Contact us at or (303) 476-4330

The Colorado Chamber Music Institute is part of the qualified 501c3 non profit the Colorado Institute of Music. We rely upon donations to meet our budgetary needs so please consider donating to support these exceptional young people through their musical journey! Born out of the desire to offer exceptionally high quality chamber music instruction to advanced, teen-aged players CCMI fills a growing need for an institute that supports the development of teen-aged chamber musicians!



Leah Creek Biesterfeld, Executive Director

Leah Creek Biesterfeld earned a Master of Music in Voice from Indiana University and trained at some of the country’s leading Young Artist Programs, including Santa Fe Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has extensive performing experience in both opera and concert, appearing with opera companies such as New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Opera Colorado and has been a winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Award. A frequent performer across the Colorado Front Range, Leah performs regularly with Colorado Bach Ensemble, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Ars Nova Singers, Anima Chamber Ensemble, and Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.






Mark Biesterfeld, Executive Director

Colorado native Mark Biesterfeld holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Cincinnati and was a recipient of an Allied Arts Inc. grant and a Corbett Award in Opera. Mark has performed extensively around the country, including appearances with Cincinnati Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Utah Festival Opera and Sarasota Opera.

Mark and Leah are the Executive Directors of the Colorado Institute of Music and the directors of Petite Musician which offers Music Together; a music and movement class for children birth through 5 years old and their parents or caregivers.  Mr. Biesterfeld and his wife Leah have two beautiful daughters Annalise and Sophie.