Castle View Elementary Instrumental Music
About the Instructors/Admin
Mr. Alvarez is a first-year teacher in our program and is ecstatic to bring music to Sedalia Elementary. Originally from Carrollton, TX, he has been living in Denver since September of 2020. Mr. Alvarez received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Texas Christian University in 2020, and is now pursuing his Master's in Jazz Studies at the University of Denver. Over the last 6 years, Mr. Alvarez has gathered experience as a clinician/educator by teaching private trumpet lessons, Elementary Music, Middle and High School Band, marching band, and jazz ensembles. His favorite pastimes include playing with his 2-year-old cat, Prince, finding new hiking spots, going out for live music, and binge-watching cartoons.
Ms. Burgess, a native of Texas, has over 18 years of experience as a violinist. In her past 18 years, she has performed with various orchestras, taught group lessons, and has fiddled in several events in East Texas. She received her Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University in December 2020, and moved to Colorado Springs in August of 2021. She is excited to be a first-year teacher with our program and can't wait to meet all of her students. When Ms. Burgess is not working, she enjoys baking and playing with her two Pomeranians.
Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction. She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction. Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program, originally in the Rock Canyon feeder area in 2009, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue. Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas in 2010, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista areas in 2014, and won the macaroni Kids Best Music Lesson Award in 2016 and again in 2019. She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to bring a quality program into the Castle View feeder area again this year. Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.
Mr. Furlow, a native of Southern Illinois, began his career as Director of Bands in Vandalia, Illinois, after completing his Bachelor of Music Education Degree, with a Secondary Concentration in Music Theory/Composition, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has taught band and private studio music for over twenty years. Mr. Furlow is an accomplished pianist and low brass performer, primarily focusing on tuba and euphonium/baritone, performing regularly as the Principal Tubist with the Denver Concert Band and Aurora Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being a seasoned educator, Mr. Furlow is a practicing composer for band, orchestra, piano, and chamber groups. He enjoys writing in classical and film music styles. When not teaching or performing, Mr. Furlow enjoys traveling (he has visited 35 States so far), motorcycles, playing with his Siberian Huskies, and watching movies. Mr. Furlow will be working with Band and Orchestra students at Larkspur Elementary.
Ms. Mason is excited to join CVEIM as the new strings teacher at Clear Sky Elementary School. She has been working at Douglas County Schools since 2014, and currently works at Ponderosa High School in the Affective Needs (AN) program. She is a student at Southern New Hampshire University and will graduate in 2022 with a major in psychology and a minor in music. Her music career began at age 16 when she became music director at her Church. For almost 20 years, Ms. Mason directed the church choir, youth choir, children's music programs, and selected music for worship services. She has taught private violin, piano, and voice. Outside of work, Ms. Mason enjoys singing with the Denver Women's Chorus, spending time with her husband and three teenaged children, and camping and hiking in beautiful Colorado.
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 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.
About Mr. Tidaback
Mr. Tidaback has been performing and teaching music for over 30 years. Originally from a small farm town in Illinois, Doug studied Music Performance and Education from the University of Illinois, San Jose State University, Chapman University, and the University of Arizona. He has performed with the Monterey Symphony, The Temptations, The Supremes, Harry Connick Jr., Aretha Franklin, and many others. Mr. Tidaback founded school music programs at Bonny Doon School in California, Central Catholic Schools of Bloomington Illinois, and the Tucson Jazz Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Students from his award winning ensembles have gone on to study at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Juilliard, Berklee, the Manhattan School of Music, Miami, USC, and other great universities. Mr. Tidaback recently moved to the Denver area to be close to family.