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Housing, Meals, Schedule, Staff & Guest Artists


There is a residential camp component option for Sessions Two (Music Industry Camp) and Three (Film or Animation/ Motion Graphics Camp). Residential students at camp stay at CU Denver's Campus Village Residence Hall. Students will be supervised at all times by LYNX Arts Camp staff. Students will be assigned a roommate and suite mates, sharing a bathroom and kitchen in each suite. Laundry facilities are available. 


Residential students eat breakfast and dinner at the Campus Village Dining Center. Commuter students will eat breakfast and dinner at home. Commuter Plus Students will be provided dinners. All students will eat lunch at the food court in Tivoli Student Union. The list of food options available at the Tivoli Union is listed here. Students will be responsible for buying their own lunches. 

For breakfast and dinner, we have worked with Campus Village to ensure that there are many food options at every meal. We do our best to accommodate students with food allergies and sensitivities. If your student has severe food allergies or restrictions, please let us know once the student has been admitted so that we can make proper arrangements. Students with peanut allergies are required to carry an EpiPen with them at all times. 

Sample Schedule

Below is a sample of the weekday schedule for the Session One and Two programs at the LYNX Camp. Session Three will consist of the 9am-​4:30pm portion. While each academic program at the LYNX Camp will have unique classes and schedule, students can expect a daily schedule similar to the outline below:

8:00am Residential student breakfast
8:50am Commuter students arrive
​9:00am Morning Classes with periodic breaks
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Afternoon Classes with period breaks
​4:30pm​ Commuter students depart
​4:50pm ​Residential students return to Campus Village and prepare for dinner
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm ​Recreation Time
7:00pm ​Evening Program (guest speakers, concerts, workshops, etc). These are optional for commuter students. 
9:00pm ​Free-time
10:00pm Residential student in-room time
10:30pm Residential Lights out

2017 Guest Artists

Session One - Music Industry

Ben Wysocki - drummer for The Fray
Jill Sobule - singer/songwriter
Kim Dawson - singer for Pimps of Joytime and Sisters of Soul
Tom Hagerman - play violin and accordian for DeVotchKa
One Frew West - The breakout Denver band played a show for students and answered questions
James Adam Shelley - guitarist for American Authors

Session Two - Filmmaking and Digital Animation/Motion Graphics

Rebecca Forth - special effects artist at Industrial Light & Magic (Star Wars Rogue One, Jurassic World, etd.)
Aldo Velasco - filmmaker (Chittagong, Hinge, Mosshunter)
Jeff Gibson - animator at Disney (Moana, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Frozen)
Norm Shearer - Chief Creative Officer at Cactus Denver, a branding, design, and website company. 
Greg Guler - animator at Disney
Chris Shultz - Senior Film Editor at High Noon Entertainment

Camp Administrators and 2017 Academic Directors

Dave Walter, LYNX Camp Director
_DX_0131 copy.jpgDave is the Director of the LYNX Arts Camps. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Wyoming (UW) and a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas (KU). He has extensive summer program experience having worked with the UW Upward Bound Program, the CLIMB Wyoming Program, the Duke University TIP Program, and the KU Upward Bound Math & Science Center Program. He has also worked in student services at San Jose State University and Stanford University. 
Katryn Bowdle, LYNX Camp Coordinator

Katryn.jpgKatryn is the Coordinator for the LYNX Arts Camps. She is our newest addition to the LYNX administration. Katryn graduated from Sonoma State University in California with a Bachelor's Degree in Outdoor Leadership and completed her Master's Degree in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) at the University of Northern Colorado in 2015. She has experience in various types of summer camps, new student orientation and student activities. She loves hiking, walking her dog and cooking, and is looking forward to a great year with the LYNX camp team! ​​

Dr. Peter Stoltzman - Co-Academic Director of the Music Industry Program

StoltzmanPeter.jpgDr. Peter Stoltzman is the Piano Area Head at CU Denver, and the Faculty Director of the Stanford University Jazz Workshop’s two week high school Jazz Camp. He earned degrees from Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, and a doctorate in Music and Human Learning from UT Austin in 2014. A stylistically diverse pianist, he has recorded with Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Warner Bros, The Bomb Squad, Javier Colon (winner of “The Voice”), and his father, Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Peter has played at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

Owen Kortz - Co-Academic Director of the Music Industry Program

KortzOwen.jpgOwen Kortz is an Instructor in the Singer/Songwriter Program at CU Denver, which he helped to found. He received undergraduate and masters degrees in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California. He has performed at concerts with legendary guitarist Pat Metheny and YouTube phenom Kina Grannis, and has recorded with the Bissonette brothers (Ringo Starr, Joe Satriani). He recently played with Ryan Tedder​ of One Republic at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.​


Jessica McGaugh - Academic Director of the Filmmaking Program

Jessica_McGaugh.jpegJessica​ has been a faculty member in the Film & Television Program at CU Denver since 2008. She has a BA in Media Arts from Arizona University and a MFA in Film/Cinema/Video Studies from Syracuse University. Her film credits can be viewed on IMDB here. She has won many awards for films including a 2015 Spotlight Documentary Film Award and Best Documentary at the Indian Film Festival of Houston for The Golden Hour.  

Roma Sur - Assistant Academic Director of the Filmmaking Program

Roma-Sur.jpgRoma​ has been a CU Denver Film & Television Program faculty member since 2009. She has a MA in Video Production from the University of Denver and an MA in American and Commonwealth Literature from Bangalore University. Roma has done film work for High Noon Entertainment, HGTV, The Food Network, The Discovery Channel, and Citizen Pictures. Some of the CU Denver courses that Roma has taught include Intro to Non-fiction Writing, Intro to Scriptwriting, Visual Culture, Aesthetics of Television, Feature Film Writing, and Producing Episodic Television. 

Michelle Carpenter - Co-Academic Director of the Digital Animation & Motion Graphics Program

mcarpenter_large.jpgMichelle is an Assistant Professor of Digital Design at CU Denver. She has produced, directed and edited award winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her videos have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her film, Above the Ashes was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. Michelle’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative video and experimental video documentary.​


Chris Lemon - Co-Academic Director of the Digital Animation & Motion Graphics Program

(Picture and bio coming soon) Chris is the facilities manager of the CU Denver Digital Animation Center

Joann Brennan - Academic Director of the Photography Program

joann_brennan.jpgJoann is a Professor of Fine Arts, Photography and the Associate Dean of the CU Denver College of Arts & Media. She holds a BFA and MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. Joann's photography has won numerous awards including the prestigious Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Award. Her work has also been exhibited in art galleries throughout the country. Currently, she has a collection on exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.​​

Megan Burtt, Instructor, Advanced Singer/Songwriter
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Megan is a professional musician from Denver. She grew up loving music and was inspired by women rockers that she saw on MTV. Megan attended Berklee School of Music where she recorded her first two EP's. Since then Megan has recorded two albums It Ain't Love (2010) and The Bargain (2015) while performing all over the world. Here's a fantastic Westword article about her release show for The Bargain. Here's a music video for Fast As I Go off the album. Megan is also an amazing teacher and this will be her third summer teaching at the camp.

Preview week instructors will be composed of CU Denver faculty, staff, and alumni from five programs in the College of Arts & Media. 

Additional Music Industry Program Camp Instructors

Leslie Soich - Voice Performance Elective Instructor​

leslie_soich.jpgLeslie is the Faculty Coordinator of the Commercial Voice Program at the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Leslie has been a Metropolitan Opera Auditions Regional Finalist in both the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Leslie has performed in numerous opera performances. She is a member of the Joseph and Loretta Law Artist Center of Opera Colorado and an active member of the Central City Opera Ensemble since 1999.​

Todd Reid - Mobile Device/Electronica Ensemble Instructor


Todd is the Percussion Area Faculty Coordinator in the CU Denver MEIS Department. He teaches drumset and coaches the Mobile Device and Electro/Acoustic & Jazz Trio ensembles. Todd has a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music in Percussion from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Todd has worked with such jazz artists as Gerry Mulligan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jim McNeely, “Big Nick” Nicholas, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Richmond, vocalist Marlene VerPlank and numerous others. He performs regularly in Denver at Dazzle and Nocturne jazz clubs.

Dr. Peter Ellingson - Latin Jazz Ensemble Instructor

photos_atpiano.jpg​Dr. Peter Ellingson is Senior Instructor of music performance at the University of Colorado Denver. He specializes in jazz and Afro-Caribbean music. Pete has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from CU Boulder. He earned his Master's Degree from Arizona State University and his Bachelor's Degree from Northern Illinois University. At CU Denver, Pete directs the Latin Ensemble, instructs the jazz piano students, and teaches a number of piano, ear training, music theory, jazz improvisation, and Latin music history classes.​

Benom Plumb - Music Business Elective Instructor

BenomPlumb.jpgBenom Plumb is an Assistant Professor at CU Denver in Music Business. Hehas been involved in the music industry for over 10 years. Benom received his undergraduate music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his graduate degree in music industry studies from the University of Miami. Benom was VP of Licensing at Bluewater Music from 2007–2012 in Nashville, TN. At Bluewater, he directed th​e Licensing Department where he coordinated all TV/Film licensing efforts, signed new talent, pitched songs, negotiated business deals, and attended music industry events arount the world.  

Storm Gloor - Music Business Emphasis Instructor


Lorne Bregitzer - Recording Arts Elective Instructor


Paul Musso - Guitar Performance Instructor

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Pete Buchwald - Recording Arts Ensemble Instructor


Megan Burtt - Singer/Songwriter Ensemble Instructor

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 9.45.29 PM.pngMegan is a professional musician from Denver. She grew up loving music and was inspired by women rockers that she saw on MTV. Megan attended Berklee School of Music where she recorded her first two EP's. Since then Megan has recorded two albums It Ain't Love (2010) and The Bargain (2015) while performing all over the world. Here's a fantastic Westword article about her release show for The Bargain. Here's a music video for Fast As I Go off the album. Megan is also an amazing teacher and this will be her third summer teaching at the camp.

Lukas Vesely - Pop/Rock Ensemble Instructor

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Owen Trujillo - Hip-Hop Ensemble Instructor

11535835_1027707383909187_4036411294003161055_n.jpgOwen is a hip-hop artist from Denver. He graduated in 2016 from the CU Denver MEIS Department. Owen is part of Denver hip-hop group 2MX2. You can read more about Owen and his band in this article. This past year Owen and 2MXS toured around Colorado with the Flobots​ as part of DETOUR. In addition to concerts, they put of music workshops throughout communities in Colorado. We're very happy to have Owen return to the camp for his third summer.

Evan Shelton - Studio Chamber Ensemble Instructor

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Aaron Daniels - R&B Ensemble Instructor

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Curtis Madigan - Pop/Rock Ensemble Instructor

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Scott Burgess - CU Denver Recording Studio Manager


Seger Marion - Pop/Rock Ensemble Instructor

Seger.jpgAfter serving as our Residence Hall Director and teaching assistant for the Music Industry Program, Seger is now a Pop/Rock Ensemble Instructor for the camp. Seger is an avid drummer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist. Seger graduated from the CU Denver MEIS Department in 2015. He has performed with many Denver artists and has extensive teaching experience with the School of Rock.​

Past Guest Artists

2016 Music Industry Guest Artists                                 

Ben Wysocki 
wysocki.jpgBen Wysocki is the drummer for The Fray. The Fray was formed in Denver by CU Denver alum Issac Slade and Joe King. Ben has been the drummer of The Fray since nearly the beginning. From 2002-2004, The Fray began to make a name for themselves in the Denver music scene. They were voted "Best New Band" in Denver in 2004 by Westword Magazine. In 2005 they exploded on the national scene with the release of the album How to Save a Life.  Two songs on the album, Over my Head (Cable Car) and How to Save a Life were Billboard Top 10 hits with How to Save a Life tying for the seventh longest charting single of all-time on Billboard. Since then the band has had numerous other hit songs (including "You Found Me" and "Never Say Never") and albums. Ben and Michele Wysocki are big supporters of the Music Indursty Program at the LYNX Arts Camp and have generously donated to our scholarship fund each year of the camp's existence. We're so grateful​ for their support and super excited to host Ben as a guest artist at the Music Industry Program during the 2016 LYNX Camp this summer! You can learn more about Ben in interviews here and here

Bridget Law
Bridget copy.jpgBridget Law has been part of the "transcendental folk" band Elephant Revival since it was formed in 2006. They have released four albums and toured around the world. Bridget plays the fiddle, the octave fiddle, and helps with the vocals. Here is a video of Elephant Revival performing "Rogue River" during their 2014 show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. After opening for Trampled by Turtles at Red Rocks last August, they are headlining there own Red Rocks show this May! Bridget was a fantastic Guest Artist at the 2015 LYNX Camp and we're very exciting that she will be returning this summer. She will speak to students about her experiences touring with Elephant Revival, participate in workshops, and play for the students. Bridget is an alum of the CU Denver College of Arts & Media, so it makes it even more special that she will be here! Make sure to ask Bridget what it's like to get paid to perform on an airplane! ​

Adam Deitch

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 10.53.47 PM.pngAdam has been making and producing powerful funk, jazz, hip hop, and electronic music for over twenty years​. He is currently the drummer for the bands Lettuce and Break Science. Adam has also played and recorded with John Scofield, DJ Quik, Pretty Lights, and the Average White Band. Adam is also a producer and has produced alubms for 50 Cent, Redman, Talib Kweli, Xzibit, and Matisyahu. In 2010, Adam was nomitated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B album for writing and producing part of Ledisi's album Turn Me Loose. 

Garrett Sayers
Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 2.44.51 PM.pngGarrett is a professional bass guitarist originally from Connecticutt. In the late 1990's, he attended the New England Conservatory in Boston where he learned from many jazz greats. Garrett moved to Colorado shortly after graduating and joined the funk/jazz group, The Motet in 2002. Over the past 15 years, The Motet has released numerous acclaimed albums and toured around the world. Some of their tour highlights include playing Bonnaroo in front of 10,000 people and performing with Christian McBride. Garrett also plays with his own band, The Garrett Sayers Trio

DJ Chonz 

DJ_Chonz2.jpgMario Rodriguez, AKA DJ Chonz, is a legendary hip hop DJ in Denver. He's shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Slick Rick, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, and De La Soul. He's hosted a radio show on 107.5 KQKS in Denver since 2001. His show routinely receives No. 1 rankings and he's been recognized with awards such as Best Hip-Hop DJ, Best Denver Radio, and Best Afternoon Show. DJ Chonz has been a guest artist every year of the Music Industry Program and has been very involved with our camps since their creation. He lectures, teaches and performs for camp students and fundraises for the DJ Chonz Scholarships​ to help students pay for the camp. We're so thankful to have DJ Chonz's support for the LYNX Arts Camp!​

Sue Baker

Sue Baker.pngSue Baker is the Program Director of the Les Paul Foundation​. Sue conducts Les Paul research and serves as a resource for sharing information about Les Paul, the "the Wizard of Waukesha". As a close friend with Les Paul, Sue heard many stories directly from the master. Recent projects include co-producing Les Paul's Big Sound Experience (traveling exhibit), coordinating educator workshops and helping with Les Paul teacher lesson plans. She will be a visit the camp on Monday, June 13th. She will present about the Les Paul Foundation and show a documentary about Les Paul to the LYNX Camp students.

Chris Daniels ​

2013+Daniels+red+shirt.jpgChris Daniels has been a huge presence in the Colorado music scene since the 1970's​. Chris is in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and fronts the award winning blues/funk band, Chris Daniels and the Kings. The band has produced 13 albums and performed all over the world. Chris is the faculty Area Head of the Music Business Program at CU Denver and his connections in the industry stretch throughout the US and beyond. Chris will visit the camp during the first week of the Music Industry Program. 

11244728_395487897326491_5494162779305795036_o.jpgAMZY is a Denver band of the verge of major success in the music industry. The band was created in 2013 and exploded on the Denver scene in 2014 by winning KTCL's Demo Derby Finale in June and the Hometown for the Holidays competition in December. AMZY released their first EP, We Don't Walk, We Dance, in early 2015 and they are currently working on a full length album. They've shared the stage with Bastille, The Wombats, Cold War Kids, Atlus Genius, The Airborne Toxic Event, Robert Delong, and The Misterwives. AMZY will perform and talk with the camp students on Thursday, June 16th! 

Steel Pan Collective Partnership
Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 6.47.23 PM.pngWe are also excited to once again have a partnership with the Pan People Music Festival that will take place on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver on Saturday, June 11th. This concert focused on Steel Drums is produced by The Steel Pan Collective. Like last summer, the LYNX Camp music industry students will receive a presentation from some of the steel pan musicians. They will also be able to attend concerts by Steel Pan bands​ from around the region, including 2016 headliner Tracy Thornton​


2016 Session Two Guest Artists​ - Filmmaking, Animation & Motion Graphics, and Photography

Jonathan Wolff
Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.27.58 PM.pngWe are very fortunate to have legendary Hollywood composer Jonathan Wolff visiting the Second Session of the LYNX Camp! Jonathan will kick-off the camp with a performance and presentation on Sunday, July 10th. He has become known as the "Seinfeld Music Guy" because he created the unforgettable Seinfeld theme song and other music in the show. He has composed music for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, Disney, and Showtime including shows such as Will & Grace, Married with Children, and Saved by the Bell. Here is a segment about Jonathan from Entertainment Tonight. His presentation will be about his real-world experiences being a professional artist in Hollywood. He'll encourage students to make unshakable relationships and to develop clear career goals that are focused yet flexible.
Evan Anderman
Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.52.49 PM.pngEvan Anderman is a professional social-landscape photographer​ based in Denver. Evan is a geologist who became fascinated with documenting the beauty of land and the way that human's use and change land. After working for two decades as a geologist, he became a full-time photographer artist in 2005. He's had 50 photography exhibits at places such as the Denver Art Museum, Denver International Airport, and the Colorado State Capital. He has written six book on photography and was awarded the Duggal Image Maker Award by the Photo District New Photoplus Expo in New York City. Evan serves on the Board of CENTER in Santa Fe, NM and the Denver Art Museum Photography Department​ Advisory Committee. Evan will present to the LYNX Camp students on July 13th! 

Amara (Poolswasdi) Hulslander

Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 7.09.51 PM.pngAmara is an UX and interactive designer​ in Denver, CO. Her design expertise includes user experience design, user interface design, digital product design, graphic/visual communications, branding, and integrated marketing communications. She has worked with communications agencies, tech startups, small and large businesses, and other fellow entrepreneurs. Most recently Amara has worked at Amazon and Sphero. At Sphero she helped create the droids for Star Wars: The Force Awakens including the BB-8 app-enabled droid! We're really excited to that Amara will present to the LYNX Camp students on July 20th! 

Jeff Gipson
Gipson_Jeff.jpegJeff is an artist, designer and digital animator currently working at Disney. While originally from Trinidad, Colorado, he now lives in Hollywood. This article details Jeff's fascinating journey. Jeff attended CU Denver's Digitial Animation Program from 2001-2012. After some amazing internships at Pixar, Action Sports Design, and Laike, Jeff was hired by Disney in 2013. The first film that he worked on at Disney was the Oscar winning movie Frozen. Jeff was in charge of lighting and composting for the film. Recently he has worked on Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. Jeff will be visiting the camp on July 18th!
Jason Pendleton
Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 2.48.59 PM.pngJason is a professional photographer based in Denver, CO and Laramie, WY. Two of his specialties are concert photography and anime photography. You'll ofter find him taking pictures at many of Denver's best concert venues such as Red Rocks, the Ogden, and the Fillmore. He is also a regular at many of the biggest Comic Cons in the country. He says that portraits are his favorite form of photography because of the stories that are told through the pictures.​

Travis Vermilye
TravisVermilye.jpgTravis is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the CU Denver College of Arts & Media. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan. Travis's groundbreaking medical illustration work has been shown on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC and Discovery Health as well as international magazines, e-zines and publications.  His award winning illustrations and animations have served such clientele as: Abbott Laboratories, Stryker Medical, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Medical Modeling LLC, The World Craniofacial Foundation, The New York Times, and National Geographic.​ Travis will present at the camp on July 12th!​​
Timothy Nice
AAEAAQAAAAAAAAdzAAAAJGFlNWI4ZGIzLTgzNGUtNDg4Yi1iZWEwLWZmZWJhZDU0NDgwMA.jpgTimothy is currently the Director of User Experience Design at Charter Communications. Tim graduated from the CU Denver 3D Digital Animation BFA Program in 2005. He has had a wide variety of experiences in the Arts. After graduating he worked in game design at Idol Minds and LucasArts. At Lucas Arts he was the Sr. Effects Artist for the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game released in 2008. From 2008-2012, Tim created games for the iPhone at MuskyFun, Villain, and Airy Labs. Since 2012, he has worked for Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications on User Experience Design. Tim will present at the camp on July 21st!

Richard Marrujo

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbVAAAAJDk2MGU0YzQ4LTEzYTktNGNjMi04NDExLTg0NTAzZGMxOTQ4Ng.jpgRichard is also an alum of our 3D Digital Animation BFA Program. He has worked at Pixar Animation Studios since graduating from CU Denver. He started as a Technical Director Resident and was recently promoted to a full-time Rendering Technical Director. One of Richard's most recent projects at Pixar was working in the Rendering Department for the film Finding Dory, as a Rendering and Optimization Artist. Prior to working at Pixar, Richard worked at Phizzle as a Junior Technical Director. At Phizzle, he developed proprietary software for multimedia systems used on jumbotrons and large-scale touchscreens worldwide. We're excited to have Richard vising the camp on July 14th! 

Bryce Boyer

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 3.08.04 PM.pngBryce is an award winning advertising photographer based in Denver, CO. He is an energetic people shooter and is experienced producing large scale photo shoots on location or in the studio. His clients include Visit Denver, 5280 Magazine, Newsweek, SportsIllustrated, Glamour, Bycycling Magazine, Denver Children's Hospital, Miller/Coors, Johnson & Johnson, The American Heart Association, and The Special Olympics. Bryce will present at the camp on Saturday, July 16th.

​Hans Rosenwinkel

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 10.56.01 PM.pngHans is an Associate Professor of Film and Television at CU Denver. Prior to moving to Denver, he earned an M.F.A from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and worked as a film professor for five years at the University of Idaho. Hans specializes in filmmaking related to science, the environment, wildlife, action sports, adventure, and travel. He has created films for National Geographic, NBC, ESPN, Discovery Channel, PBS, the Weather Channel, and Warren Miller. He runs his own production company called Evolution Media. Hans recently produced a 13 episode series​ called Xpedition China: Search for Shangri La that aired on the Discovery Velocity network and National Geographic International. 


Past Guest Artists and Partners:

Javier Colon

Javier Colon 4.jpgWhile Javier Colon had already been an accomplished musician for many years, he became a household name when he won season one of NBC's The Voice in ​2011. He received $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Republic Records for winning The Voice. In 2011, he produced an album called "Come Through For You" that featured songs with Natasha Bedingfield and Adam Levine​. He has a new album with Concord Music Group that is due to be released in the summer of 2015. Javier is scheduled to be at our camp on Wednesday, June 17th. He will speak to the students, provide workshops, and perform a mini-concert with LYNX faculty members. It should be an incredible experience! 

Bridget Law
Bridget copy.jpgBridget Law has been part of the "transcendental folk" band Elephant Revival since it was formed in 2006. They have released four albums and toured around the world. Bridget plays the fiddle, the octave fiddle, and helps with the vocals. Here is a video of Elephant Revival performing "Rogue River" during their 2014 show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This August they will open for Trampled by Turtles at Red Rocks. Bridget is scheduled to be at our camp on Tuesday, June 23. She will speak to students about her experiences touring with Elephant Revival, participate in workshops, and play for the students. Bridget is an alum of the CU Denver College of Arts & Media, so it makes it even more special that she will be here! Make sure to ask Bridget what it's like to get paid to perform on an airplane

John Morrissey
John Morrissey.jpgJohn Morrissey is a film producer, screenplay writer, and actor based in Los Angeles. John began his career as an actor. He's performed on Broadway and was an 80's "soap" star, playing a villain on both General Hospital and Guiding Light. More recently he's produced many films including American History X, Booty Call, 11:14, The Prodigy, and Havoc. He's worked at Rastar Productions, MDP Worldwide, Media 8 Entertainment, and his own Turman-Morrissey Company. The list of actors​ that John's worked with is a who's who of Hollywood: Anne Hathaway, Jaime Foxx, Edward Norton, Hilary Swank, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Bob Thornton, and many more stars. We're very fortunate to have John as a guest artist this year. He will work with our Movie Production students on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 23rd and will give a presentation to the whole camp that that evening.

DJ Chonz
DJ_Chonz2.jpgMario Rodriguez, AKA DJ Chonz, is a legendary hip hop DJ in Denver. He's shared the stage with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Slick Rick, The Roots, and Snoop Dogg and toured with De La Soul. He's hosted a radio show on 107.5 KQKS in Denver since 2001. His show routinely receives No. 1 rankings and he's been recognized with awards such as Best Hip-Hop DJ, Best Denver Radio, and Best Afternoon Show from Westword and the Colorado Broadcast Awards. DJ Chonz was also a guest artist at the 2014 Music Industry Camp and he has been very involved with our camps since their creation. He lectures, teaches and performs for camp students and fundraises for the DJ Chonz Scholarships​ to help students pay for the camp. We're so thankful to have DJ Chonz's support for the LYNX Arts Camp!

Mitch Dickman
Mitch_Dickman.jpgMitch Dickman is a Denver area filmmaker and CUDenver alum! He was recently named one of's "10 Documakers to Watch" after his newest film, Rolling Papers, was purchased by Alchemy Production Studio at the 2015 South By Southwest festival. Some of the previous films that he directed and/or produced include Hanna Ranch, Being Evel, and A Test of Wills. We're so grateful to Mitch for jumping in as a camp guest artist after Aaron Kopp was called away for an HBO shoot. On June 24th, Mitch will help the camp Movie Production students with their films and present about his film career to the all the LYNX Camp students in the evening. It should be a wonderful experience for the students! 

DJ Cavem
Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 1.46.16 PM.pngDJ Cavem is a Denver area recording artist and and music educator. He uses hip hop to help kids make healthier food and lifestyle choices. He was a 2014 Music Educator Grammy nominee and has performed with Wyclef Jean, The Wailers, Mos Def, Public Enemy, De La Soul, and the Wu Tang Clan. Check out this Oprah Magazine article about DJ Cavem and his TEDx Talk here. We're thrilled to have him as a guest artist for the LYNX Program on Monday, June 22nd. He will speak and perform for our Music Industry Program students. During our recreation time, he will lead a yoga session and teach the students how to make healthy smoothies! 

Steven Fischer
steven-fischer-director-2.jpgSteven Fischer is a two time Emmy nominated live action and animation filmmaker based out of Chicago. Steven attended the London Cartoon Centre and one of his first big film projects was the creation of the Steve & Bluey cartoons. Some of his films include Freedom Dance and Old School New School. He's produced commissioned works for Maryland Public Television, the Oprah Winfrey Network, TV Asia, Americorps, Screen Arts Animation, and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. We're excited to have Steven at our camp on Monday, June 22nd. He will work with our animation students in the afternoon and present to the whole camp later that evening about finding and channelling creativity. 

Sarah Atereth

Sarah Atereth Pic.jpgSarah Atereth will return to the camp again in 2015! Sarah is originally from Denver and she studied music at Columbia University, Juilliard School, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Masters. As a singer who helps write all of her own songs, Sarah has found huge success in the U.K. where her singles, “Without You,” and "Fade Away" were #1 hits. Sarah was named as one of The Future Faces of 2012 in MusicWeekSarah has worked with Marti Frederiksen, Bryan Adams, and Rick Chertoff. She is known for her unique lyrics and energetic stage presence. Sarah co-founded her own record label called Beguile Records. She will visit the camp and speak to the music industry program students on Thursday, June 18th. 

Tia Fuller

FullerTia.jpgGuest artist Tia Fuller grew up in Denver and earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from CU Boulder. She was a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé, as part of the I AM..Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the BET Awards, and the American Music Awards. Tia has released three CDs on Mack Avenue Records.  Tia believes a passion for teaching and inspiring students is in her genes because her parents were educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District.​

SeriesFest Partnership
SeriesFest.pngWe are excited to partner with the new SeriesFest that will take place in Denver from June 18th-21st. SeriesFest is an international film festival focused on pilot episodes for TV/web series shows. The producers of SeriesFest are supportive of the LYNX Arts Camp and have graciously invited our students to attend many of their events, including their Opening Event at Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 18th, featuring John Legend! Our students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most talented people in the film industry who will be in Denver for the SeriesFest event!

Steel Pan Collective Partnership
Steel Pan.jpgWe are also excited to have a partnership with the Steel Pan Collective event that will take place on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver on Saturday June 20th. Our LYNX Arts Camp students will be able to attend concerts by Steel Pan bands​ from around the region. Some of our students will also get to view a screening of the documentary, "Pan! Our Music Odyssy".

Past LYNX Camp Staff and Instructors


Katie Reynolds, Co-Academic Director, Digital Animation/Motion Graphics

IMG_20160513_203631.jpgKatie is a recent graduate from the 3D Graphics and Animation program at University of Colorado Denver. After 10 years of various administrative jobs, Katie decided to pursue her passion for animation. Her background in traditional arts allowed her to transition to working with CGI. Her long term goal is to create dynamic, compelling and unique stories while collaborating with other amazing artists in the film and gaming industries. Katie was part of the team that created the animated film Too Much Glue that can be viewed on Vimeo here.​ Last summer Katie was the Teaching Assistant for the Digital Animation Program at the LYNX Camp and we're excited to have her back as an instructor this summer.   

Victoria Vanest, LYNX Music Industry Program Coordinator

Victoria Vanest coordinated the music industry program at the LYNX National Arts and Media Camps from 2013 through 2015. Victoria was a huge part of the creation of the camp. She plays the flute and is currently is a music master's degree program at the University of Denver.

David Liban, Academic Director, Movie Production
David_Liban-2.jpgDavid was the Academic Director of the Movie Production at the 2015 Camp. He has been a professor in the CU Denver Theatre, Film, and Video Production Department since 2004 and he is currently serving as the Department Chair. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York, Oneonta and a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. He has been a faculty member at the Savannah College of Art & Design, The University of Memphis, and George Washington University. David has produced and directed numerous films including many award winning documentaries. His most recent film is called "Looking for Mr. Miyagi".​

Stacy Barton, Lead Instructor, Movie Production

Barton1.JPGStacy was the Lead Instructor for the Movie Production Program in 2015. She holds a MFA from Syracuse University. She taught production and scriptwriting at CU Denver. Stacy began her film career by producing an Emmy Award winning teen magazine show called "Gumbo TV" when she was growing up in Milvaukee. She has a passion for creating work that challenges the status quo in terms of form, culture, and representation. Shacy has produced many films including her current film Red Pearl.

Howard Cook, Academic Director, Digital Animation and 3D Graphics 
cook_large.jpgHoward created the curriculum for the Digital Animation Program at the 2015 camp. He is an Assistant Professor at CU Denver and Director for the Digital Animation Center. He holds BFA in printmaking from Auburn University and a MFA in Digital Cinema from National University. He has a wealth experience in graphics and design having worked for NASA, Paramount Studios, Lucasfilms, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. During his time at DMNS, Howard led the team that created the $12M Gates Planetarium and the real-time Cosmic Atlas Visualization software used in the dome. This year, Howard supervised a team of students who created a movie called "I Need My Monster" that has won numerous student filmmaker awards.

Stephen Baker, Lead Instructor, Digital Animation and 3D Graphics 
sbaker_headshot.jpgSteve taught the Digital Animation Program at the 2015 camp. He is an instructor at the CU Denver Digital Animation Center. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University and a Master's Degree in Architecture from CU Denver. Steve owns a computer animation company called The Shepherd's Workshop, LLC. He has architectural expertise in CAD, 3D prototype printing, and Building information Modeling. Steve also produces 3D animated children's videos including the PBS series "The Kings of Christmas". 

Angie Stevens, Singer/Songwriter Ensemble Instructor

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