Karin Wilcox, mezzo-soprano, first discovered her love of classical singing as a youth growing up in Germany, which then developed into a passion for opera upon starting her studies at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. Studying voice and frequently soloing in choral performances such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, Wilcox graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Music in 2009. Wilcox acted as a founding member of Point Loma Opera Theatre, which made her professional debut as a Core Chorister with San Diego Opera in 2010, and distinguished herself as a District Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in San Diego in 2011. She has been a frequent featured performer in the Colorado Springs Vocal Arts Festival since its revival in 2013, and made her debut with Opera Theatre of the Rockies in 2014 in the role of “Miss Bentson” in Delibes’ Lakmé, where she was recognized for bringing “[…] fine vocalism and entertaining acting to the libretto’s stereotyped depiction of English females.” Wilcox is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and an Outreach Artist for Opera Theatre of the Rockies.
Amon Copeland started playing music in church at the age of 12 and was soon putting bands together around the Colorado Springs area. Soon after, he began studying music at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and playing professionally. In Copeland's junior year of high school he competed and took first place for guitar in a Houston regional jazz competition that landed him in a student finalist jazz big band. Starting his new musical career in Texas, he undertook jazz studies at The University of Northern Texas. Furthermore, Copeland played 5 nights a week in the Austin area with various blues, folk, rock, jazz, funk, singer songwriter, and country groups around Texas. In the years to follow, his hard work and dedication to creating meaningful music has given him opportunities to share the stage with blues, jazz, and country greats from around the country. Amon has also recorded in several different situations from movie scores for Universal Studios “Dinosaurs”, to Hip-Hop projects with Devin Malloy, singer songwriter Brian Pounds, and Broadway star Josh Franklin. Copeland has been teaching guitar and ensembles since 2012. Today he maintains projects in the Colorado and Texas areas with gigs in Nashville and elsewhere. He plays at a cowboy church locally and works with musicians all over the state for various creative projects and organizes fundraisers for charitable organizations.
Gwen Chambers has always been involved in music, and has had the opportunity to perform with numerous high-level ensembles through the years, including the Valor Symphonics Orchestra and Continental League Honor Orchestra among others. Additionally, she has performed at both Boettcher Concert Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheatre numerous times. Chamber's studies include private tutelage for several years under highly-esteemed Rodney Farrar, principal cellist of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and the pioneer of the Suzuki Method for cello. In high school, Chambers served as Vice President of the Highlands Ranch High School’s Orchestra Council, and mentored students in the Elementary Band and Orchestra Program (EBOP), as well as leading master classes at the annual HRHS Strings Camp. She is currently pursuing a dual major in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is active in the university’s music program, participating in various different performances each year. Chambers enjoys teaching cello to beginner and intermediate level students and she is very passionate about keeping classical music alive and nurturing young people’s love for music. She also performs and teaches other styles on the cello including folk, rock, and improvisation.
Colorado Springs native Evan Hopper began his musical journey at age 13. He quickly gained momentum, playing guitar and bass with a variety of local acts and winning the Pikes Peak Library District Battle of the Bands in 2007. Hopper has focused on technique in combination with music theory in order to craft a well rounded playing style. His techniques include a variety of styles from finger-style and hybrid (chicken) picking, to sweep picking, and shredding. His appreciation and dedication to learning many styles of music goes deep, from rock, blues, country, and funk, to classic, modern, and progressive rock and metal. He also enjoys applying his knowledge to writing his own music. Hopper is driven to helping his students develop their passion for their instrument by providing an educational experience that incorporates their unique interests. On Sunday you can find him playing guitar, bass, or drums on the worship team at Vanguard Church.
Reggie Berg is internationally known as an accomplished pianist, composer, and educator. Reggie was 1 of 4 pianists selected to compete in the international competition “The 2016 Thelonious Monk Institute Auditions,” where he played for Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, and many other historical jazz artists. He has performed with The Air Force Falconiers, Sean Hennessy’s Sextet, national touring broadway shows at DCPA’s Buell Theater, and most recently accepted the piano chair at the Broadmoor Hotel’s Penrose Room. Having always walked the path of a celebrated performer, Berg performed an original jazz composition “I Lost You 2,” on NPR’s “From The Top” at age 15, and performed Marion Bauer’s “Piano Concerto for the youth” with The Fort Wayne Philharmonic at age 9. He studied at The Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Denver University. He has taught at Metropolitan State University as an adjunct professor, staff accompanist at Mannes College of Music, summer instructor at the Lamont Academy, and theory tutor at IPFW (Fort Wayne, IN). Reggie believes in teaching musical craft and principles first and foremost and is open to using whatever style of music the student wishes to learn these concepts. He believes he can help any student progress rapidly and help them enjoy music more than they ever dreamed possible.
From the young age of just 10 years old, Sophia Ehmann (mezzo soprano) has studied privately with a variety of vocal coaches, including longtime performers with the Kansas City Symphony. At the age of 17 she was offered a full scholarship to study at the Forerunner Music Academy, a music college in Kansas City, MO, where she studied for four years majoring in vocal performance and vocal instruction. Ehmann has also studied and performed with the choir in Bangkok, Thailand and even performed as a soloist during a Christmas concert for the Governor of Songkhla, a large province in Thailand. Ehmann moved to Colorado with her husband in the end of 2014 to teach music theory for the DLA program at New Life Church. She is also the go-to vocal coach for many of the church worship leaders in town. While primarily classically trained, Ehmann is well equipped to teach a variety of styles including contemporary, pop, and musical theater, as well as opera. Her passion is to inspire her students with the confidence and skills needed to sing or speak boldly and with longevity, performing in a healthy manner, no matter the venue or style.
Grant Cooper has played piano since he began taking lessons from his Sunday school teacher at eight years old. He holds Master of Music degrees in both Piano Performance and Music History and Literature. After graduating from Baylor University’s School of Music in 2012, Cooper instructed music for five years at Harding University in Central Arkansas. During this time, he also developed a successful private studio offering music lessons to individuals and families in the community. In addition to teaching piano, he has taught courses in music theory, music history, music appreciation, hymnology, and class piano. Some of his highlights include performances as a soloist and collaborative pianist in faculty, alumni, and student programs at Harding University, Baylor University, the University of Texas at Tyler, and Kilgore College. Cooper is committed to high quality instruction that engages the entire personality and produces an outcome reflecting ambitious musical standards and the unique identity of the individual.
Robert Magas began his musical career at an early age with trumpet and shortly after, picking up guitar in junior-high, studying under Larry Whinnery - an active player in the Nashville music scene. While at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, Magas organized the school's first jazz ensemble (still active to this day) and performed throughout NW PA. After college, he joined the Air Force, retiring as an officer in 1998 and began his second career as a public school elementary educator. Through those years he continued with the guitar, both formally studying the classical guitar in Cleveland, Arizona, and Virginia, slack-key guitar in Hawaii, and acoustic blues in Texas, and playing all types of finger-style guitar, including folk, ragtime and classical. Retiring from public education in May of 2017, Magas desires to inspire a life-long love of music in as many others as he possibly can. He counts his main musical influences as Paul Simon, Leo Kottke, Tom Rush, ‘Mississippi’ John Hurt, and (guitarist) John Williams along with Doc Severinson, Chuck Mangione and Maynard Ferguson.
Manuel (Manny) Lopez has over 15 years of professional experience. His career has placed him in almost every musical situation possible and has led him to perform abroad in places like Mexico, France, Africa, and Peru while maintaining a consistent working schedule in Colorado. He currently leads a trio and is one of the most in demand drummer/percussionists in the area. Having studied at the University of Denver he is fluent in all styles of music from Latin styles, rock, jazz, funk & hip hop and everything in between. He has given many lectures and clinics at CU Boulder/Denver, Denver University, and Metro State. Lessons will be structured according to each student and their interests, with a fundamental focus on reading, playing by ear (listening) technique, and improvisation. Lopez also teaches all Latin percussion (congas, timbales, bongo) Lessons can also be had on a combination of instruments. All ability levels are welcome.
Gordon Shaffer is a former member of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C., the army’s premier support unit for the President, U.S. Congress and visiting world heads of state. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from The Catholic University of America, he has amassed a lifetime of experience not only as a performer but as an adjudicator, teacher and clinician as well with extensive knowledge of musical styles including concert band, symphony orchestra, musicals, swing and jazz band. Mr. Shaffer has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl to name a few, appearing with such diverse talent as Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Marie Osmond, and famed operatic star Kathleen Battle. His proficiency on multiple instruments has allowed him to perform with not only orchestras such as the Pueblo Symphony, and the Central Ohio Symphony but with jazz and big bands such as the Harry James Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Rick Brunetto Big Band. “studying music should not only be an inspiring and enriching experience, but one that is enjoyable, motivational and gratifying for both student and instructor. It is my longstanding desire to instill an appreciation and love of music that will last a lifetime.“
Jennifer White has 20 years professional music experience. Prior to college she attended the Lucerne Summer Music Intensive as well as the Northwestern Illinois Summer Orchestral Program. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education with violin emphasis from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, as well as a Masters in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. A native of the midwest, Jennifer went into missions with her husband in Austria for several years. While there, she performed with Bulgarian concert violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova. Mrs. White has been the guest conductor for the Cordova Regional Festival and the Matanuska Regional Festival Honors Orchestras in Alaska doing extensive work accompanying choirs, ensembles, and soloists in State Festivals and orchestras. Mrs. White has enjoys ministering as a worship leader, performing on violin, piano, and voice in free-flow services. Encouraging students to desire excellence in their technique, while finding joy in their playing and development as individuals, is the reason for her passion in teaching.
Indiana native Christian Cooley gravitated towards guitar at a very young age and began receiving instruction from professional musicians in the Chicago music scene. After relocating to Colorado Springs years later, he continued with instruction from professional musicians, playing in local bands, and teaching others to play the guitar. He attended college at 14 years old seeking a degree focusing in Music Theory and composition. Christian graduated college and high school simultaneously the same year, and continues to be passionate about music, guitar, and equipping others to not only play guitar, but to understand music theory. Cooley teaches his students to apply what they learn so they are able to improvise effectively and communicate easily with other musicians. Teaching acoustic and electric guitar, he specializes in styles ranging from Contemporary, to Blues, Rock, Funk, Folk, and Americana. Cooley can be seen playing for multiple different local churches (New Life, Mountain Springs, Red Rock, and others) and groups such as WorshipMob, a local collective of musicians known worldwide with millions of YouTube views.
Scott M. Barbier is a native of Colorado Springs, CO and has played in numerous top musical organizations throughout the Pikes Peak region. Soon after graduation from Air Academy High School, Barbier “followed in his father’s footsteps” joining the United States Air Force Academy Band where he spent the next 30 years performing world-wide with the highly acclaimed premier military band. A very versatile drummer and percussionist, Barbier came under the mentorship of many great Air Force drummers and also studied at the Faunt School of Creative Music in Los Angeles, CA. In 1998, He earned his BA in music graduating Summa cum Laude from Regis University. Never one to rest on his laurels, Barbier is currently studying with world champion rudimental drummer Mitch Markovich of Phoenix, AZ. He has performed with artists in many musical genres to include, Whispering Bill Anderson, the Flying W Wranglers, the Four Aces, Chuck Findley, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, Jiggs Wigham, Bobby Shew, and is proud to have performed on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Currently, Barbier plays drums with vocalist Lila Mori and the Broadmoor Penrose Room Trio, teaches drums and percussion at Lucci Music, is a staff percussionist for First Presbyterian Church and is the drum set clinician for the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society’s Student Mentor Scholarship Program.
Lou Anna McClain grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. She is a former military spouse has taught piano and keyboard for 30 years. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.A. in Piano and a minor in Education. A church musician for most of her life has led to being a Choir Director for Adults and children and a Praise and Worship leader in most of the churches she has attended. A recipient of a scholarship with International Scholar Laurete in 2007 took her and other Music and Arts Majors to Austria, Czech Republic and Italy. Many of her students have received music scholarships and won competitions. She is listed in” Who’s Who Among American Teachers” in 2005. While at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Lou Anna received 1st Tony Caramia. Her desire is to see her music students have fun learning and playing music and will have a lifelong enjoyment of music.
Kevin Murten was born into a long line of musicians with music and instruments always in the home. At age 18, Murten found his love for guitar and has been playing since. He played for several years in a local Colorado Springs band "Names Withheld" and enjoyed performing in various clubs and venues around Colorado Springs. During that time he also gained valuable recording experience and began writing his own songs. Pursing a diverse music educational background, Murten loves playing all kinds of music, and enjoys learning as much as possible about every type of music out there, from straight rock & roll and blues, to jazz, country, pop, and oldies. He is well-versed in music theory and how it relates to the guitar. Murten believes in an enthusiastic approach to music and enjoys passing his passion for music and music theory on to his students through personalized lesson plans to fit the needs of each student, whether a beginner or a seasoned player.
Kurt Zimmermann holds three degrees in Music. Bachelors of Music and Masters of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in violin and viola performance, as well as a Masters of Conducting from Hansei University in South Korea. Raised in Michigan and touring multiple prestigious Michigan Symphony Orchestras, Zimmermann moved to S. Korea to be with his wife and start a new musical family. In S. Korea, his accolades include First violinist with IMH Orchestra and a seven month tour of Korea and television special. On viola he toured Korea three times with soprano Jo Sumi and Korean pop singers Alls, Bobby Kim, and Park Wongue. Zimmerman was also the violin assistant concert master and Principle viola for the Camerata Music Society. Zimmermann enjoys teaching classical, pop, contemporary, and fiddle and builds up his students with the Suzuki method helping to create solid foundations and excellence in technique.
Hailing from California, Jarrod Headley is recognized as an experienced and respected musician who has a wealth of knowledge and experience playing drums professionally and touring all along the west coast. He has played and toured with some of the industries top artists, producers and composers such as Grammy award winning Mark Mancina (August Rush, Con Air, Lion King,) Emmy award winning John Wineglass (All My Children, Smallville, Days Of Our Lives,) Critically acclaimed signed rock group Novice, Ken Reynolds (Integrity Records), Randall Wallace (Allaire Studios,) and hundreds more. Headley is also proficient in studio recording using Pro Tools, and is a producer in his studio "Clear Sound Studios." He can play bass, guitar, and is dedicated to helping the Colorado Springs scene get "on the music map."
Joseph LaCombe has been a music educator for the past thirteen years and is bass player and lead singer in the Christian Alternative Rock band Fear of Paranoia based out of Colorado Springs. He received his BM in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine in 2001 and MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine. He also recently obtained his Advanced Degree in Educational Leadership, which is related to public school administration. LaCombe soloed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in 2001, and played trumpet and sang lead vocals for the Rock & Soul Revue in 2004. In 2005-06 he sang lead and back-up vocals for the contemporary a cappella group AudioLogic and has been involved with various worship teams throughout Maine and Colorado for the past fourteen years. An advocate of musical theater, his most notable lead role was as Bobby in Lakewood Theater’s production of George Gershwin’s Crazy for You. Ranging from classical, pop, rock, country, and more, LaCombe focuses on building an excellent foundation and enjoys coaching his students to thrive in their musical endeavors.
Barbara Bickner moved to Colorado Springs from Kansas to complete her student teaching in District 20. She graduated from Fort Hays State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Music Degree, and was hired as a general music teacher in District 20. Since teaching, she has doubled the size of the 5th grade band (22 students) and is continuing the growing numbers of morning choir students. At Fort Hays State University, she was principal flute in the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds bands, section leader in marching band, and a member of the Kansas Intercollegiate Honor Band. Bickner is loving colorful Colorado and is always excited with her adventure with students at Lucci Music.
Kim Horn has been performing and teaching the flute for 16 years. While still in high school, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. She received her Bachelor's in Music Performance on flute from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 2005 on a full scholarship from Eli Lilly, with a Jazz Studies minor on alto saxophone. While at DePauw, she traveled abroad for a semester and studied at the Vienna Conservatory in Vienna, Austria. Upon graduation from DePauw, Kim graduated with honors and performance certificate in music. She has studied under Anne Reynolds, Rebecca Price-Arrensen, Karen Moratz, Barbara Kallaur, and Thomas Robertello. She has performed in masterclasses headed by Moratz, Robertello, Barhold Kuijen, and Walfrid Kujala. Kim has performed with the LAfayette Symphony Orchestra, Lafayette Citizen's Band, and the LAfayetteFlute Choir in Lafayette, Indiana. New to the Colorado Springs area, Kim is happy to be near the mountains and looks forward to meeting students and musicians of all ages at Lucci Music.
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