age 10 he became a charter member of the California Boys Choir, which was a prominent ensemble in Los Angeles for many years, and he went on to accompany junior high and high school choirs.
Douglas later started organ lessons and has gone on to do every aspect of a church music program including directing choirs at all age levels, accompanying, composing music for worship services, worship planning, concert series, and more.
He received a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in organ performance from Loma Linda University in Riverside, California. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree with emphasis in organ performance from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he studied organ with one of America’s greatest organ professors, Robert Anderson, choral and instrumental conducting with Lloyd Pfaustch and took classes from renown church musicians including Carlton Young, Jane Marshall, and Austin Lovelace. He moved to Denver to get a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from C. U. Boulder, where he studied with Don Vollstedt, and enjoyed Denver so much he has remained here since that time.
In 2007, he started the Cherry Creek Youth Symphony (he has studied clarinet and violin) because of his love for children and his desire that students have a good orchestra experience while learning some of the greatest music ever written.
In addition to directing the Cherry Creek Youth Symphony, he has served as organist and choir accompanist, choir director and music director of several churches in Boulder and Denver, where he arranges and composes hymns, anthems and service music for orchestra. He currently serves as organist and orchestra conductor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church.
Viola, Assistant Conductor
- Madeline Gesi is a violist from Arvada, Colorado. She was homeschooled and began her journey in music as a member of several different private orchestras, including the Cherry Creek Youth Symphony when she was just 12 years-old.
After recognizing her special talent and interest in the viola, Gesi began to study under Basil Vendryes, Principal Violist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, when she was 15. She is now currently Principal Violist for the Colorado Young Sinfonia under the direction of Basil Vendryes.
She was twice awarded scholarships to the Lamont School of Music camps at Denver University, and twice to Green Mountain Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. She won the American’s Bank Award and got to be mentored by Chuck Norris and Daniel Sax. She also won the 2017 annual solo concerto for the Colorado Young Sinfonia. She was a member of In Tune String Ensemble for two years, playing for special fundraising events.
Gesi is also part of a ‘voice and instrumental’ group called the Gesi Sisters with her two older sisters, in which they perform for both profit and non-profit sponsored events. She enjoys spending time with her parents and five siblings and being part of small independent film projects.
She is currently a Strings Coach of the Cherry Creek Youth Symphony, where she hopes to replicate what she knows into others.
Cello, Instructor Cello Class
- Elizabeth Gergel has 10+ years of teaching experience and has completed Suzuki Teacher Training from Pre-Twinkle through Book 10, as well as Suzuki Early Childhood Education. Her teaching philosophy prioritizes guiding students to feel a sense of self-confidence and efficacy. She balances high expectations for technical proficiency with an engaging, fun and creative lesson environment. Liz is a passionate and dedicated teacher, and welcomes students as young as three into her studio (no age limit for adults!). Liz serves on faculty of the Oregon Suzuki Institute each summer.
Liz enjoys performing for events such as weddings, private parties and religious services. She has extensive orchestral experience, has played for over 30 weddings, and has appeared on four albums.
Liz received a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina, graduating summa cum laude from the Honors College. She has completed Suzuki Teacher Training on cello for Pre-Twinkle through Book 10 with Dr. Tanya Carey in Illinois. She recently completed Stage One of Suzuki Early Childhood Teacher Training with Wan Tsai Chen in Colorado.
Parent Council Representatives
Corey & Helen Scott