A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Andrew Giordano began playing the violin at the age of five. He is currently a violinist and founding member of the award-winning Altius Quartet. As a member of the quartet, Andrew has won awards and toured internationally in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Indiana University where he studied with Kathleen Winkler, Federico Agostini, and Koichiro Harada. After graduating from Indiana, he went on to complete his Master of Music degree at SMU under the tutelage of Emanuel Borok. From 2014-2017, Andrew and the Altius Quartet were the Fellowship String Quartet-in- Residence at University of Colorado – Boulder and were mentored by the Takács Quartet. While at CU – Boulder Andrew studied privately with Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz of the Takács Quartet, as well as Charles Wetherbee and Harumi Rhodes. Andrew has performed as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician at many respected music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Colorado Music Festival.
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 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 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.
Michael Maisonpierre has been a lawyer and a writer, and during all that time, a musician. He plays saxophone, flute, clarinet and trumpet, and he plays mostly jazz but enjoys classical too. He loves to teach!
Victor Mestas Pérez
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.