Denver-based cellist and Strings Attached instructor, Julia Emery greatly enjoys collaborating and performing with a variety of artists and ensembles in the Denver-Boulder area. 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 Acapella 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.
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.
David Paul, violin instructor and Program Director, has 31 years of teaching experience and has created a number of special music programs. He has a Masters in Music Performance from Rice University and spent seven years performing full-time with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Evan Shelton, cello instructor, joined Englewood Arts in June of 2014. He holds a Cello Performance degree from CSU, a graduate degree in Suzuki Pedagogy from Lamont, and performed in the rock band Other Side of Clearview. Evan is the cellist in the Cheza String Quartet and serves as one of the cello instructors at Colorado College. He is also the cello improvisation instructor for Denver Talent Education and enjoys composing arrangements of rock tunes for string quartet.
Desiree Cedeno-Suarez is the violin instructor for the Strings Attached Program in the Sheridan School District. Born in Venezuela, she grew up in Boulder, starting the violin at 10 years old. She won both the Boulder Philharmonic and Boulder Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competitions before attending the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. She attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she studied with the Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Jorja Fleezanis. Desiree 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 (an educational outreach program to children in the Denver area).
Julia is a life-long learner and passionate teacher. She customizes lesson plans for lessons and group classes. Julia often plays the piano with the students in lessons and student recitals. Moreover, she is an advocate for music students to learn about interventions for injury prevention and musician wellness from a young age. Julia holds a Master of Music in violin performances and Suzuki Pedagogy Certificate from the University of Denver. As a violinist, she often performs in the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, solo recitals and private events in the Front Range.
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.