Ted Lassen spent most of his childhood in Canon City, Colorado, the son of a public school music instructor. His first piano teacher was Mrs. H.H. Holt in Akron, Colorado, but Mr. Lassen received his first significant piano instruction from Sr. Kathleen McNamara, O.S.B., in Canon City. Mr. Lassen became Assistant Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church at age 13. He graduated from Canon City High School in 1972. He was listed in Who’s Who in American High Schools while at CCHS.
Mr. Lassen attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where he studied with Lambert Dahlsten and was the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship and a Church Leadership Service Award. While at Bethany he performed extensively, served on several student/faculty committees, and maintained a church organ position in a nearby Lutheran church. He played the clarinet in the college band and
orchestra and was a member of the Bethany College Choir, which had the honor to perform in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (men’s music fraternity), and Beta Tau Sigma (honorary academic fraternity), and graduated Magna cum Laude from Bethany in 1976 with a degree in Music Education.
After a short teaching tenure in a rural school district near Topeka, Kansas, Mr. Lassen pursued graduate work at Indiana University, where he studied with Karen Shaw and Marion Hall. He accompanied extensively in the studios of Karen Shaw, Janos Starker, Eugene Rousseau, Vera Scammon, Bernard Portnoy, Walter Cassel, Eileen Farrell, and Nicola Rossi-Lemenyi, among others. He studied voice with Vera Scammon. While at Indiana, Mr. Lassen was awarded an associate instructorship in Music Theory. He graduated with honors from IU in 1981 with a Master of Music Degree in Piano.
Mr. Lassen continued his education at the University of Kansas, where he pursued doctoral studies with Dr. Richard Angeletti. While at KU, he also took advanced work in Music Theory. He served as a committee member for the Kansas Arts Commission in 1986 and was active in the Arts in the Schools program which was funded through the KAC and the National Endowment for the Arts. He continued his teaching career in his former school district near Topeka, where his performing groups consistently received Superior ratings in various competitions in the area. He maintained a position as Chief Organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Topeka. It was also during this time that Mr. Lassen had the privilege to work with Sr. Kathleen again, this time as an instructor with Elderhostel at St. Scholastica Academy in Canon City.
Family considerations brought Mr. Lassen back to Colorado for good in 1999, when he began teaching in DPS at Fairview and Bromwell Elementary Schools. Mr. Lassen became a faculty member of DSA in 2003. Mr. Lassen has served as a member of the DSA Collaborative School Committee and the School Leadership Team. He is currently a member of the Colorado Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Music Teacher’s National Association, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, and the National Education Association.