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

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 Resident Teacher Artist 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.


 

Caty Dalton

Instrument(s): Violin & Viola
Graduate of: The Hartt School of Music
Additional Work: Music Teacher at Aspen Community School and Co-founder/director of Bach at the Rock Chamber Music Festival
Interesting Fact: I love rainy days - they are the best! Sometimes you just need a day to slow down and catch up!


 

Max Hanks

Instrument(s): Cello & Drum Set
Graduate of: Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Baldwin Wallace University and The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Additional Work: freelance music recording, bus driver/substitute teacher for Aspen Community School
Interesting Fact: I play in two punk-rock bands called Nazca Plate and Young Steve and I love Chelsea Football Club!

 

Timothy Hsu

Instrument(s): Violin, Viola, & Piano
Graduate of: University of Central Oklahoma, Peabody Conservatory, University of Iowa
Additional Work: Housing Director, AMFS
Interesting Fact: If I had a super power, it would be to talk to any kind of animal!


 

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!


 

Chandler Martin

Instrument(s): Violin
Graduate of: University of Kentucky & University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
Additional Work: Annual Giving & Events Manager, 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: Music Teacher at Crystal River Elementary School & Freelance Musician
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!).

 

Megan Rabe

Instrument(s): Violin
Graduate of: Duke University
Additional Work: ArtistYear Resident Teaching Artist 
Interesting Fact: Every time I visit a new bakery, I have to try their chocolate chip cookie. One of the best cookies I've ever had is from Bonfire Coffee in Carbondale!


 

 

 

LEAD GUITAR

Tim Caskin

Instrument(s): Saxophone
Graduate of: George Mason University (B.M) and Northwestern University (M.M)
Additional Work: Music Teacher at Riverview School, Teaching Artist with Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Freelance Musician and Teacher
Interesting Fact: Music continues to be a source of profound experiences in my life. I hope to curate a path for others to experience the magic of music, too!

 

Nick Lenio

Instrument(s): Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, and 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!
 

Mateo Sandate

Instrument(s): Guitar
Graduate of: University of North Texas
Additional Work: The Academy at Steve’s Guitars!, Jazz Aspen In-School Faculty, Colorado Mountain College Adjunct Faculty, Sweet Root!, Beyond Beyond, & Elements Jazz 
Interesting Fact: Mateo loves to play in the band Sweet Root - sweetroot.us
 

 

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.
 

 

 

MAROON BEL CANTO CHILDREN'S CHOIRS

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.


 

Melinda Baum

Instrument(s): Voice, Piano, & Flute
Graduate of: M.M. Colorado State University, Kodály Certification from Colorado State, Orff Schulwerk Certification from George Mason University
Additional Work: General Music Educator at Riverview School
Interesting Fact: When I'm not in the classroom making music with my students, my happy place is being on the top of a 14er.

 

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.


 

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.

 

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... and bacon.  Ooooh, bacon!!


 

Emma Leake-Parker

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: Development Director, The Buddy Program
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.


 

Christina Wenning

Instrument(s): Voice, Piano, Guitar, Flute, and more!
Graduate of: Ohio Northern University and Ohio University
Additional Work: Band and Music Teacher at Carbondale Middle School and Roaring Fork High School
Interesting Fact: When I am not teaching music or playing music, I like to be outside enjoying nature.


 

 

Robert Spano, Music Director

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