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Michael Weaver - Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo

He has taught flute, clarinet, saxophone, and basic jazz improvisation for over 25 years.  His students have had 1st & 2nd chair All State, All State Jazz, CU Honor Band, (3x) $100,000 scholarships to DU, received offers of full-ride to CU; former students have attended Indiana University, U. of Miami (Florida), University of North Texas, CU, CSU, DU, etc.  At the same, most of his students are younger and he very much enjoys, appreciates and understands the necessity of starting young students with good fundamentals with the intention of music becoming a wonderful and gratifying experience.

Professional experience:  Corporate and private events from Montreal, Canada, to Cabo, Mexico, and Hawaii.  He has played Inaugural Balls for the President of the US, and the Governor of Colorado.  Private events in Aspen, Crested Butte, Telluride, Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, etc. to playing with the Colorado Symphony, and nearly ten years of shows at the Buell Theater for national touring shows.  He also plays with the Denver’s Hot Tomatoes, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Moments Notice Entertainment.  He also had 1st clarinet & lead tenor sax in the All-American College Orchestra and toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Mark Harris - Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute

Mark is a dedicated and exploratory educator and performer.  He has been a first call show player, playing in bands backing artists including Billy Eckstein, Joe Williams, Cab Calloway, Bob Hope, Natalie Cole, the Temptations; performed with Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd), Fred Frith, recorded with Bill Frisell, and Matt Wilson.  His more recent performance focus is with original music bands Hamster Theatre, Thinking Plague, improv group Random Axe,  and classical chamber ensembles Metro Wind Consort (where he replaces the french horn of a woodwind quintet with alto saxophone), and the Lamont Sax Quartet.  He became certified in Soundpainting in 2013, and uses it to help with another area of focus, improvisation for musicians of all styles and skill levels.  

Tess Halonen - Flute

Tess Halonen began her music career at age 11 in Las Cruces NM, studying under Jenny Paulson and Katie Tomecek. She has been playing flute since 1994, as well as guitar and piano since 2001. After winning state and regional competitions on flute and participating in master classes with Tadeo Coelho, Lisa VanWinkle and Lisa Gardener Santa, she went on to study Classical Flute Performance under Pamela Endsley, Principle of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, at the Lamont School of Music. To enhance her music education, she also studied extended flute technique with Marilyn Prestia, Assistant Principle of Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, she earned her performance degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music.

Since then, her musical career has involved composing, recording, performing, and teaching a variety of styles to many ages. In 2003, she opened a private teaching studio, offering lessons and performance opportunities for students.  From 2006 - 2012 she taught rhythm, history and piano classes at Tempo Music Summer Camp.  She currently works for Cherry Creek Public Schools as a Flute Specialist, running woodwind and flute sectionals twice a week, as well as private lessons at Golden Music. She also works at Stapleton Music Lab, running group piano classes for children.  This year, she has participated in master classes with Brook Ferguson, Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Haynes Performing Artist Alan Weiss. She played in Dr. Patricia Surman's flute choir, and was selected as a performer for Amy Porter's masterclass at The Summer Flute Institute.  This summer, she will be traveling to the big island in Hawaii to play the Mozart Concerto in G with the HFAF Symphony Orchestra.  On the side, Tess very much enjoys playing in her flute/guitar duet, Sahaja.

Her teaching philosophy centers around providing a platform for the expression of creativity in a fun and focused atmosphere. She aims to provide students with the knowledge and information they need to achieve their highest musical potential. Students will be actively listening, reading, participating and engaging in the performance process. Whether they become professional musicians or not, their lives will be enriched by music. Tess believes it is the role of the music educator, to cultivate and develop the potential within each student.