Our Staff

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Rachel Stoltz

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, and Basic Percussion

Rachel Stoltz is a transplant to Colorado from Music City: Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University with a Vocal Music Education degree. She has performed with the Nashville Opera, Sonus choir, and various theater productions in the Nashville area. Her favorite roles include Puck in A […]

Johanna Spratte

Voice Teacher

Since she was born, music has run through Johanna. Her passion and love for music led to her attaining a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. She was awarded a talent-based scholarship for all four years. Johanna was cast in DU’s operas Il Tritico and Die Zauberflöte, and she was also a member of […]

Walton Lott

Piano Teacher

Walton Lott has been making music for nearly 30 years. He is currently an accompanist, performer, and teacher in the Boulder area, playing for church and school choirs, the Rocky Mountain Chorale, and giving frequent solo piano recitals. In both performing and teaching, Dr. Lott encourages a fun and flexible approach to music making. For […]

As an active performer and college professor, Jason Badwlin sees “first hand” what skills are relevant to the current marketplace and shares that knowledge with his students. Jason believes that every student is unique, and that each student needs a secure, caring, and inspiring learning space in which they can grow musically and beyond. His […]

Pianist and teacher Maria Kurchevskaya Currey holds a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied under Dr. Andrew Cooperstock. She received her Master’s degree with Nancy Weems at the University of Houston, subsequent to studies at the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. During her studies, […]

Dana Vachharajani

Head of Teacher and Program Development

Dana Vachharajani’s multifaceted career has been marked by singing in top venues, teaching in public and private schools, building her own private music school, Dana V. Music, as well as consulting, and advising to further develop music education. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University, she has been a featured soloist in […]

Ellen Rice

Cello, Beginner Guitar, Songwriting

Ellen is passionate about helping students learn to play music that inspires them. With an extensive background in improvisation, songwriting, arranging, and music from around the world, they are excited to share these experiences with students to create a uniquely tailored lesson experience.  Want to learn classical cello technique through arrangements of songs you know […]

Anna Ahrens

Voice, Piano

Anna Ahrens (she/her) is a conductor and vocalist born and raised in northeast Ohio. In 2017 Anna graduated from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio with a masters degree in choral conducting where she served as graduate assistant to Dr. Marie Bucoy-Calavan. She has also studied one-on-one with several renowned conductors such as Robert […]

Emma Patterson

Voice & Piano

Emma Patterson is a vocalist and piano player from Santa Barbara, with a passion for inspiring joy and confidence in music. Emma earned her BA in Vocal Performance from Cedarville University. While her education was classically focused, she also added jazz and contemporary piano and vocal training to her repertoire, and toured with rock bands […]

Michael Pordesimo

Violin & Viola

Violinist and Violist Michael Pordesimo began studying music at the age of three. Growing up, he studied under Robin Walden, Peter Rovit, Kathy Hart, and Celina Boldrey. Michael continued to pursue his passion for the violin at Eastern Illinois University, where he studied music performance under Anna Cromwell.  Michael has performed a variety of ensembles […]