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MEGAN MELLENTHIEN

Voice | Beginning Piano

Megan Mellenthien is a cross-over soprano originally from Milwaukee, WI. She recently graduated from UNC with her Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2019. She is an avid performer in the Colorado area, most recently as the soprano soloist in Brahm’s Requiem with the Greeley Philharmonic and Giannetta in Boulder’s Opera in the Park. Some of her favorite roles have been Laeticia in Old Maid and the Thief and Amy in Little Women. Recently, she was awarded 2nd place in Classical Singer’s International Vocal Competition 2021 in the Musical Theatre Preprofessional division. As a teacher, Megan strives to make well-rounded singers and guides them to find their authentic voice. She is also a Music Director at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Broomfield. She joined the Pirisen faculty in 2021.

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RONAN DOWLING

Piano | Voice

Ronan Dowling began playing music in Minnesota when he was 6 years old. Piano was his first instrument but he came to love singing in high school. Since then, he knew music was his ultimate passion, and attended the University of Colorado Denver to pursue a degree in Songwriting and Music Business. Ronan has written over 50 original songs and plays out with local Denver bands Fresh Fruit!, Messenger Music Collective, and Grace Divine. With only a couple years of teaching under his belt, there's still much to learn as a music educator, but he's excited for the challenge and has absolutely loved teaching up to this point. He's a firm believer that music is all about self expression. Technique and repetition are obviously important, but how does music make you feel, when your fingers touch the instrument to when the first note is played, it's all about feel and creativity.

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CONNOR TERRONES

Piano | Guitar | Bass | Voice | Ukulele

Connor Terrones is a Denver-based music teacher, performer, songwriter and producer. He grew up in Colorado Springs and fell in love with the guitar as a teenager when he discovered rock music. Connor attended the University of Northern Colorado to obtain a Bachelor’s in Music Performance in Jazz Studies. Since graduating from UNC in 2016, he has taught many students of various ages and experience levels and performed extensively inside and outside of Colorado.

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JENNY LELEK

Piano | Voice | Ukulele

Jenny Lelek is ecstatic about being a voice, piano, and ukulele instructor at Pirisen! She has been teaching lessons for 3 years and enjoys seeing students grow overtime by achieving their goals. Jenny is a graduate of Iowa State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education (K-12). One of Jenny’s philosophies as a teacher is to meet each student at their level, wherever they start at, and to grow from there. She wants each of her students to enjoy learning and playing music. In her spare time, you can find Jenny hiking in the mountains, playing with her dog, or spending time with friends and family. She’s excited to meet you! 

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CORINNE MINOR

Voice

Corinne was born and raised in Monroe, Ohio where she started her musical journey. From church to school plays to community theatre, she made her way through choirs, plays and musicals. She went on to study Vocal Performance and Psychology as Western Carolina University. While in North Carolina, she was a part of the Asheville Lyric Opera staging of La Traviata, received a student vocal scholarship from Asheville Arts Society, and was a worship leader and music intern for Cullowhee United Methodist Church and WCU Wesley Foundation.

 

After graduating from WCU, Corinne went on to graduate school at NYU studying Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. NYU gave Corinne the insight into vocal techniques, the science of the working voice, and how to apply this to students. 

Corinne has been teaching privately since 2011, ranging in ages and styles of music. She has a very forward, no holds barred approach to her teaching. She loves to push her students forward and teach them to be smart, healthy singers through musical theatre, classical and pop. She wants to show her students the power of performance and song. She is always her students' biggest cheerleader!

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NATALIE GALEY*

Voice |Piano | Guitar | Littletunes | Group Piano | Group Voice

Natalie Galey is a vocalist, guitarist, pianist and educator based in Denver, Colorado. She has performed and collaborated with numerous top-name performers and ensembles, including New York Voices founding members Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader, and studied with jazz heavy-weights Theo Bleckmann, Dave Liebman, and Jim McNeely. She has performed in both the Chicago and New York jazz and pop scene, in venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field. She uses her background in jazz, blues, and rock to bring creativity and spontaneity into her classes and believes that music should be fun first and foremost. She carries her love of music into the classroom, and encourages play, growth, and creative exploration with every song, and strives to build community and friendships through song.

 

Natalie has an equal passion for educating and performing. She received her Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree in 2011 and her Master of Music Education at Columbia University in 2013. She has had the opportunity to study under Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Gretchen Parlato, Rodney Whitaker, and Sunny Wilkinson. Natalie was raised in a rich musical environment, playing guitar, piano, singing, and songwriting from an early age. Her compositions are an eclectic fusion of jazz, blues, rock, and soul. As a singer of wide-ranging styles, she has established a reputation as a flexible and talented soloist, as well as a creative and reflective educator. She relocated to the Denver area and joined the Forté Academy of Music Family in July 2019.

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RENÉE GOLETZ*

Piano | Voice

Renée Goletz has a Bachelor of Music degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver majoring in Vocal Performance with piano as a second instrument. She accompanies her church choir and has been a frequent soloist there as well. She has been teaching private voice and piano part-time for many years while working full-time for HealthOne, and then finally retiring from a full-time office position in 2018.

 

She loves sharing her musical talent with students who are eager to learn how to sing and play the piano. She loves attending music concerts, especially when one of her students is involved. She also has been a part of the Englewood Summer Musicals the last few years and played Mrs. Bedwin in “Oliver” and the

Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music.” She has five grown children and seven grandchildren.

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BRAD FURLOW

Piano  l  Violin  l  Viola | Voice | Saxophone | Flute | Clarinet | French Horn | Trumpet | Oboe | Bassoon

Brad Furlow teaches piano, voice and all band and orchestral instruments. He began studying music at the age of 5 on the piano. He began his study of instrumental music at 8 years of old on the saxophone in 3rd grade eventually expanding to include all instruments of the woodwind and brass families in his hometown of Mulkeytown, Illinois. Brad continued his study of music at the university level at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2002, he also pursued advanced study at the university level in instrumental conducting, brass pedagogy and music theory/composition. Brad continues to perform professionally as the Principal Tubist with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and Denver Concert Band. Brad is also involved with the Denver University Pioneer Pep Band and other regional bands and orchestra on a freelance basis. Brad’s philosophy of music is that every person can be musical, it’s just finding the right instrument to bring it out. He enjoys working with students of all ages. When not teaching, performing or composing, Brad enjoys traveling with his partner, and spending time with their three Siberian Husky “kids”.

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JESSE MACLAINE

Piano | Voice | Ukulele

Jesse Maclaine Holt is a renowned mezzo soprano, pianist, composer, songwriter, producer, and instructor. In her youth, she studied classical voice, piano, musical theatre, pop, jazz, blues and world music with professionals from the Julliard School, NYU, FSU, UNO, Tulane University, Oxford University, CU Boulder and many others. She began writing songs at age 17, fell in love with jazz while studying at FSU, moved to New Orleans at age 20 to study jazz immersively and begin working full time in the music business. By age 24, she had assembled a stellar quintet, written two dozen original songs and begun recording and producing her first full length CD in collaboration with friends at RCA studios in Nashville. Jesse has dedicated her life to performing, creating music, and sharing the gift of music with students of all ages.

 

Decades of experience as a working musician combined with her extensive background in music, dance and theatre allow Jesse to craft every lesson to suit the unique interests, strengths and weaknesses of each student. Her personal experience with TMJ, anxiety, and disability issues provide unique insight for assisting students facing similar challenges. Her teaching method focuses on music fundamentals, proper form and technique as well as expanding creativity to support a healthy practice and encourage a lifelong relationship with music. She believes constructive criticism and positive reinforcement are crucial to making learning fun and ensuring music education is enjoyable for everyone!

*Denotes teachers that donate lessons for our Scholarship Program.