Castle View Elementary Instrumental Music
About the Instructors/Admin
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. Kopatich is excited to teach orchestra this year at Eldorado and Summit View Elementary Schools. She is a native of Colorado and a retired Jefferson County music educator. She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She started the violin and the piano in the third grade. She also loves to sing. She sang in Opera Colorado's Chorus for 20 years. Ms. Kopatich is looking forward to making music together.
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.
Mr. Sevy loves music education and has a passion for all kinds of music. He studied music education and classical saxophone performance at CU Boulder. After receiving his BME and BM degree, he studied jazz saxophone performance at the University of Louisville, KY, and was the graduate teaching assistant for the Jamie Aebersold School of Jazz. He received his MM degree, and spent a year in Northern Colorado, founding Mountain Time Music School, and teaching at many different school districts in the CO area. Mr. Sevy has been playing saxophone for 15 years now, and has wanted to be a music teacher since the 7th grade! He is very excited to grow a love for music in his students and have a blast playing fun music this year!
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.