Debra Kolacny

Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Co-Owner
Company Name
Kolacny Music

Debra Kolacny began playing the organ at the age of eight, not knowing a life of music was ahead of her. She joined her junior high school band as a percussionist and in high school focused on theater arts, where she met her future husband, David. His grandfather started Kolacny Music in Denver, which David would later take over as president. Debra and David were married in 1976 and she focused on a ten-plus-year career in banking. When the music store was switching from paper records to the computer, Debra was asked to join the team to oversee the big project. She never left! She was involved with many important projects within the store, including the migration of music retail software over the years. Inspired by David’s interest in the harp (he became involved with several harp organizations), she took up the instrument and kindly played for us during her NAMM interview!