Our Teachers

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Wendy Rochman, Creative Director

As a seasoned elementary school teacher, Wendy Rochman knows how to engage and motivate young learners. Wendy integrates art, music, movement and writing into every day. Wendy is also a musician, playing in a marimba band, and singing in a community ensemble. Learning new things keeps her young, courageous, creative and curious. Wendy Rochman has educated, inspired, and facilitated the joy of creativity, and learning in hundreds of students, young and old. She loves to participate in all things creative, educational and fun!

Michael Maisonpierre, alto saxophone

Flute / Clarinet / Trumpet

Michael Maisonpierre has been a lawyer and a writer, and during all that time, a musician. He plays saxophone, flute, clarinet and trumpet, and though he plays mostly jazz, he enjoys classical too. In addition to being an invaluable teacher for MUSE, he is also the Board President.

Stephanie Fida, clarinet

Stephanie is a native of Connecticut, but six years after first visiting Boulder, she adopted Colorado as her new home in 2012. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana University, where she completed dual undergraduate majors in Music (clarinet) and Ethnomusicology and a Minor in Spanish. She also earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, and an M.S. in Music Education from the University of New Haven. During the 2012-2013 school year, she began to work at Columbine Elementary School and discovered her passion for working with the bilingual student population.

 

Stephanie has taught general music, beginning band, marching band, and choir with students from kindergarten to 12th grade. She maintains a private studio of clarinet, saxophone and piano students. Stephanie is thrilled that Boulder MUSE chose Columbine as its home base, and hopes to work with the program for many years to come.

Miguel Soldevila, guitar and choir

Miguel Soldevila is a teacher and professional performer of several instruments. He studied Popular Music and Performance at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. As a professional, he teaches a variety of instruments and has performed primarily as a singer and guitarist, in a variety of settings throughout the United States, the Caribbean and abroad. An experienced and passionate music educator, Miguel has taught a variety of classes and workshops for elementary and high school age children, at both private and public schools in Puerto Rico. He has also taught private courses such as instrumentation, music theory, world music, percussion ensembles and concert band. Through his teaching, Miguel hopes to inspire students; he addresses elements of setting goals and the importance and benefits that music brings to our lives.

Rex Westen, cello

Rex began piano at age five, and cello at age eight. He took up cello again twenty years ago, and that journey led him from amateur to teaching professional. He currently teaches at Mojo's Music in Longmont, and at The Lesson Studio in Boulder. Rex began volunteering with Muse in fall of 2016.

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Victor Mestas Pérez, chorus accompanist

Piano / Keyboards / Arranger / Producer / Transcriptions

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Victor was the endorsement artist for Yamaha musical products in Venezuela since 2001. Mestas has performed (as pianist/ keyboardist/arranger/producer) for renowned bands and singers in Venezuela, including Guaco, Soledad Bravo, Maria Rivas and Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias (Uruguay/Argentina tour in 2010). Victor moved to Boulder in 2012 with his wife and daughters and is performing on the Brazilian-Latin Jazz-World music scene: 

Dexter Payne Quintet, Ginga, Los Chicos Malos and many others. 

Currently he is conducting the Thompson Studies Latin Jazz Ensemble, at CU Boulder, College of Music.

Grace Hemmer, violin

Grace began taking private violin lessons at the age of 4. By the time she reached high school, she was both an accomplished violinist and teacher, and was a teaching assistant for elementary and middle school orchestra students. She received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the College of Music at CU Boulder. An experienced teacher, Grace also taught at Harmony Project in Kansas City, which is a similar program to Boulder MUSE. In her spare time, Grace enjoys reading and spending time outside.