About the Instructors/Admin

About Ms. Camp

Ms. 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.

Ms. Camp continued her music career at Hope College, where she played in the Orchestra and Symphonette and studied under Mihai Craioveanu, who is internationally recognized with multiple performances at Carnegie Hall.  Since graduating with a teaching degree, Ms. Camp has performed with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Brioso String Quartet.  In addition, she has given private lessons to hundreds of students and adults on violin, viola, cello, and piano.  Ms. Camp is also currently an active member of a local praise band.

Ms. Camp is excited to continue instilling a love for music with children in the Highlands Ranch area through MVEIM.

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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 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 tours with the Irish Rock Band Potcheen.  Ms. DeAngeles has three kids and four chickens, and enjoys long distance biking, hiking 14ers, yoga, and beautiful Colorado.

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About Ms. Davidson-Stanfill

Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction.  She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction.  Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program, originally in the Rock Canyon feeder area ten 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 nine years ago, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista areas five 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 Mountain Vista feeder area again this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.

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About Mr. Forlenza-Bailey
Mr. Forlenza-Bailey is honored and excited for the upcoming school year at the Platte River Academy!  His passion for music stemmed at the early age of six, learning piano, and his teaching career started at age thirteen, teaching private lessons.  Whether it's been in schools giving masterclasses, clinics, or workshops to band and orchestra students, or just teaching students privately in a music studio, Mr. Forlenza-Bailey offers a gratifying experience learning music.  Although this is his first year with MVEIM, he's been teaching at programs and studios across the country for thirteen years.

Mr. Forlenza-Bailey received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he taught and tutored low brass at the Shipley School, among many other music studios in the greater Philadelphia area.  After six years of living, performing, and teaching in the area, he relocated to Denver. Upon graduation this year with his Master's Degree in Music Performance, Mr. Forlenza-Bailey is continuing to expand his studio, teaching responsibilities and performance repertoire in the Front Range of Colorado.

About Mr. Hamaker
Mr. Hamaker is a veteran Douglas County Schools music teacher with over thirty years of experience teaching Band and Orchestra to young musicians.  He is happy to be teaching Bear Canyon and Heritage.  He loves the outdoors, especially while hiking, camping, running and bike riding!

Mr. Hamaker is committed to seeing the excellent elementary band and orchestra program in Douglas County continue despite the budget cuts that are impacting our schools.  Music is an important element in our lives.  Developing young minds can benefit from all the positive attributes that are nurtured through playing a musical instrument.

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About Ms. McGonagle
Ms. McGonagle is excited to join the MVEIM team and provide Northridge students with an opportunity to participate in band.  She retired in May after teaching band/orchestra and music at Northridge for 29 years.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Masters in Education from the University of Denver.  When she is not teaching music, Ms. McGonagle enjoys playing Oboe and English Horn with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, taking her golden retriever, Finley, for walks, and camping and fishing with her husband (and Finley, of course!).

About Mr. Shugert
Mr. Shugert is a musician and teacher with a varied range of training and experiences.  He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the College of Wooser and a Master of Music Education degree from U.N.C.  Mr. Shugert is also a graduate of Musician's Institue (GIT) and is Orff Certified.  He recently retired from being the Music Teacher at Sand Creek Elementary School in Doulgas County since 1988.  In addition to teaching general music to all students at Sand Creek, he has successfully created and implemented many extracurricular activities such as a band and orchestra, choir, piano class, and several rock bands.  For more than 35 years, Mr. Shugert has taught private guitar and bass lessons.  Mr. Shugert has an extensive resume of playing bass and guitar in a variety of settings including the Araraphoe Philharmonic, Moments Notice Entertainment, Cedar Point Amusement Park and various rock, jazz, church and bluegrass bands.

About Mr. Snell
Mr. 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 great school (Sand Creek) and this outstanding program.

About Mr. Stroman

Mr. Stroman is excited to be a part of the MVEIM 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. 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.

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About Ms. Wurst

Ms. Wurst is very excited to work with the band students at Copper Mesa and Heritage Elementary.  She received her Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her Orff Certification from Northern Arizona University.  Ms. Wurst taught music, band, and choir for over 30 years at Northeast Elementary in Parker.

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

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