Aspen Music Festival And School

Meet the AfterWorks Teachers

Beginning Strings & Chamber Music Lab  |  Lead Guitar  |  
Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus  |  Maroon Bel Canto Singers

Beginning Strings | Chamber Music Lab

Emily Acri

Instrument(s): Violin & Viola
Graduate of: Indiana University, University of Michigan & University of Washington
Additional Work: Music Teacher at Crystal River Elementary School
Interesting Fact: One thing that you don't know about me is that I am a triplet! I have two amazing sisters, Madeline and Carolyn!


 

Jeanette Adams

Instrument(s): Bass, Violin & Cello
Graduate of: Lawrence University
Additional Work: Freelance Musician & Teacher
Interesting Fact: If I had a super power, it would be to tune instruments with laser beam vision!


 

Roberto Arundale

Instrument(s): Cello, Violin & Viola
Graduate of: University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Colorado Boulder
Additional Work: Music Instructor, Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is that I grew up in the subarctic climate of Alaska, bearing temperatures beyond -60F...brrr!


 

Camille Backman

Instrument(s): Violin & Viola
Graduate of: Oberlin Conservatory, Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles
Additional Work: ArtistYear Fellow at Crystal River Elementary School
Interesting Fact: I've been Beekeeping for over six years! 


 

 

Lindsay Bobyak

Instrument(s): Bass, Violin & Cello
Graduate of: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Additional Work: Teaching Artist with Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Freelance Musician & Teacher
Interesting Fact: If I had a super power it would be the ability to not kill my plants!


 

Lorraine Curry

Instrument(s): Cello, Violin & Bass
Graduate of: Western Connecticut State University & West Chester University
Additional Work: Freelance Musician & Teacher
Interesting Fact: If I could go back in time I would apprentice with composers J.S. Bach and Beethoven.


 

Heather Kendrick

Instrument(s): Violin
Graduate of: University of Michigan
Additional Work: Manager of Education & Community Programming, AMFS
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is that I once had a job as a chocolate specialist!


 

Jalen Lee

Instrument(s): Violin & Viola
Graduate of: Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Additional Work: Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Life, AMFS
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is although I spent several summers in Aspen as a viola student, my dream is to be an awesome banjo player!


 

Chandler Martin

Instrument(s): Violin
Graduate of: University of Kentucky & University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
Additional Work: Annual Giving Coordinator, AMFS
Interesting Fact: If I had a super power, it would be time travel. 


 

Megan McDevitt

Instrument(s): Violin & Viola
Graduate of: Florida Gulf Coast University
Additional Work: Assistant Dean of of Enrollment & Student Programming, AMFS
Interesting Fact: If I had a super power, it would be to transform into any animal at any time. I love my two dogs, Misty and Joe Buddy!


 

Delaney Meyers

Instrument(s): Violin & Viola
Graduate of: Oberlin Conservatory & East Carolina University
Additional Work: ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow
Interesting Fact: If I could be an animal, I would be a long-neck dinosaur (a Brachiosaurus—it's fossils were first discovered in the Colorado River!).


 

Erica Ogihara

Instrument(s): Cello
Graduate of: Oberlin Conservatory, The Juilliard School
Additional Work: ArtistYear Fellow at Carbondale Middle School
Interesting Fact: I love to knit and one of my hobbies is to design and knit my own clothes!


 

Katie Ralston

Instrument(s): Violin & Piano
Graduate of: New York University
Additional Work: Development Manager, AMFS
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is I have run eight marathons and am always training for more!

 

 

 

Lead Guitar

Jalen Lee

Instrument(s): Guitar
Graduate of: Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Additional Work: Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Life, AMFS
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is although I spent several summers in Aspen as a viola student, my dream is to be an awesome banjo player!


 

Maryam Hajialigol

Instrument(s): Guitar
Graduate of: Yale University, Cleveland Institute of Music
Additional Work: ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow
Interesting Fact: I became a vegetarian when I was 11 and have never looked back!


 

 

James Katzenberger

Instrument(s): Guitar, Lute
Graduate of: Carleton College, University of Memphis
Additional Work: Vaccine R&D (COVID and RSV), serving on the board of directors for Colorado Wild Public Lands, early 19th century classical guitar performance practice
Interesting Fact: In my picture here I'm wearing bed slippers and my footstool is a can of paint that I found nearby!


 

Nick Lenio

Instrument(s): Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, All band instruments
Graduate of: Indiana University of Pennsylvania & Messiah College;
Additional Work: Lead Guitar Regional Director (CO); Instrumental Music Teacher, Basalt Middle School; ArtistYear Regional Lead for Colorado
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is... I tried playing guitar in 5th grade and got so frustrated that I stopped trying for two years before picking it back up again. I'm really determined to help students have a better start than I did!
 

 

Ashton Taufer

Instrument(s): Upright & Electric Bass, Guitar
Graduate of: Berklee College of Music
Additional Work: Freelance Musician & Teacher
Interesting Fact: Something you may not know about me is that I write with my left hand but play instruments with my right.


 

Christina Wenning

Instrument(s): Guitar, Piano, Flute, Voice, Band Instruments
Graduate of: Ohio Northern University, Ohio University
Additional Work: Band & Choir Director at Carbondale Middle School and Roaring Fork High School, Maroon Bel Canto Singers Director
Interesting Fact: If I could have any superpower, it would be to teleport to any country and speak any language


 

 

MAROON BEL CANTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS

Maureen Hinkle

Instrument(s): Voice
Graduate of: University of Miami (FL) & University of Colorado Boulder
Additional Work: General Music Teacher, Basalt Elementary School
Interesting Fact: If I could go back in time I would choose to visit Mozart. He is one of my favorite composers. I would love to see his genius at work and witness all his antics first hand.

 

Emma Leake

Instrument(s): Voice, Guitar & Piano
Graduate of: University of Northern Colorado
Additional Work: General Music Teacher, Glenwood Springs Elementary School
Interesting Fact: If I had a super power, it would be the ability to teleport.



 

David Parker

Instrument(s): Voice & Piano
Graduate of: Keene State College
Additional Work: General Music Teacher, Sopris Elementary School
Interesting Fact: If I could go back in time I would visit is the 1940's-50's Jazz scene.



 

Katie Sansone

Instrument(s): Voice
Graduate of: New England Conservatory
Additional Work: Dean of Students, AMFS
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is that I used to be a ski instructor and public school teacher before taking my position at the AMFS.


 

Sue Wasienko

Instrument(s): Voice, Flute & Piano
Graduate of: College of New Jersey
Additional Work: Freelance Musician & Teacher
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is that when I was in college, my wind ensemble toured England with the Russian Army Band. It was an experience I will never forget!

 

 

MAROON BEL CANTO SINGERS

Cailey Arensman

Instrument(s): Voice & Piano
Graduate of: University of Northern Colorado
Additional Work: K-8 Music Specialist, Two Rivers Community School
Interesting Fact: If I had a super power, it would be the ability to travel anywhere in the world with just a snap of my fingers.


 

Shanti Gruber

Instrument(s): Voice, Piano & Guitar
Graduate of: University of Northern Colorado
Additional Work: Choir Director, Glenwood Springs Middle & High Schools
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is that I was crowned Glenwood Springs Miss Strawberry Days in 2000.


 

Christina Wenning

Instrument(s): Guitar, Piano, Flute, Voice, Band Instruments
Graduate of: Ohio Northern University, Ohio University
Additional Work: Band & Choir Director at Carbondale Middle School and Roaring Fork High School, Maroon Bel Canto Singers Director
Interesting Fact: If I could have any superpower, it would be to teleport to any country and speak any language


 

Katie Hone Wiltgen

Instrument(s): Voice, Piano & Trombone
Graduate of: Miami University & Colorado State University
Additional Work: Dean of Education & Community, AMFS
Interesting Fact: One thing you don't know about me is how much I love salty things, especially salt and vinegar potato chips!


 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO