Felicity Muench’s passion for music began at the age of 7 when she began classical guitar lessons with Cuban concert guitarist Hector Garcia. At age 16 she began teaching private guitar students and wanted to pursue a career in teaching and performing. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, she went on to receive her Master of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge California.
She headed the classical guitar department at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO from 1997 - 2015 where she also taught music business, guitar literature, pedagogy and fretted techniques. A dedicated teacher, she formed the Boulder Guitar Society in 1995 to give adults the opportunity to perform in a supportive environment. Felicity currently teaches privately with a full studio of students ranging in age from 5 – 83.
Felicity’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to form Musical Bouquet LLC in 1987 which provides therapeutic music for patients in hospitals and other health care facilities. In concert, she performs both as a soloist and with Silverwood Flute and Guitar duo. Silverwood has performed for the Placitas Concert Series in New Mexico, the National Flute Association in Cleveland Ohio and in La Jolla California.
Her recording “Amoroso Guitar Duo – Romantic Music from South America” was released in 2016. Latin guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro performs on the CD. Both musicians have performed together in Colorado and Mexico. Felicity provided the classical guitar music for the award winning documentary “Vinnie Ream – Lincoln’s Young Sculptor” which is sold at the White House in Washington D.C. She hosted and provided music for a second documentary about the Carnegie Library in Longmont Colorado which was televised in 2015.
Her collaboration with Dr. Gregg Cannady and the formation of One Voice 4 Change LLC was inspired from the idea that each person’s voice can be used for strength and change. “Giving Strength through Education to Those Who Need a Voice for Change” is the dream this organization hopes to achieve.
As director of Collaboration and Concept Development at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Gregg Cannady has been working on connecting teachers in real-time synchronous learning, replicating successful STEM approaches to learning and other teacher leadership projects. LINK to THE SYNK
Gregg Cannady received his B.A. in Music Education from Colorado State University, his M.A. in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado.
He has conducted numerous high school choirs as well as conducting the University of Colorado Women's Ensemble and University Singers. He also has worked in North Carolina as Director of Choral Activities and Applied Voice at Mount Olive College and has been the Chorus Master for the Boulder Bach Festival. Choral ensembles under his direction have performed at several state and national conferences and have toured extensively in the United States, China, Italy and Germany.
Gregg Cannady also has been developing music education curriculum using digital applications such as Ableton 9, PUSH and the music composition software Sibelius. He has presented workshops to music educators at state and national music conferences.
Simi Basu moved to Colorado five years back from Scottsdale, Arizona. She studied Bachelors in Science from University of Delhi, India. After that, she completed her Masters in Information Technology from KSU University and Masters in Business Administration in IT from Bundelkhand University, India.
She moved to the United States 14 years ago.
Prior to teaching, she worked with IBM and other software companies for 13 years on innovative and cutting-edge technologies. This helps inspire kids to reach further than they think they can and prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet. She prefers challenging students with real-world projects and motivate them to try new things and share new ideas. She enjoys creating curriculums that challenges their minds and engages them to their full potential.
She brings her talent and zeal to the classroom and school, and have facilitated the Photo Battle Contests, Gaming Development Club and Cyberpatriot Competitions where students learn defensive hacking. She has also been invited as guest speaker for Women conferences in London and across the U.S. She is really passionate to encourage more women in IT and Computer Science/Stem fields. She constantly collaborates globally and looking for opportunities to help children in education.
In her free time she likes working out and spending time with her family and dog.
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Graduated BS Nursing in Manila, Philippines. Practice Nursing Degree in Saudi Arabia for 2 years. After that I came to US about 20 plus years ago. I used to be a successful Real Eatate agent in Las, Vegas NV for 8 years before moving to Colorado about 7 years ago.Since then I have been managing rental properties while taking care of my family.
I am thankful that all my 3 children got the opportunity to go to excellent schools here in the US. And with that my goal is to give back as much as I can by helping under privilege students in third world countries at least go to college and finish their degrees. And encouraging my children to be of help later in their professional life.
For more than 30 years as a composer and concert guitarist, Michael DeLalla has drawn on the musical traditions he has gathered worldwide. His work celebrates his multi-cultural musical habitats in a variety of settings, from a capella kan e diskanin Breton Gaelic, to evocations of Japanese kotomusic and the North African o’ud, to tweaking the nose of the classical music world with his raucous "Piece for Steel Drum (If I Played Steel Drum)" to his double homage to Benjamin Britten and Thelonious Monk (“Nocturnal Scenes ‘Round About Midnight”).
Michael has also earned acclaim for his scores composed for film, video and dance, which include the recent short film for James Anderson’s novel “Lullaby Road”, a full-length documentary examining the AIDs epidemic among children in Western Africa, produced and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and a Rich Lukon film examining how death and dying is dealt with across different cultures and faith traditions.
Michael has over 100 credits as a producer, with projects ranging from solo instrumentalists to world music ensembles, from a Tibetan Singing Bowl master to an award winning hammered dulcimist. His own discography includes recordings of solo guitar compositions, his work with the seminal world chamber ensemble Oxymora, his Celtic trio The Unfortunate Rakes, and a Christmas/Winter Solstice/Winter Holiday recording drawing on traditions from around the globe. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 recordings.
A graduate of the Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Virginia (BMT Music Therapy and MME Music Education; he later served on Shenandoah’s guitar faculty and directed ensembles for 10 years), Michael has also been an educator his entire adult life. Since moving to Colorado, he has been adjunct faculty at Front Range Community College, teaching classes in World Music, History of Jazz, Music Appreciation, Music Business, Music Theory and Composition. He also conducts workshops around the country based on his book The Mindful Guitarist (2015), where he explores his principles on the Creative Process through a range of topics for both guitarists and non-guitarists.
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