Paula Verdicchio has over fifteen years of professional playing experience and has performed for audiences of over seven thousand people. Her experience includes lyric opera, symphonies, chamber orchestras, string ensembles, marimba bands, jazz combos, folk groups, celtic groups, singer songwriters and rock bands. She has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Arizona State University. She has taught private lessons for twenty years, and has taught Kindergarten through 8th grade music in private schools for 8 years in addition to teaching workshops, festivals and adjudicating the Jefferson County Solo and Ensemble festival. She has directed musical events with nearly one thousand people in attendance, full scale musical theater productions and conducted chamber groups of all ages. Ms. Verdicchio believes in training each student as an individual, finding the correct synthesis of music pedagogy and repertoire to best inspire confidence and success. Her students have successfully auditioned for all-county and honor ensembles, earned superior ratings at festivals, created original musical compositions and arrangements, and gone on to music scholarships and majors in college. She is an instructor of piano, violin, and guitar at the Forté Academy of Music.
Gregory Storkan received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Music from Washington University in St. Louis. In his youth, Mr. Storkan studied piano, and gradually gravitated towards a professioal singing career as a lyric baritone. Often priased for his “warm and regal voice,” he signed his first professional contract with Union Avenue Opera while still a graduate student at Washingston university. From there he has forged a burgeoning career and has sung with opera companies through Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Storkan also spend two season performing with the six-time Grammy-winning St. Louis Symphony and is a frequent recitalist, harboring a not-so-secret love of Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, and other cabaret-style musical literature. In the fall of 2013 mr. Storkan relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he is pursuing intensive professional development training in opera, voice, acting, and business strategy. He recently performed in “The Vagabond,” a storytelling convert featuring the music of Grieg, Sain-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams.
Mr. Storkan teaches piano and voice to students of all ages, and, through his own unique style, enjoys imparting his love of music to his students. He is an instructor of piano and voice at the Forté Academy of Music.
Karli Rhind received her Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico. She specialized in violin pedagogy studying under Susan Kempter and became a certified Suzuki teacher. Ms. Rhind began by playing the viola and has performed on both viola and violin. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Arizona University. She has performed in University orchestras and chamber ensembles since 2010, as well as the Flagstaff Symphony orchestra and Verde Valley Symphony.
During her undergraduate program, she had the opportunity to teach string students in Costa Rica through Performing Arts Abroad. She has always been passionate about teaching and loves teaching students of all ages, as well as performing with fellow musicians, mainly in quartets and trios. Ms. Rhind expands her knowledge of music every day through devotedly teaching and performing. She is an instructor of violin and viola at Forté Academy of Music in Littleton and Centennial.
Randal Ames has a B.A. from the University of Colorado, and has been playing guitar for more than 35 years. Mr. Ames has also played guitar, bass, mandolin and piano in the U.S. and Europe, accompanying such superstars as Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Buffet. As a member of the 7th Army Chorus he performed as a singer, dancer, musician, and choreographer in five languages and eleven countries.
Here in Colorado he has written music, directed, and performed at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, Taste of Colorado, Boulder Shakespeare Festival and has been a member of the University of Colorado Jazz Chorale. He has written eighty songs and produced six CDs of music ranging from madrigals and Gregorian Chants, to Jazz, Country and Pop. His hobbies include a life long interest in Martial Arts (has earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and American Free Style Karate) and sword fighting (he has taught Elizabethan Fencing at Colorado School of Mines). Mr. Ames currently teaches guitar at both locations of Forte Academy of Music.