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Dr. Samuel Welsh
Areas of teaching: Piano, Music Theory, Electronic Music Production
Dr. Sam Welsh began studying the piano at age twelve in South Florida, where his teachers were Philippe Drevet, Sylvia Rabinoff, and Harold Brown. He also studied with Josef Raieff in New York City, as well as with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris. Sam graduated high school from the prestigious Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and began his collegiate career at the Mannes College of Music. He completed his BM in performance at Jacksonville University, his MM at Ithaca College with Dr. Jennifer Hayghe, and finished his doctorate at University of Colorado in Boulder in 2013 under Andrew Cooperstock and David Korevaar.
Sam gave his first solo recital at age fifteen and subsequently performed solo engagements for numerous international organizations, including the Guild for International Piano Competitions, the Mayo Clinic, and the Chopin Foundation of the US. He has completed three regional tours with orchestra as a concerto soloist, and an additional two national tours as a section leader. He toured Mainland China in 2012 with the Hollywood Pops Orchestra, performing seventeen concerts in sixteen cities in nineteen days. He taught as a Guest Artist at Ithaca College in 2009 and later as Assistant Professor in 2012. Check out performances from Sam and his students at www.samwelsh.com.
Dr. Eneida Larti
Areas of teaching: Piano, Music Theory, Chamber Music
Originally from Albania, Eneida began her piano studies at the age of 6 and continued them in the USA upon immigrating here in 1995. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Colorado under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Cooperstock as well as received her Master of Music degree in piano performance at Indiana University, where she was awarded the Dean’s merit scholarship and studied with renowned American pianist, Dr. Karen Shaw. Another significant teacher includes Ernestine Scott, a pupil of Adele Marcus, with whom Eneida studied at Oklahoma City University where she completed a BM in piano performance and pedagogy with honors. In recent years, she has held positions at the University of Colorado - Boulder and Ouchita Baptist University. Eneida is active in the Denver/Boulder metro area as a performer, highly-regarded teacher and adjudicator. As a performer, she has earned prizes in many competitions, such as the Tunnel Concerto Competition, MTNA competition, Ladies’ Music Club competition, etc. as well as participated in the master classes of Menahem Pressler, John Nakamatsu, Barry Snyder, and Angela Hewitt. As a chamber musician, Eneida has received coachings and master classes from Ralph Kirschbaum, Anne Epperson, David Salness and the world-renowned Takács Quartet. An experienced teacher, she has taught at the collegiate level for the past 5 years and privately for more than 10 years. Her students participate in local and state competitions where they are regularly awarded top prizes.
Catheryne Shuman, M.M., P.D.
Areas of teaching: 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. She has moved to the Regionals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions several times in addition to winning the Second Prize at the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition. In her teaching career, she believes that learning good vocal technique is the most important thing no matter the age of her student or the style she’s teaching. In addition to her singing career, 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.
Erik currently lives in Boulder where he is an active teacher, arranger and performer. One of his current projects includes arranging and performing with people around the world on his YouTube Channel. As an active member of MTNA, teaching is another one of his passions. Erik tailors each lesson to students’ individual needs incorporating theory, composition, arranging and improvisation into lessons when needed. Through his students he strives to instill musicality through proper technique and believes music can enrich everyone’s lives.
Erik Correll, M.M.
Areas of teaching: Piano, Songwriting, Arranging & Transcription
Abigail Silverberg, BA (in progress)
Areas of Teaching: Piano, Theory
Abigail Silverberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She began taking piano lessons from her older sister when she was eight years old. In 2010 her family moved to Colorado. At the age of 15 she transferred to the studio of Lynn Maloy in Colorado Springs, CO. A junior at the Colorado State University in Pueblo, Abigail is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Music Performance emphasis in Piano and a minor in Piano Pedagogy while studying under the tutelage of Dr. Zahari Metchkov.
Abigail taught private piano students from the beginning of 2014 through the end of 2015, served as a substitute teacher for Maloy Piano Studios in early 2016 and has had private students from the summer of 2017 to present. She also assisted in teaching at the 2017 & 2018 CSU-Pueblo Music Adventure Camp.
Abigail was awarded the Mildred Hoag Evans scholarship for the 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and the 2018/2019 school years. She has been recognized on the Dean’s List at CSU-Pueblo for all semesters that she has attended the university. She received an honorable mention in the Young Artist Piano division of the MTNA competition. 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.
Katie Kerwin, BM, Graduate Certificate in Performance
Area of Teaching: Violin
Katie Kerwin is an up and coming violinist who enjoys sharing music with others by playing and teaching in her community. Katie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance in the spring of 2018. Following her Bachelor’s degree, she enrolled in and completed UNCO’s graduate certificate program, which focuses more intensely on performance. She is a tenured member of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. She is frequently a substitute violinist for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and most recently served as the substitute associate concertmaster with them on their July 4, 2019 concert.
Katie studied the violin with a violinist in the Moscow String Quartet, Eugenia Alikhanova, during her formative years. With the guidance of Ms. Alikhanova, Katie auditioned, and eventually graduated from Denver School of the Arts high school as an orchestra major. Katie has also studied under Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony, and Jacob Murphey, former violinist in the Euclid Quartet. Her most recent teacher is Jubal Fulks, Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Northern Colorado.
Katie has over 11 years of orchestral playing experience. In 2010 at the age of 13, Katie had the honor of playing in the Boulder Youth Sinfonia under the direction of Yin-Feng Chen when they toured 8 different cities in China, giving multiple performances in various concert halls and schools. Between 2016 and 2017, she was the 1st violinist of the UNC String Quartet, during which the group won the MTNA Chamber Music String Competition at both the state and regional levels. The group went on to compete at the national level in March of 2017. Katie has also participated in multiple summer programs for young artists such as Rocky Ridge Music Center and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
After studying violin for over 18 years, she is excited to share her knowledge with young students as a private teacher.