Renée Hemsing Patten
Renée Hemsing Patten
violinist
 
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violin |vīəˈlin|

NOUN a stringed musical instrument of treble pitch, played with a horsehair bow.  It has four strings and a body of characteristic rounded shape, narrowed at the middle and with two f-shaped sound holes

ORIGIN  late 16th century: from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (what?!)

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"For art has to leave reality, it has to raise itself bodily above necessity and neediness; for art is the daughter of freedom, and it requires its prescriptions and rules to be furnished by the necessity of spirits and not by that of matter. But in our day it is necessity, neediness, that prevails, and bends a degraded humanity under its iron yoke. Utility is the great idol of the time, to which all powers do homage and all subjects are subservient. In this great balance of utility, the spiritual service of art has no weight, and, deprived of all encouragement, it vanishes from the noisy Vanity Fair of our time. The very spirit of philosophical inquiry itself robs the imagination of one promise after another, and the frontiers of art are narrowed, in proportion as the limits of science are enlarged."

                          - Friedrich Schiller, On The Aesthetic Education of Man

 
                                                                                         Cello da Spalla  - Shoulder Cello! 

                                                                                       Cello da Spalla - Shoulder Cello! 

Renée Hemsing Patten, a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico, earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of New Mexico under renowned Brazilian violinist Dr. Cármelo de los Santos. She earned her Masters at the University of North Texas in modern violin under Emanuel Borok, and baroque violin under Cynthia Roberts. She currently studies violin at the University of Colorado, where she and her husband Zack Patten (composer & classical guitarist) are teaching assistants & doctoral candidates.

Renée is a violinist in the Ajax Quartet, an emerging string quartet that has quickly grown in following and recognition.  Ajax Quartet is the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the University of Colorado under the tutelage of Grammy award-winning Takacs Quartet.

Renée studied with Paul Kantor and David Halen at the Aspen Music Festival, and performed at the Schlern International Music Festival in the Italian Alps. She has performed in numerous professional orchestras & early music ensembles throughout the US including Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Ensemble, the New Mexico Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Columbus Symphony and more. Upon moving to Colorado in Fall 2015, she began playing with the Boulder Philharmonic, and is a member & recent soloist with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Renée has served as co-concertmaster of the Boulder Symphony, is currently concertmaster of the Flatirons Community Orchestra, and violinist in the Boulder Altitude Directive [B.A.D.] under the direction of composer & Pulitzer finalist Carter Pann.

In addition to Suzuki teaching, Renée earned her certification as an Advanced Fiddle Teacher of the Mark O’Connor Method after studying directly with Mark O’Connor in Manhattan by special invitation. She has taught violin, viola, and cello lessons for thirteen years, and plays primarily violin (classical, baroque, and fiddle) as well as cello. Renée established & directed the orchestra program at The Heritage School (Georgia) before moving to Boulder, CO, where she currently teaches strings at Parlando School of Musical Arts

Renée has been featured in violin master classes with Vadim Gluzman, Matt Albert, Stephen Rose, Peter Otto, Haroutune Bedelian, Augustine Hadelich, Frank Almond, and the Fort Worth & Miami String Quartets and has played under such conductors as David Zinman, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, James de Priest, Jaap van Zweden, Michael Stern, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Andrey Boreyko, Thomas Søndergard, and Marin Alsop. In Spring 2014, Renée was featured on the cover of Symphony Magazine

 
 
 Finn, Zack & Renée's little boy

Finn, Zack & Renée's little boy

 
 Finn's big brother Étienne

Finn's big brother Étienne

 
 Grandma Mildred Hemsing (center) and her string quartet - Renée's inspiration & first teacher      William and Mildred Hemsing lived in Alaska from 1929 until 1941, when they left because the war was coming. William had made a short wave radio and monitored the Japanese boats off the coast of AK and knew they were getting closer and closer, so he had decided to take his wife and 3 daughters away from the danger of war. William & Mildred were both teachers and got jobs as necessary. They ran a general store, post office, and the schools in different towns. They went to NY state for a while, then were stationed at Browning, Montana at the Blackfeet Indian reservation since they were still employed by the USIS--United States Indian Service--the name before BIA. They were there for about 5 years and 2 sons were born there at the Indian hospital. Then they were transferred to Santa Fe, New Mexico where for 10 years they were at the Santa Fe Indian School for the Pueblo Indians in the area. It was a boarding school and William was the principal. Then they were transferred to Rosebud, South Dakota for the Rosebud Reservation and the Sioux Indians. After a few years there for a few years they retired and moved back to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mildred, when she was there the first time, and again after returning, was a violin player with the Santa Fe Symphony orchestra and for part of the time, she was the concertmistress...                                                            - Judy Hemsing Spurling Deist (daughter of Mildred)

Grandma Mildred Hemsing (center) and her string quartet - Renée's inspiration & first teacher

 
William and Mildred Hemsing lived in Alaska from 1929 until 1941, when they left because the war was coming. William had made a short wave radio and monitored the Japanese boats off the coast of AK and knew they were getting closer and closer, so he had decided to take his wife and 3 daughters away from the danger of war. William & Mildred were both teachers and got jobs as necessary. They ran a general store, post office, and the schools in different towns. They went to NY state for a while, then were stationed at Browning, Montana at the Blackfeet Indian reservation since they were still employed by the USIS--United States Indian Service--the name before BIA. They were there for about 5 years and 2 sons were born there at the Indian hospital. Then they were transferred to Santa Fe, New Mexico where for 10 years they were at the Santa Fe Indian School for the Pueblo Indians in the area. It was a boarding school and William was the principal. Then they were transferred to Rosebud, South Dakota for the Rosebud Reservation and the Sioux Indians. After a few years there for a few years they retired and moved back to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mildred, when she was there the first time, and again after returning, was a violin player with the Santa Fe Symphony orchestra and for part of the time, she was the concertmistress...
                                                         - Judy Hemsing Spurling Deist (daughter of Mildred)