|Michael Lewis has been a resident of Routt County since 1976. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Lewis was employed by the South Routt School District and was the instrumental and vocal music director there for 23 years. For the last 13 years Mr. Lewis taught the beginning band program at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools. Mr. Lewis has been active as a judge for state solo and ensemble festivals, large group music festivals, guest conductor for District 8 Eighth Grade Honor Band, currently plays lead tenor sax in and manages the jazz ensemble "Steamboat Swings", and plays saxophone in a local jazz quartet whenever possible. Mr. Lewis is able to offer private instruction on a variety of instruments: saxophone, clarinet, piano, guitar, bass guitar and percussion. He can also teach beginning students on flute, trumpet, trombone & baritone.|
Neil is currently the on-staff guitarist for the Steamboat Christian Worship group. He also plays locally for Little Laura and the Nude Blues Band and the Brian Smith Project. He has four semesters under his belt as the jazz ensemble director at Colorado Mountain College and four years as the the music teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary School.
Neil began playing professionally in Colorado Springs in the early 1970's with various rhythm and blues groups, top-40 bands and rock ensembles. He studied music theory at Olive-Harvey City College in Chicago, where he toured with the the school's gospel choir as their guitarist. He eventually earned a bachelor of arts degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He moved to Steamboat Springs in 1996.
Neil has played in numerous bands, written and recorded several original songs in the past thirty-five years. He has taught guitar just as long. He currently teaches guitar, bass and keyboard at First String Music.
Paul Potyen has been in the music business longer than he is willing to admit.
Stephanie Blake has been singing since the age of 2. She began voice lessons in 9th grade and studied privately all through college. She was a music major at College of Eastern Utah and Weber State University. Her private voice instructors include Jay Andrus, Russell Wilson and Kenneth Plain. Stephanie is experienced in a wide variety of musical styles. She continues her education through independent study.
Stephanie has been teaching voice since 2006. The study of voice with Stephanie will focus on a very thorough foundation of basics: breathing, tone quality, range, power and agility. Vocal health and anatomy will be taught. Stephanie teaches all ages beginning at age 8, adult students are welcome. Anyone can learn to sing well! Middle school and high school aged students who want to go on and study voice in college will develop a wide repertoire of classical and Broadway music. Her curriculum is based on the Italian School of Singing and is applicable to most styles of music.