The Orchestra

Meet Our Orchestra:

Tracy LaGuardia, Concertmaster
Laura Johnson, Principal Second
Anthony Elias, Assistant Principal
Kathrine Anderson
Joshua Chen
David Cher
Susan Day
Ellen Elias
Dennis Ferrigno
Debby Funk
Edward Goldson
Mary Alyce Groman
Haley Heer
Claudia Herzog
David Higgins
Melanie Huskey
Jean Inaba
Jonathan Keck
Lisa Kriss
Adelaide Naughton
Kristiana Nelson
Laura Peace Lee
Chelsea Peele
Kristine Pordesimo
Lisa Schoch
Doris Springfield, Honorary Member
Jaimie Stevens
Thelma Teitelbaum, Member Emeritus
Jennifer Von Stroh
Vince Vuong
Oressa Wise
Gerhard Wolter

Heidi Snyder, Principal
Joanna Malm, Assistant Principal
Holli Christman
Lindsay Hayes
John Leininger
David Montgomery
Millie Patterson
Lori Reisig
Gail Sindelar
Griffin Wahl

James Todd, Principal
Cynthia Norman, Assistant Principal
Jess Allen
Erin Christensen
Lisa Fugit
Elizabeth Jesmer
Timothy Johnson
Andrea Meyers
Barbara Risner
Erin Rowland
Cherie Swisher
William Todd

Thomas Herlin, Principal
Ben Greene, Assistant Principal
Brock Chambers
Coire Geare
Erik Sabbeth
David Shugert
Thomas Virtue (on sabbatical 2016-2017)

Evelyn Rutenberg, Principal
Ellen Powell

Megan Lanz

Virginia Limbird, Principal
Dawn McGonagle
Zachary Smith

Dawn McGonagle

Jason Richard Olney, Principal
Elsbeth Williams

Trudy Forsyth

Daniel Nester, Principal
Ellen Higgerson

Teresa Harvey, Principal
Jill Richardson
John Larson
Julie Haas
Bill Hamaker

Anthony Zator, Principal
Peter Davis
Bob Alexander

Kiel B. Lauer, Principal
Eric Brandhorst
David Ernst

Alan Harvey, Principal

Shel Stanfill, Principal

Shel Stanfill, Principal
Brian Kriss
Brian LaGuardia
Amelia Webster
Nancy Williams

Hillary Schefter, Principal

Karen Laine



Meet Scott Bird

Scott BirdScott Bird is a recent graduate of Western State Colorado University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Voice. He performed with the Western State Concert Choir and Chamber Singers as a tenor vocalist for four years as well as playing double bass in the Western State Chamber Orchestra during his senior year of college. Scott has recently moved to the Denver area to pursue a career in conducting and is also currently teaching music at Vista Ridge Academy in Erie. As a native of Colorado, he is originally from the Western Slope where he grew up in the farming and ranching town of Bedrock in the Paradox Valley. His musical career has taken him from the corral to college, and now, to the concert hall.

Meet Brian LaGuardia

Brian LaGuardiaBrian LaGuardia has enjoyed a varied and prolific musical career. He has had the privilege of conducting professional recording sessions at Capitol Records, Warner Brothers Studios, Sonic Fuel Studios, The Bridge and the John Williams Scoring Stage. As a lover of classical music, he has also conducted several orchestras, including the Arapahoe Philharmonic and the Boulder Symphony. He has been mentored by such talent as Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, The Avengers), Bruce Broughton (Silverado, The Rescuers Down Under), Christopher Young (Spider Man 3, Hellraiser), Garry Schyman (Bioshock, Shadow of Mordor), conductors Robert Olson, Devin Patrick Hughes, Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. and Juilliard-trained pianist Jamie Shaak.




After being selected as one of 20 international students for the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Graduate program at the University of Southern California, he worked extensively in Hollywood on high-profile projects such as Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Marvel’s Agent Carter and The Boss. In addition to continuing to write for and assist Hollywood creatives, Brian is currently a conducting fellow for the Arapahoe Philharmonic. He lives and breathes to create, share and teach music.