About the Instructors/Admin
About Ms. CampMs. Camp is a Denver native who began her passion for music in the 4th grade. It was the guidance and enthusiasm of her first teachers that makes her so devoted to her current work with elementary school children. Under the early tutelage of Mrs. Riccarda Mooney, a violinist with the Denver Symphony, Ms. Camp's gifts blossomed and led to selection to the Denver City and Colorado State Youth Orchestras. A highlight of her high school years was selection to join America's Youth in Concert which played in major cities throughout Europe.
About Ms. Davidson-Stanfill
Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction. She has been teaching for over 20 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction. Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program, first in the Rock Canyon area eight years ago, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue. Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas seven years ago, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge areas three years ago, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lesson Award again in 2016. She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to bring a quality program into the ThunderRidge feeder area again this year. Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.
About Ms. DeAngeles
Ms. DeAngeles started playing the violin when she was 3 with the Elmhurst College Suzuki Program. Her first teaching opportunity was 1995 in Chicago at the Irish Music Foundation. Ms. DeAngeles has a BA in Music Education and K-12 Licensure from Metro State College. Suzuki Certification Courses were completed at Music of the North Shore in Chicago and the University of Denver. Her education included UNC, DePaul, DU, and Metro State College. Ms. DeAngeles has 20 years teaching experience in Cherry Creek Public Schools, Evergreen Public Schools, Douglas County Public Schools, Denver Christian School and Golden Music. As a professional violinist, she performed with Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, PBS/John Tesh Alive album and DVD, and St. Mary's Baroque Orchestra and The Country Music Project with several cd's and dvd's available on ITunes. In addition to her Suzuki home studio, she currently teaches Orchestra for Eldorado Elementary in Douglas County and tours with the Irish Rock Band Potcheen. Ms. DeAngeles has a very supportive husband, three kids and 4 chickens, and enjoys long distance biking, hiking 14ers, yoga, and beautiful Colorado.
About Mr. Smith
Mr. Smith is a Colorado musician, composer, teacher, and producer. He learned to love music from a young age through his father's guitar playing and his mother's singing. After singing in a children's choir and taking piano lessons, Mr. Smith enrolled in his fifth grade school band program, playing percussion.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree with a Concentration in Composition from Metropolitan State University of Denver in May of 2013, and graduated with honors.
Mr. Smith plays in local music groups and enjoys writing a variety of music ranging from contemporary classical to popular styles. He currently plays in a variety of rock bands, playing drums, bass, guitar, and singing. Mr. Smith is also a locally commissioned composer, having written pieces for local high school and community groups. He has also released two solo albums ranging in style from singer/songwriter to electronic.
Mr. Smith began teaching privately and with local high school groups in 2009 when he began his undergraudate degree. He believes that music is for everyone and that being involved with music can only improve a person's quality of life.
About Mr. Snell
Mike Snell recently retired from Douglas County Schools after teaching middle school and high school band for 27 years. Mr. Snell has received the Who's Who Among American Teachers distinction five times. Mr. Snell is also a five-time Apple Award nominee. He conducted the Symphonic Band with the Colorado Band Association, 1990 - 2000.
Mr. Snell received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and his Masters of Education Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. Mr. Snell is very excited to be a part of this outstanding program.
About Ms. Wessel
Ms. Wessel began her music career as a tot, and from there...she took music lessons in piano and voice and got involved in theater. She graduated from CSU in 2003 with a Music Education degree. Ms. Wessel was the general music teacher at Trailblazer from 2004 - 2016, and currently still teaches band before school and private piano and voice lessons after school out of her home. She also directs camps and classes through Inspire Creative at the PACE Center. She still proudly participates in community theater all over Denver, and is a proud wife to Matt and happy Momma to Lydia, Wyatt, and Daphne.