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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

SMIP Faculty

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

​2014 Guest Artist, Tia Fuller
FullerTia.jpg Guest 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 a number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, and American Music Awards. Tia has released three CDs on Mack Avenue Records and been featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Downbeat Magazine and many other print and online publications. Tia was the keynote speaker at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey’s 2003 graduation ceremony, where she presented her “Journey to Success” speech. 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. 

Peter Stoltzman, Co-Director
StoltzmanPeter.jpgPeter Stoltzman is the Piano Area Head at CU Denver, and the Faculty Director of the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s two week Jazz Camp for high school students. In 2009, he served as the music director for the Leadership Enrichment through the Arts Program in Austin, TX. 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 played at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and recorded with Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Warner Bros. Hip-Hop artists, American Music Award-winning jam band the Bomb Squad, and singers such as Javier Colon (winner of “The Voice” season 1), as well as touring and recording extensively with his father, Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

Owen Kortz, Co-Director
KortzOwen.jpg        Owen Kortz is an Instructor in the Singer/Songwriter Program at CU Denver. 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). His original songs have been featured on Denver’s KWGN-Channel 2 News, and he recently completed his third album project entitled OK. Kortz also helped to found the Singer/Songwriter program at CU Denver.

Victoria Vanest, Coordinator 
VanestVictoria.jpgVictoria Vanest is the Coordinator for the CU Denver Summer Music Industry Program. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. A classically trained flautist and piccoloist, she has performed in halls such as the Frederic C. Hamilton Family Recital Hall in Denver and the Foundling Museum in London and has recorded with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Goldsmiths Sinfonia, and composer Wes Devore. She plays flute and piccolo with Nebula, a Denver contemporary music ensemble.

Victoria brings with her years of musical and administrative experience from working at the Lamont School of Music Pre-College Summer Academy.

Michelle Rocqet, Head Counselor 

1012590_10152351493920956_615881379834148668_n (1).jpgMichelle Rocqet is a student at the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in Music Entertainment & Industry Studies; dual emphasis in Recording Arts and Commercial Voice Performance. Michelle is a co-founding member of Denver DIY band 'The Milk Blossoms' (Vocalist, Loop/FX, Keyboard, Drums) featured on Radio1190's 'Local Shakedown' segment as well as a spoken word artist and sound engineer. Michelle is a member of renowned collegiate a cappella group 'MIX' (BOSS, Mile High Vocal Jam, + SoJam 2013 champions) and newly formed 'LARK' which is CU Denver's very first all-female group. Recently, she has been selected to instruct in Oregon for the SheSings2014 festival, sponsored by the Women's A Cappella Association. (Photo Credit: Daniel Orr)​

DanielsChris.jpgChris Daniels, Music Business Area Head

Chris Daniels was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame with Judy Collins, John Denver and a host of luminaries in 2013. That same year Daniels was nominated for a Grammy as a co-writer and performer on the award winning children’s album “Jumpin Jazz Kids.” Daniels began playing professionally at 17 in New York City as a guitarist for David Johansen (of the New York Dolls) and then with Colorado’s first ‘jam band’ Magic Music. In 1982 he toured with Grammy Award winning Amazing Rhythm Aces frontman Russell Smith before forming Chris Daniels & The Kings in 1984. Thirty years later CD & The Kings have produced 15 albums, toured Europe 20 times and won awards here and overseas.  After completing his Master’s Degree at CU, Daniels was hired as Executive Director of The Swallow Hill Music Association and that organization won both the Mayor’s and Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts during his tenure. Chris Daniels began teaching in 2002 and became an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver in 2007. In 2010 he received the award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts & Media. Daniels continues to tour with his band and work in the studio as a vocalist, guitar, banjo and mandolin player and record producer with credits that include Hazel Miller’s famed “Icons” album.

 Andy Guerrero, Performance Area Head, Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop Ensemble
GuerreroAndy.jpgAndy has been playing and working in the local music scene since he was 15 years old. He attended the University of Colorado at Denver and graduated from the College of Arts and Media with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music Business and completed the Chancellor’s Scholars and Leaders Program (CSL).

It was during his college years that Andy cut his teeth in the Denver music scene – from playing in Bop Skizzum, working with concert promotion companies and finally forming his own company that did work for House of Blues, Clear Channel and NIPP. In 2004, he co-founded Flobots and enjoyed their world-wide success through 2011, when he returned to his first love, Bop Skizzum.

Andy has always enjoyed teaching music and working with youth. He has taught music classes for over six years, working with programs like, Butterfly Hope, Beacon Centers, and Spare Parts.

Megan Burtt, Singer-Songwriter Area Head
BurttMegan.jpgMusic has coursed through Megan’s veins since experimenting with melodies and rhythms on her grandmother’s piano at age 6. At 15 she found her father’s old guitar in the attic and was immediately inspired to her life’s calling. She began writing songs and only a year later won the Colgate Colorado Songwriting Competition. 

Megan attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to fully immerse herself in the techniques. She graduated an accomplished guitarist and vocalist and took off in search of stories to tell. She wanted to learn the blues so she moved to Mississippi to let her soul experience its roots. Life, however, had its own plan for Megan. Her time in the South was derailed by life-threatening illness and her recovery inspired existential discovery and brought her home to Colorado, where Burtt put pen to paper for her debut record. The result was 2010’s “It Ain’t Love.”

Pete Buchwald, Recording Arts Area Head
BuchwaldPete.jpgPete Buchwald has taught courses in Audio Production, Basic Piano, Musical Applications for the Personal Computer, and Live Sound Reinforcement. He has produced two of his own CDs and has composed music for The Booples, a Telly Award winning children’s program. 

Pete is a multi-instrumentalist on saxophone, guitar, keyboard, percussion, kalimba, bass, and penny whistle. He programs in Logic Pro, adding drums, smooth keyboard pads, bass, and other sounds to his music and the projects he works on for others. He frequently works in Pro Tools for projects that are strictly audio. 

Buchwald is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in recording Arts and Piano.

Langdon Crawford, Recording Arts Faculty
CrawfordLangdon.jpgLangdon C. Crawford is an artist and educator from the green mountains of Vermont. He has been developing performance/composition systems with electronics since 1999. Starting with guitars, effects, and sequencers, he moved into computer music, eventually incorporating graphics and sensor controlled interaction. He has a Master of Music in technology from NYU, where he currently teaches music technology and electronics and directs their summer music technology program. When not teaching or performing, you can find Langdon in and around the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Benom Plumb, Music Business Faculty
Benom Plumb was VP of Licensing & Administration at Bluewater Music from 2007 – 2012 in Nashville, TN. During his time at Bluewater Music, he directed the Synchronization Licensing Department coordinating all TV/Film licensing efforts, signing new talent, negotiating various business deals and represented the company throughout the world at various industry events, tradeshows, speaking engagements and panels. 

Benom is now Assistant Professor C/T, at The University of Colorado at Denver, teaching music publishing, music business finance and various other music industry courses. Professor Plumb's expertise focuses on music licensing, international royalty collection and creative development for songwriters and performing artists. Originally from a small East Texas town, Benom is an avid outdoorsman and plays drums in his Denver rock band, Flint Forehead.

Evan Shelton, String Faculty
SheltonEvan.jpgEvan Shelton is an experience performer and teach of all ages and musical styles. Mr. Shelton holds a Cello Performance degree from the Colorado State University where he studied under world-class pedagogue Barbara Theim. 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 Quarter, a cello instructor at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and the Lecturer of Cello at the University of Colorado Denver. In his free time Evan enjoys the Colorado outdoors and arranging rock tunes for string quartets.

Todd Reid, Electronic Music Ensemble
Todd Reid has been and active jazz musician since childhood. After “sitting in” sessions beginning at age nine, Todd had his first professional gig at ag 11 for a week-long trip on the Mississippi riverboat the Delta Queen. After graduating from the Cincinnati College-Conservator of Music with both a Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Commercial Music and a Masters of Music in Percussion, Todd moved to New York City, where he worked with jazz artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jim McNeely, “Big Nick” Nicholas, Marlene VerPlank, and numerous others


In 1992, Todd moved to Denver, Colorado and has since settle into the jazz scene, working in the house band at Denver’s famed El Chapultepec. Todd is currently active with 36sity, an organ trio comprised of Pat Bianchi on the Hammod B3 organ and Dave Corbus on guitar. Reid teaches drumset at the CU Denver College of Arts & Media.

Peter Ellingson, Jazz Ensemble
An active performer, composer, and teacher, Dr. Peter Ellingson serves as Senior Instructor of Music Performance at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to coming to CU Denver in 2002, he work as a freelance pianist in Chicago, Phoenix, and Virginia Beach, and taught at Colorado Christian University, Red Rocks Community College, and Arapahoe Community College.

He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. In 2004 he established Voz de la Clave, a salsa and Latin-jazz ensemble, and for several years presented the Cuban Music Experience and Night of Cuban Music event, where he performed with Latin-jazz greats such as Bryan Lynch, Wayne Wallace, Michael Spiro, Luís Conte, and Jerry González. His jazz and Afro-Cuban compositions can be heard on the Manuel López Trio release, Searching Out.

 DJ Chonz, Guest Lecturer, Scholarship Sponsor, and Consultant

RodriguezMario.jpgBorn and raised in Denver, Colorado, Mario Rodriguez came into a world filled with the culture of the streets. Although living under the guidance of his devout Catholic parents, Rodriguez dabbled in everything the streets had to offer, from gang life to hip-hip.

In hip-hop, an appropriate nickname is needed. “I used to kick it in my chones [a Mexican slang word for underwear], take out the trash in my chones, so my name was chones for a while. Then people just started calling me Chonz.” DJ Chonz shows his skills on the turnable at KS 107.5 and is the first DJ to ever mix live on commercial radio in Denver. He also continues to dominate the nightclub scene with several weekly events in Denver as well as consistent events in Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. ​

Rylan Rafferty, Photographer and Videographer​

Great videos share an important trait: they tell an engaging story. As a filmmaker, this is Rlyan's primary focus for every project she works on. Rylan specializes in editing and can also lead a video from paper to product, as she is doing for the CU Denver Summer Music Industry Program.

University of Colorado Denver – BFA in Film/Theater/Television​