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JENNY LELEK

Piano | Voice | Ukulele

DENVER STUDIO & ONLINE

Jenny Lelek is ecstatic about being a voice, piano, and ukulele instructor at Pirisen! She has been teaching lessons for 3 years and enjoys seeing students grow overtime by achieving their goals. Jenny is a graduate of Iowa State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education (K-12). One of Jenny’s philosophies as a teacher is to meet each student at their level, wherever they start at, and to grow from there. She wants each of her students to enjoy learning and playing music. In her spare time, you can find Jenny hiking in the mountains, playing with her dog, or spending time with friends and family. She’s excited to meet you! 

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SUE BROWNSON

Piano | Voice

ONLINE, LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Sue McPherson Brownson received a BM in Vocal Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While at the university, she was a vocal student of William Beck and piano student of William Zimmerman. Following graduation she performed with the Charlotte Opera,, and Jacksonville Opera, The Lost Colony, and an off-Broadway production of the music of Gilbert and Sullivan featuring puppets. She has performed in regional theater productions of Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story.

 

Mrs. Brownson has served as minister of music and soloist in churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. She has also taught school and private lessons in these states. Mrs. Brownson serves as the soprano soloist for the Lakewood Chorale and Orchestra.

Mrs. Brownson enjoys teaching students of all ages and brings her gentle touch to each student as she imparts her love of music. 

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ALEXIS HARO

Voice

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Alexis Haro, originally from Ecuador, is a lyric tenor based in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Haro obtained a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Denver – Lamont School of Music. His recent engagements include operatic roles such as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) with the Lamont Opera Theatre (2021). Mr. Haro was also featured as Tonio in excerpts of La Fille du Régiment, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, among others, in Opera Galas with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. Past engagements include Maipomue (The Firebringers, an opera by Chappell Kingsland), The Song Seller (Il Tabarro), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), and the Tenor solo in Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla. In addition to performing operatic repertoire, Alexis enjoys performing Zarzuela, and art song literature in Spanish, German, Italian, French, and English. He also works as a voice teacher and local opera companies promoting the art of opera with focus on diversity and inclusion.

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BENITA WANDEL

Voice

CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Benita Wandel recently moved to the Denver area from Chicago, where she was a singer, voice teacher and coach.  Ms. Wandel graduated from Northwestern University with both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and a Master of Music in Voice Performance.  She was a recipient of the Frederick A. Chramer Award for Excellence in Opera, and studied in Vienna, Austria at the Hochschule for Musik.

 

She was a Grand Prize winner of the Bel Canto Foundation competition, Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist, and Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists finalist.

 

Ms. Wandel studied with Arthur Schoep at the National Opera Workshop, and was a Des Moines Metro Opera apprentice artist, performing the role of Echo in the production of “Ariadne Auf Naxos”.

 

She was a soloist in the Merrill Lynch Great Performers Series, and has performed with the Jackson Symphony, Joffrey Ballet as a vocal soloist, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Waukegan Symphony, Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera Festival, Light Opera Works, Opera Midwest and Music of the Baroque.

 

Ms. Wandel was a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Music Festival and the Ravinia Music Festival.


 

She performed with The Broadway Review, and traveled with the group around the country singing in Industrial shows.  She also was active in the commercial jingle business.

 

Ms. Wandel has managed a private studio for many years, taught voice at New Trier HS, Winnetka, IL, and Deerfield HS, Deerfield IL where she worked until her move to this area in the spring of 2020. Past students have been accepted at classical, jazz and music theater programs at Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern, Syracuse, AMDA, Illinois, Oklahoma City, NYU, Belmont, U. of Miami, Western Michigan, Illinois Wesleyan, Oberlin and the U. of the Arts In Philadelphia.

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NATALIE GALEY*

Voice | Piano | Guitar | Littletunes | Group Piano | Group Voice

ONLINE, LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Natalie Galey is a vocalist, guitarist, pianist and educator based in Denver, Colorado. She has performed and collaborated with numerous top-name performers and ensembles, including New York Voices founding members Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader, and studied with jazz heavy-weights Theo Bleckmann, Dave Liebman, and Jim McNeely. She has performed in both the Chicago and New York jazz and pop scene, in venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field. She uses her background in jazz, blues, and rock to bring creativity and spontaneity into her classes and believes that music should be fun first and foremost. She carries her love of music into the classroom, and encourages play, growth, and creative exploration with every song, and strives to build community and friendships through song.

 

Natalie has an equal passion for educating and performing. She received her Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree in 2011 and her Master of Music Education at Columbia University in 2013. She has had the opportunity to study under Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Gretchen Parlato, Rodney Whitaker, and Sunny Wilkinson. Natalie was raised in a rich musical environment, playing guitar, piano, singing, and songwriting from an early age. Her compositions are an eclectic fusion of jazz, blues, rock, and soul. As a singer of wide-ranging styles, she has established a reputation as a flexible and talented soloist, as well as a creative and reflective educator. She relocated to the Denver area and joined the Pirisen Family in July 2019.

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JEROME SIBULO*

Voice 

ONLINE, LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Baritone Jerome Síbulo received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also completed the coursework for a Doctor of Music degree. Jerome also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University, in the Philippines, where he was born and raised.

 

Most recently, Jerome finished a four-year tenure as a Principal Vocal Artist with Heartland Sings in Fort Wayne, IN. With Heartland Sings, he performed a variety of genres of music, including opera, oratorio, musical theatre, pop, jazz, and a cappella. In Heartland Sings' summer 2019 season alone, he sang in an a cappella quintet concert, performed in a semi-immersive, fully acted Cole Porter revue, and was the baritone soloist in Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. As a teaching artist with Heartland Sings, Jerome taught private voice lessons, coached choirs, and co-created their Vocal Arts Institute, a high school summer intensive with workshops, classes, voice lessons, and performance opportunities geared toward training well-rounded vocal artists.

 

Jerome has performed roles with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis, Reimagining Opera for Kids, IU Opera and Ballet Theater, IU Latin American Music Center, the Sieur Duluth Summer Arts Festival, and Monroe County Civic Theater. He has also appeared on concert stages in the US, Canada, and the Philippines.

 

Jerome is now a Colorado resident and has started singing with Opera Colorado's chorus. He sings and teaches voice lessons in the area, and sometimes he even brings along one of his ukuleles to change things up a bit.

 

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BRAD FURLOW

Piano  l  Violin  l  Viola | Voice | Saxophone | Flute | Clarinet | French Horn | Trumpet | Oboe | Bassoon

ONLINE & DENVER STUDIO

Brad Furlow teaches piano, voice and all band and orchestral instruments. He began studying music at the age of 5 on the piano. He began his study of instrumental music at 8 years of old on the saxophone in 3rd grade eventually expanding to include all instruments of the woodwind and brass families in his hometown of Mulkeytown, Illinois. Brad continued his study of music at the university level at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2002, he also pursued advanced study at the university level in instrumental conducting, brass pedagogy and music theory/composition. Brad continues to perform professionally as the Principal Tubist with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and Denver Concert Band. Brad is also involved with the Denver University Pioneer Pep Band and other regional bands and orchestra on a freelance basis. Brad’s philosophy of music is that every person can be musical, it’s just finding the right instrument to bring it out. He enjoys working with students of all ages. When not teaching, performing or composing, Brad enjoys traveling with his partner, and spending time with their three Siberian Husky “kids”.

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JESSE MACLAINE

Piano | Voice

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Jesse Maclaine Holt is a renowned mezzo soprano, pianist, composer, songwriter, producer, and instructor. In her youth, she studied classical voice, piano, musical theatre, pop, jazz, blues and world music with professionals from the Julliard School, NYU, FSU, UNO, Tulane University, Oxford University, CU Boulder and many others. She began writing songs at age 17, fell in love with jazz while studying at FSU, moved to New Orleans at age 20 to study jazz immersively and begin working full time in the music business. By age 24, she had assembled a stellar quintet, written two dozen original songs and begun recording and producing her first full length CD in collaboration with friends at RCA studios in Nashville. Jesse has dedicated her life to performing, creating music, and sharing the gift of music with students of all ages.

 

Decades of experience as a working musician combined with her extensive background in music, dance and theatre allow Jesse to craft every lesson to suit the unique interests, strengths and weaknesses of each student. Her personal experience with TMJ, anxiety, and disability issues provide unique insight for assisting students facing similar challenges. Her teaching method focuses on music fundamentals, proper form and technique as well as expanding creativity to support a healthy practice and encourage a lifelong relationship with music. She believes constructive criticism and positive reinforcement are crucial to making learning fun and ensuring music education is enjoyable for everyone!

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