About the Instructors/Admin
About Ms. Benson
Ms. Benson is thrilled to be a part of the MVEIM program this year! With 20 years of private studio teaching experience, she specializes in all skill levels and ages. Ms. Benson grew up in Sandy, Utah, where she began taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 6. She went on to study music at Brigham Young University, where she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, and a Master's Degree in Violin Performance.
Ms. Benson has performed as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician through the United States and Europe, and currently enjoys performing as the Assistant Concertmaster with the Lone Tree Symphony. Ms. Benson lives in Castle Pines with her her husband and 3 children.
Together they enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, snow skiing, and Marvel movie marathons.
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 eleven 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 ten years ago, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista areas six 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.