Colleen with horn at Mt. HolyokeColleen Perry Shaffer began playing the horn at age 10. Today, she is a busy freelancer, performing throughout the Boulder/Denver Metro area.

Colleen performs as principal horn with the Longmont Symphony and plays frequently with The Denver Brass, Opera Colorado, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Steamboat Springs Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, and other groups along the Front Range.

Before moving to Colorado in 2013, Colleen performed regularly with the Charleston Symphony. She also appeared with Opera Charleston, Chamber Music Charleston, the Savannah Philharmonic, North Charleston Pops!, the Beaufort Symphony, and Broadway shows at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Before moving to Charleston in 2011, Colleen was a member of the Wallingford (Conn.) and Berkshire (Mass.) Symphonies. She also played Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway in NYC. She has performed with the New Haven Symphony and as an associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Colleen was interim 4th horn at the Virginia Symphony in 2008.

Colleen’s principal teachers include Dale Clevenger, Alice Render, Bill Barnewitz, James DeCorsey, Jonathan Menkis, and Nannette Foley. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) and a Master of Music from Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts (Chicago, Ill.).

Colleen is married to Kris, a music theory professor. They are blessed with three bouncing boys.