Here are some comments from our musicians, about their experiences with Brainsong!

May 2:

My impressions:
“Once again I get to witness the miracle of music.
Not knowing any dynamics amongst the drummers d’jour –
I saw a whole roomful of young people engaged, focused,
and happy…..and when given the chance to lead – did so
very creatively.  A good time was had by all.”
Gregg Hansen / lifetime professional musician
“Whenever life gets me bogged down, playing for your kids lightens me.”
Pam Eldridge, Harpist

Here are some of our musicians:

jeff and paige

Jeff & Paige: Music and Stories

Jeff Kagan, M.S. Children’s Musician and Environmental Educator

Tel: (303) 325-1255 | [email protected]

Paige Doughty, M.S. Environmental Educator

Tel: (303) 518-4010 | [email protected]

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Nancy Brauhn-Curnes, LetsDrumNow and Djembejive

Djembe Jive


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dancersColorado Conservatory of Dance

Julia Wilkinson Manley

CEO & Artistic Director

Colorado Conservatory of Dance

IMG_0395Hank Troy, Queen City Jazz Band

Percussionist Gregg Hansen

Harpist Pam Eldridge

Four Seasons Harp Covers


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Cellist Anna Maria Seda
Her bio:
Anna Seda, a native of Colorado, is a 4th year cello student of Judith Glyde at the
University of Colorado at Boulder. She also aspires to have her Suzuki Certificate
from the University of Denver under the auspices of Dr. Carol Tarr. Anna studied
at the Aspen Music Festival in 2006 and 2009 with a CU fellowship award. She
also attended Quartet Program West, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in
Termoli, Italy, the National Cello Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp
for Celtic cello. She has also attended Cello Seminar with Rhonda Rider for new
music. She was a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Colorado
Young Sinfonia, the Grand Junction Ballet Orchestra, and the Colorado Chinese
Language School Orchestra among others. She participated in the Colorado All
State Orchestra and the Western Honor States Orchestra in which she performed
for a James Fitz master class. Anna also recorded the Schumann Cello Quintet
and the Matz Cello Quartet KVOD Radio and was a finalist for the Colorado
Young Musician’s Foundation Award. She premiered Matthew Browne’s Prelude
and Dance for Solo Violoncello for a Pendulum New Music Concert and his Cello
Concerto in collaboration with conductor Chris Walls. Along with Mr. Browne’s
contributions to Anna’s growing New Music career, Anna has had the pleasure of
playing for George Crumb, Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet, and is currently
working with several upcoming young composers. She plans to go to the Boston
Conservatory for a Master’s Degree in the fall.

Pianist Mary Lou Heslip
Her bio:
Mary Lou Heslip taught public school elementary vocal music in Jefferson and Boulder
Counties of Colorado and in Germany for the Dept. of Defense, for 25 years.
She has had a private piano and voice studio in Boulder and now, Broomfield,
for 39 years.  She is state and nationally certified in piano and voice.
Gyöngyvér (Georgina) Petheö

Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, Gyöngyvér (Georgina) Petheö is a dedicated violin instructor, an entrepreneur and an active performer in the Boulder and Denver region.  She began her career in the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and subsequently settled in Colorado in 1986.  She has since performed as a professional violinist with the Central City Opera Orchestra, Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Colorado and Colorado Ballet, among others.   

Georgina’s biggest passion for music lies in teaching. She received her music diploma with a concentration in violin pedagogy from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.  As well as maintaining a private studio, she has been on the faculty the Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts.  Georgina’s dedication to reaching the community with music has led her to join the Tiny Tots and Inside the Orchestra ensembles, which travel throughout Colorado to schools to educate young people about music.  She enjoys teaching students of all ages, from very young to adult beginners, and her strengths include tailoring her teaching methods to meet her students’ specific needs.  She strives to create a fun and inspiring environment for learning, while incorporating basic theory and music history to give her students a well-rounded musical education. 
An avid chamber musician, Georgina has established her own small business, Columbine Entertainment, which provides chamber musicians for a special event, such as a wedding.  (For more information, please visit She is a member of the Columbine String Quartet, performed in several chamber music ensembles in Hungary, and continues to enjoy collaborating with others.  In the past she has been a chamber music coach at the Chamber Music Performance Week in Pingree Park as well as the former Boulder Arts Academy (now Parlando School for the Arts).Georgina is the proud mother of David Ormai, a professional violinist in Michigan.  She enjoys reading, traveling, photography, chamber music, and spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.

John King
Since moving to Colorado in 2004 John has performed with all major arts organizations including Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet.  Before moving here he was in the San Francisco Bay area for many years, and during this time he held the position of Second Trumpet in San Jose Symphony and was Principal Trumpet in California for eighteen seasons.  As well, he worked extensively with San Francisco Symphony including numerous national tours and recordings.  Also active as an educator, he taught 5th and 6th grade band part-time in Los Altos schools 1995-2004.  He maintains an active private teaching studio.
Rick Weingarten started in music by playing the drums.  For over 10 years, he toured the US playing with the Blue Nights Drum and Bugle Corps and in a variety of rock bands.  He then went back to college and studied vibraphone under Dr. Doug Walter.  Since earning his Bachelor of Music and Jazz Certification, Rick has played all over the world with some fantastic groups and musicians including Jim Cullum, Art Lande, Fred Moldenhauer, Pete Wernick, and his own group, the Good Vibes Quartet.
Bassoonist Kim Peoria

Bassoonist Kim Peoria

Bassoonist Kim Peoria
Violinist Ingrid Peoria
French Horn, Devon Park
Flute, Ismael Reyes
Cellist Marcello Sanchez