Faculty

Center for Musical Arts instructors are a diverse group of skilled, dedicated individuals who are experienced musician-teachers in the Boulder-Denver area, and who share a strong belief in the pure, necessary joy of making music.

Members of our talented faculty often perform individually or in groups for hire (weddings, parties, receptions, concerts, & other special occasions). For referral information, contact Rachel Fetler at 303-665-0599 ext. 101.

Faculty Alphabetically by Last Name

Anne Brennand (cello, Suzuki)
BM California Institute of the Arts; MM CU-Boulder. Suzuki Certification. Teaching since 1992. Performs with the Boulder and Greeley Philharmonics, and other area freelance ensembles. She has studied and performed baroque instrumentation with Ann Morgan, and plays yearly concerts with Seattle area colleagues at the Midsummer Musical Retreat (www.musicalretreat.org). Winner of Denes Koromzay CU Chamber Music Award, Anne’s greatest passion is performance of ensemble repertoire, and introducing the cello to students of all ages and abilities.

Carrie Blosser (Rocky Mountain Concert Band, Trumpet)
Carrie Blosser is is an active music educator in the greater Boulder area as well as a freelancing musician across Colorado.  Currently working on her Doctor of Music Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she received her Master of Music in Music Education and  Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Messiah College in Grantham, PA.  Ms. Blosser’s awards include a Special Commendation from the Colorado House of Representatives and the 2007 University of Northern Colorado College of Performing and Visual Arts Scholar of the Year. . She has also taught private brass lessons for students of all skill levels. Her students have participated and competed successfully at the region, state, and national levels.

Amanda Bryant, MT-BC, NMT (music therapy)
BM Music Therapy and Music Theatre Performance Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College.  Neurologic Music Therapy training at CSU.  Board-certified music therapist specializing in children, teens and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental disability.  Service provider through Imagine!, North Metro Community Services, and DDRC.  In private practice since 1996.

Dave Camp (saxophone, flute, clarinet, jazz)
BM Berklee College of Music.  Teaching since 1994.  Extensive performance experience including Los Angeles studio work, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Catalina Jazz Festival.  Studied with Billy Pierce, Joe Viola, Julius Baker, Paul Rienzi.  Leader of the Dave Camp Band.  Appears on numerous recordings.

Larry Clyman (guitar) BA Indiana University Bloomington; additional studies at The Musicians Institute, Los Angeles CA. Teaching since 1975 including staff instructor at Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago), and Musicians Institute (Los Angeles). Full time working/touring musician for many years based in Chicago and New York. Appearances with Ray Charles, B.B King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Extensive experience performing and recording in a variety of American roots music styles including, Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock, Bluegrass, and Folk.

Steve (Mr. C) Christopher (Jazz Studies)
BME/MME CU-Boulder. Teaching since 1967. Retired Director of Jazz Studies and Director of Bands at Fairview High School.  Retired Instrumental Music Coordinator for BVSD.  Colorado Jazz Works faculty and noted judge and clinician.  Jazz Educator of the Year (1991) and member of the CMEA Hall of Fame.  Area freelance musician.

Zane Cupec (Percussion)
BM, Music Education, West Virginia University; MM, Percussion Performance, Northern Illinois University; study abroad in Brazil and Ghana, Africa; speaks Spanish.  Specializing in Afro-Cuban and World drumming, Zane Cupec has taught students from kindergarten through high school.

Kendall Cook (piano)
BM-Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MM-Cleveland Institute of Music. Additional studies and performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Teaching all ages and levels since 2004. Studies include an emphasis on chamber music, collaborative piano, and pedagogy. Active member of a local branch of the Music Teachers National Association.

Katie Couch (Dalcroze Education) on leave 2016/2017
BM, MME CU-Boulder.  Certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics instructor.  Teaching since 2002.  Area freelance pianist, organist, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics clinician.  Incorporates improvisation in private lessons.  Taught in Shanghai for three years and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Byron Dudrey (bass-acoustic and electric)
BM Kansas State University; MM CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 1994.  Area freelance musician.

Rachel Fetler (voice)
BA Pomona College; MM New England Conservatory. Teaching since 1990. Specializes in Opera, Early Music Performance, and Childhood Music Education. Has performed locally with the Boulder Bach Festival, Pro Musica Colorado, Opera Colorado, and the baroque ensemble La Liaison.

Kat Fritz (Music Together) Kat studied viola performance at Lawrence University Music Conservatory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and pursued a Masters of Viola performance degree at Southeastern Louisiana University.  She developed her strings pedagogy and Suzuki teaching skills with Mimi Zweig of Indiana University, Rebecca Henry of the Peabody Conservatory, Doris and William Preucil of Preucil School of Music, and nationally acclaimed Suzuki teacher trainers Ed Sprunger, Marilyn O’Boyle, and Yuko Honda.

Ruth Galloway (violin, viola)
BS University of Missouri-Kansas City; PhD Case Western Reserve.  Teaching since 1990.  Has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, CU Lyric Theater, Colorado Mahler Fest Orchestra, Boulder Sinfonia, Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra, and Sonora.  Area freelance musician.

Sarah Goodroad (Ukulele Social Club)
Sarah Goodroad  has a Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and has taught children and adults how to play for more than 20 years. She teaches ukulele, guitar and piano and specializes in teaching beginners, through a song-based curriculum, the joy of learning to play an instrument in a fun and supportive environment. In 2010, Goodroad founded the Boulder Ukulele Group, a community group of musicians, and she is the leader of Ukulele Social Club a class and performance group at the CMF/CMA.

Allison Graham (percussion)
Allison Graham has been a high school percussion instructor and marching percussion judge.  She is currently a teaching assistant at CU-Boulder, where she is completing her degree, and performs with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

Barbara Grout (Suzuki piano)
BM University of Miami.  Teaching since 1982.  Independent Music Teachers Forum Chair for the Colorado State Music Teachers Association and past president for the Boulder Area Music Teachers Association.  Board-certified music therapist.  Piano teaching certification through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning.

Tina Gugeler (Hammered Dulcimer)
2015 Hammered Dulcimer National Champion. Performing and teaching since 1990.   the hammered dulcimer for over 25 years.  She has appeared at many folk and traditional music festivals, including the Colorado Dulcimer Festival in Fort Collins, Irish week at Augusta in Elkins, WV, Sawdust Festival in Bennington, OK, Albuquerque Dulcimer Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, just to name a few.  Along with her busy performance schedule, Ms Gugeler teaches students on the dulcimer and bodhran.  She appears on recordings by Grand view Victorian Orchestra, Denver’s High Strung and plays with the dance band Balance and Swing, Grand view Victorian Orchestra.

Faith Halverson-Ramos (Singing Groups, Music Therapy-BC)
Licensed Professional Counselor and board certified music therapist. She is a classically trained vocalist, and received her MA from Naropa University, where she studied music therapy and transpersonal counseling psychology. Her approach to making music with people of varying ages and abilities is to remove the fear and judgement they may feel around making music, and to instead encourage them to have fun being in music. faithhalversonramos.com

Dan Harris (mandolin, guitar, bluegrass)
BM – University of Wyoming.  15 years of experience with the mandolin.  Has taught at University of Wyoming, Boulder Arts Academy, and independently. Teaches bluegrass, old time, folk mandolin as well as other genres.  Currently performs in the area as a solo singer songwriter and with the Dan Harris Trio, and builds custom guitars and mandolins.

Mitch Helble (guitar)
BM University of Colorado- Boulder; MM University of Colorado- Boulder. Teaching since 2002. Formed the group ToneScape in 2006. Released the CD – Compositions by Mitch Helble in 2006.

Brian Jack (bassoon)
BM/BME Ithaca College; MM/DMA CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 2005.  Executive Director of the Boulder Youth Symphony Orchestras.  Performs with the Boulder Bassoon Quartet, Colorado Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and Wyoming Symphony.  Area freelance musician.

Parker James (percussion)
BS in Music Media Production, Ball State University; Currently working towards a MM in Percussion Music Performance, CU-Boulder. Performed with Peru Community Orchestra as winner of the 2013 Young Artist Competition.  Specializes in Latin Jazz and Vibraphone.

Amanda Setlik Jones (Suzuki Piano Workshop)
BM University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; MM DMA CU- Boulder; additional studies Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.  Teaching since 1999. Performance experience includes international music festivals, solo, ensemble, and collaborative projects.

Mary Jungerman (clarinet, saxophone, Native American flute)
BM/MM University of Houston; DMA CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 1966.  Performs with the Greeley Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Philharmonic, and Sonora Chamber Ensemble.  Founding member of “3 of 3.”  Fulbright scholar.  Speaks German and French.

Carolyn Kuban (harp, neurologic music therapy)
BM Eastman School of Music (harp); MM Colorado State University (neurologic music therapy). Previous performance includes Rochester Philharmonic, Oklahoma Symphony, and Colorado Symphony.Teaching since 1983, including Chicago Public Schools and Universities of Oklahoma and Denver.  Board certified music therapist since 1994. Works with all ages in Jeffco and Boulder Valley school districts, community agencies including Imagine!, and treatment centers for brain injuries.

Nancy McNeill (violin, viola, Suzuki)
BM CU-Boulder.  Training at Aspen Music Festival.  Teaching since 1972.  Completed Suzuki training with Dr. William Starr.  Studied with Oswald Lehnert, Jessi Ceci, Denes Koramzay.  Performs with the Boulder Philharmonic and Musica Antiqua and leads Bacchus Entertainment.

Yuki Mikle (Suzuki piano)
Bunkyo University, Japan. Member of CSMTA, BAMTA, and SAA. Teaching piano for all ages since 2010.  Trained with Michiko Yurko, the founder of Music Mind Games, in 2013.  Ms Mikle enjoys sharing the joy of learning and performing piano.

Ann Marie Morgan (viola da gamba, baroque cello)
Artist Diploma Oberlin College Conservatory; BM Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.  Teaching since 1983.  Teaching includes the Interlochen Center for the Arts, CU-Boulder, Regis University, and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.  Guest artist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boulder Bach Festival.  Has released numerous recordings.

Laura Moylan (piano)
BM Indiana University – Bloomington, IN; MM Indiana University- Bloomington, IN; DMA( in progress) University of Colorado- Boulder. Teaching since 2002.

Sarah Murray-Espinoza (violin, Suzuki)
BM Valparaiso University; MM CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 2001.  Suzuki certified through book eight, training with Edward Kreitman and William Starr.  Performs solo/duo recitals and plays with with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and as area freelance musician.  Member of the Orelia String Quartet.

Faye Nepon (piano, voice)
BS Excelsior College; Harand School of Musical Theater in Chicago; Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University; San Francisco State University. Teaching since 1983.  Teaching includes Accademia Musicale of Florence, Niccolo Paganini Conservatory of Genoa, Bernstein School of Musical Theater of Bologna, and Community School of the Arts (Charlotte, NC). Specializes in jazz, ethnic song, and musical theater.  Appears on five CD recordings.  Speaks Italian.

Devon Park (French horn)
BM University of Nebraska; MM Northwestern University.  Teaching since 1986.  Teaching includes University of Northern Colorado, Rocky Ridge Music Camp, Boulder Public Schools, Colorado Christian University, Colorado State University, CU-Boulder, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Performs with the Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Opera Colorado and Central City Opera Orchestra.

Dustin Rider (banjo)
Fifteen years banjo experience. Teaches three-finger (Scruggs), and clawhammer or frailing, more commonly found in old-time music. Founding member of the Boulder-based progressive bluegrass band, The Railsplitters (www.thereailsplitters.com), winners of the 2013 Rockygrass Band Competition, and also plays with the old-time band, Firing Line (wwwfiringlineband.com) has played with Byron Berline Band, Taarka, High Lonesome Sound, and others.

Amanda Riggers (accompanist, Broadway Boomers)
BM University of Idaho; MM CU-Boulder Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Area freelance collaborator in classical, musical theater, jazz, and modern music styles since 2011.

Marcelo Sanches (cello)
BM Oberlin Conservatory; MM & DMA CU-Boulder. Teaching since 1996.  Principal cellist of the Greeley Philharmonic and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras and Assistant Principal of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.  Also performs solo and chamber music.  First Prize Winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music Nationals (2004).

Maria Gonsalves Schimpf (music therapy)
BM Peabody Conservatory; MA University of Wyoming; MA New York University.  Advanced training in Analytical Music Therapy.  Therapist since 2003.  Clinical specialties include children with severe emotional disturbance, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, abuse disorders, chemical addictions, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.

Deborah Schmit-Lobis (piano, improvisation, composition)
BM piano pedagogy and performance CU-Boulder. Teaching for 18 years.  Active freelancer including national and international touring and major local groups.  Works with Central City Opera and Opera School outreach program.  Appears on several recordings.

Mei-Mey Segura-Wang (violin,Viola, Suzuki)
BA University Missouri – St Louis, MM Northern Illinois University, DMA CU-Boulder (in progress). Suzuki certified through book eight, training with Ann Montzka Smelser, Caroline Fraser, and William Starr. Other major teachers: John McGrosso and the Arianna String Quartet, Mathias Tacke from Vermeer String Quartet, and Charles Wetherbee (current). Performance experience includes International music festivals,  orchestra and chamber music ensembles.

Olga Shilaeva (flute, piano, piccolo)
MM Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Kiev, Urkraine. Teaching since 1989.  Teaching includes the Boulder Arts Academy, Kiev Conservatory/Kiev Institute of Culture, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Christchurch International School.  Principal piccolo with the Boulder and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras and area freelance musician.  Formerly principal flute with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and principal piccolo with the National Sympyhony Orchestra of Ukraine.  Appears on CD of Walter Piston chamber music (Naxos), 1999.  K-12 Music Education license and current BVSD general music education teacher.  Certificates in Orff and Kodaly methods.

Alejandro (Alex) Sierra (voice, piano)
BA University of Campeche-Mexico; MM CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 1991. Performs with Denver Opera Company.  Choir director at the St. Martin de Porres Church.  Former section leader/soloist with the State Choir of Jalisco (Mexico).  Speaks Spanish and Italian.

Harumi Tabler (piano)
BM with honors in Piano Performance, CU-Boulder; MM in Piano Performance, CU-Boulder (in progress).  Teaching actively since 2001.  NationallyCertified Teachers of Music (NCTM) by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).  Freelance pianist, adjudicator, and presenter.  Developed theory test, music history test, ear training test, and chaired festivals and copetitions for Colorado State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) and Boulder Area Music Teachers Association (BAMTA).

Elle Tyler (piano, Music Together)
MM, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, CU-Boulder

Joy Witherow (Suzuki violin)
Graduated summa cum laude with a BM in Instrumental Performance (Violin), University of Louisiana, Monroe; graduate studies in violin performance, CU-Boulder.  Certified Suzuki violin teacher.  Ms Witherow is an active freelance performer along the Front Range.

Dar Zerwekh-Reardon (Music Together)
MPT (Physical Therapy) University of Utah.  Passionate, registered Music Together instructor since 2011.


    Faculty by Instrument

    Banjo:  Dusty Rider
    Bass: (upright and electric) Bryon Dudrey
    Bassoon: Brian Jack
    Cello: Anne Brennand, Marcelo Sanches
    Clarinet: Dave Camp, Mary Jungerman
    Flute/Piccolo: Dave Camp, Olga Shilaeva
    French Horn: Devon Park
    Guitar: Larry Clyman, Dan Harris, Mitch Helble, Mike Quam
    Hammered Dulcimer:  Tina Gugeler
    Harp: Carolyn Kuban
    Low Brass: Steve Foreman
    Mandolin:  Dan Harris
    Oboe: tbd
    Percussion: Stephen Bott, Zane Cupec
    Piano: Kendall Cook, Barbara Grout, Yuki Mikle, Laura Moylan, Deborah Schmit-Lobis, Olga Shilaeva, Alejandro Sierra, Harumi Tabler, Elle Tyler
    Saxophone: Dave Camp, Mary Jungerman
    Theory/Composition: Deborah Schmit-Lobis, Dave Camp
    Trumpet: Carrie Blosser
    Tuba: Steve Foreman
    Ukulele: Mitch Helble
    Viola: Ruth Galloway, Nancy McNeill
    Viola da Gamba: Ann Marie Morgan
    Violin: Ruth Galloway, Nancy McNeill, Sarah Murray, Mei-Mey Segura-Wang, Joy Witherow
    Voice: Rachel Fetler, Faye Nepon, Alejandro Sierra

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