Faculty

Full-Time Instructors

Name E-mail Phone Job Title Department
Cook, Frankfcook@lccc.wy.edu307.778.1306Instructor, Instrumental MusicSchool of Arts and Humanities
Kean, Bethbkean@lccc.wy.edu307.778.1316Instructor, Vocal MusicSchool of Arts and Humanities

Adjunct Faculty

Voice/Keyboard

June Bowser teaches private lessons in voice at LCCC. Bowser is a coloratura soprano. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Vocal Performance. She has soloed with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, Larimer Chorale, Diversity! and various performing organizations associated with Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming and Laramie County Community College.

She has also been seen in many productions of the Laramie County Community College Drama Department and Cheyenne Little Theatre. Bowser is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing with more than 35 years of experience teaching voice, including university and college teaching. Her students have won awards at Stars of Tomorrow, District Music Festival, Colorado-Wyoming NATS Auditions, and West-Central Regional NATS Auditions. They have also auditioned successfully for leading musical theater roles and been accepted into college and university music programs.

Bethany SmithA soprano, Bethany Smith teaches private lessons in voice and piano at LCCC. Smith holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She most recently made her debut with the Loveland Opera Theatre performing the role of Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Her other recent performances include the role of Laurentia from Dan Shore's The Beautiful Bridegroom and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. In 2016, Smith was a young artist with the Druid City Opera Workshop where she was heard in selections from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie and Oklahoma! as Laurey. Smith's other roles include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance and Cinderella in Into the Woods.

Jessica Pacheco-Hjelmstad leaning on pianoJessica Pacheco-Hjelmstad teaches Elementary Piano Class and private lessons in piano at LCCC and accompanies where needed. Born in Maringá (PR – Brazil), Pacheco-Hjelmstad began studying piano at three years old with her mother, Sandra Rodrigues de Melo. She participated in several training courses (Master Classes, international festivals and private lessons) with renowned musicians. Pacheco-Hjelmstad has performed in Master Classes across the globe and is an award-winning pianist in Brazil. She has performed internationally in countries such as Austria, Germany, Brazil and United States of America.

Pacheco-Hjelmstad graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Piano from the School of Music and Performing Arts at UFG (Federal University of Goias) in the class of Dr. Luiz Medalha Filho. She completed her master's degree in piano performance at the University of Wyoming, where she studied piano with Dr. Theresa Bogard and studied composition with Dr. Anne Guzzo. In 2015, Pacheco-Hjelmstad completed her doctorate degree in piano performance at the University of Georgia, where she studied piano with Dr. Martha Thomas.

Among her professional experience, while living in Brazil, Pacheco-Hjelmstad was a private piano teacher, accompanist, orchestra pianist, arranger and also a member (as a singer) of a Symphonic Choir. Currently, Pacheco-Hjelmstad teaches private piano lessons in Longmont, Colorado, and is a faculty member at Laramie County Community College.

Steven Hoffman teaches private lessons in organ at LCCC. He is also Organist-in-Residence at the University of Wyoming and serves as Kantor at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie and at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Cheyenne. From 1993-1996, Hoffman was director of music at Zion Lutheran Church in Laramie. In 1997, he earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance under Dr. Larry Schou at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. In 2000, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance and sacred music under Dr. Marilyn Mason at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Hoffman maintains an active recital and organ conference schedule throughout Wyoming, the panhandle of Nebraska and northern Colorado.

Woodwinds/Brass

Rachelle CrowellRachelle Crowell teaches private lessons in flute at LCCC. Acclaimed for her glorious sound, placid technique and demanding stage presence, Crowell celebrates a zealous career as a distinguished solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She has won several prestigious competitions, most recently of which include the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition, the Arapahoe Philharmonic's T. Gordon Parks Memorial Concerto Competition, and the Colorado Flute Association's First Annual Collegiate Competition. She has performed as the featured soloist with each of these orchestras respectively, and was additionally selected to perform as one of twelve finalists for the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artist Competition. A prominent young artist, Crowell pursues numerous professional engagements including regular performances and guest lectures throughout Northern Colorado.

A strong advocate for music education, Crowell is deeply passionate about maintaining a thriving flute studio and teaching flutists of various experience levels. She has taught flute lessons for more than 12 years and also has extensive experience teaching music appreciation at the collegiate level, IB music theory, Kodaly-based elementary general music and instrumental rehearsals at the elementary and secondary levels. A central pillar of her teaching philosophy is that every individual deserves the opportunity to engage in the beautiful language of music, and that every individual should pursue music in ways that are meaningful to them.

Crowell holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Colorado State University, where she was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship. Prior to this, she graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned both her Bachelor of Flute Performance and her Bachelor of Music Education. In addition to her work with flutists Christina Jennings (University of Colorado), Brook Ferguson (Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and Michelle Stanley (Colorado State University), Ms. Crowell has also studied with Carol Wincenc (The Juilliard School), Leone Buyse (Rice University), Marianne Gedigian (The University of Texas at Austin), Amy Porter (University of Michigan), Jim Walker (University of Southern California), Jennifer Keeney (University of Houston), Joshua Smith (The Cleveland Orchestra), Conor Nelson (Bowling Green State University), Eva Amsler (Florida State University), and Marco Grenados (Longy School of Music).

Lindsey Bird ReynoldsLindsey Bird Reynolds teaches private lessons in oboe at LCCC. She is an avid teacher and performer throughout Wyoming and the Front Range of Colorado. She is also the oboe instructor at the University of Wyoming and the second oboe and English horn of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.

Bird Reynolds has performed as principal oboe with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, as well as substitute oboe and English horn with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she has served as solo oboe and English horn for the Opera in the Ozarks, as well as section oboe for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

Bird Reynolds completed her Doctor of Arts at the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, she studied with Peter Cooper, principal oboe of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She completed her Master of Music in Oboe Performance at Yale University, studying under Richard Killmer. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Miami University of Ohio, studying under Andrea Ridilla. As a soloist, Bird Reynolds has appeared with the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, performing Quiet City by Aaron Copland with Dr. Thomas Pfotenhauer. While pursuing her Master of Music, she was invited to perform the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Toledo Symphony. In addition, she won the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition at UNC, and subsequently performed Rimsky Korsakov's Variations on a Theme of Glinka

Andy KroppAndy Kropp is saxophonist and woodwind doubler from Harrisburg, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in saxophone from East Carolina University and a Master of Music in saxophone degree from the University of Northern Colorado. His instructors include Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Dr. Jeff Bair, and Dr. Scott Kallestad.

Prior to his position at LCCC, Andy held teaching positions with the University of Northern Colorado serving as Dr. Dahlke's Graduate Teaching Assistant and Sabbatical Replacement. Andy also served as a woodwinds instructor Weld County Schools and jazz instructor for the East Carolina Summer Band Camp.

Andy maintains an active performing career in both classical and jazz music in Colorado and surrounding areas. He has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Ft. Collins Symphony, Colorado Festival Orchestra, and the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra along with 30 musicals as woodwind doubler and conductor. Andy can be with heard the University of Northern Colorado's Jazz Lab 1 on their album the Romeo and Juliet Project (Clarinet) and on the soundtrack of the 2018 film Merwitches (Flute).

Andy currently resides with his wife Kori in Greeley, Colorado where he is finishing his Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Degree (ABD) at the University of Northern Colorado.

Mike RichardsMike Richards teaches private lessons in saxophone at LCCC. Richards grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he began playing saxophone at age 10. He first discovered his love for music when first exposed to classical music as a young child. He fell in love with jazz in his early teens when he first heard old jazz records played for him by his uncle.

Richards declared as a music major for the University of Wyoming after graduating high school in 2010. At UW, he met one of his biggest influences, Dr. Ben Markley, an accomplished jazz pianist with a ton of experience and a pretty big name for himself. While at UW, Mike was lead alto in the top jazz band and top combo for three straight years. He was fortunate enough to share the stage with such names as Bob Mintzer and the Yellowjackets, Dave Pietro, Eric Reed, and many more. He was also President of the Student Organization the Jazz Advocates of Wyoming, and as president, helped kick-start the first ever UW Jazz Festival.

After graduating top of his class at the University of Wyoming, Richards was accepted into the highly selective jazz conservatory at the State University of New York Purchase College, where he would spend two years studying and performing with some of the best jazz musicians in the world. Names like legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis, tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama, John Abercrombie, Doug Weiss, Todd Coolman, and many more.

While in New York, Richards formed his own professional jazz quintet which frequently played many of New York City's most renowned music venues, including (but not limited to) Birdland, Tomi Jazz, The Shapeshifter Lab, The Shrine, Pianos Lounge, and Silvana's. His performance history was not limited to jazz music. While in New York, he played numerous gigs with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Ferry and his Big Ska Band, as well as Rock-and-Roll legend, Corey Glover from Living Colour.

Since returning to Cheyenne, Richards has formed his own jazz/fusion ensemble that performs regularly in the area. He also performs in the busy music scene to the south in Colorado and teaches lessons to local public school musicians. Outside of music, Richards is an avid baseball fan as well as an amateur chef with dreams of one day opening a supper club filled with great food and music.

Cindy Schmid teaches Public School Methods (brass) and private lessons in horn at LCCC. She has more than 30 years experience teaching pre-K–college band, strings, vocal and general music. Schmid earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Music Performance from the University of Wyoming. She is a certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk. She earned Levels 1 and 2 in 2002 and 2003 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Randy DeLelles and Jeff Kriske, and earned Level 3 in 2006 at UNLV with Shirley McRae. She is a past president of the Wyoming Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and a candidate for Region 1 representative. Schmid has performed Assistant/Utility Horn in both the Cheyenne Symphony and Fort Collins Symphony and is a member of Capitol City Brass.

Andrew MrozinskyAndrew Mrozinsky teaches private lessons in trumpet, Introduction to Music, and directs the Brass Ensemble at LCCC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a specification in trumpet from Central Washington University and an Master of Arts in Music from Illinois State University.

He has been a successful private trumpet instructor all over the country, including his home state of Wyoming, but also in Washington state, New York City, and central Illinois. Mrozinsky has guest instructed trumpet master classes and worked with chamber brass ensembles as well. He currently performs with the Colorado Wind Ensemble in Denver, and freelances in the Denver metropolitan and Cheyenne areas as a performer and teacher. He has previously played with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and gigged as a freelance trumpet player in New York City.

Strings/Percussion

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Andy KroppAndy Kropp is saxophonist and woodwind doubler from Harrisburg, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in saxophone from East Carolina University and a Master of Music in saxophone degree from the University of Northern Colorado. His instructors include Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Dr. Jeff Bair, and Dr. Scott Kallestad.

Prior to his position at LCCC, Andy held teaching positions with the University of Northern Colorado serving as Dr. Dahlke's Graduate Teaching Assistant and Sabbatical Replacement. Andy also served as a woodwinds instructor Weld County Schools and jazz instructor for the East Carolina Summer Band Camp.

Andy maintains an active performing career in both classical and jazz music in Colorado and surrounding areas. He has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Ft. Collins Symphony, Colorado Festival Orchestra, and the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra along with 30 musicals as woodwind doubler and conductor. Andy can be with heard the University of Northern Colorado's Jazz Lab 1 on their album the Romeo and Juliet Project (Clarinet) and on the soundtrack of the 2018 film Merwitches (Flute).

Andy currently resides with his wife Kori in Greeley, Colorado where he is finishing his Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Degree (ABD) at the University of Northern Colorado.

Ed Novotny teaches private lessons in guitar at LCCC. In the past, he has also taught guitar classes and directed the Celtic Ensemble. Originally from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Novotny holds an Associate of Applied Science in Music and Education from Laramie County Community College and a Bachelors in Guitar Performance from McNally Smith. He started playing the guitar at the age of fourteen and took private lessons for five years in Fort Collins before moving to Minnesota to attend McNally Smith College of Music. He has been teaching at LCCC since 2011.

Landon PeckLandon Peck teaches private lessons in guitar and directs the Guitar Ensemble at LCCC. Peck is a classical guitarist from the Northern Colorado area. Building upon a foundation of rock and metal, he began studying classical and flamenco guitar with Dave Beegle in 2007. He continued his studies in classical guitar with Dr. Richard Busson and Jason Olson. Peck attained a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015. He received a Master's degree in classical guitar performance from the same University in 2017. In addition to regular performances and recitals throughout Northern Colorado, Peck enjoys teaching, composing, and recording music.

Amy Lenell Ledwith teaches Public School Methods (strings) and World Music at LCCC. She also teaches kindergarten through sixth grade general music for LCSD#1 and is an active member of the local American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In the past, she has taught elementary classes in strings and band, as well as private lessons in violin and Irish fiddle.

Lenell Ledwith attended the University of Wyoming for her degree in music education. While at UW, she taught with String Project and participated in the Sikuris de Wyoming panpipe ensemble, the traditional tune session, and when she was able, the Gamelan Candra Wyoga. During her undergraduate time, she studied at the University College Cork in Ireland and immersed herself in the Irish traditional music scene, learning fiddling techniques from master players.

After several years of teaching elementary music and beginning band in Cheyenne, Lenell Ledwith's interest in various world musics instigated her move to Limerick, Ireland, to pursue a master's degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick. There she was active in two drumming groups, a world voices choir and many of the local Irish sessions around the area. Her master's work focused on the impact of duration and repetition in an Irish traditional music session.

Now you can regularly find Lenell Ledwith hiking in Curt Gowdy State Park, facilitating a bi-monthly drum circle, doing yoga and traveling with her husband, James.

David SwissDavid Swiss teaches private lessons in strings at LCCC with a primary focus in violin and viola.

An avid student of the art of music, Swiss holds a Master of Music in Viola Performance and Music History from the University of Northern Colorado, and has done doctoral work at the University of Oregon. He has performed with numerous musical groups including the New Mexico Symphony, Albuquerque Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony and Mandomonium (a mandolin orchestra).

Swiss is a regular member of the Fort Collins Symphony and the Greeley Philharmonic (1985-90, and from 1998 to the present). A multi-instrumentalist, Swiss plays the guitar, vielle (medieval fiddle), mandolin, mandola and the Viola d’Amore.

He began his musical studies at age 10 with a Flamenco guitarist from Monterrey, Mexico, who did not read music, and spoke little English, but instilled in Swiss a love of music beyond the page. In his free time, Swiss likes to cook and make wine, mead, cider and liqueurs. He is also currently leading his league in Fantasy Football.

Swiss maintains a busy music studio at Boomer Music in Fort Collins, where he teaches violin, viola and mandolin.

John MeriwetherJohn D. Meriwether teaches Public School Methods (percussion) and private lessons in percussion at LCCC. Meriwether is a freelance percussionist and educator originally from San Antonio, Texas. Currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado, he maintains a steady workload of teaching and performing. A versatile percussionist, Meriwether puts his talents to good use, whether it be in an orchestra, small chamber group, steel band or accompanying a dance class.

Meriwether’s diverse background in percussion has given him the opportunity to perform in a wide array of ensembles and travel internationally. As a member of Azaguno, he performed West African music in Taiwan, South Korea, and around the United States. Learning the Trinidadian Steel Pans when he was in high school, Meriwether has played in steel bands of all sizes and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and the Lincoln Center with the West Virginia University Steel Band. His experiences in Gamelan, Taiko, Salsa bands, and Middle Eastern ensembles have helped to fuel his passion for approaching music with an open mind. Meriwether holds a master’s degree in percussion performance from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from West Virginia University.