About us

The Evergreen Conservatory of Music


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. 

Our bios


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). More info on ElenaKeil.com

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).    

Woodwind and Brass Division

David Ellis - Trombone, Tuba/Euphonium, Trumpet, Music Theory and Composition



David Ellis is a trombonist and educator in the Denver area, and principal trombone with the Colorado Brass. He completed his Doctor of Music degree in Performance at Florida State University in 2017, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the trombone studio. During his time in Florida, David held principal positions with local orchestras, and toured the Southeast region as a member of the Seminole Trombone Quartet, culminating in a recital at Carnegie Hall and a presentation at the Midwest Clinic. David also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in music theory while completing his Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Composition at Colorado State University. In addition to his classical background, David has made appearances at several jazz festivals in the state of Colorado as well as abroad. David enjoys playing music of all styles, with his primary experience ranging from orchestral to solo to chamber to jazz. More info at DavidEllisTrombone.com

Evan King - Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba/Euphonium, Music History and Improvisation


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 the Denver area, Evan performs regularly with Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band, Colorado Brass, Sabor de la Calle, Cumbia Explosiva, and many other local acts. He has also performed with the Denver Brass, Denver Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, Aurora Symphony, and Columbus Philharmonic. He has toured the country extensively with his band the Jefferson St. Parade Band and in 2016 toured China with the Denver Philharmonic.

In lessons, Evan draws on the methods of his former teachers (such as Vince DiMartino, Warren Deck, Alan Hood, and Carole Dawn Reinhart), utilizing exercises and techniques that aim to make brass playing as effortless as possible. Music choice is catered to the goals and skill level of the students. Evan has helped all levels of players, from absolute beginners, to advanced high school players, to comeback adult players. 

Ted Homan - All Woodwind Instruments, Guitar, Piano, Jazz Ensembles



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.

Kassandra Lopez - Flute, Saxophone, Woodwind Ensembles, History









Piano and Voice Division

Elena Keil - Piano, Music History, Theory, Composition


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.

About Me 

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.  


Nicole Leroux - Piano, Early Childhood Education Program


Nicole Leroux LOVES teaching piano!

And I practice what I teach!

I grew up in the Highlands neighborhood of northwest

Denver. I graduated from the University of Colorado at

Boulder, with a Bachelor Degree in Piano Pedagogy.

While there I studied piano with Dr. Keith Wallingford

and Dr. Storm Bull. I taught private piano for years, and

in 1992 became interested in the Kindermusik and

Musikgarten training for young children. I taught

preschool music to children from 3 years old through

kindergarten for 3 years at the Lakewood United

Methodist preschool. Three years were spent teaching

babies from 1 year to 3 years old at the Swallow Hill

Music Center and Evergreen Recreation Center. I moved

from there to teach elementary school music at the Logan

School for Creative Learning for 6 more years. I

continue to teach piano to all ages.

I belong to the following professional organizations:

Music Teachers National Assn (MTNA), Colorado State Music Teachers Assn (CSMTA),

Foothills Music Teachers Assn (FMTA), and Denver Area Music Teachers Assn (DAMTA);

American College of Musicians / National Guild of Piano Teachers; Pacesetters of Denver. I

currentlty serve on the board of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra and served as a past president

of the Board.













Strings Division

Monica Sáles Council - Violin, Viola, Cello, Strings Ensembles