Who We Are
DMA was founded in Summer 2013 as the private studio of Drs. Samuel Welsh and Eneida Larti. DMA has grown to include instruction on different instruments and voice. All instructors at DMA have achieved graduate-level training in music and have had long, distinguished careers as performers. DMA is located in a private residence in Tollgate Crossing, Aurora, Colorado.
Founder & Lead Piano Instructor
Eneida Larti enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator, and chamber musician. After emigrating from Albania in 1995, Dr. Larti continued her studies in the U.S., subsequently completing her degrees at Oklahoma City University (BM Piano, Piano-pedagogy), Indiana University (MM Piano), and University of Colorado-Boulder (DMA Piano). Her major teachers include Andrew Cooperstock, Karen Shaw, and Ernestine Scott. Eneida is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Idaho.
Founder & Lead Piano Instructor
Sam Welsh is a native of South Florida, and completed his degrees at Jacksonville University, Ithaca College, and CU - Boulder. He also studied at Mannes College in New York City with Josef Raieff and in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter, the last living pupil of Maurice Ravel. Sam has served on the faculties of CU - Boulder, Ithaca College, and CSU - Pueblo.
Voice Flute Piano
Catheryne Shuman has her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as a Professional Diploma in Opera from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. During that time she studied piano as a secondary instrument. She has been a performer and young artist across the country for many years and was the 2016 National Orpheus Vocal Competition Young Artist Grand Prize Winner. Catheryne has played and studied flute and piano for many years, and enjoys teaching them to young students
Erik is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned his M.M. in piano performance studying under Dr. David Korevaar. Starting piano at the age of 11, Erik later enrolled in the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts where he was awarded for “Outstanding Excellence in Music” upon graduation. He received his B.M. in piano performance studying under Dr. Jennifer Hayghe at Ithaca College where he graduated with honors.
One of his current projects includes arranging and performing with people around the world on his YouTube Channel.
Abigail Silverberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of Colorado State University in Pueblo, Abigail is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the University of Idaho. Most recently she received the Student Leadership Through Service Award at the 9th annual Keyboard Arts Festival in Pueblo, Colorado. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and is the current president of the CSU-Pueblo MTNA.
Autumn Pepper received her Bachelor's degree at the University of Denver in Violin Performance with a minor in International Studies. Her program at the Lamont School of Music emphasized performance (in orchestral, chamber, and modern music settings) and Suzuki pedagogy. Autumn completed her Masters of Music degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder under acclaimed violinist Harumi Rhodes.