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Instructors

Instructors

Gill Kuroiwa
Hi, I’m Gill! I’ve been playing the cello for over 20 years. I recently moved to Colorado from Phoenix, Arizona where I was an active teacher and performer. I have performed throughout Arizona with The Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, West Valley Symphony, and Tucson Repertory Orchestra, with whom I toured Japan for a series of concerts in 2015.
 
As an active member of the American String Teachers Association, I served as a board member and teacher for Cellobration from 2015-2021 – an annual day of learning and music making for over a hundred cellists from around Arizona. I also held the title of Assistant Orchestra Director at Red Mountain High School where I taught weekly cello sectionals for their three orchestras. I am currently excited to be expanding my pedagogical experience by completing training in the Suzuki Method.
 
I hold a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver and a Master of Music from Arizona State University where I studied with Richard Slavich and Thomas Landschoot, respectively. One of my favorite memories of my musical studies is studying abroad in London for a semester.

Miriam Kapner

Miriam Kapner is the instructor for the piano class at Charles Hay Elementary School in Englewood. The program is a new component of the Englewood Arts Strings Attached program. Miriam is an accomplished pianist and oboist, who freelances in the Denver area and is a successful private instructor on each of the instruments. She lives in Denver.


Yue Sun

Ms. Sun graduated from Stony Brook University with a Doctorate of Music Arts, and earned her Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Ida Kavafian on full scholarship. Ms. Sun is a member of DEKA String Quartet. With the quartet, she has been closely mentored by the Emerson String Quartet and David Finckel for the past half decade. Since the fall of 2019, her quartet has serve as Artists-in-Residence through the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government. Yue Sun has performed recitals and concerts throughout America, Europe, and Asia at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Sanders Theater at Harvard and Shanghai Concert Hall. She was selected as the concertmaster and associate concertmaster for the Latin GRAMMY® Award Orchestra of the Americas and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra. Christoph Eschenbach praised her as “a rare talent of roaring flame and infectious passion.”


Jeannette Altenhofen

Jeannette Altenhofen, piano and guitar instructor, has taught elementary music in both private and public schools for 27 years. She recently retired after teaching music in the Littleton Public Schools. During that time she presented grade level musicals and taught many instruments.  She has been a pianist and organist in churches for over 25 years. She has had her own piano studio for many years and is excited about teaching private lessons.  Her own children started music in the Strings Attached program and are very involved in music at ELA & EHS.

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