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Our instructors don't just talk the talk. They walk the walk. They are educators, performers, music lovers, dreamers and doers, and they can't wait to work with you!

Violin Instructor: Intermediate to Advanced

Coleman Smith is a world-renowned crossover violinist. Coleman, a 30-plus-year veteran of violin performance and education, blends an understanding of classical, jazz, folk, country, and bluegrass elements into his performances and workshops. Coleman started playing the violin at 3 years […]

Songwriting Instructor

David Lawrence has called Colorado home for over a decade. Whether performing solo or with his full band, ‘The Spoonful,’ David brings a unique blend of finger-picking Delta blues, roots-Americana, soulful vocals, and his style of Gypsy-infused jazz guitar. In […]

Mandolin Instructor: Intermediate to Advanced

Bill Hussey is a Salida resident with a passion for music and education. Bill is classically trained on the violin and a self-taught guitarist, mandolinist, and bassist all of which have been nourished by the vibrant musical community of the […]

Bass Instructor: Intermediate to Advanced

Telluride native, Charles (Charlie) Parker Mertens is a multi-genre bassist, cellist, and producer. He is currently the bass player for the award-winning international touring band Rapidgrass and The Bluegrass Journeymen. Charlie has performed with Thievery Corporation, Les Nubians, and Cyril […]

Strings & Song Youth Workshop Instructor

Patrick Fitzsimons is a mandolin player and vocalist from San Antonio Texas. He grew up learning from his father Hugh and expanded his playing in Austin Texas after College. In 2017, he formed The Bluegrass Journeymen with the goal of […]

Intro to Acoustic Music + Vocal Clinic Instructor

Nabanita is a musicologist and independent singer-songwriter from Kolkata, India whose influences sink deep into folk, bluegrass, pop and jazz. A talent driven by passion, social awareness and love, she writes songs that conveys a pallette of emotion from longing […]

Guitar Instructor: Intermediate to Advanced

Summers now lives in Denver, Colorado. He spent the last 4 years there raising a Bluegrass band called Meadow Mountain up from the ground. The band was founded when he and his friends decided to try busking at the Vail […]

Piano Instructor: Beginner to Intermediate

Brandon earned his Bachelor’s degree in applied double bass, and music education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, while simultaneously completing his Colorado Department of Education public school teacher licensure for K-12 general, vocal, and instrumental music. He then continued on at […]

Strings & Song Youth Workshop Instructor

Leslie Jo began learning violin at the age of eight.  She studied the Suzuki method in her youth and participated in school orchestra programs in Michigan and Texas. She discovered fiddling in her adult years.  From jams, to camps & […]

Artist At Large

Casey Houlihan is professional bass player, singer and songwriter.  As a founding member of the Emmy-Award winning band, Trout Steak Revival, Casey possesses wisdom and a wealth of knowledge that can only come from the years of experience he’s gained […]

Yoga Instructor

Katie is a heartfelt student and teacher of Prana and movement meditation at JalaBlu in Buena Vista. She is a devoted yogini, who has been moved through her own exploration into the art of yoga and feels passionately about sharing […]

There's music in the mountains
for those who listen...

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