Ponderosa Elementary Instrumental Music

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About the Instructors/Admin

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 in the Rock Canyon feeder 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 into the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista two years ago, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2016.  She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to bring a quality program into the Ponderosa feeder area again this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.

About Ms. James
Ms. James is a violist who loves teaching elementary students!  She has been playing violin for fifteen years, and viola for 3 years.  Ms. James holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and just finished her Master of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Colorado. 

Ms. James has performed in numerous chamber music settings throughout her career, and has performed with many college and honor orchestras.  Her accolades include music honors, scholarships, grants, and study abroad.  Last Summer, she achieved a life-long goal of traveling to Italy to perform solo and chamber music. 

A native Coloradan, Ms. James loves playing for events and weddings throughout the State with the Concordia Quartet (as the violist), and as part of another chamber music pursuit, a string duo, R & M Strings, with husband and cellist, Eric James.  In her spare time, Ms. James loves reading, journaling, playing fiddle and jazz music, and cooking.

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About Ms. O'Connor
Ms. O'Connor is excited to be a part of PEIM and RCEIM programs!  Ms. O'Connor's children are RCHS alumni!

Ms. O'Connor recently retired from Douglas County School District, where she taught Elementary Band, and, most recently, Band and Orchestra at Cimarron Middle School.  Ms. O'Connor is also an instructor for Colorado Honor Band.  She graduated with a degree in Music Education from Western State College in Gunnison.

When Ms. O'Connor isn't teaching amazing students, she loves to read, take long walks with her two labradors, and travel with her husband.

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About Ms. Petersen
Ms. Petersen is excited about being a part of the PEIM program.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's Degree in Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University.  She has taught private violin, viola and cello lessons for thirty years, and has been at Northeast and Mountain View Elementary Schools for the past 22 years, teaching General Music, Orchestra and Choir.  Her passion is the viola and playing in the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

When not working with wonderful students, Ms. Petersen loves to spend time in the mountains and traveling with her husband, 23-year old daughter and 19-year old son.

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About Ms. Petrie
Ms. Petrie is a music teacher and board-certified music therapist in the Denver metro area.  She has taught private music lessons on all instruments to students ages 3 to over 50 and has taught beginning and intermediate band for several years.  She has also practiced music therapy with special needs children, nursing home residents, and psychiatric patients.  A Connecticut native, Ms. Petrie attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she completed a rigorous dual Bachelor of Music program in Music Education and Music Therapy.  Ms. Petrie has had a passion for teaching music and helping others through music for a long time.  She believes that it is important to always focus on her students as individuals while keeping in mind their possibilities and limitations.  Having moved to Colorado four years ago, Ms. Petrie has throughly enjoyed taking advantage of all this beautiful State has to offer.  She and her husband, Michael, are proud parents to their young son Bentley, who is already quite the talented musician himself.  As a family, with the dog in tow, they love going to the mountains for hiking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding adventures.

About Mr. Stroman

Mr. Stroman is excited to be a part of the PEIM program!  A second generation Colorado native, Mr. Stroman received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.  He taught middle and high school band and orchestra in the Douglas County school district for thirty years.

Mr. Stroman is a multiple recipient of the Who’s Who Among American Teachers award and was a finalist for the 2010 Apple Award for Excellence In Teaching.  When he’s not working with the GREATEST beginning band and orchestra students in the world and their teachers, he enjoys playing his trumpet, gardening and traveling with his wife.

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About Ms. Wurst

Ms. Wurst is very excited to be working with Band students at Northeast Elementary!  She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Orff Certification from Northern Arizona University.  Ms. Wurst has taught music, band, and choir for over 30 years at Northeast Elementary.

When Ms. Wurst in not working with elementary musicians, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mark and traveling to visit her adult children Ryan, Chris, and his wife Leah.

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