Our Staff

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Sofia Avery

Voice, Piano & Bass

Composer, bandleader, educator, and musicmaker Sofia Avery was born into a musical family in New Orleans. As a child, she accompanied herself on Brazilian cavaquinho and studied classical cello. In high school, she took up contemporary voice mentorship under acclaimed Bass-Baritone, James Butler. Sofia’s love of composing started in earnest in 2015, when she was asked to […]

Dave Roche


Dave teaches drums with a focus on creativity and musicality. He has studied rock, funk and jazz drumming at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Berklee College of Music. He also studied piano tuning at the North Bennet St School in Boston, and he tunes and maintains our pianos here at Neighborhood […]

Paloma Ress

Voice, Piano, Bass, Violin, & Cello

Paloma is a multi-instrumentalist who believes music is for anyone and everyone! She has in-depth experience with multiple genres like rock, pop, folk, blues, classical, and jazz with instruments such as voice, piano, electric bass, upright bass, violin, and cello. Paloma started her professional career at the age of 17 years old, working as a […]

Melissa Escobar

Violin & Viola

Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Mexico, Melissa Escobar brings an international perspective to her flourishing career as a violist and an educator. As a performer, Melissa has showcased her talents across a range of ensembles, from symphonic orchestras to opera settings, baroque practice, and has collaborated with fellow musicians on modern contemporary projects. […]

Momchil showed a great love for music at a very early age. He was influenced by his father, who is a conductor and composer, to start violin lessons and solfeggio at the age of 5 in 1979. When Momchil was six, he was admitted to the Plovdiv School of Music where he studied until grade […]

Taylor Graham is a classically trained Lyric Coloratura Soprano residing in Denver, Colorado. From the time she was a little girl up, she has performed in church choirs, community choirs, theater/opera productions and acting camps. At fifteen, she began taking vocal lessons with Dr. Christina Lynn-Craig who ignited her love and passion for classical singing. […]

Mark has been making music since his first piano lesson on his sixth birthday. Active in choral and instrumental ensembles throughout junior high and high school, he grew up playing piano and organ for church services and has since served as organist and/or choir director for churches in Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and […]

Lance Croucher

Drums, Percussion

Drumming on pots and pans at age 3 and moving to his first set of drums by age 5, Lance Croucher was well on his way to becoming a professional drummer. In 2001 he played drum set in the six-time world champion Blue Knights Winter Percussion Ensemble, and from 2001-2003 he was a student and […]

Tucker Smidt

Guitar & Bass

A lifelong music lover, Denver native Tucker Smidt has been playing and performing since boyhood.  After learning guitar, he attempted to learn as many instruments as he could get his hands on, including drums, ukulele, and keyboards, but he would always find his home on guitar and bass guitar. Raised on rock and country but trained […]

Kenneth Martin is a registered Cello teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He began studying cello at the age of nine, and graduated from the Suzuki Method in the studio of Tracy Sands of Lincoln, NE. He has taught cello, strings, and chamber music in Denver, CO at the Lamont Summer Academy, El […]

I was fortunate enough as a child to have a classical violinist for a mother and have been brought up in a musical environment. This has given me a deep and natural love and understanding of the music that I now play. As a child, there were always students coming in and out, and if […]

Alec Wenzel

Guitar & Ukulele

Alec Wenzel has been playing guitar for eleven years and after four years of studying at both the Lamont school of Music and The University of Glasgow has earned a bachelor’s degree in Jazz and Commercial Music Guitar Performance. Alec is interested in performing all styles of Jazz, funk, blues, and pop music and blending […]