Our Staff

Dana Vachharajani

Dana Vachharajani

Founder, Voice

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

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Ellen Rice

Ellen Rice

General Manager, Cello

Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Ellen Rice made stops in Recife, Brazil, Washington, D.C., and Urbana, IL before making Colorado home in 2019. Ellen earned degrees from American University (B.A. in Music, 2013) and the

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Aric Vyhmeister

Aric Vyhmeister

Piano

Composer and pianist Aric Vyhmeister earned a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder under Dr. Margaret McDonald and Dr. Alexandra Nguyen. Mr. Vyhmeister is a frequent

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Jessica Brozek

Jessica Brozek

Voice

Jessica graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a degree in music (vocal performance) and a minor in communication studies. Originally from upstate New York, Jessica started singing as soon

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Antonio Esposito

Antonio Esposito

Voice

An up-and-coming performer and pedagogue, Antonio Esposito (tenor) relocated to the Boulder area in August 2021 to pursue a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at CU Boulder (studying under Matthew

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Tamara Goldstein

Tamara Goldstein

Piano

Pianist Tamara Goldstein enjoys a wide-ranging career as a chamber musician, educator, and recitalist. From a musical family, she received her early training at the pre-college divisions of the Manhattan School of

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Anna Ahrens

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

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Alex Vittal

Alex Vittal

Theory, Viola, Violin

Alex Vittal grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and began studying viola in third grade. He earned his B.M. in Viola Performance, graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University where he studied

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Alexander Purser

Alexander Purser

Voice

Alexander T. Purser received a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at BYU-Idaho where he met his wife. They then traveled to Rochester, NY where he then obtained his master’s degree in Voice

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Audrey Horowitz

Audrey Horowitz

Piano

Audrey Horowitz, née Kaltenbach, is a pianist and collaborative artist residing in Longmont, Colorado. She has taught beginning to early advanced piano at Dana V Music since 2016. Her first piano lesson

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Brad Haag

Brad Haag

Piano

Brad Haag is a teacher, collaborative pianist, soloist, and lecturer with a lifelong mission to create outstanding musical experiences for listeners, students, and colleagues. His academic career includes teaching positions on the

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Brian Hickman

Brian Hickman

Piano

Brian Hickman grew up in a small town on the edge of the Mississippi delta, where he began his music studies at age 12. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from

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Christine Honein

Christine Honein

Voice

Praised for her vocal clarity, crystalline coloratura, and abundant musicality, Lebanese-American soprano Christine Honein has been featured on the stages of the United States and the Middle East.  In December 2019, Christine

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David Goodheim

David Goodheim

Guitar, Ukulele

David Goodheim is an American performer, composer, recording artist, and improvisor. His performances and recordings have been heard all over the world live (US and Europe), on radio, and on recordings for

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Glenda Phillips

Glenda Phillips

Piano & Voice

Glenda Phillips brings 40 years of experience teaching piano and voice lessons to Dana V Music. She received her Bachelors from Syracuse University and her Masters from Ithaca College, both in Piano

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Harumi Shiraishi

Harumi Shiraishi

Piano

Harumi Shiraishi was born and grew up in Japan. After getting a bachelor’s degree in business management and working at Japan Airlines for over four years, she moved to the U.S. at

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Henry Spencer

Henry Spencer

Guitar, Ukulele

Guitarist Henry Spencer began studying music with the University of North Carolina School of the Art’s High School college preparatory program. He completed his graduate studies under a full-assistantship with The University

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JD Cordlé

JD Cordlé

Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel, Slide Guitar, Ukulele

JD Cordlé has worked as a professional blues guitarist, recording artist, and singer-songwriter for 37 years, and has taught guitar lessons and music courses since 2015. JD first picked up a guitar

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Jennifer Burks

Jennifer Burks

Voice

Soprano Jennifer Burks has been performing in the Boulder area since 2015 and has been a part of the Boulder Symphony Chorus, Cantabile Singers, and the Colorado Masterworks Chorale and has been

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John Boggs

John Boggs

Piano & Voice

John Boggs is a pianist, composer and vocalist based currently in Lafayette, Colorado. He holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder, a M.M. in Composition from the University

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Keirsten Schwanbeck

Keirsten Schwanbeck

Cello

Born in Williamsport, PA, Keirsten Schwanbeck began studying the cello at the age of eight. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI on full scholarship, graduating Magna cum laude in 2006 with

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Kellan Toohey

Kellan Toohey

Clarinet

Clarinetist Kellan Toohey is an avid performer whose varied career includes recitals and solo appearances, chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. He holds a DMA from the University of Colorado and his teachers

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Luisa Rodriguez

Luisa Rodriguez

Voice

Luisa Marie Rodriguez is a performer, a teacher, a conductor, and a very passionate vocal pedagogue. Always interested in growing and refining her teaching skills, Luisa has attended the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy

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Max Wolpert

Max Wolpert

Fiddle, Viola & Violin

Fiddler, composer, and storyteller Max Wolpert conjures up monsters and myth where the traditional, classical, and theatrical meet. Drawing from tradition both musical and mythological, Max Wolpert makes music inspired by stories

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Nathan Jensen

Nathan Jensen

Voice

Nathan Jensen, originally from Hastings, Nebraska, has sung on stage in several states nationally and performed internationally in Germany, Holland, and Belgium. Previous opera roles include playing “Sprecher” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte,

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Paige Sentianin

Paige Sentianin

Voice

Paige Sentianin, soprano, is a professional classical singer and voice teacher. In her performance career, she has been praised for her clear sound and “coquettish vivacity both in her acting and singing.”

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Robert Hjelmstad

Robert Hjelmstad

Piano

Robert Hjelmstad is a pianist whose musicianship has brought him around the world as a performer and teacher. A musician of many interests, he is equally adept in his various roles as

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Ryan Jacobsen

Ryan Jacobsen

Violin/Viola

An accomplished violinist, conductor, and teacher, Ryan Jacobsen’s passion for music has taken him across the country. As a violinist, he has won several prestigious competitions, including the MusicFest Northwest Young Artist

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