About OTHA

All funds raised through festivals and donations go toward supporting our music education programming for children.

off-the-hook-artsNow in our sixth year of a growing music education program, Off the Hook Arts is dedicated to creating life-long creative thinkers, cultural advocates and appreciators of the arts through the study of, exposure to and performance of chamber music, for youth and their communities regardless of their financial access. With a significantly sponsored and reduced fee chamber music program, we work with students from age 8 to 18 in The Chamber Music Academy (CMA).

In order to fund and gain awareness about the need for music education of the next generations of music makers and audiences, we began a professional summer classical music festival, Off the Hook Arts. This festival of world class touring chamber musicians. innovative thinkers and speakers, our immensely talented local Colorado musicians and teachers are all joined and hosted by our artistic director, New York based composer Bruce Adolphe.

The Chamber Music Academy now welcomes young, achieving strings, woodwinds and pianists. In the summer we added a five day Arts Workshop bringing a wide variety of Arts and music to young musicians (8 – 18) and 5 – 10 year olds who are just ‘Music Explorers.’


Off the Hook Arts is based on a unique program launched in 1991 by Austin-based Salon Concerts founder and former artistic director Robert Rudie, called CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools). CHAMPS now works with up to 60 young musicians annually in eleven schools. Participants represent diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds as well as varying levels of musical skill.

jephta-bernstein-othaJephta Bernstein became CHAMPS Director in 2008. During her tenure, emphasis on under-served schools and building community through music grew, with an expansion of participating schools, an extensive outreach program, a Master Class Series, and growing collaboration with the Miro Quartet and the University of Texas Graduate String Quartet Program.

Relocating in 2011 to Fort Collins, Colorado, Ms. Bernstein continues this revolutionary program format of providing cost-free, intensive chamber music to students who might otherwise have limited access to one–on-one musical instruction and never before experienced the musical expression that chamber music provides. The PYCH Pilot Program began in February 2012. We continue our program through the continued develop of The Chamber Academy.