Our Staff

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Colin Williamson

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

Nicole Jefferis

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Guitar, and Voice

Nicole Jefferis is a violinist, violist, composer, and educator based in Greeley, Colorado. Once she picked up her first ¼ size violin at five years old, nothing stopped her from exploring and finding more aspects of music to love. Nicole is an avid orchestral, chamber, and solo musician on both violin and viola. Nicole is […]

Eric has been an active musician for 3 decades, playing with original rock, blues, and indie acts across the country, and was active in the LA/Las Vegas session scene for close to a decade. Currently, Eric writes and produces original music for the indie-americana artist, Pearl Oakes, and performs with Colorado based grassy-americana band, Wood […]

Devyn Bullock

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Cello

Devyn, a recent transplant from San Marcos, Texas to Fort Collins, brings over a decade of playing and performing experience and two years of teaching with the Department of Labor. With a passion for music education and expression, Devyn aims to provide students with a solid understanding of musical concepts to help them discover their […]

Jason Hunt

Piano, Mandolin, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Jason Hunt is a recent transplant to Fort Collins from Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in classical guitar. He Has been teaching around the Chicagoland area for the last 23 years prior to coming to Fort Collins. In addition to teaching, Jason has also been performing solo and […]

Ryan McCurry

Piano, Drums, Voice, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Ryan grew up in Boulder and fell in love with the piano at a young age. Inspired by great teachers, he decided to pursue music education and performance for a living. While at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, he earned a B.A. in Classical Piano Performance. Ryan returned to the Front Range in 2022 […]

Troy is a drummer originating from Cuba City, Wisconsin. He obtained his degree in Liberal Arts from Northeastern Junior College with a focus in Performance Arts and Audio Production. Currently in music, he is establishing himself as a session drummer and gigging around the Fort Collins area with his band, The Rattlecaps. His professional goals […]

Valeria Vampola

Voice, Piano

Valerie is a vocalist and keyboardist based out of Northern Colorado. She’s taught at Loveland Academy of Music since 2019, helping her students become deep music appreciators through their instruments and incorporating her performing experiences into her teaching methods. Valerie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz […]

Tanner has been playing drums for over 12 years and has performed in bands for about half of that time. He has performed in several band competitions and played all around Colorado, even performing in Wyoming during Frontier Days. He spends his free time listening to music or practicing, but outside of music his favorite […]

Brayden Pappenfort

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Voice, Piano, Mandolin

Brayden is a Colorado Native that studied classical guitar, voice, and piano at SUNY ACC in New York, along with playing in a couple different bands. Before that, he grew up playing mostly rock, blues, and metal guitar. He comes from a family of musicians and has a wide range of musical tastes. He has […]

Helen Kimber

Voice, Piano, Guitar & Ukulele

Helen M Kimber is a mezzo-soprano from Arcata, California. She graduated with her MM in Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, and also holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Humboldt State University. She has always had a passion for music and has been performing since the age of 5. She performs quite […]

Tristan Johnson

Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar & Ukulele

Tristan is a jack of all trades! He recently relocated to Colorado from South Florida with the hopes of pursuing his education further, while studying jazz guitar at UNC. Tristan teaches guitar, piano, bass, guitar, ukulele, and drums at the Academy. With varied experience in bands, ensembles, and through education Tristan brings a knowledge of […]

Liam Hughes

Guitar, Voice, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Banjo, Mandolin

Liam Hughes is a Colorado Native who has been playing music for over a full decade, primarily focusing on Guitar, Voice, and Bass guitar. However, he also teaches Mandolin and Ukulele. He loves video games in his free time and in his music time typically plays rock and roll or metal, though his education is […]

Zack Hall

Piano, Marimba, Drums & Percussion

Zack is a percussionist, performer, and educator located in the Northern Colorado area. He received a degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and has played percussion for over 15 years. Currently, he teaches private lessons, the Loveland High School Drumline, the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, and performs with various bands in […]

Katie Folse

Guitar, Bass, Voice, Piano

Katie Folse is a Fort Collins native who has been playing music for over 20 years. She received an Art History degree from Colorado State University and has been teaching guitar for over 10 years. Her professional goals as a musician are to continue to expand her knowledge on teaching and music in general. Her […]

Mykayla Fitzpatrick

Piano, Voice, Guitar & Ukulele

Mykayla teaches guitar, piano and voice! Originally from Colorado Springs, Mykayla obtained her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University. She is also the Voice Director at A Dance Place in Greeley, CO and has been an Assistant Stage Director for Music on Site in Wichita, KS. She has always had a love for […]

Vanisha Evans

Piano, Ukulele, Violin, Voice

Vanisha teaches piano, ukulele, violin, and voice! Originally from California, Vanisha has over 35 years of experience in playing music and 25 years of experience as a music educator ranging from teaching instrumental music in a Montessori classroom, band and orchestra at public and charter schools, music for after schools programs, as well as managing […]

Cory Cordie

Piano, Drums, Voice, Violin, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Cory is a multi-instrumentalist who comes from South Dakota and has been playing music for 22 years. Cory obtained his Bachelors of K-12 Music Education from South Dakota State University, and has his Colorado K-12 Public Teaching License. He has taught 2nd through 12th grade music in Haxtun Co as well as taught HS Choir […]

Kathryn Spenn

Voice, Piano, Guitar

Hey everybody! My name is Kathryn and I love teaching voice and piano here at the Academy! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, with a degree in Music Education. After college, I taught choir and general music for 3 years in St. Louis, Missouri before pivoting into private voice and […]

Liz Baugh

Voice, Piano

Liz teaches voice and piano. Originally from Colorado, Liz received her B.A. in Worship Arts – Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Since then, she has built a portfolio as a working performer/musician for over a decade, and can often be found performing in various musicals and plays around town. Some of her favorites […]