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Who We Are

Founders

Mari Maderia, Co-Founder

Mari Madeira's career has combined artistic and business success. Mari studied piano and voice at CU and 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 Boulder MUSE as a teacher, mentor, and leader. Her artistic roles at Boulder MUSE include teaching piano, theory, and choir. Her leadership and sales experience support Boulder MUSE's organization and fundraising requirements.

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Elisa Snyder has called Boulder home for 45 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 BVSD 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 in SVVSD. It was while teaching at Longmont High 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. After decades of working with children and adolescents, she combined all she loves about her profession into one effort - BoulderMUSE.

Elisa Snyder, Co-Founder

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Teachers

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Wendy Rochman

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As a seasoned elementary school teacher, Wendy 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 sining in a community ensemble. Learning new things keeps her young, courageous, creative and curious. Wendy has educated, inspired and facilitated the joy of creativity and learning in hundreds of students, both young and old. She loves to participate in all things creative, educational and fun!

Creative Director

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Stephanie Fida

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Stephanie is a native of Connecticut, but six years after first visiting Boulder, she adopted Colorado 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 2012-13 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.

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Grace began taking private violin lessons at the age of 4. Bu 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.

Grace Hemmer, Violin

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

Michael Maisonpierre, Saxophone / Flute / Clarinet / Trumpet

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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 Braco, Maria Rivas, 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.

Victor Mestas Pèrez 

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Miguel 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 teachers 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 further abroad. An experienced and passionate music educator, Miguel has taught a variety of classes and workshops for elementary and high school aged 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 teahing, Miguel hopes to inspire students; he addreses elements of setting goals and the importance and benefits that music brings to our lives.

Miguel Soldevila, Guitar and Choir

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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 Boulder MUSE in 2016.

Rex Weston, Cello

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