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Parlando Voice & Acting Faculty
Kristel Jelinek Brown
Director of Voice, Theatrical & Specialized Programming
Kristel Jelinek Brown – Director of Voice, Theatrical & Specialized Progamming is an actor, teaching artist and mama who returned to Colorado in 2012 after seven years in New York City. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York as well as a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado. Most recently, she was seen in Lysistrata Jones (Cleonice) at the Aurora-Fox, and as principal vocalist both for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Harrah’s Showboat Casino in Atlantic City. Additional credits include the first national tour of Urban Cowboy: The Musical (Ensemble); regional productions of Aladdin (Princess Jasmine), Aida (Ensemble), Grease (Frenchy), and Boulder’s Dinner Theatre’s One Magic Christmas (Mary). While not performing, Kristel’s work has become about integrating the arts and community-building, with people of all ages and abilities. Her teaching artist experience extends to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn’s Spellbound Theatre Company, the Creative Arts Team’s Early Learning Through the Arts, the CAT Youth Theatre, the New Americans Welcome Center of Staten Island, the National Theatre Workshop for the Handicapped, as well as various senior centers and schools in the Denver and NYC-metro areas. Kristel currently resides in Louisville with her husband, Darin, and two children, Charlotte and Bodie.
Jeevee holds a Bachelor Degree with a Dual Emphasis in Music Business and Commercial Vocal Performance from The College of Arts and Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado Denver and an Associates of Music degree from the Community College of Denver. He graduated Magna Cum Laude at both institutions. Jeevee is a 1st place competition winner for the Donna Bogard Scholarship for Voice, a recipient of the Mike Barney Scholarship for Gifted Music Students, a consecutive College of Arts and Media Dean’s List Scholar for all years attended at CU, an Honorary Mention for the National Association Teachers of Singing Competition, and an inductee of Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key International Honor Societies. He credits his studies in music and voice to the likes of Minda Azarcon, Stephanie Morrison, Megan Buness, Dr. Erin Hackel and former Parlando Faculty Member, Gene Roberts. Jeevee has had the pleasure of working with many artist from different backgrounds of musical styles including Pop, R&B, Jazz, Classical, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop and Gospel. Jeevee believes in the philosophy that “the best singer/musician in the world is the one who never stops learning.” It is with this mentality that Jeevee joins the faculty at Parlando School of Musical Arts and hopes to inspire his students. He strives to teach excellent and healthy vocal technique because “technique is what frees your true musical expression.” Jeevee has toured with the Diablo Valley College Concert Choir, the 9th St. Singers and CU Denver’s Musical Theater Ensemble. His performance credits include The Wiz, Godspell, Into the Woods as well as being a founding member of FIFTH (Fellas in Fine Tune Harmony) a R&B group based in the Bay Area. Additionally, Jeevee worked as music intern for Mulinjer Publishing, where he gained hands on experience as an artist and Repertoire Coordinator working with performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. He is the founder of Samonte Productions, an artist development company he started his senior year of college as his capstone project. He has an extensive background in gospel and serves as the Praise and Worship Music Director for Relentless Ministries at Colorado Christian Fellowship as well as a host of other national gospel organizations. Schedule a trial lesson with Jeevee now!
Courtney Bostwick is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance where she studied with soprano, Michelle Diggs Thompson. She was awarded second place in the Colorado-Wyoming District Student Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was the recipient of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Scholarship for 2015–2016 and 2016–2017. While at MSU Denver, Courtney had the opportunity to perform the complete role of La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Ms. Bostwick was also active in the scenes program where she performed as Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro, Lucia from The Rape of Lucretia, the Fairy from Cendrillon, and Zerbinetta from Ariadne auf Naxos. She has been selected to sing solo literature in three specialized recital events given by the MSU Denver vocal studies area as well as a solo portion of Messiah with the university’s combined choirs. Most recently, she attended the Vocal Arts Festival, where she performed in scenes from La fille du regiment as Marie where she studied with world-renowned soprano and teacher, Martile Rowland. Schedule a trial lesson with Courtney now!
A recent graduate of CU Boulder, Sophia Dove has enjoyed taking a few years off from school to teach, write music, and perform.
While at CU, she earned bachelor’s degrees in both Vocal Performance and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Meanwhile, Ms. Dove performed in numerous Eklund Opera Program productions including a role in a CU New Opera Workshop premiere. Her other notable credits include the role of Despina in Così fan tutte, the Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel, La Virtù in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and a nun in Dialogues des Carmélites. She was a 2014 Anderson Voice Competition winner.
Since graduating, Sophia and some close friends have formed a jazz fusion band, Cave Dwellers. Not only does she sing and play piano, but she writes many of her own vocal lines and lyrics. When not singing, Sophia can be found hiking in the mountains or cooking. Schedule a trial lesson with Sophia now!
Kristina holds a Masters Degree from New York University in Vocal Performance, Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado in Classical Voice. While in New York City, Kristina served as adjunct faculty at NYU where she taught private voice lessons to university students. She has also performed in numerous musical theater and operatic roles. Her New York credits include The Gondoliers (Gianetta), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderson) and 110 in the Shade. Her regional credits include The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Camelot (Guinevere), Les Miserable (Fantine), The Mikado (Yum Yum), Pirates of Penzance (Kate), Cabaret (Rosie), L’Enfant et les Sortileges (La chauve-souris) and Fables (The Narrator). Other productions include The King and I, Iolanthe, H.M.S. Pinafore, L’Elisir D’Amore, Dialogues of the Carmelites and La Bohème. Kristina moved back to Colorado in 2008 when she joined Parlando School of Musical Art’s Voice and Theatrical Division’s faculty.
Kristina teaches private voice lessons, master classes and group classes through Parlando. She loves working with students to help them prepare for musical and opera auditions, college auditions, All-State auditions, repertoire building and most importantly building a healthy, sustainable technique. She has also directed many summer camps and performances with Parlando and has directed at Boulder Country Day School.
Kristina lives in Longmont with her amazing husband Graham and their two awesome kiddos, Daniel and Sophia. Schedule a trial lesson with Kristina now!
Marnie Ward (voice, theatre, adaptive arts) is a nationally and internationally touring vocalist, playwright, producer, artist-in-residence and teacher. She’s sung with the Voices of Bahá Choir at Carnegie Hall and as the soprano soloist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. In Colorado, Marnie has been seen at BDT Stage, Candlelight Dinner Theatre, Next Stage Theatre Company and Imagination Makers Children’s Theatre Company, to name a few. She is an artist in residence with Think 360 Arts and Denver Parks and Recreation Adaptive Recreation Program, where she created and teaches the 8-Week Actors Workshop to engage students with disabilities in the performing arts. She was internationally selected to attend the Cabaret Conference at Yale to study with Julie Wilson, Sally Mayes, Laurel Masse and many other cabaret greats. Marnie has written, produced, and performed her one-woman cabaret shows that have been featured at cabarets and jazz clubs in Colorado and beyond. Currently, Marnie continues to tour these shows and is the vintage voice front woman for the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra. As the owner of Reveille 3 ~ An Andrews Sisters Tribute Act, Marnie cocreated three original musical theatre pieces that tell stories of the 1940’s, interwoven with the music made popular by the Andrews Sisters. In 6 years, her trio toured across the US as well as in France and Germany. In addition to performing, Marnie teaches voice and embraces students of all ages, abilities, and styles. She also mentors young women competing in pageants through vocal and performance coaching. Marnie prides herself on providing a supportive, enthusiastic environment in which students feel safe taking risks. When she’s not singing, you can find her on her mountain bike or snowboard. Schedule a trial lesson with Marnie now!
Meredith Wilder received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a vocal concentration from the University of New Mexico. She has been a member of Albuquerque’s professional choir Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico since 2009 and recently began singing with Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers. From 2011-2015 her main focus was writing, recording and touring with her folk-rock trio Wildewood. She has been a studio vocalist since 2007 and has recorded vocals on many Americana albums from the Southwest. Meredith has taught privately for over three years and continues to write, record and perform original music as a solo artist. Schedule a trial lesson with Meredith now!
Alexa received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors at Elon University’s highly acclaimed Music and Theater program. Upon graduation, she accepted an opportunity as a lead singer on Holland America’s cruise line, touring the world for a year. She’s won first place in several vocal competitions, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (N.A.T.S.) and Young Stars of the Future. A native Californian, she began private voice lessons when she was 5 years old. She attended the Orange County School of the Arts’ Musical Theater program for six years. She most recently moved from Portland, Oregon, where she led and managed her original folk music project, Wildish, for which she wrote, sang and played the mandolin. While in Portland, she landed a lead vocal spot in a national commercial for McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. As a recent transplant to Boulder, Alexa continues to grow her roots in her own creative musical projects, exploring using her voice and other instruments in new ways and sharing that with the surrounding area. Alexa teaches private vocal lessons where her main intention is to help people in finding their own, true authentic expression. She desires to create a safe and open space where the student can feel welcomed into their own creativity while having a lot of fun. Schedule a trial lesson with Alexa now!