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Nathan Whittington

Nathan Whittington has been playing guitar for eleven years, and performing his own original music professionally since the age of thirteen. His “do it yourself” attitude has taken him from playing open mic nights at coffee shops to sharing the stage with international acts at acclaimed venues including (but not limited to) The Black Sheep, the Pikes Peak Center, Sunshine Studios Live, and many more.. For the last decade, he has passionately pursued excellence through the independent study of music theory, production, and performance.

Nathan has experience in many styles, ranging from the rock and pop of his formative years, to jazz, metal, electronic, hip hop, and classical. In addition to performing, Nathan has nine years of experience producing and engineering music. He believes that curiosity and fun are the most important parts of learning, and strives to ensure that every student leaves his class feeling excited to explore new possibilities in the world of music.

Jesse Klopfenstein

Jesse is a multi instrumentalist with over 20 years of performance, production and songwriting experience.  Since 2001, he’s played a variety of instruments in both live and studio settings across multiple genres including Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk, Gospel, Country and anything in between.

From 2008 to 2012, he performed regularly for 5,000 seat audiences with the Fike & Dana band, a nationally touring and recording Rock Gospel group from Colorado Springs signed to Integrity Records. Throughout this time he also played smaller venues and festivals with local acts Times Like These (Pop Punk) and For Fear of Dying (Hardcore) alongside national touring acts on their Colorado dates. In 2009 he began to study under William Malone, a professor of music at UCCS, with an emphasis in performance, and in 2011 he started an internship with Endeavor Productions, a recording and music production studio in Colorado. He later attended a second internship in 2013 with The Bakery Studios, a national recording and production studio out of Austin TX.

In 2014, Jesse ventured into the music production business on his own, opening Rewind Records in Colorado Springs, operating as a full time studio for recording, mixing and mastering until 2020. In 2018 he began teaching, and has since worked diligently to impart students with each and every aspect and angle of his musical knowledge, from small stage to big.

With an expansive understanding of songwriting, performing, and production from beginning to end, his tools for teaching are extensive in helping elevate any student to the level of playing and performance they’ve always dreamed of.

He is fluent and comfortable in playing and instructing Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Music Production and Music Performance.

Dylan Osgood

Dylan is currently a music performance and technology major at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. His guitar studies began with Jon Gillin and is currently studying under international touring guitarist Colin McAllister. Dylan has performed and studied a wide variety of styles. His love for metal, blues, rock and classical informs both his playing and teaching styles. Dylan’s education and experience also includes bass, audio recording, composition and theory, and music production.

Since attending UCCS, Dylan has already participated in some of the university’s prestigious ensembles, including the UCCS Jazz Ensemble, and Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. He also regularly accompanies for student recitals at UCCS. Locally, Dylan has performed performed at Motif Jazz Café, Chapmen Recital Hall, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, Zodiac Venue/Bar, and Funky Little Theater.

Dylan has performed in the UCCS production of Peer Gynt.

Dylan brings his experience as a student, live performer, and composer to his teaching style to encourage his students to be the best they can be.

Sarah Groh Correa

Sarah Groh is the director of Groh Music and leads the Sarah Groh Quartet, a jazz group in Colorado Springs. Sarah has taught music lessons for 30 years and has toured with choirs in Japan, India, England, and Italy. She helps singers set easily achievable goals while building self-confidence and allowing for self-discovery. Her work with adults, teens, and elementary-age singers incorporates music learning, fun, stress relief, self-discovery, vocal technique, and goal setting. Ms Groh teaches private voice at UCCS and directs the choir at Benet Hill Monastery. She is always on the go!

Sarah has a career background in solo performance, choir and group singing, music ministry, and dance. She holds degrees in Voice Performance from the University of Kansas and Arizona State University. She enjoys a very active lifestyle of running, hiking, dancing, and traveling. In 2023, she began a second small business, Sarah Sit and Play, a house & pet-sitting service.

Ben Jones

Ben Jones graduated from the University of Colorado were he studied music. Ben’s diverse education has included studying jazz, classical, flamenco, and contemporary guitar with Colin McAllister, Joseph Allen, Janet Feder, and Mary Hoshijo. He has attended master classes with world renown guitarist such as Roberto Limon, Pablo Gomez, The Grammy award winning LA Guitar Quartet, and Harlem Quartet.

Ben currently teaches music at Silversound Guitar studio in Colorado Springs were his broad education and passion for music equips him to be able to tailor each lesson to his students. His knowledge of various recording and production techniques also helps to keep him on the cutting edge of music education, recording, and performance.

During his time at UCCS Ben has performed in the Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Electro Acoustic Ensemble, and Honors Ensemble. He has premiered works by composers Lewis Keller, Jane Rigler, and the theater company Manual Cinema. He has also played serval performances in the local Peak Frequency Music Festival as well as the UCCS presents production of Peer Gynt and the Fine Arts production of Shakespeare in Love.

Judith Piazza

With 40 plus years of exploration in the realms of sound, music, rhythm, and voice, including a B.A. in Music Therapy, Judith continues to explore the indigenous and soulful edges of vibration as sound medicine.

She presently offers Devotional and Community Song, Frame Drum and Rhythm Workshops, Healing Sound Workshops / Journeys, Performances that weave her talents and skill on drums around the world, vocals, native flutes, didjeridu, guitar, and dulsitar ™.  In addition, Judith works with youth and adults in Rites of Passage Threshold Retreats, is an initiated Council Trainer and Guide in The Ojai Foundation model (a circle practice that encourages authentic listening and speaking from our hearts), is a Universal Life Church Minister, and continues to explore Nature as Teacher, developing a Medicine Wheel of our Elemental Sound Nature.


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