Faculty & Staff

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies

  • Aleysia Whitmore is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on the world music industry, globalization, and cultural policy and she teac... Learn More

  • Benom Plumb is originally from the small East Texas town of Marshall, TX, Benom Plumb has been involved in the music industry for over 12 years. He received his undergraduate music degree from the ... Learn More

  • Chris Daniels, 57, has been a Colorado guitar man for most of his adult life. He started playing professionally in New York City, then Martha's Vineyard, then Colorado to join Magic Music, a hippie... Learn More

  • As Director of the National Center for Media Forensics, Grigoras has the privilege to coordinate the Center’s activity, including education and scientific projects. His research encompasses digital ... Learn More
  • Carmen Sandim began studying the piano at age seven. A native of Brazil, she performed with the Sao Paulo Youth Symphony and won two national competitions in both Brazilian jazz and classical piano... Learn More

  • Collette St. Clair has been teaching piano professionally since 1997. She holds three degrees, a B.A. from Colorado State University, a B.M. from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and an ... Learn More

  • ​Dina Bodaubay started playing piano at the age of 4 in Almaty Kazakhstan. Later, she graduated from the special Music College for Gifted Children in Almaty. During her study there, she became a ... Learn More

  • David J. Bondelevitch, MPSE, CAS works as a freelance music & dialogue editor and re-recording mixer in Los Angeles. His most recent major projects have been the independent feature film "The Six W... Learn More

  • ​Doug Krause's educational background includes a Master of Arts in Music Composition from the University of Denver and a Master of Humanities (emphasis in Music Industry Studies) from the Univers... Learn More

  • Drew Morell has been a professional jazz musician and educator in the Denver area for the last 17 years. He was hired into the teaching staff of the Baldwin Piano Co. at age 18, where he began his ... Learn More

  • Dr. Erin Hackel received a BM in Voice Performance from James Madison University, an MM in Opera from SUNY Binghamton, and her Doctoral degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from CU Boulder. ... Learn More

  • Evan Shelton is an experienced performer and teacher of all ages and musical styles. He holds a Cello Performance degree from Colorado State University and a graduate degree in Suzuki Pedagogy from... Learn More

  • Since his critically-acclaimed 2009 Philadelphia Orchestra debut, praised by the American Record Guide as a performance of “precision and rapturous immediacy,” Gregory T.S. Walker has gained i... Learn More

  • As Associate Director of the National Center for Media Forensics, Smith has the pleasure of helping build the foundation for strengthening forensic sciences in the U.S. through the Center’s ed... Learn More

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    As an engineer at Colorado Sound Studios, Lorne Bregitzer has worked with a number of popular artists, including: D'Angelo, TV On the Radio, Blues Traveler, Styx, Joe Satriani & Steve Vai, Yo... Learn More

  • ​Leslie Gaston is Associate Professor of Music in Recording Arts. Leslie Gaston received a B.A. in Telecommunications in 1991 and an A.S. in Audio Engineering in 1989 from Indiana University i... Learn More

  • Leslie Remmert Soich, mezzo-soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been a Metr... Learn More

  • Michael Lancaster has been a professional musician and instructor since 1992. He has been playing guitar for 27 years and the bagpipes since 1987. He has a B.S. in Music from the University of C... Learn More

  • Owen Kortz is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Denver, Colorado. He's released three albums, including the latest, “OK.” Owen has been compared to James Taylor and John Denver, and ha... Learn More

  • ​Peter Buchwald has taught courses in Audio Production, Basic Piano, Musical Applications for the Personal Computer, Live Sound Reinforcement. He writes music and has produced 2 of his own CDs... Learn More

  • ​Peter Ellingson is Senior Instructor of music performance at the University of Colorado Denver. He specializes in jazz and Afro-Caribbean music in both his teaching and freelance performing o... Learn More

  • ​Paul Musso, Performance Area Head and Director of the Guitar Program at the University of Colorado Denver has been with CU Denver over fifteen years teaching fretboard theory, commercial guit... Learn More

  • "In the summer of 2012, Peter was hired to be the head of the piano program at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is now also the Co-Director of the Summer Music Industry Program for 14-18 ye... Learn More
  • Pamela Weng began playing the piano at age four and describes her life as a musical journey ever since! She holds a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Colorado at Denver (1997),... Learn More

  • Richard Strasser is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies program at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to this position he was Associate professor ... Learn More

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    Storm Gloor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies. He holds an MBA degree from West Texas A&M University. He recently relocated to Denver fr... Learn More

  • Sean McGowan is a guitarist from Maine who combines many diverse influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo... Learn More

  • Sam McGuire received a Master of Science degree in Recording Arts, Pedagogy Track in 2004 from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Sound Recording and ... Learn More

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    Dr. Sophia Park-Song embodies a myriad of eclectic accomplishments as soloist, collaborative musician, adjudicator, clinician, and spokesperson for the arts community. Park-Song’s performan... Learn More

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    Stan Soocher is Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado's Denver Campus, where he served for three years as Music Department Chair. In addi... Learn More

  • Todd Reid has been active as a jazz musician since childhood, sitting in with jazz groups beginning at age nine. After graduating from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with both a Ba... Learn More

  • ​Tom van Schoick is lecturer in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department at CU Denver. VanSchoick received his B.M.E. from the University of Montana and a M.M. from the University... Learn More

Theatre, Film and Video Production

  • Cat Dale is a screenwriter based in Denver, Colorado. Raised in the mountains of Northern Idaho, she always stays close to her Western roots. Much of her inspiration comes from the beautiful landscape... Learn More
  • Craig Volk received English/Theatre BS & MA degrees from the University of South Dakota and his MFA in playwriting/screenwriting from the Yale School of Drama (YSD). He twice won the Molly Kazan A... Learn More

  • Dan Koetting is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film & Video Production of CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media. In 1971, he received his BA in Speech and Theatre from St. L... Learn More

  • ​David Liban has worked in the television and film business since 1987. He has produced and directed numerous independent productions that vary in style from fiction to documentary to television ... Learn More

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    Eric Jewett has spent more than 35 years in film and television production. From his first job as an assistant to Paul Schrader (American Gigolo; Taxi Driver; Cat Peo... Learn More

  • Movshovitz's formal training came through his study of literature. He began watching, then making films in graduate school, which led to teaching and writing critique pieces. Howie is a film critic at... Learn More
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    Hans Rosenwinkel comes to the beautiful Rocky Mountain region with an extensive background in film and television production. With his passion for skiing and the great outdoors, Hans moved fr... Learn More

  • Jim Phelan is an award winning producer, director and cinematographer, which include the prestigious Emmy. In addition to his three Emmy Award nominations, Phelan has been honored by the Number One... Learn More

  • Kent Homchick teaches scenic and lighting design. He has designed for national tours as well as for regional theater. Kent also contracts out as a consultant for themed venues as well as new the... Learn More

  • ​Laura Cuetara entered professional theater at the age of eight when she was cast in Ibsen’s "Enemy of the People" for a State Department Goodwill Tour to India, and perhaps as a result, has... Learn More

  • Nathan Thompson received an MFA in Technical Direction from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1999 and a BA in literature from Wheaton College.​

    Thompson has worked in man... Learn More

  • Roma Sur is a filmmaker and faculty member at the Film and Television program at the University of Colorado, Denver, where she is an instructor for writing fiction and non-fiction courses since 200... Learn More

Visual Arts

  • Angela Buckley is a faculty member at CU Denver and earned a Bachelor in Art from Ohio University in 1996 and a Master of Art in Photography from Arizona State University in 2001. She was granted a... Learn More

  • ​​Brian DeLevie is a digital artist, designer, photographer, and author. His work has been nationally shown at spaces such as SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery, San Diego, CA; The Arts Center, St. Petersb... Learn More
  • Bryan Leister works across a broad range of media reflecting his education in design and his career as an illustrator and artist.

    His work has been commissioned for the covers of many nat... Learn More

  • Born in 1971, Carol Golemboski's early interest in writing as a child lead her to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, Rhetoric and Communications Studies at the University of Virginia. ... Learn More

  • Dane Webster is an Associate Professor and the new Director of the Digital Animation Center in the Department of Visual Arts at CU-Denver. Before coming to CU-Denver, he was an Associate Professor ... Learn More

  • ​Howard Cook is an Assistant Professor (C/T) and Director for the Digital Animation Center. Trained as a studio artist (printmaking) with terminal degrees in painting and Digital Cinema, Cook is ... Learn More

  • With a passion to change lives through the arts and education, to advance creative expression, and utilize the creative process as a framework for finding innovative solutions to complex problems, ... Learn More

  • Jeffrey Schrader is Associate Professor of Art History, specializing in the Renaissance and Baroque periods and the art of the Spanish-speaking world. He received the B.A. from Stanford Universi... Learn More

  • Lanny Frances DeVuono is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Colorado Denver. She has taught at Eastern Washington University and taught part time at New York Uni... Learn More

  • Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award-winning e... Learn More

  • Mary K. Connelly is an Associate Professor and Area Head of Painting/Drawing and Illustration in the Department of Visual Arts at CAM. She received her master of fine arts in painting from India... Learn More

  • Maria Elena Buszek, Ph.D., is a scholar, critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado Denver, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. H... Learn More

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    Melissa Furness received an MFA in Painting with honors from the University of Iowa in 2002 with minors in both sculpture and printmaking. Her work has been most inspired by her experiences o... Learn More

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    In my art, I have chosen to create works that infuse the language of the abstract and abstracted to an art-making process that is inherently informed by the nuances of culture and emerges fro... Learn More

  • Rebecca Heavner, MLA, is an illustrator, designer, artist and full-time instructor of illustration at the University of Colorado Denver, where she teaches courses on Drawing, Digital Media, Spatial... Learn More

  • Born in Galway, Ireland in 1968 Rian Kerrane received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast in 1991. She located to the United States in 1994 and earned her MFA fro... Learn More

  • Steve joined the Digital Animation Center in 2006. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture (M. Arch) from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelors Degree in Construction Management (B.S... Learn More

  • Travis Vermilye is a professionally trained Medical Illustrator with years of experience in the field. He has been involved in the creation of anatomical models, illustrations and animations de... Learn More

  • Vivian George is a Senior Instructor at The College of Arts and Media and has been on the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver for over twenty years.

    She received her Bachelor of ... Learn More

  • William "Bill" Adams was born in Walnut Creek, California, in 1964, and grew up in Santa Cruz. He received a BA in Politics from Princeton University and an MA and MFA in Photography from the Unive... Learn More

  • Yang Wang is Assistant Professor of Art History, specializing in modern and contemporary Chinese art. She earned a B.A. in Art History and a B.F.A. in Art from the University of Missouri, and complete... Learn More