Meet the Staff
Born in Venezuela, Desiree came to Boulder with her family at the age of 7. She started the violin at ten years old through the Boulder Public Schools music program. She also participated in a lot of school orchestras and extra curricular orchestras while growing up in Boulder. She won the Boulder Philharmonic Concerto Competition and the Boulder Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition and soloed with these orchestras before going on to college at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. Afterwards she went to graduate school at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she studied with the Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Jorja Fleezanis.
Desiree later joined the New World Symphony in their 3 year fellowship program in Miami, Florida. She came to Colorado in the summer of 2004 to be closer to her family and to enjoy the great outdoors! She is currently a member of the Boulder Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, and enjoys playing in groups such as the Colorado Opera, the Boulder Bach Festival, the Mercury Ensemble, and Inside the Orchestra/Tiny Tots (which is an educational outreach program to children in the Denver area).
Desiree’s interests are hiking, snowshoeing, and being at church. She loves her family and friends and looks forward to expanding that circle as she comes to work with the Strings Attached Program at Fort Logan Elementary.
Miriam Kapner, piano
As an orchestral oboist, Miriam Kapner has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Opera, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Pro Musica, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Glens Falls Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Boston Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose, Sarasota Opera, and the Monterey Symphony. Her musical endeavors have also taken her to Germany, Israel, and Hawai’i. As a private teacher and music coach, she has served on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in the Adirondacks, and the Bronx House of Music in New York City. She currently maintains a private studio of both oboe and piano students, and teaches at the Denver School of the Arts. Ms. Kapner has a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory, and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music.
David Paul, (B.A., M.M.) has been teaching violin and piano lessons for more than 25 years. He began his professional career playing violin full time in the Jacksonville FL Symphony for seven years. David’s principal mentor was Ruben Gonzalez, a world renowned orchestral musician and soloist who spent the last decade of his career as the concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. While completing his Masters Degree at Rice University, David played in the honors string quartet and served as Maestro Gonzalez’s teaching assistant. Born to two teachers, Mr. Paul has teaching in his blood. After leaving the orchestra to pursue an independent career, David taught at a renowned High School for the Performing Arts as their Orchestra Director. He taught classroom music for 4 years at a private elementary school, developed a pre-school program that reached nearly 400 children a week and has maintained a private studio of violin and piano students for more than two decades. Mr. Paul has 6 CDs of original work based on his study and practice of Tai’ Chi Gung, a regenerative health system from Tibet reaching back more than 3000 years.
Evan Shelton, cello
Evan Shelton is an experienced performer and teacher of all ages and musical styles. Mr. Shelton holds a Cello Performance degree from Colorado State University where he studied under world class pedagog Barbara Theim. During his time there, he completed an intensive pedagogy certificate in which he learned how to teach proper technique to beginning through advanced players. While at CSU, Evan was a member of the rock band Other Side of Clearview, allowing him to branch out of the classical world and learn how to perform and teach rock and pop forms.
Evan recently completed a graduate degree in Suzuki Pedagogy from the Lamont School of music at the University of Denver. While at the University of Denver he studied Suzuki cello methods with renowned Suzuki teacher Carol Tarr, continued solo studies with Richard Slavich, and served as the cello studio graduate teaching assistant. Evan is currently a cellist in the Cheza String Quartet, one of the cello instructors at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, the lecturer of Cello at the University of Colorado Denver, and the cello improvisation instructor for Denver Talent Education. In his free time Evan enjoys the Colorado outdoors and arranging rock tunes for string quartets.
Laura Husbands, Guitar
Laura Husbands is a British guitarist with multiple prizes across the US and Europe. At the age of 15, she was accepted into the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music. Two years later she went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Whilst there, she won the Chanterelle Guitar Competition twice (in 2004 and 2006), the NESCGS award in 2007 and the Dundee Guitar Festival Scholarship in 2008. Laura gained her bachelor of music in 2008 with first-class honors and successfully achieved a postgraduate diploma with distinction in 2009. To continue her love of music, and most importantly the guitar, Laura moved to Denver in 2009 to study with Ricardo Iznaola. She graduated with an artist diploma in 2011 and master’s degree in 2013 from the Lamont School of Music. She was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Performance and Outstanding Graduating Classical Guitarist. Laura has performed in venues across Europe and the US, including the Dundee Guitar Festival, the London Guitar Festival, Bolivar Hall and the Purcell Room. In the US Laura has been invited to perform at the Seattle, Denver, Cheyenne and Mountain Chamber Music societies. She has won top prizes in four international competitions, including First Prize at the Portland Guitar Competition, 2011 (USA), Second Prize at the Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition, 2007 (UK), Third Prize at the Westfalian Guitar Spring Competition 2006 (Germany) and Second Prize at the Admira Young Guitarist of the Year, 2005 (UK). Laura has extensive teaching experience working children. We’re excited to welcome her to our after school lesson program.
Denver-based cellist Julia Emery greatly enjoys collaborating and performing with a variety of artists and ensembles in the Denver-Boulder area, spanning a wide range of artistic interests, backgrounds and mediums. Her love of both traditional and non-traditional musical and artistic styles has led her to collaborate with a variety of ensembles, including Sound Circle a capella Ensemble, Briah Danse, Sound Circle Eurythmy, and the Nebula Ensemble.
Beyond playing music in the concert hall, Julia has also been deeply involved for many years in both music education and using music as a means of both communal and social outreach and connection. These interests have led to participation and collaboration with the Denver-based Playground Ensemble’s Educational Outreach Program, the cultivation of a private cello studio spanning both the Denver and Boulder areas, and in performances for those who are ill and dying.
Ultimately, Julia aspires to use her love and knowledge of music as a way to help others through difficult times in their lives, and as a means of bringing artists and communities together from a variety of traditions and backgrounds.