Welcome to the Be Frank Foundation
“The programs supported by the Be FRANK Foundation provides the opportunity for high-quality music education. The environment is generative and works toward high expectations. This has added greatly to the growth of my son in his larger development toward adulthood. Whether he pursues music as a career or takes the experience to become a more successful person in any endeavor, he is building skills in coordinating well with others and appreciating the value of hard work and continual practice.”
Fall classes have started but it is not too late to sign up!
With the 2019-20 school year upon us, BFF staff are preparing for extracurricular orchestras at each Bayfield and Durango Elementary, including Juniper, Shared School, new programs at Mountain Middle and and the BFF Tutti Youth Orchestra meeting at FLC. We are already beginning to plan for the 2nd annual Creative Music Conservatory to provide students ages 7-17 a unique orchestral opportunity that explores a variety of repertoire in large ensembles, small group sectionals, individual private lessons and workshops designed to develop classical skills while learning how to apply known techniques to a variety of styles including bluegrass, folk, blues, pop and hip hop.
Our Mission: The engagement of youth to develop life-long skills of
Creativity, Accountability, Practice and Ensemble through the power of music!
PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS
MEET OUR DIRECTOR
Rusty Charpentier studied at Fort Lewis College and has played violin in bands and symphonies professionally in and around the Four Corners Area. He currently lives and teaches strings students in Burlington, VT
Alex "Rusty" Charpentier
Bassist in the San Juan Symphony and Founder of the Durango Creative Music Conservatory and the Be Frank Foundation, Mr. Usinowicz believes in building meaningful and sustainable relationships and programs for students.
Dr. Off is passionate about providing opportunities for students in rural areas to experience the musical arts. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory in Colorado and regularly performs in concerts throughout rural areas of the Southwest.
Dr. Sarah Off
Sandy Kiefer has been teaching in Canada for the past year. She has been the director of the Matz Cello Choir. This group is made up of fifteen cellists from age 13 to18. In March they toured Spain and gave five concerts. They recently competed in the Senior Chamber Orchestra competition in Ontario. They won first place. They competed against ensembles from Quebec. Montreal, Toronto , and Ottowa.
Martha "Sandy" Kiefer
Dr. Kasia Sokul-Borup
Dr. Kasia Sokol-Borup came to the US at age seventeen to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Dr. Borup was a professor of violin and viola at Fort Lewis College. While living in Durango, she directed the Durango Youth Symphony in addition to serving as concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony. Her passion for teaching young musicians has been realized through the creation of a pre-college string program at the University of Utah Preparatory Division. Dr. Borup is an active solo and chamber musician in Salt Lake City as well as all over the US. Occasionally, she performs with the Utah Symphony.
231 S. Clover Dr. #4, Bayfield, CO 81122