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Ruth Baker

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Ruth Baker, internationally recognized coach and pianist, joined the Lamont School of Music in the fall of 2005 as the Principal Opera Coach for the Lamont Opera Theatre.  

  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 435
  • Phone: 303 871-6967
  • Email: sissinab@comcast.net
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Sam Bernstein

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Before coming to the Lamont School of Music in March 2014, Sam Bernstein served as the MBA Admissions Coordinator at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, DC. 

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Miles Canaday

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Miles Canaday serves as Director of the Women's Chamber Choir at Metropolitan State University of Denver, as Choir Director at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Aurora, and as Music Director of Laudamus Chamber Chorale of Ft. Collins. 

  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 219D
  • Phone: 303-871-6450
  • Email: miles.canaday@du.edu
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Colby Carson

Colby Carson

Prior to joining the Lamont School of Music, Colby Carson was the Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment at The Juilliard School in New York City.  Mr. Carson holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from The Florida State University College  of Music, where he began working in Admissions in 2009.

  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 219B
  • Phone: 303 871-6973
  • Email: colby.carson@du.edu
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Nancy Cochran

Nancy Cochran

Nancy Cochran, newly named Director of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, previously served as Director of the Division of Music at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University and for 28 years as Professor of Horn in the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

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  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 221C
  • Phone: 303-871-6986
  • Email: Nancy.Cochran@du.edu
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Woody   Colahan

Woody Colahan
  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 400
  • Phone:  303-871-6421
  • Email:  ecolahan@du.edu

Teri Fuller

Teri Fuller

Teri Fuller started at the University of Denver in 2008 as a financial analyst at the Daniels College of Business. Her emphasis was with the financial management of the Custom and Professional Programs in Executive Education.

    

  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 221B
  • Phone: 303-871-6952
  • Email: Teri.Fuller@du.edu
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Rachel   Hargroder

Rachel Hargroder

Rachel received a Master's degree in percussion performance from Lamont School of Music and currently holds the principal percussion position in the Lakewood and Lone Tree Symphonies.

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Keith   Jones

Keith Jones

Keith Jones has always been passionate about music. He began working at the Lamont School of Music in 2004, and has been continuing to learn and grow as a technician. He attends the Piano Technicians Guild Conferences annually, where there are many opportunities to learn from fellow technicians. This past summer he attended the C.F. Theodore Steinway Academy at the Steinway factory in Queens, New York.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 111A
  • Phone:  303-871-6423
  • Email:  kjones22@du.edu
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Katharine   Knight

Katharine Knight

A co-founder of the former Da Vinci Quartet in 1980, Katharine Knight has performed across the United States, as well as in Russia, England and Canada. She has recorded extensively; and, with abundant teaching credits to her name, is also a veteran of many international competitions. 

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 321
  • Phone:  303-871-6964
  • Email:  kknight@du.edu
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Suzanne   Moulton - Gertig

Suzanne Moulton Gertig

Suzanne L. Moulton-Gertig holds an undergraduate degree from James Madison University, two masters degrees from Kent State University (in Musicology and Library Science), and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Colorado-Boulder (Dissertation, "The Life and Works of Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, 1860-1945.").

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 440 A
  • Phone:  303-871-6427
  • Email:  smoulton@du.edu
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Katie Runkel

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Prior to joining the Lamont School of Music in June 2013, Katie received her MM in Vocal Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. While performing and obtaining her degree, Katie worked for the Residence Life & Student Activities Office as well as for the International Student Affairs Office. 

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Mary Beth   Shaffer

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          Mary Beth Barteau Shaffer, is director of the Summer Pre-College Academy at the Lamont School of Music.  Previously, she served as assistant director and as a member of the piano faculty for the Academy.  She has also taught at Grinnell College, The University of Iowa, Northwestern College, the University of St. Thomas, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and Pikes Peak Community College, and has worked extensively in Arts Administration at The University of Iowa for Hancher Auditorium, Arts Education Outreach, and Project Art. 

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Jack Sheinbaum

Jack Sheinbaum

Jack Sheinbaum earned an AB in music and psychology at Brown University, and wrote a dissertation at Cornell University on cultural readings of form and musical color in Mahler's symphonies. Professor Sheinbaum has presented papers at national and international conferences, served as co-chair of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the American Musicological Society, and is currently the musicology representative of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the College Music Society and the president of the DU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 314
  • Phone: 303-871-6988
  • Email: jsheinba@du.edu
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Leigh   Townsend

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 400
  • Phone:  303-871-6421
  • Email:  lracette@du.edu

Chris Wiger

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Originally from River Falls, Wisconsin near the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Chris earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with elective emphasis in Art and Theatre from the University of Wisconsin/River Falls.  After graduation, he played horn professionally and was Director of Publicity with the United States Air Force Academy Band.

  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 219A
  • Phone: 303-871-6499
  • Email: Chris.Wiger@du.edu
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Elsbeth Williams

Elsbeth Williams
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Martha   Yordy

Martha Yordy

Martha Yordy has been involved in musical theater for over thirty years. She joined the Lamont Opera Program in 1996, and has served as the opera accompanist since then.  She also is the musical director for the DU winter musicals in collaboration with the Theater Department.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 418
  • Phone:  303-871-6893
  • Email:  yordyml@gmail.com
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