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, call our office at 303-665-0599. We also have faculty CDs available for listening and purchase.

    Christine Armstrong (piano, Suzuki, music theory)
    DMA CU-Boulder.  International diplomas in piano performance/pedagogy from England, Canada, and US. American College of Musicians Hall of Fame inductee.  Adjudicator and freelance pianist.  Draws curriculums from commercial methods as well as Guild, National Federation Music Clubs, Recreational Music Making and the Royal Conservatory Achievement program.

    Anne Brennand (cello, Suzuki)
    BM California Institute of the Arts; MM CU-Boulder. Teaching since 1992.  Performs with the Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, and Serenata String Quartet.  Winner of Denes Koromzay Chamber Music Award.

    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.

    Danielle Chollet (trombone, baritone)
    BM/BME SUNY-Crane School of Music; MM CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 1992.  Performs with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Center Attractions and Colorado Ballet.

    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.

    James Cline (guitar-acoustic and electric)
    BM Utah State University; MM/DMA CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 1989.  Teaching includes Regis University and Front Range Community College.  Performs solo and chamber music.  Founding member of Mountain Music Duo.

    Katie Couch (piano, Dalcroze Education)
    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.

    Nayantara Desai (piano, music theory, music history, improvisation)
    BM University of Wisconsin-Madison; MM University of Miami.  Active performer, clinician, and educator for the past 16 years.  Featured guest composer/arranger at the Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    Carl Dixon (percussion)
    BM University of Wisconsin-Madison, MM University of Colorado-Boulder.  Percussion instructor at CU-Boulder, Musical Director of the Boulder Samba School, member of Brazilian music band Ginga, Principal percussionist of the Cheyenne Symphony, and performs with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Ft. Collins Symphony, Colorado Springs Symphony, Central City Opera, and more.  www.carldixondrums.com

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

    Ryan Durfee (Broadway Boomers Musical Collaborator, piano)
    BA Piano Performance, Northwestern College-St. Paul, MN.  Freelance pianist, accompanist and music director in the Denver-Metro area.  Teaches music theory at Denver School of the Arts.

    Rachel Fetler (voice)
    BA Pomona College; MM New England Conservatory.  Teaching since 1990.  Also teaches at Boulder Arts Academy.  Performs with Boulder Bach Festival and Opera Colorado and is founder of the baroque ensemble, La Liaison.

    Mike Finders (guitar, mandolin, Learn to Jam)
    BA Loras College, MA University of Iowa.  Teaching since 2003.  Active touring bluegrass musician with Finnders and Youngberg.  Sought-after bluegrass instructor who teaches at and directs many summer camps and festivals.  Also works in special education and learning and behavorial differences.

    Kat Fritz (violin, viola, Music Together, Suzuki)
    BS University Nebraska-Lincoln; viola performance studies at Lawrence University.  Teaching since 1994.  Registered Music Together instructor.  Former principal violist, Saratoga Chamber Orchestra.  Founder & former Music Director, Whidbey Island Orchestras.  Orchestra Director, Peak to Peak Charter School.

    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)
    Cello performance studies University of Northern Colorado. Chamber music coach for UNC-Strings Project Program.  Received Colorado Statement of Eligibility to teach K-12 music.  Teaching since 1997.  Founder of Boulder Ukulele Group.  Area freelance musician.

    Barb 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.

    Ksenia Ilinykh (piano)
    BM and performance certificate, Ural State Conservatory (Russia); BM University of Utah; MM University of South Carolina, DMA (in progress) CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 2000.  Winner of the Russian National Chamber Music and Masters of the 20th Century International Piano Competitions.  Level 1 Mastership Certification from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning.  Active solo and collaborative pianist.

    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.

    Amanda Setlik Jones (piano, Suzuki)
    BM University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; MM (DMA in progress) 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.

    Marci Kalish (Music Together)
    BM CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 2006.  Registered Music Together instructor.  Former touring member of Up With People.

    Walt Kehn (Rocky Mountain Concert Band)
    BME CU-Boulder.  MME UNC-Greeley.  Former Director of Bands at various schools in St. Vrain Valley, Poudre, and Boulder Valley school districts.  Extensive experience leading marching, symphonic and jazz band programs.  Recipient of the American School Band Directors Association Stanbury Award for Outstanding Middle/Jr. High School Band Director (1982).

    Whitney Kelley (flute, Suzuki and traditional)
    DMA/MM CU-Boulder.  BM North Carolina School for the Arts.  Teaching since 2004.  Registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  Performs as a member of the Airde Ensemble, in several area orchestra, and as a featured soloist.  Significant research in the psychology of music learning at all levels.

    Cheri Stites King (Tuba & Euphonium)
    Bachelor of Music Education from Samford University.  Trained by James Jenkins, Principal Tuba of Jacksonville Symphony.  Passionate music teacher since 1995.  Taught middle school orchestra and private low brass studio of 20+ students in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Student achievements include principal chairs in middle school and high school All-State bands.  Manager of Gwinnett County (GA) Honors Orchestra.

    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.

    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.

    Sarah Murray (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 (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 Chamber Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, and Central City Opera Orchestra.

    Rick Pruitt (guitar-acoustic and electric, Suzuki)
    BM University of Miami.  Teaching since 1985.  Styles include popular, classical and flamenco.  Teachers include Rene Heredia, Charles Wolzien and Juan Mercadal.  Area freelance musician.

    Michael Quam (guitar-classical, steel-string and electric, ukulele, recording and sound design)
    BM/MM Florida State University.  Certificate in Music Technology.  Teaching since 1994.  Teachers include Bruce Holzman, Stephen Robinson, and Rex Willis.  Solo and chamber musician.  Recording engineer and sound designer.

    Dustin Rider (banjo)
    Bio coming soon.

    Ysmael Reyes (flute, piccolo)
    BM Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales; MM University of Iowa; DMA CU-Boulder. Teaching since 1999.  Performs as a soloist and orchestral player.  Prizewinner of the First Latin American Flute Competition, Dante Alighieri Society.  Principal flute with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.  Speaks Spanish.

    Margaret Romero (trumpet)
    BM University of Wisconsin-Madison; MM (DMA in progress) CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 2003.  Former trumpet studio teaching and Entrepreneurship Center for Music graduate assistant (CU-Boulder).  Former member of the Flatiron Brass Quintet.  Middle school band director and active arts administrator.  Member of the Wyoming Symphony and area freelance musician.

    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.

    Olga Shylayeva (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.

    Kaori Uno (bassoon)
    BM Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music; MM/Post-Masters Professional Certificate CU-Boulder.  Teaching since 2009. Performs with the Longmont Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Steamboat Springs Festival, Greeley Philharmonic, and Boulder Chamber Orchestra.  Speaks Japanese.

    Kathryn Killian Vovk (Music Together, violin, Suzuki)
    BM, MM from Peabody Conservatory in Violin Performance.  Pedagogy training with Rebecca Henry and Suzuki Teacher Trainings through  Book 4.  Past performane experience with Washington Performing Arts Society, Tanglewood Music Center, Bang On A Can, Evolution Contemporary Music Series.  Currently performs with the Fort Collins & Cheyenne Symphonies, Duo Tadema. Registered Music Together teacher.  www.kathrynkilianvovk.com

    Tenly Williams (oboe, english horn)
    BM Eastman School of Music; MM University of Texas at Austin. Teaching since 2000.  Performs with the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Chamber Orchestras; principal oboist of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and a founding member of the Mountain Music Ensemble.

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

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