|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.
|Jordan Brenegan began playing violin at the age of 5. He played in the elementary, middle, and high school orchestras in Mequon, Wisconsin. Throughout middle school and high school, Jordan was a member of the Barcel Brioso String Academy, directed by Colleen and Celestine Fitzgerald of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He played in the Homestead High School Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and served as concertmaster his senior year from 2004 to 2005. He played in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra throughout high school as well. Jordan is a proud recipient of the Jennifer Wixom music scholarship which is awarded to one Homestead High School student each year. Jordan also won a full-tuition scholarship through the Madison Summer Music Camp to attend the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he studied under the esteemed instruction of Dr. Bernard Zinck and played in the UWM Symphony Orchestra. Jordan completed his undergraduate program in 2010, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance for violin. After graduating, he decided to move to Colorado to begin his violin studio. He is currently a violinist in the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra (SSO) conducted by Ernest Richardson in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Jordan teaches violin using the Suzuki method for beginning through intermediate students, and also teaches high level repertoire including concertos and show pieces to advanced students.|