Meet Our Staff

Piano and Vocal Instructor/ Manager  Ms. Alicia

10253783_10100247629825093_4308347676566616726_nAlicia Danielle Roberts, a Casper native, holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s of Music from DU’s Lamont School of Music, both in Vocal Performance. Previous performances include: Guest Artist for the Casper Municipal Band and Artcore’s a Chronology of Love recital in 2015, Casper Chamber Music Society Soloist 2014, Telly in Casper College’s 2013 Summer production of Godspell, Casper’s Artcore Music and Poetry Soloist Summer 2012, Soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Mass in CM at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver, Alto soloist for Haydn’s Harmonie Mass with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra directed by Dr. Howard Skinner, and several performances as a soloist with the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.  Alicia has participated in summer programs throughout Europe and Italy including Oberlin in Italy’s Summer Program.  She was the recipient of UW’s Arts & Sciences Summer Research Grant which funded her trip to Italy in 2005.  Alicia has also had the unique opportunity to participate in Master Classes in Brasilia, Brazil.

Strings Instructor Ms. Amber

Amber Pollock has 20 years experience on violin and holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming.  She has participated in many performing ensembles including the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.  She has nearly 14 years private lessons experience and has worked with the University of Wyoming String Project, teaching group classes and ensembles for elementary school students for three years.  She also taught K-5 general music in Natrona County for three years before resigning to start her own business.   She is excited to join the VIBES team and continue to pursue her passion for teaching music.

Strings and Kindermusik Instructor Ms. Anna

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Anna Fasken recently graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Anna began playing the cello in her hometown of Palisade, Colorado at the age of 11. At UW, she enjoyed learning the other string instruments, including violin. It was during her 4 years at UW, and teaching in the UW String Project, a program that was founded to teach young string students, where she found her passion for sharing her love of music with young students. Anna completed her student teaching in the Natrona County School District in the spring of 2015. She loved the town and community so much that she has recently relocated to Casper after a semester abroad at University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland. She is excited to begin her career at VIBES and teaching young music students to play the string instruments. Anna is an active Irish Step Dancer, knitter, seamstress and a great cook!

Guitar Instructor Mr. Gabe

Gabe DunbarGabe was introduced to classical guitar with the NCHS Guitar Ensemble, and then received scholarships to Casper College for guitar performance. He then graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2009 with a Bachelors in Music. Soon after graduation he became a founding member with John Kirlin and the High Plains Drifters in Casper, Wyoming. Gabe is excited to work with students at VIBES Fine & Performing Arts!

Guitar, Electric Bass, Jazz Combo, and Blue Grass Instructor Mr. Jay

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Jay Reed’s style and range in guitar has no limit but one; it’s got to be authentic. Reed’s journey as a musician has been influenced by the classic rock sounds of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, the technical brilliance and inimitable swing of Oscar Peterson, and the more modern sounds of John Scofield and Wayne Krantz, to name just a few.

Reed completed the Mohawk College Applied Music program in Hamilton, Canada, where he studied jazz theory and history, small group and big band arranging, and received ensemble and private guitar instruction with some of the best jazz musicians in Canada. Upon receiving his diploma, he began performing as both a leader and sideman in and around the Toronto area. Over his 20 plus years of performing, Reed has played well over 1000 gigs, and has presented original music at the Brantford International Jazz Festival, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival, Willowbank Jazz Festival and In The Soil Arts Festival, among others.

In addition to gigging professionally since the age of 17, Reed has successfully taught students for more than 20 years whose ages have ranged from 8 to 65. Specializing in improvisation and jazz theory, Reed is skilled at preparing intermediate to advanced players for college and university music program auditions; his students have gone on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, York University and Humber College in Toronto, Canada, and Mohawk College in Hamilton, Canada. Some have gone on to form successful groups that perform in large venues and have toured in Europe, Japan and other countries around the world.

To read more and follow his Facebook Page click on Jay Reed’s website: http://www.jayreedmusic.com

Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor Dr. Joshua Mietz

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Dr. Joshua R. Mietz is an Instructor at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. He teaches Applied Clarinet and Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Improvisation, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Quartet, and the History of Blues, Jazz, and Rock. He also serves as the Executive Director of Casper College’s Annual Kinser Jazz Festival. An avid arranger of music, his works vary from rock/pop covers, church hymns for weekly worship, re-orchestrations of large-scale works, and art song reimagined for performance by friends and colleagues. His fascination with arrangement comes from hearing old music through new voices; presenting to students works they may not otherwise study, and treating audiences to something simultaneously both new and familiar.

Prior to arriving at Casper College, Mietz served as an Adjunct Instructor at both Fort Lewis and San Juan Colleges, as well as the Director of Choirs at the First United Methodist Church in Durango, Colorado. He also directed a clarinet choir comprised of musicians from the Four Corners Region of the American Southwest.

While earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mietz studied clarinet with Diane Barger and conducting with Carolyn Barber. His doctoral document examined David Maslanka’s Desert Roads from the perspective of a clarinetist and a conductor. It contains the transcription of an interview detailing Maslanka’s fascinating compositional technique.

While at the University of Montana-Missoula, Mietz served as the E-flat/bass clarinetist with the Missoula Symphony and studied Applied Clarinet with Maxine Ramey and conducting with Stephen Bolstad, Kevin Griggs, and Luis Milan.

Prior to his study at the University of Montana, Mietz taught junior high and high school band/orchestra in the public schools of Colorado as well as performed with the Denver Pops Orchestra. Mietz received a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder and studied clarinet with Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Phillip Aaholm. He also studied conducting with Allan McMurray. Additionally, Mietz completed the requirements as a Certified Massage Therapist at the Denver School of Massage Therapy where he acquired positions both at local clinics and teaching cadaver-based Human Anatomy at the Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment.

In his spare time, Mietz enjoys ultra-marathon running, and vegan cooking. To read more click on Dr. Mietz’s website:https://www.joshuarmietz.com

Kindermusik Instructor Ms. Kristen

Kristen Zook is a Casper native with a deep love for both children and music. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Wyoming. Piano and voice are her preferred instruments, but she has been known to fumble around on the guitar to make a campfire more enjoyable. Her experience with music education is comprehensive, including time as a general music teacher for Natrona County School District, conductor of the Bel Canto Children’s Choir, private piano instructor, and accompanist for multiple soloists and ensembles.
Currently, Kristen runs two business of her own in Casper: Imperfect Edges Personal Development and Thrive Therapeutic Massage. In her spare time she loves writing, philosophizing, and going on adventures with her dog Ginger. She looks forward to spending a bit of time weekly at Vibes doing one of her favorite things: making music with kiddos.

Piano Instructor Ms. Lindy

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Lindy Stewart has played with the Kelly Walsh High School jazz band on piano for 3 years. She has also accompanied both of the top level orchestra programs. Lindy has received several awards for outstanding solo for piano from festivals such as Kinser Jazz Festival, and Greeley Jazz Festival. Outside of her piano skills she has also been recognized for her musical skills on Viola, attending Wyoming All-State Orchestra for 3 years. She enjoys being able to give the gift of music through teaching and hopes to help inspire young students to love the beautiful gift of playing an instrument and learning about music!

 

 

Kindermusik/Piano Instructor and Administrative Assistant Ms. Meilani

meilani-millan-bio-pictureMeilani Millan, a local Casper resident originally from Hawaii, has always had a deep love for music. Meilani has been singing and playing piano since the age of 8. Her first exposure to choral music was with the Casper Children’s Chorale, traveling to places such as Canada, Los Angeles, California and New York City. Meilani later went on to perform in the Kelly Walsh High School A Cappella and Encore Jazz Choirs, and was actively involved in the KWHS musical theater program. Other honors include being a three-year Wyoming All-State Choir member, an ACDA and NAfME All North West Choir member, as well as, a member of the Alla Breve Women’s Choir locally in Casper. After graduating, Meilani spent 18 months abroad living in several cities throughout southern Spain where she developed a love for the Spanish culture and language. She is grateful to be apart of the VIBES family as the administrative assistant and now as a Kindermusik instructor! Meilani hopes to inspire children and families through music and the Spanish language!

Piano Instructor Ms. Melody

Melody Profile picMusic has always been a huge part of Melody Moore’s life. She began piano study at the age of four, trumpet at age ten, and bass guitar when she was sixteen. She sang in the Children’s Chorale starting at age ten and played with the Trooper’s Cadet Corp at twelve. She has performed several times in the Kinzer Jazz Festival playing jazz piano, trumpet, and voice. She was chosen to participate in the Wyoming All State Bands and All State Choirs every year of high school and received the Most Valuable Musician Award at Kelly Walsh High School at the end of her senior year. She received an Associate of Arts in Music Education from Casper College where she studied voice and trumpet. She continued her studies in both voice and piano at Northwest Nazarene University. While there, she toured Europe singing with the Northwest Nazarene University Choir.

Melody has been a music leader in various churches and conferences since 1995. She currently sings in Alla Breve and plays bass in the HOPE Church worship band. She has also taught private piano lessons in Casper for over 13 years teaching all ages. Melody is very excited to join the VIBES team! She especially loves to impart her passion and understanding of music theory to help students connect with music. The greatest gift she can give to her students is giving them the tools to create their own music and play their music with a deeper understanding! 

Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Bass, Banjo, Jam Session Instructor Mr. Robert

roberts picFrom beginner guitar students to advanced musicians Mr. Robert has over 10 years experience in teaching and received his Bachelors in Guitar Performance Degree. Mr. Robert teaches all styles and genres of music while helping students to grow their aural and reading skills.  Mr. Robert has many years experience in performing with bands all across Wyoming and specializes in directing student and adult jam sessions. Mr. Robert also specializes in ukulele, bass guitar, and banjo.

 

 

 

Percussion Instructor Mr. Ryan

ryan-1Drummer and percussionist Ryan Bell has been an active musician for over 10 years in the Rocky Mountain region. Having both parents as music teachers, Ryan has always gravitated toward a career in music. He participated in music classes and various bands through school and continued into college. During his time at the University of Wyoming, he performed in the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, UW Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the premier jazz combo. Ryan has also performed and taught in many European countries and was part of the American Jazz Collective, a group that was assembled to play and teach a camp in Guatemala through the IGA (Guatemala American Institute) academy. Ryan has had the pleasure of sharing the stage, performing, and studying with a variety of artists including, The Yellowjackets, Bob Reynolds, Gerald Schwartz, Ben Markley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Will Kennedy, Tom Amend, Kevin Kanner, and the Yonder Mountain String Band. Currently, Ryan is the drummer for the Libby Creek Original and Tris Munsick and the Innocents. In addition to being a performer, Ryan teaches full time at VIBES and serves as the drumline instructor for NCHS and KW.

Piano Instructor Mr. Scott

185205_10100892911380299_4314467_nPianist Scott P. Schwab began his piano study at the age of four. After completing his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Evelyne Brancart and Jean-Louis Haguenauer, he attained both a Master’s degree in solo Piano Performance and a Performer’s Certificate in Collaborative Piano at Denver’s Lamont School of Music, with plans to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2017. His playing has earned him numerous accolades, including First Prize in the IUPA Duet Competition (2003), First Prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition (2008), the Sarah C. Manion Award for Excellence in Piano (2009), the Lamont Recital of Distinction (2010), and others. He has performed nationally and internationally at locations such as Steinway Hall (NYC), Vianden Castle (Luxembourg), and in Denver with members of the Colorado Symphony. Schwab joined the piano faculty at Casper College in 2016. Previously, he taught courses in class piano at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado, and maintained a faculty appointment at the Parlando School of Musical Arts where he helped to form many prize-winning students. As a certified instructor of the Lister-Sink Method, Schwab believes strongly in educating students in habits of healthy piano-playing as a basis for achieving their musical goals.

Trumpet and Baritone Instructor Mr. Solomon

11009355_1109064735775492_4377763786881402856_oSolomon Shah is currently a Sophomore at Casper College studying trumpet performance with Doug Bull. Solomon started playing the trumpet in 5th grade and began pursuing his passion to become a professional musician in high school. Solomon started to play with the Casper College band and Jazz band starting his junior year, while playing first trumpet for the Kelly Walsh band, Jazz band, and Marching band.   He also auditioned and was selected for first chair in the All-State band and Principal trumpet in the All-State orchestra. He was selected to play in All-Northwest and was principal trumpet in the Tri-State Honors symposium. During his time at Kelly Walsh, he played in many festivals and clinics including Greeley Jazz festival, Kinser Jazz festival, and District festival earning many outstanding musician awards.  At the end of his Senior year he received several top level overall Outstanding Musicianship awards.  In addition to his high school activities, he started playing in the Casper Municipal band. As a freshman at the University of Wyoming he was in the top third of all trumpet students and made it into the Wind Symphony. He also continued his Jazz studies and played 2nd trumpet with Jazz band II. Solomon has studied with many teachers and is very excited to have the opportunity to teach students at VIBES!

Music Fitness Instructor Ms. Willow

12884549_531826093692137_210114573_nWillow Van Norman grew up with all styles of music in her home. Her passion for music and working with others grew in high school when she sang in the Natrona County High School Harmony Choir and actively volunteered with Special Olympics Wyoming program. Diversifying herself, Willow worked with special needs children as an assistant in the Mountain View Elementary FLS classrooms for two years followed by five years working for Wyoming Respite Care. Being involved in fitness since 2010, Willow has enjoyed training all ages in the gym with her ISSA Personal Trainer Certification. She currently works with all ages at Lifetime Health & Fitness and VIBES Fine & Performing Arts teaching specialized classes through the Discover Program. With her variance in background knowledge of working with people of all ages and special needs Willow understands the importance of happiness and healthy living. Willow’s passion for fitness and music carries through in her enthusiasm in her classes and showing her students how fun it can be to enjoy music and staying healthy!

Saxophone Instructor Mr. Zane

Zane Romanek has always held some sort of musical element in his life. During his early years of musical exploration, he was fascinated with instruments of all types, but eventually found his “home” on the saxophone at the age of 12. He went on to pursue advanced studies with Dr. Scott Turpen and Dr. Jennifer Turpen at the University of Wyoming (UW). In the classical setting, Zane has performed with the UW Wind Symphony, UW Symphony Orchestra, and numerous saxophone quartets and chamber groups. As a soloist, he has performed with the Powder River Symphony Orchestra and the UW Symphony Orchestra. He has also given masterclass performances for Debra Richtmeyer, Clifford Leaman, Dan Goble, and the Oasis Quartet (comprised of James Bunte, Nathan Nabb, Jim Romain, and Dave Camwell). In addition, Zane has performed with the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and UW Jazz Combo I under the Direction of Dr. Ben Markley. As an arranger and composer, his works have been premiered by the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and has written and arranged pieces for high schools around the state of Wyoming. His compositional studies were under the guidance of Dr. Anne Guzzo. Zane holds a degree in Music Education from UW.

 

 

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