We ignite a new passion for classical music through innovative live experiences.
NoCo Artists is a 501(c)3 that was founded in 2009 to give the people of Northern Colorado a chance to see and experience the amazing diversity of contemporary music and art the region has to offer in unique settings.
Scott Stewart fell in love with the viola in the 5th grade after musicians from the Kansas City Symphony performed at his school in the suburbs of Kansas City, KS. Scott joined the Fort Collins Symphony in 1995 while studying viola with Carla Hager at Colorado State University where he had the pleasure of knowing and working for many years with the Fort Collins Symphony founder, Will Schwartz. Scott regularly performs with various regional orchestras and chamber groups and previously served as principal viola for the CSU Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras as well as the Longmont Symphony. Scott is the founder and Executive Director of the local non-profit organization NoCo Artists (www.nocoartists.com) where he organizes, performs, and composes music for unique and genre-defying events involving collaboration between musicians and other artists. What Scott enjoys most in life is making music with friends, cooking with friends and family, and spending time with his wife and four sons.
The music of composer Gustav Hoyer is a blend of classical technique, and modern sensibility. Melodies are immediate and expressive, but the tapestry of the musical texture is also rich and subtle. Like the counterpoint of a modern life, musical lines are layered upon each other to create a balance between independence and coherence. The passion of musical art is expressed not through volume, but through a careful undulation of harmonic centers and structures that tell a musical story with each melody playing a role in the narrative.
Sarah Goodwin Hoskins was born into a family of professional musicians and was started on the cello at age 18 months because the family string quartet needed a cellist! She pursued music performance studies at Wheaton College and DePaul University, and has won many prizes including the Society of American Musicians and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, as well as other solo concerto competitions. She was previously adjunct professor of cello at Concordia University, Chicago. Sarah currently lives in Fort Collins, where she maintains a small private Suzuki cello studio; enjoys chamber music of all kinds as a member of NoCo Artists, and the Celtic string band, Zahatar; participates in and organizes church music and the arts; and most importantly, is a wife to her husband Steve, and mothers five beautiful, musical children.