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Parlando Instrumental Faculty
Emily Book McGree
Emily Book McGree – Education Director (piano) DMA, received her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied piano with Dr. Andrew Cooperstock and piano pedagogy with Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi. She received her M.M. from Louisiana State University under Jennifer Hayghe and Gregory Sioles, and her B.M. from Ohio Wesleyan University under Cameron Bennett, both with honors. In addition to several performance scholarships and awards at all three institutions, she has also been the recipient of many teaching awards, including the STAR award from the Music Teachers National Association. During summers, Emily has fostered her love for chamber music at numerous music festivals with acclaimed teachers such as Martin Canin, Benjamin Rawitz and Michael Gurt. Emily has been teaching at the collegiate level for over 5 years and has held a private studio for much longer. She loves teaching students both young and old, and strives to create thoughtful musicians with a love for the arts.
Stephen Bott is a versatile drummer, percussionist, and educator with a special interest in collaborating with composers and promoting new percussion music. After a B.M.E. from Central Michigan University where he received the Grant Skomski Percussion Scholarship, Stephen moved to Boulder and earned a M.M. at the University of Colorado where he received the Nancy and Ted Anderson Music Award. He plays principal percussion with the Boulder Symphony, teaches percussion in St. Vrain schools and Legacy High School and leads a wedding band. Stephen endorses Majestic concert percussion, Mapex marching percussion and drum sets, Aquarian drum heads and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets. Schedule a trial lesson with Stephen now!
Conor Brown is a clarinetist and composer from Boulder, Colorado. He has performed as the guest principal clarinetist of the American Symphony Orchestra, as a concerto soloist with the Boston-based Cadenza Players, and with New York City chamber orchestra Contemporaneous. As part of the
Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop Exploring Klezmer, Conor performed as both a clarinetist and as a sampling / laptop artist. Conor has been teaching clarinet for over a decade and is always excited to share his passion for this wonderful instrument with others. As a composer, Conor is inspired by the sweeping prairies, big sky, and jagged peaks of the American West. His compositions often feature complex, driving rhythms, sustained tension, and colorful ornamentation inspired by folk music from around the world. Conor has had works commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony, groundbreaking amplified chamber orchestra Dogs of Desire, clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, Ars Nova, and many others. Conor studied clarinet at the Bard College Conservatory of Music with David Krakauer and Laura Flax, and composition with Joan Tower, John Halle, and George Tsontakis. He has also studied extensively with clarinetist Daniel Silver. Schedule a trial lesson with Conor now!
Adam Buer received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Music Education and a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Idaho. While at the University of Idaho, Adam taught Guitar Class and private guitar lessons, served as teaching assistant for Rock and Roll History and performed regularly in a variety of solo and group settings. Adam’s formative years were rich with musical experiences which included performing in a versatile rock band, leading a church praise band, and teaching private lessons. From 2007-2010, Adam lived in Colorado and held various music teaching positions, including guitar instructor through the University of Colorado’s Continuing Education Program and general music instructor at Jarrow Montessori School. As a solo guitarist Adam has won prizes in a number of competitions including those at the 2005 Northwest Guitar Festival, the 2005 Music Fest Northwest and the 2004 Idaho Federation of Music Clubs. He has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Spokane and Walla Walla as well as the Boulder Guitar Orchestra, Central City Opera and Longmont Theater Company. Adam’s teachers have included James Reid, Nicolo Spera, Vern Sielert and Dale Bruning. He has also studied in master classes with such notable guitarists as Christopher Parkening, Bryan Johanson and Alieksy Vianna.
In his spare time, Adam enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, pianist Karin Buer. Schedule a trial lesson with Adam now!
Magee Capsouto began her studies in violin in New York City at age 5. She has performed extensively around the United States and in Italy as both a soloist and orchestral musician. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Bard College during high school as a student of Ann Setzer and a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Philosophy from Furman University where she studied with Thomas Joiner and concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil. Magee completed her Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Mr. Preucil and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from CU Boulder where she studied with Harumi Rhodes and Charles Wetherbee.
Magee has attended numerous festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, the Brevard Music Festival and the Madeline Island Music Festival as a Fellowship recipient for intensive String Quartet Study. Most recently she played with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Magee has also had the opportunity to study Suzuki Pedagogy and baroque violin with members of Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s premiere Baroque orchestra. She has had the privilege of collaborating with artists including Andrew Litton, Michael Stern, Karina Canellakis, Giancarlo Guerrero, Jamie Laredo and with the Cavani, Arianna and Shanghai string quartets. She maintains an active career playing in the Colorado Front Range. Schedule a trial lesson with Magee now!
Carol Codrescu (flute, recorder) holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Baylor University where she studied with Helen Ann Shanley, a Master of Music degree in Early Music Performance on baroque flute from New England Conservatory where she studied with Peter Bloom, and a Certificate of Advanced Study on baroque and keyed flutes from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she studied with Stephen Preston. She has studied in masterclasses with Stephen Preston, Jed Wentz, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Trevor Wye. Carol has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts in Colorado, England, Massachusetts, and Texas. She performed at the National Flute Association’s 1993 Convention in the Baroque Flute Masterclass for Sandra Miller. She was a semi-finalist in the 1998 National Flute Association’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition and was invited to perform at the 2001 and 2007 NFA Conventions on concerts of baroque chamber music. She has also served as tape judge for the NFA Baroque Flute Masterclass and Baroque Flute Artists Competitions. She teaches recorder, flute and chamber music at Parlando. (Photo credit Sue Daniels Photography,©2008) Schedule a trial lesson with Carol now!
Brad Ferree (viola, violin, piano) has enjoyed an extensive career performing with his two main instruments, violin and piano. From 1996, when he won his first concerto competition on the piano, he has performed extensively enjoying such honors as the “Louisiana State University Music Award” which gave him a full tuition scholarship to attend college. Brad has performed professionally with many symphonies from Louisiana to Colorado. Some of his notable experiences were with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Acadiana Symphony. In 2007, Brad was honored with the opportunity to perform the Stamitz viola concerto with the McPherson Chamber Orchestra. Through his many years of studies, he has had the opportunity to perform in master-classes with Roland Vamos, James Dunham and Donald McInnes. He has also studied with several important musicians such as Geraldine Walther, Dr.Jerzy Kosmala, Erika Eckert, Dr. David Lowe and Borislava Iltcheva. Brad obtained his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Louisiana State University and his Master of Music from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Schedule a trial lesson with Brad now!
Joseph Howe earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and his Masters degree from CU Boulder, where he was a TA in the Cello and Music Theory departments. His main teachers were Judith Glyde, Steven Pologe and Bruce McIntosh. In addition to being principal cellist of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Joseph is a member of the Cheyenne Symphony and the Greeley Philharmonic as well as a substitute with the Fort Collins Symphony and Opera Fort Collins. He teaches cello at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School and coaches the cello section of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. Schedule a trial lesson with Joseph now!
Brian Jack (bassoon) currently teaches and performs in the Boulder-Denver area, having played with ensembles such as the Colorado Ballet, Colorado Music Festival, MahlerFest Symphony Orchestra, and the Boulder Symphony. He is an avid chamber musician and founding member of the Boulder Bassoon Quartet. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Education at Ithaca College, he earned both his Master’s Degree and DMA in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado. In addition to his studies with Dr. Lee Goodhew-Romm, Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, and Glenn Einschlag, Brian has performed in masterclasses and studied with Michael Sweeney, Christopher Millard, Peter Kolkay, and Kim Walker.
Dr. Jack is the Executive Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, the premier youth orchestra experience in Boulder and the surrounding areas. Celebrating its inaugural season, this non-profit youth orchestra is under the musical leadership of Gary Lewis, the Director of Orchestral Studies at the CU College of Music.
Brian lives in Boulder with his wife Kaori Uno, bassoonist in the award-winning Antero Wind Quintet. Schedule a trial lesson with Brian now!
Mary Matthews (flute, theory) enjoys a varied musical life as a chamber and orchestral musician, lecturer, and clinician. She has appeared in concert across the United States, South America, and Europe as both a soloist and a member of Cuatro Puntos Chamber Music Collective and the SoundScape Trio. In 2013, she was appointed principal flutist of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and she has performed with the Colorado New Music Ensemble. Notable performances include a debut season with the 2012 Newport Music Festival, the 2013, 2012, and 2011 National Flute Association Conventions, the Goethe Institut Música Nueva Festival, and the Jornadas de Música Contemporánea in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She has appeared as a soloist with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Firelands Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, and Baldwin-Wallace Symphony Orchestras. She is currently based in Boulder, Colorado.
A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Matthews is on faculty at the Parlando School of Musical Arts in Boulder, CO and The Hartt School Community Division in West Hartford, CT where she also serves as head of the Adult Chamber Music Program. In the past, Dr. Matthews was an adjunct faculty member at The Hartt School, a flute faculty member at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD, and a teaching artist with the Hartford Symphony’s CityMusic. She has presented flute masterclasses at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tarija, Instituto Eduardo Laredo, and The Hartt School Community Division. She is a registered Book One and Two Suzuki Flute Instructor.
Dr. Matthews began her formal flute studies in the Eastman Preparatory Program where she graduated with distinction in performance. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Hartt School, a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Schedule a trial lesson with Mary now!
Brandon Norton (trumpet, trombone, tuba, french horn) is an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, and brass pedagogue based in Boulder, Colorado. He currently serves as Principal Trumpet of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and performs nationally and internationally as part of the Cuatro Puntos Chamber Music Collective. In the past, he has performed with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, among others.
As a pedagogue, Mr. Norton teaches students of all ages in both the United States and South America. Before relocating to Colorado, he served as the Lead Teaching Artist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s CityMusic program and was on faculty at the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland. Several of Mr. Norton’s private students have gone on to pursue degrees and careers in trumpet performance and music education.
Brandon is a native of Phenix City, Alabama where he began playing trumpet at age 12. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Columbus State University, Master of Music degree from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. His primary teachers include Terry Sawchuk, Moffatt Williams, Joe Burgstaller, and Edward Hoffman. Schedule a trial lesson with Brandon now!
Renée Hemsing Patten, a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico, earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of New Mexico under renowned Brazilian violinist Dr. Cármelo de los Santos. She earned her Masters at the University of North Texas in modern violin under Emanuel Borok (former concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony & Boston Pops), and in baroque violin under Cynthia Roberts (Juilliard).
Renée studied with Paul Kantor and David Halen at the Aspen Music Festival and at the Schlern International Music Festival in the Italian Alps. She has performed in numerous professional orchestras and period baroque ensembles throughout Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Georgia including Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Ensemble, the New Mexico Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Lagrange Symphony and Columbus Symphony.
Renée has been featured in violin master classes with Vadim Gluzman, Matt Albert, Stephen Rose, Peter Otto, Haroutune Bedelian, Augustine Hadelich, Frank Almond and the Fort Worth & Miami String Quartets. Throughout her high school & college career, Renée won solo & concerto competitions including concertmaster of the NM All-State Symphony Orchestra as a high school sophomore, 1st place in the Deborah Beene Solo Competition, the UNM concerto competition and others, as well as being named a J. Robert Oppenheimer scholar (for science & musical arts). In Spring 2014, Renée was featured on the cover of Symphony Magazine.
In addition to teaching Suzuki method, Renée earned her certification as an Advanced Fiddle Teacher of the Mark O’Connor Method after studying directly with Mark O’Connor in Manhattan. She has taught violin, viola and cello lessons for thirteen years, and plays primarily violin (classical, baroque, and fiddle) as well as cello. Renée founded & directed the orchestra program at The Heritage School (Georgia) before moving to Boulder, CO, where she currently teaches strings at Parlando School of Musical Arts. She and her husband Zack Patten (composer & classical guitarist) are teaching assistants & doctoral candidates at the University of Colorado Boulder. Renée plays frequently with the Boulder Philharmonic, Sphere Ensemble, is a member of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, is Concertmaster of the Flatirons Community Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the Boulder Symphony. Schedule a trial lesson with Renée now!
Ingrid Peoria (violin) began her violin studies at the age of four with Suzuki pedagogue John Kendall. She has also studied with Curtis Peacock, Abraham Chavez Jr., Harold Wippler, and Dylana Jensen. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and was a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra for nine years. She has been an active freelance violinist in the Boulder/Denver and Front Range area for over twenty years, playing with such groups as the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Mercury Ensemble, St. John’s Festival Orchestra, and Ensemble Con Grazia. She has played in the Central City Opera orchestra since 1990. She has taught public school strings in Texas and Colorado and currently teaches at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot and Harrington Elementary in Denver. Schedule a trial lesson with Ingrid now!
Jennifer Diaz Spera
Jennifer Diaz (violin) Equally passionate about performing and teaching, Jenny Diaz leads a varied career as violin teacher, chamber, and orchestral musician. A Northern California native, Diaz earned a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2013, Diaz completed a Master’s degree in violin performance at the University of Colorado Boulder acting as teaching assistant to Lina Bahn and Edward Dusinberre of the Takács String Quartet. When not teaching, Diaz enjoys a dynamic performing schedule of chamber music projects and solo performances. In 2012 Diaz co-founded the ensemble Duo Chagall with CU faculty guitarist Nicolò Spera. Diaz is co-director of the Boulder based early music group Ensemble Pearl. Ensemble Pearl pairs young artists with accomplished professionals to produce historically informed yet vibrantly fresh performances of baroque music for audiences of the Front Range. A recent concert review of Ensemble Pearl described Diaz’ violin and viola playing as exemplifying “incredible grace” and a “full, colorful and expressive tone.” Diaz joined the Parlando faculty in Spring 2013 after seven years prior teaching experience. Diaz is a certified Suzuki instructor and an active member with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Diaz develops healthy playing techniques in her students by drawing from the pedagogical methods of Paul Rolland and Kató Havas. In a playful and friendly teaching environment, Diaz challenges her students to take a few small steps forward every week. This cultivates the student’s confidence, problem solving skills and a lifelong love for music. Schedule a trial lesson with Jenny now!
Malia Alford Van Rooy
Malia Alford Van Rooy (flute, piano) B.M., Baylor University – Malia Van Rooy has been musically involved throughout her life, performing in various ensembles in Colorado, Texas, Washington, D.C., Washington State, France, and China. Her performances include solos, duos, quartets, quintets, octets, and orchestras as well as weddings, church services, and with various singer/songwriters. Malia graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in flute performance and minoring in piano studies. She has performed in masterclasses with flute players William Bennett, Sheryl Cohen, and Walfrid Kujala and has studied under Karen Yonovitz, Marilyn Prestia, and Helen Ann Shanley. On piano, Malia has studied under Jane Abbott-Kirk and Tamara Goldstein. Malia has taught and accompanied since the age of fifteen, and currently teaches both piano and flute full time in her studio and at Parlando School of Musical Arts in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, Malia has served on the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission in Lafayette, Colorado bringing grants, arts awareness, networking, and various opportunities to local artists and musicians in the Lafayette/Boulder area. Malia’s other passions include reading, traveling, soccer, snowboarding, and hiking. Schedule a trial lesson with Malia now!
Tim is a versatile guitarist, composer and educator who enjoys guiding students of all ages and abilities toward a fun and rewarding musical experience! During his early years, he received classical training on the piano and was inspired to pick up the guitar at the age of 12 by the music of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. He continued his musical studies by immersing himself in the Philadelphia jazz scene where he was an accomplished leader and sideman for 10 years. Tim now lives in Boulder, CO. He received his M.A. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy
from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2014. Tim has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured the east coast and Rocky Mountain region with original rock, funk, jazz and classical projects and has traveled the
entire United States as a member of the Broadway National Tour of The Color Purple. He has performed with such notable jazz artists as Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Ralph Alessi, Art Lande, Terell Stafford, Jaleel Shaw and Jef Lee Johnson, among many others. Schedule a trial lesson with Tim now!
Colleen White (flute), a passionate performer and educator, made her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at age 16. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra and performed in a wide variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music settings, including performances with the National Flute Association Convention, the Florentine Opera Company, and as a finalist in Wisconsin Public Radio’s Young Artist’s Competition. From 2009-2011, Colleen was principal flutist of the Madison Savoyards Opera Orchestra and substitute flutist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
Praised for her brilliant tone and energetic teaching style, Colleen helps her students to develop their individual musicianship, encouraging them to challenge themselves and expand their ability for musical expression. Always looking for new ideas to incorporate in her teaching and playing, Colleen has participated in Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and Body Mapping for Musicians workshops and has received additional instruction from flutists William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Paul Edmund-Davies, Lorna McGhee, Tara Helen O’Connor, and Trevor Wye. Her primary teachers include Christina Jennings, Janet Arms, and Stephanie Jutt.
Recent performances include guest appearances with the Colorado New Music Ensemble and Boulder’s Cantabile Singers. She holds a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Colleen is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance & Pedagogy. Schedule a trial lesson with Colleen now!
Kyla Witt (viola) Born in Michigan, Kyla was studying violin and viola by the age of 6, and is now an avid freelance chamber and orchestral musician as well as an enthusiastic music teacher. She earned a Master of Music Degree in viola performance from Bowling Green State University as a student of Matthew Daline and has also received teaching certification in the Suzuki Method from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Recently, Kyla performed as an Artist in Residence at the Round Top Music Institute in Texas. She has performed as Principal Viola with the Texas Festival Orchestra, the Northern Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, the viola trio, Triola, which specializes in new music repertoire, as well as in “Bodies in Motion,” the Cultural Olympiad celebration of the 2012 London Olympic games. Kyla also performed recently as Assistant Principal in the Colorado MahlerFest Symphony Orchestra in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2014, Kyla completed her two year artist-in-residency program as the violist in the Graduate String Quartet at Bowling Green State University while performing throughout the country. As a teacher, Kyla loves creating a consistently positive, energetic, and nurturing environment for her students while emphasizing proper technique, good tone production, sight-reading, harmony, and theory skills. Her lessons include a wide array of genres with focus in classical, contemporary, and indie-folk styles. Schedule a trial lesson with Kyla now!
Paul Zaborac is a versatile saxophonist, composer, and educator. Originally from the Des Moines, Iowa area, he earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from Simpson College in 2010 and a masters in saxophone performance from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia) in 2012 where he was the recipient of the Albert Scholarship for Postgraduates and served as a research assistant. Paul is now pursuing his doctorate in saxophone performance and pedagogy at The University of Colorado-Boulder where he works as a teaching assistant and the saxophone instructor for the continuing education department. Well versed in both classical and jazz saxophone, Paul has performed in Australia, Hong Kong, China and throughout the United States. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with notable jazz musicians such as Rufus Reid, John Von Ohlen, Everett Greene, Greg Gisbert, Stan Sulzmann, Chad Eby, Stockton Helbing, Paul McKee and Michael Dease. He has also performed at the biennial conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in 2014, 2010, and 2008, which included performing on a masterclass for Jean-Michel Goury. He has also made soloist appearances with the Simpson College Symphonic Wind Ensemble as a winner of the concerto competition in 2007 and 2009. Schedule a trial lesson with Paul now!