In Memoriam

Lisa Selby

1960 - 2022

Lisa was a dedicated member of the LTSO who contributed to our organization in so many extraordinary ways, well beyond being a talented member of the cello section.  

She was our personnel manager for many years who brought new structure and organization to the position, processes which are still in place today.  Lisa then moved into the challenging role as marketing director and program designer.  Her efforts helped drive larger audiences to our concerts and her program designs were creative, eye-catching and colorful, bringing a more professional look to our presentation.  

Even when Lisa retired to Taos over two years ago, she continued to create our programs from afar which demonstrated how much she loved the LTSO.  She wanted to continue to help, even if she could not play with us.  

Lisa was a wonderful person and an important member of the LTSO – She will be greatly missed. 

Elaine Boorstein

1963 - 2020

Elaine passed away Wednesday evening, May 13, 2020, following a long battle with severe illness.  Elaine's husband was with her listening to some of their favorite pieces of music together; the final piece being a Dvorak Piano-Violin Concerto that they had worked on together.

Elaine stepped up to be LTSO's President early in LTSO's history, and frequently volunteered through the years to help with various things that needed to be done.

In addition to being a member of LTSO, Elaine played 2nd violin in the No Strings Attached Quartet for 14 years, along with other LTSO members.  Elaine loved to travel to Europe, was involved in real estate, and previous to starting a family, worked as a stockbroker at Charles Schwab.

Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. Elaine will be greatly missed.

John Nemcik 

September 15, 2019

The LTSO lost a very good friend on September 15, 2019.  He left behind family, friends, and the entirety of the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra. We are heartbroken.

John Nemcik was a kind and thoughtful man with a passion for improving the sound and the presentation of the LTSO. Not only did he contribute as both a violist and a bassist, his and many others' vision of the orchestra performing regularly in a concert hall came to fruition during his tenure as LTSO President.  The "resident principal" program was implemented during John's tenure on the LTSO board, as well.  His passion for playing music continued with his membership in the Parker Symphony Orchestra through the 2018-2019 season.

His spirit lives on through the lasting impact of the positive changes he helped to accomplish.

From Peter Huffaker, fellow bassist, "John was a keen student, a great friend, had a dry sense of humor, took interest in my son's pursuit of engineering, which was John's daytime "gig", and always encouraged me in my musical endeavors.  Though John, I'm sure, would not want us to make much of a fuss about him, he will be missed by many."

John was key in making the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra what it is today and we are grateful to have had him in our midst.  Rest in peace, dear friend.

John Minthorn 

1936 - 2017

John Minthorn was introduced to the trumpet during his sophomore year in high school and he never looked back. As a music teacher for the Cherry Creek School District he received the 1997-98 “Teacher of the Year” award. John was a founding member of  LTSO as Principal Trumpet; he also played with the Denver Concert Band for many years. We so appreciated his dedication and will miss him very much. 

Krista Ayers

1974 - 2014

Krista Ayers, 39, of Denver passed away February 23, 2014. Krista is survived by her parent, Ronnie and her brother, Michael. Krista loved playing her cello with the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra and riding her Harley. We miss you so much Krista! 

Phyllis Emma Rudduck

1925 - 2012

The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra was very sad to lose a friend and violist, Phyllis Rudduck, who was an original member of the LTSO when it was founded in 2000. Her life always revolved around music from elementary school to her most recent endeavor as violist with our group. Phyllis always had a smile on her face and a song in her heart.