Elisa Snyder, MUSE Co-founder
Elisa Snyder grew up in Maryland but has called Boulder home for 40 years. She attended the University of Colorado and Naropa University, where she graduated with a degree in Music Education. Elisa taught elementary school in the Boulder Valley School District and was the winds director for Shining Mountain and Shepherd Valley Waldorf Schools before studying at CU Denver and earning an M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum, ESL/Bilingual. She taught English to second language learners at the high school level for 15 years. It was while teaching at Longmont High School that she learned of El Sistema, the 47 year old Venezuelan music education program. Elisa knew immediately that creating a program inspired by El Sistema's principles was her calling. Having been a teacher of several disciplines and multiple age groups, and being aware of the Boulder area's socioeconomic divides, Elisa is committed to offering the large percentage, perhaps as high as 40%, of Boulder County's children whose families can't afford private music lessons, the opportunity to study music in an intensive and individualized manner, for free. After decades of working with children and adolescents, she combined all she loves about her profession into one effort - Boulder MUSE. Elisa has a music studio in Boulder for flute and recorder students as well as flute ensembles.
Mari Madeira, MUSE Co-founder
Mari Madeira’s career has combined artistic and business success. Mari studied piano and voice at CU/Metropolitan State College. She spent 18 years as a piano teacher while also singing soprano in a gospel choir. On the business side she built a very successful sales agency representing some of the nation’s top brands in outdoor and active sports. This rare combination of art and business makes her unusually well prepared to serve MUSE as a teacher, mentor and leader. Her artistic roles at MUSE include teaching piano, theory and choir. Her leadership and sales experience support MUSE’s organization and fund raising requirements.