Faculty

Full-Time Instructors

Name E-mail Phone Job Title Department
Cook, Frankfcook@lccc.wy.edu307.778.1306Instructor, Instrumental MusicSchool of Arts and Humanities

Adjunct Faculty

Voice/Keyboard

June Bowser teaches private lessons in voice at LCCC. Bowser is a coloratura soprano. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Vocal Performance. She has soloed with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, Larimer Chorale, Diversity! and various performing organizations associated with Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming and Laramie County Community College.

She has also been seen in many productions of the Laramie County Community College Drama Department and Cheyenne Little Theatre. Bowser is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing with more than 35 years of experience teaching voice, including university and college teaching. Her students have won awards at Stars of Tomorrow, District Music Festival, Colorado-Wyoming NATS Auditions, and West-Central Regional NATS Auditions. They have also auditioned successfully for leading musical theater roles and been accepted into college and university music programs.

Bethany SmithA soprano, Bethany Jacobs teaches private lessons in voice and piano at LCCC. Jacobs holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She most recently made her debut with the Loveland Opera Theatre performing the role of Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Her other recent performances include the role of Laurentia from Dan Shore's The Beautiful Bridegroom and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. In 2016, Jacobs was a young artist with the Druid City Opera Workshop where she was heard in selections from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie and Oklahoma! as Laurey. Jacobs' other roles include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance and Cinderella in Into the Woods.

Julie Voice instructor Julie Koenig singing.Koenig is a voice and piano instructor at LCCC, specializing in jazz and pop styles. She holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Otterbein University (Westerville, OH). While in graduate school at UNC, Julie received a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance in the Graduate Vocal Soloist category.

Julie performs frequently in the Northern Colorado area, teaches voice and piano lessons at Flourish Music Academy (Greeley), and is part of the music team at New Thought Northern Colorado Center for Spiritual Living. She recently released her first studio album, Renaissance Woman, which consists of both jazz standards and original songs. Julie’s album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and anywhere else you listen to music.

Learn more about Julie by visiting her website: www.juliekoenigsings.com

Woodwinds/Brass

Andy KroppAndy Kropp is saxophonist and woodwind doubler from Harrisburg, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in saxophone from East Carolina University and a Master of Music in saxophone degree from the University of Northern Colorado. His instructors include Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Dr. Jeff Bair, and Dr. Scott Kallestad.

Prior to his position at LCCC, Andy held teaching positions with the University of Northern Colorado serving as Dr. Dahlke's Graduate Teaching Assistant and Sabbatical Replacement. Andy also served as a woodwinds instructor Weld County Schools and jazz instructor for the East Carolina Summer Band Camp.

Andy maintains an active performing career in both classical and jazz music in Colorado and surrounding areas. He has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Ft. Collins Symphony, Colorado Festival Orchestra, and the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra along with 30 musicals as woodwind doubler and conductor. Andy can be with heard the University of Northern Colorado's Jazz Lab 1 on their album the Romeo and Juliet Project (Clarinet) and on the soundtrack of the 2018 film Merwitches (Flute).

Andy currently resides with his wife Kori in Greeley, Colorado where he is finishing his Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Degree (ABD) at the University of Northern Colorado.

Cindy Schmid teaches Public School Methods (brass) and private lessons in horn at LCCC. She has more than 30 years experience teaching pre-K–college band, strings, vocal and general music. Schmid earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Music Performance from the University of Wyoming. She is a certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk. She earned Levels 1 and 2 in 2002 and 2003 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Randy DeLelles and Jeff Kriske, and earned Level 3 in 2006 at UNLV with Shirley McRae. She is a past president of the Wyoming Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and a candidate for Region 1 representative. Schmid has performed Assistant/Utility Horn in both the Cheyenne Symphony and Fort Collins Symphony and is a member of Capitol City Brass.

Andrew MrozinskyAndrew Mrozinsky teaches private lessons in trumpet, Introduction to Music, and directs the Brass Ensemble at LCCC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a specification in trumpet from Central Washington University and an Master of Arts in Music from Illinois State University.

He has been a successful private trumpet instructor all over the country, including his home state of Wyoming, but also in Washington state, New York City, and central Illinois. Mrozinsky has guest instructed trumpet master classes and worked with chamber brass ensembles as well. He currently performs with the Colorado Wind Ensemble in Denver, and freelances in the Denver metropolitan and Cheyenne areas as a performer and teacher. He has previously played with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and gigged as a freelance trumpet player in New York City.

Strings/Percussion

Alisa HickoxAlisa Hickox earned her Master of Music in harp performance and Master of Music in music theory from Michigan State University, and her Bachelor of Music in harp performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught harp privately for the past nine years and had the opportunity to teach theory and aural skills courses as a teaching assistant during her time at MSU. 

Before moving back to Colorado, she maintained an active performing career in Michigan as a soloist and as principal harp of several regional college orchestras, including Michigan State symphony orchestra and wind symphony, Alma College orchestra, and Albion College orchestra. Her research interests include period performance of early 19th century harp repertoire as well as the incorporation of problem-based learning into theory pedagogy.

Andy KroppAndy Kropp is saxophonist and woodwind doubler from Harrisburg, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in saxophone from East Carolina University and a Master of Music in saxophone degree from the University of Northern Colorado. His instructors include Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Dr. Jeff Bair, and Dr. Scott Kallestad.

Prior to his position at LCCC, Andy held teaching positions with the University of Northern Colorado serving as Dr. Dahlke's Graduate Teaching Assistant and Sabbatical Replacement. Andy also served as a woodwinds instructor Weld County Schools and jazz instructor for the East Carolina Summer Band Camp.

Andy maintains an active performing career in both classical and jazz music in Colorado and surrounding areas. He has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Ft. Collins Symphony, Colorado Festival Orchestra, and the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra along with 30 musicals as woodwind doubler and conductor. Andy can be with heard the University of Northern Colorado's Jazz Lab 1 on their album the Romeo and Juliet Project (Clarinet) and on the soundtrack of the 2018 film Merwitches (Flute).

Andy currently resides with his wife Kori in Greeley, Colorado, where he is finishing his Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Degree (ABD) at the University of Northern Colorado.

Landon PeckLandon Peck teaches private lessons in guitar and directs the Guitar Ensemble at LCCC. Peck is a classical guitarist from the Northern Colorado area. Building upon a foundation of rock and metal, he began studying classical and flamenco guitar with Dave Beegle in 2007. He continued his studies in classical guitar with Dr. Richard Busson and Jason Olson. Peck attained a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015. He received a Master's degree in classical guitar performance from the same University in 2017. In addition to regular performances and recitals throughout Northern Colorado, Peck enjoys teaching, composing, and recording music.

Tom NugentTom Nugent is a musician, educator, conductor, and clinician from Colorado whose musical career began with playing violin at the age of 5. He grew up studying Suzuki and continued studies as he received his Bachelors in Music Education from The University of Northern Colorado with a Spanish Teaching Endorsement in 2010, followed by a Masters in Music Education from The University of Northern Colorado in 2017. Tom has studied with and participated in masterclasses with incredible teachers, including Richard Fuchs, Russell Guyver, Juliet White-Smith, Allison Sherman, Heroutune Bedelian, and Peter Marsh.

Tom maintains an active and diverse performance schedule, though highlights have included performances with the UNC Chamber and Symphony Orchestras in Spain, Greeley Chorale, Girdwood Bluegrass Festival in Alaska, Picker’s Retreat Festival in Alaska, Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards, National Western Stock Show, and many more. Tom has performed with numerous quartets and country artists and has been fortunate to share the stage with bluegrass greats Frank Solivan, Vince Herman, and Barefoot Bluegrass.

Tom currently serves as the Orchestra Director and Performing Arts Department Chair at Greeley West High School, a program that has grown to nearly 200 string musicians performing in traditional orchestras, fiddle groups, chamber ensembles, and guitar ensembles. The Spartan Strings Chamber Orchestra has been invited to perform at the University of Colorado Orchestra Invitational, received numerous Superior Ratings, and was named “Outstanding 5A String Orchestra” at the Colorado West Music Invitational in 2016 and “5A Best in Class” at the 2019 Winter Park Music Festival. Tom has had numerous students selected to regional and All-State honor groups during his time as Orchestra Director. He has been a guest teacher and performer at the Alaska City Folk Arts Camp, Poudre School District Summer Orchestra Camp, Proyecto Luis De Lion (Antigua, Guatemala), and the String Quartet Program of Northern Colorado.  Tom also serves on the adjunct faculty at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, where he teaches violin and string methods.

Tom resides in Greeley, CO with his wife, Megan, son, David, and daughter, Adalynn. Tom and Megan have a private music studio that they run from home and are both actively involved with numerous local music organizations.

John MeriwetherJohn D. Meriwether teaches Public School Methods (percussion) and private lessons in percussion at LCCC. Meriwether is a freelance percussionist and educator originally from San Antonio, Texas. Currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado, he maintains a steady workload of teaching and performing. A versatile percussionist, Meriwether puts his talents to good use, whether it be in an orchestra, small chamber group, steel band or accompanying a dance class.

Meriwether’s diverse background in percussion has given him the opportunity to perform in a wide array of ensembles and travel internationally. As a member of Azaguno, he performed West African music in Taiwan, South Korea, and around the United States. Learning the Trinidadian Steel Pans when he was in high school, Meriwether has played in steel bands of all sizes and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and the Lincoln Center with the West Virginia University Steel Band. His experiences in Gamelan, Taiko, Salsa bands, and Middle Eastern ensembles have helped to fuel his passion for approaching music with an open mind. Meriwether holds a master’s degree in percussion performance from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from West Virginia University.