Castle View Elementary Instrumental Music


About the Instructors

Ms. Camp

Ms. Camp is a Denver native who began her passion for music in the 4th grade.  It was the guidance and enthusiasm of her first teachers that makes her so devoted to her current work with elementary school children.  Under the early tutelage of Mrs. Riccarda Mooney, a violinist with the Denver Symphony, Ms. Camp's gifts blossomed and led to selection to the Denver City and Colorado State Youth Orchestras.  A highlight of her high school years was selection to join America's Youth in Concert which played in major cities throughout Europe.

Ms. Camp continued her music career at Hope College, where she played in the orchestra and Symphonette and studied under Mihai Craioveanu, who is internationally recognized with multiple performances at Carnegie Hall.  Since graduating with a teaching degree, Ms. Camp has performed with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Brioso String Quartet.  In addition, she has given private lessons to hundreds of students and adults on violin, viola, cello, and piano.  Ms. Camp is also currently an active member of a local praise band.

Ms. Camp is excited to continue instilling a love for music with children through CVEIM.

[email protected]

Ms. Chang

Ms. Chang is a native of Wisconsin, and was born into a musical family, beginning her violin studies shortly after her fourth birthday.  Ms. Chang earned both bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Martin Beaver and Pamela Frank, for whom she was a graduate assistant.  While at Peabody, Ms. Chang performed in master classes with the Tokyo String Quartet, Paul Kantor, Sidny Harth and Lorand Fenyves, and continued her education as a fellow at the Banff Centre.

Ms. Chang is an avid chamber and orchestral musician whose performances have taken her to venues across the US, Canada, and Europe.  While a resident of Washington DC, she was a member of the National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, and the Sage String Quartet.  She frequently performed with the Washington Concert Opera, Baltimore Concert Artists, and the South Florida Symphony, among others.  Currently, Ms. Chang is a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and is currently serving as acting assistant concertmaster.  She plays frequently with other musical ensembles in the Denver metro area.

Ms. Chang studied violin pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at Peabody Conservatory, and received her Suzuki training with Ronda Cole.  She is an active member of AFM, ASTA, and SAA. 

[email protected]


Ms. Emory

Ms. Emory is the music teacher at Soaring Hawk Elementary in Douglas County.  She is a flutist and received her undergraduate degree in music education from Colorado State University - Pueblo in 2012.  During her time at CSU - Pueblo, Ms. Emory was Principal Flutist for the collegiate woodwind quintet, wind ensemble and orchestra.  She has performed with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Pikes Peak Flute Choir, Cinco Pa Winds and is currently Principal Second Flute for the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony.  Ms. Emory is a private flute teacher for students of all ages and woodwind coach for local school band programs.  Her primary instructors include Dr. Alan Mills, Karen Morsch and Dina Hollingsworth, and she is a member of the Colorado Music Education Association.  In her spare time, Ms. Emory enjoys gardening, playing board games and spending time with her husband and her three dogs. 

[email protected] 


Ms. Morgenthaler

Ms. Morgenthaler is in her 12th year of teaching general and instrumental music.  She has also been teaching private lessons on flute for 17 years.  Ms. Morgenthaler really enjoys sparking excitement and helping beginning instrumental students build a strong foundation of skills in music that they can use throughout their lives.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Metropolitan State University.

[email protected] 


Ms. Rafferty

Ms. Rafferty started her career as a violin teacher after completing her Bachelor of Arts in violin and psychology and her graduate certificate in the Suzuki Pedagogy, in 2015, at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.  She continued to refine her teaching skills by studying and receiving a certification in the body awareness method known as the Alexander Technique in 2016.  Ms. Rafferty has been playing the violin for over 20 years and continues to perform for her company, A Musician Is..., as a solo performer and with community orchestras.

[email protected]

Ms. Schwenk
Ms. Schwenk is a Louisiana native and a third generation alto saxophone player.  She loved her school band experience, which culminated with her tying for 1st chair alto sax in the Louisiana All-State Band her senior year!

After completing her Bachelor of Music in Teacher Education at the University of Houston, she began her teaching career in the public schools in the Houston area.  While working on her Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling, she was self-employed, starting and teaching numerous band programs in the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Galveston/Houston. 

She decided to serve her country as an Air Force officer after teaching five years, and attended Officer Training School, where she met her husband Steve.  When their first daughter was born, she left the Air Force to be a full-time Mom.  Three more daughters followed as the family moved from Washington State to the Philippines to England Air Force Base in Louisiana.  As her daughters were attending the Department of Defense Dependent School in Alexandria, Louisiana, Ms. Schwenk offered to start a band there.

Ms. Schwenk retired in 2016 and, with her husband, moved to Colorado to be near their seven grandchildren.  She is happy to be back in her element, sharing her love of music and enthusiasm for band with the students at Larkspur!

[email protected]

Mr. Simpson

Mr. Simpson has taught general and instrumental music in the Denver Public Schools and Brighton School Districts. He is a graduate of Northwestern and Regis Universities.  Mr. Simpson is an active professional musician (French Horn), performing for the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Game of Thrones, Hans Zimmer tours, and for the Colorado Ballet, among many others.

About Mr. Stroman

Mr. Stroman is excited to be part of the CVEIM program!  A second generation Colorado native, Mr. Stroman received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.  He taught middle and high school band and orchestra in the Douglas County school district for thirty years.  Mr. Stroman is a multiple recipient of the Who's Who Among American Teachers award and was a finalist for the 2010 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  When he's not working with the GREATEST beginning band and orchestra students in the world and their teachers, he enjoys playing his trumpet, gardening and traveling with his wife.  

[email protected]