Shining Stars' Teachers

 
Lisa Bush 
 

 

Lisa Bush, BA Music Education

 

 


Lisa Bush is a Grand Junction native.  She graduated from Central High School in 1979 and received her BA in Music Education from Colorado State University in 1983.  She has performed and taught for over 30 years.  She has taught privately in School District 51 and at Colorado Mesa University.  Lisa has been a Bell Choir Director for over 25 years and has served as piano and organ accompanist for many years.

      Lisa enjoys teaching and would love to see more students have the opportunity to benefit from lessons and other group musical activities.

Hope Chynoweth, BA Music 

Hope Chynoweth was born and raised in Grand Junction. Music was always an important aspect in her life and piano lessons began at the age of 9. In high school, she participated in several choirs (including the then Mesa State College’s Women’s Choir) and began taking voice lessons. She also participated in many musicals during these years. She continued at MSC after high school and graduated from CMU in 2012 with a BA in Liberal Arts: Music. During college she began teaching lessons and accompanying various choirs or soloists. For the past few years, she has had the joy of being the musical director for the Grand Junction Senior Theatre as well as continuing accompanying middle school choirs in District 51.

Hope has a passion for sharing her knowledge with others so that they may understand the joy of music and it’s language.

 

 

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Sydnee Martinez,
BA Piano Performance 

Sydnee Martinez was born and raised in a small New Mexico town.  Music has been a large part of her life since early childhood as she was raised listening to her mother singing weekly in choirs.

She graduated with a BA in piano performance from  Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2014. 

Sydnee began taking piano and violin lessons late in her childhood. Because of this, she firmly believes that a person of any age can learn to appreciate and excel at music. She believes that age should not be a boundary of access to musical outlets. Her main teaching focus is to help promote a love of music.

Alissa VanCamp,
Master in Vocal Performance 

Alissa VanCamp attended Eastern New Mexico University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance with honors. She began as a Music Theater major but soon discovered that her future lies in classical voice. While she was there she studied under soprano Dr. Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas and was in numerous contests, ensembles, and productions. At the 2000 New Mexico NATS auditions she won Second Place Division V and Third Place Music Theatre. She then went on to win First Place Division VII, First Place Music Theatre, and Most Promising Young Singer at the 2001 NMNATS in Santa Fe. She furthered her studies by receiving her Masters Degree with highest honors in Vocal Performance at Oklahoma City University under the teachings of contralto Rebekah Kirtey-Ambrosini and tenor Larry Keller. She had many lead roles at OCU and performed in the chorus of Tulsa Opera.

She has performed with LA Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theater, High Desert Opera, Red Rock Opera, Las Vegas Opera Festival, American Pacific Opera, People's Valley Chorus, and The Academy for the Performing Artist as well as being part of the Opera Las Vegas Young Artist Program.

Her credits consist of: Mother/Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Annina (La Traviata), Madame Peep (Oedipus Tex), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mercedes/Carmen Cover (Carmen), Baba (The Medium), La Principessa (Suor Angelica), Dido (Dido & Aeneas), Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Grace (Texas! The Musical Drama), Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Gertie (Oklahoma!), Gloria Rasputin (Bye Bye Birdie), and Linda lou (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas).