Sue McPherson Brownson received a BM in Vocal Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While at the university, she was a vocal student of William Beck and piano student of William Zimmerman. Following graduation she performed with the Charlotte Opera,, and Jacksonville Opera, The Lost Colony, and an off-Broadway production of the music of Gilbert and Sullivan featuring puppets. She has performed in regional theater productions of Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story. Mrs. Brownson has served as minister of music and soloist in churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. She has also taught school and private lessons in these states. Mrs. Brownson serves as the soprano soloist for the Lakewood Chorale and Orchestra.
Mrs. Brownson enjoys teaching students of all ages and brings her gentle touch to each student as she imparts her love of music. She is an instructor of piano and voice for Forté Academy.
Meryt Reinker Dean received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University in Irvine, California. She has attended the Taubman Institute of Piano Studies in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She performs in her church and community as an accompanist, director, and collaborative pianist with her mother, Mary Reinker. She has won many awards including winner of the Southwest Music Festival of Southern California, and performing as soloist with the Saddleback Community Orchestra in Mission Viejo, CA. Mrs. Dean has over twenty years of teaching experience, both in California and Colorado, and her students have won many awards. She teaches piano at Forté Academy of Music, where she assisted in establishing the piano curriculum and the Certificate of Achievement program. She is also Assistant Director and Business Manager at Forté Academy.
Stephanie Ball-Sitzler holds an MM in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis and a BM in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Ball’s lyric coloratura voice with its warm, strong, lyric quality has given her a place in the world of classical music. however, she is equally comfortable with pop and jazz styles and frequently performs African American sprituals with passion and sensitivity. St. Louis critic Matt Daniels says this of her singing: “She…is able to express its meaning to an audience through both the agility of her voice and dramatic movement that can encompass her entire body…” A favorite of midwestern audiences, she has appeared in many operas and oratorios including as a solosit in Mozart’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis, and the thrilling role of nedda in Mid-Ohio Opera’s production of Il Pagliacci. Now residing in Denver, Ms. Ball has become a part of the musical community, performing in many recitals, She is also sought after as an educational outreach consultant, presenting opera to local communities.
Ms. Ball loves teaching students of all ages, and with her upbeat, friendly personality makes learning vocal technique and repertoire fun and exciting. She is an instructor of voice at 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.
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.
Jeanne has been a music instructor, private, small group, as well as general music, band, and orchestra, for the past 25+ years. She holds her BA from the Fort Lewis College of Music, Piano Performance. Additional training and certification in the “Let’s Start Music” program, Ventura, Ca.
Her piano performance history includes solo and collaborative, classical, jazz, pop, Celtic styles. Church organist and pianist, wedding and special occasion pianist. Accompanist for musical theatre productions, choirs, and individual vocalists and instrumentalists. National Guild international winner for piano. She is a member and past adjudicator for National Guild and Certificate of Merit programs.
Styles taught: classical, pop, jazz, music theatre, liturgical music, Celtic music, basic musicianship and theory. She has taught in several prestigious music academies, including Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette, Co., Bietry Broadmoor Academy of Music, Colorado Springs, Co., and currently Forte Academy, Centennial and Littleton, Co.
Jeanne provides individualized plans for each student, adhering to Forte’s proven and comprehensive curriculum. She has taught all ages- 4 to 80+. She believes music, as an art form, should be presented in a manner that fosters creativity, while maintaining core structure and appreciation for a composer’s intent. Jeanne has a very supportive, nurturing and relaxed approach. She believes learning is a two- way street, and open communication is a key component of learning.
After graduating with a degree in Music Education from Metropolitan State College in 1984, Twila started her career teaching vocal and instrumental music at a local elementary school for several years. Twila’s gentle and compassionate teaching style involves integrating fun with fundamentals, which makes learning piano an enjoyable and gratifying experience for her students. Her teaching repertoire includes everything from Disney to Beethoven, and she tailors her curriculum to accommodate each student’s unique gifts and talents. She has taught piano privately to children as well as to young adults for over 20 years, and been a piano instructor and at Forté Academy of Music for six. Twila and her husband have lived in Lone Tree since 1991. They have two grown sons, both of whom are accomplished musicians in piano, guitar as well as percussion.