Founded by Elena Keil and Monica Sáles Council, we aim to provide quality and engaging music education from beginning through college prep to Evergreen and the surrounding area. We believe that when students thrive, the whole community thrives: school music programs thrive, youth orchestras thrive, live music thrives, and the overall quality of the music in the area goes up, inspiring a whole new generation of musicians in the Evergreen area.
We are fully dedicated to build Evergreen Conservatory as a unique center for the music education in the community, to be recognized at the state and national level. State of the art school is bringing the value to the community as well. Our well established connection with Center for the Arts Evergreen gives our students an opportunity to be part of the local and state cultural life by performing on the stage of the Center for the Arts. Young talents are getting recognized and supported.
Elena Keil has long taught in the Evergreen area and has an established studio of piano students. She studied at Gnesin's Music College in Moscow, Russia from 1984-1989 for piano, composition, theory and history of music and was an assistant producer for a music, art and culture program for Russian TV channel 1. She began teaching in 1995 at the King Center in New Jersey, and has taught at the Evergreen School of Music from 2010-2018. Mrs. Keil is also a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Colorado State Music Teacher Association (CSMTA).
Monica Sáles Council graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music. She has been a private piano and string instructor for 23 years, working in the Evergreen area since 2007 at the Evergreen School of Music. She has studied with Prof. Luis Jorge Gonzalez of CU Boulder for Music Composition, Prof. Alvin Chow and Prof. Andrew Cooperstock on piano, Prof. Emeritus John Erlich of Drake University and Prof. Judith Glyde of CU Boulder for cello, and Vladimir Petrov and Brian Cook for violin. She also works as a string specialist for Evergreen High School and Evergreen Middle School, maintains a home studio in Arvada, and is a cellist with the Denver Philharmonic. Mrs. Council is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Colorado State Music Teacher Association (CSMTA).
It's about you and your goals
I would love to help you learn more about the beautiful world of music during our piano/music lessons. Through your learning experience, you'll get to know about different composers and their music, instruments, and genres. You'll soon expand your knowledge and ability to play more joyfully for yourself and others. You can even try to compose, create your own melodies, find harmonies, arrange and present your musical pieces.
My teaching method is a combination of the leading musical pedagogy programs which includes a broad repertoire, sight-reading, ear-training, theory, artistry, composition, history and solfeggio.
When I was 3 years old, I pretended to play piano on my kitchen table. I guess it was so convincing that my parents bought me a piano less than a year later. Back then it was a huge investment to buy a piano - similar to buying a Steinway Grand Piano nowadays. At age 4, my father took me to the Moscow Conservatory Concert Hall for a concert and the world stopped spinning for me. I became hooked on music and it became one of my life's greatest passions. Today, this experience is very important to me because it reminds me as a parent how important it is to pay close attention to little nuances and hints which my children give me to help me recognize their hidden talents, both artistic as well as others.
started playing piano at 4
traveled with Vesna Children's Choir across Eastern and Western Europe
1984-89 attended Gnesin's Music College (Moscow, Russia)
1989-94 assistant of producer for the program about music-art-culture for Russian TV Channel 1
1994 moved to US
1995 my first teaching experience was in King Center, NJ
2000 moved to Colorado. Played for Breckenridge Theater's musical productions
2010 - 2018 taught at Evergreen School of Music.
Member of Music Teacher National Association and Colorado State Music Teacher Association.
Debra Berioli Hammond, Soprano, CSOM, CBBA, is a critically acclaimed opera singer having performed with leading opera companies and symphonies in the US and abroad. Debra began her musical education at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and went on to a professional performing career. She has studied voice with David Jones, International Vocal Pedagogue specializing in the Swedish-Italian School of voice training and Ruth Golden, Soprano and faculty member with the Manhattan School of Music.
Debra received critical acclaim for her performances of The Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro from Opera News Magazine in the US and Opera Magazine in Europe. Her portrayal of Amelia in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera was listed among the top ten best classical performances in the San Francisco Bay Area describing her performance as "over the top beautiful". She has performed with the MidSummer Mozart Festival in San Francisco and was invited to perform a rare fragment of a Mozart aria at the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center. She has performed solo and symphonic works across the country including the famous venues of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and Carnegie Hall, Manhattan. She maintains a private vocal and piano studio and is dedicated to providing opportunities for students, young artists and skilled amateurs to perform within a mentoring environment with teachers and accomplished musicians.
Debra is the Director of Music for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder and has served as Voice Teacher and Music Director for the Actor's Academy of Performing Arts in Denver and Boulder. She is pleased to become a part of the musical team at the Evergreen Conservatory of Music.
Member of Music Teacher National Association and Colorado State Music Teacher Association.
Monica Sáles Council graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music. She has been a private piano and string instructor for 24 years, working in the Evergreen area since 2007 at the Evergreen School of Music. She has studied with Prof. Luis Jorge Gonzalez of CU Boulder for Music Composition, Prof. Alvin Chow and Prof. Andrew Cooperstock on piano, Prof. Emeritus John Erlich of Drake University and Prof. Judith Glyde of CU Boulder for cello, and Vladimir Petrov and Brian Cook for violin. She also works as a string specialist for Evergreen High School and Evergreen Middle School, maintains a home studio in Arvada, and is a cellist with the Denver Philharmonic. Mrs. Council is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Colorado State Music Teacher Association (CSMTA).
Joseph has been playing guitar professionally for many years, in New York, Montana, Missouri and Colorado. For over 30 years he has been performing, recording, arranging, teaching, studying and composing.
As a performer, Joseph can be heard on many recordings as a founding member of the Long Island avant-garde duet, Inner Landscapes, and the experimental music band QUIET featuring Cathedral keyboardist, Tom Doncourt. He can also be heard accompanying the grandchildren of Maria Von Trapp on the Von Trapp Children Vol 1, Charlie Russell’s MONTANA!, and Off The Wall, The New Jubes & Virtual Orchestra.
He has also composed for television, radio, stage productions, and small films. He composed the music score for the 2006 PAH-FEST film festival feature film winner, "I Am the Longs”. He also scored and performed a theater production of Anton Checkhov’s Three Sisters and a theater production of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade.
As a teacher, Joseph taught guitar studio and class at the University of Montana and The University of Central Missouri. He also taught Music Theory, Aural Training, Music Composition, Jazz Band, Music Literature at Adams State University.
In Colorado, most recently Joseph performed with the SLV Big Band and led jazz jam sessions in Alamosa and Del Norte for students and local jazz enthusiasts. In Evergreen, Joseph is a familiar performer at local venues. He also hosts jazz jams at the Snowpack Taproom with the Evergreen Jazz Collective. www.facebook.com/guitarist.at.large
Born in Hartford, CT, Vince Caiafa has been playing drums since he was three and gigging professionally since ﬁfteen. As a teenager, he developed an interest in classical and world percussion and learned from Benjamin Toth, the chair of the percussion department at The Hartt School of Music. Later, Vince attended the Hartt School of Music full time in West Hartford, CT, and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He studied under such teachers as Kim Plainﬁeld, Ralph Peterson, Dave Samuels, and Mike Mangini. Vince has performed in several bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles throughout New England, New York, California, and Colorado. Currently he teaches, records, and performs throughout Colorado. You can see him playing live with Goodnight Freeman and Groove ’N Motion feat. The Rocky Mountain Horns. He lives in Evergreen with his wife and two awesome dogs.
Ted Homan is the principal clarinetist with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with many other local groups including the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony, the Denver Municipal Band and the Colorado Wind Ensemble.
The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra has given Ted the opportunity to solo several times. He has performed the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto, a transcription of Poulenc’s clarinet sonata (transcribed by our former conductor Bill Morse), one of Mendelssohn’s Koncertstuckes for two clarinets (with Don Ambler as the other soloist), Carl Maria Von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet, and most recently, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. As a long time member and board member of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, Ted is looking forward to continue playing under the Music Director’s baton, the fabulous timpanist of the Colorado Symphony, Mr. Bill Hill.
Chamber music is his passion and he can be heard performing in the Denver Metro area. Most recently he performed the Brahms clarinet quintet, Mozart’s clarinet quintet, Rota’s trio for piano, clarinet and cello, duos for flute and clarinet by Robert Muczynski and Bela Bartok violin duos transcribed, by Ted Homan, for clarinet and violin.
He enjoys teaching private lessons on clarinet, saxophone, piano, flute and guitar and takes private lessons himself with Greg Dufford, who was formerly the bass clarinetist in the San Francisco Opera. Ted received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from Metro State.
Peter Burkholder began listening to jazz before he could walk, bouncing to the beats of David Sandborn as a one-year-old. It was only a matter of time before he caught the bug. He started playing the saxophone in 2007 taking lessons at the Levine School taking lessons from Navy Commodores unit leader, William C. Mulligan. He continued to study classically into high school and began studying jazz as well under prolific Maryland educator and performer Paul Carr. He met Paul on scholarship to his well known“Jam Camp” at the Jazz Academy of Music. Peter received the scholarship by winning one of two “Outstanding Soloist Awards” at the 2011 Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival. His senior year Peter played lead alto in the Yorktown H.S. Jazz Band in Arlington, Virginia, and was awarded the “Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding achievement in the field of jazz” by program director Brian Bersh.
The passion Peter developed for jazz in high school extended into his undergraduate studies. At James Madison University, he pursued an undergraduate degree in music, studying under sax professor David Pope. Highlights of his performances as Lead Alto in the JMU jazz ensemble are viewable below. After graduating from JMU, Peter pursued a Masters in music performance at Denver University’s Lamont School of Music, taking advantage of a 75% scholarship to study under pianist Eric Gunnison, big band director Steve Wiest and professor of saxophone Art Bouton. He won an outstanding soloist award at the Greeley Jazz Festival for his role as the “Dragon” in Steve Wiest’s composition “Ork Vs. Dragon.” This performance is also viewable on the Lamont School of Music’s YouTube channel. In May 2020 Peter graduated from the Lamont School of Music with a Masters in music performance and is currently pursuing a performance certificate on a full ride scholarship. He is excited to start the next phase of his pursuit of jazz, and is looking for work as a performer and Educator in the Denver area.
Evan King is a Graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (B.M.) and University of Denver Lamont School of Music. (M.M.) An active performer in Colorado, Evan performs regularly with the Denver Philharmonic, Aurora Symphony, Longmont Symphony, Littleton Symphony, Boulder Bach Festival and Colorado Brass Band. He is the lead trumpet with Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, and has performed with many other Denver-based groups, such as Groupo Kaoba, Sabor de la Calle, Mannequin the Band, Diamond Empire Band, H2 Big Band, and Cumbia Explosiva. He has also toured the Midwest, South, and Northwest United States with the Jefferson St. Parade Band, and China with the Denver Philharmonic.
In lessons, Evan draws on the methods of his former teachers; (such as Joey Tartell, Alan Hood, David Champoullion, Vince DiMartino, Warren Deck, and Carole Dawn Reinhart), utilizing exercises and techniques that aim to make brass playing as effortless as possible. Music choice is catered specifically to the goals and skill level of the students, and can include any style; classical, jazz, pop, or any other kind of music that can be played on a brass instrument. For more advanced students looking to explore jazz improvisation, Evan is experienced in helping players develop key improvisational skills. These skills include music theory, deep listening, and ear training, as well as technical exercises, that help give even inexperienced players the confidence to take a solo. Evan has helped all levels of players, from absolute beginners, to advanced high school and college players, to comeback adult players achieve their personal, musical goals.
Guerrilla Fanfare Records "Mia" at Mighty Fine Studios, Denver
Colorado Brass Band concert
Guerrilla Fanfare live at Confluence Park
Stars and Stripes Forever flash mob at Chongqing airport
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