|Michael Lewis has been a resident of Routt County since 1976. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Lewis was employed by the South Routt School District and was the instrumental and vocal music director there for 23 years. For the last 13 years Mr. Lewis taught the beginning band program at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools. Mr. Lewis has been active as a judge for state solo and ensemble festivals, large group music festivals, guest conductor for District 8 Eighth Grade Honor Band, currently plays lead tenor sax in and manages the jazz ensemble "Steamboat Swings", and plays saxophone in a local jazz quartet whenever possible. Mr. Lewis is able to offer private instruction on a variety of instruments: saxophone, clarinet, piano, guitar, bass guitar and percussion. He can also teach beginning students on flute, trumpet, trombone & baritone.|
Neil is currently the on-staff guitarist for the Steamboat Christian Worship group. He also plays locally for Little Laura and the Nude Blues Band and the Brian Smith Project. He has four semesters under his belt as the jazz ensemble director at Colorado Mountain College and four years as the the music teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary School.
Neil began playing professionally in Colorado Springs in the early 1970's with various rhythm and blues groups, top-40 bands and rock ensembles. He studied music theory at Olive-Harvey City College in Chicago, where he toured with the the school's gospel choir as their guitarist. He eventually earned a bachelor of arts degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He moved to Steamboat Springs in 1996.
Neil has played in numerous bands, written and recorded several original songs in the past thirty-five years. He has taught guitar just as long. He currently teaches guitar, bass and keyboard at First String Music.
Paul Potyen has been in the music business longer than he is willing to admit.
Stephanie loves music and has been teaching voice and piano since 2006. She has studied music her whole life and continues her study regularly. She was a music major at the College of Eastern Utah and Weber State University. Her private teachers have included Jay Andrus (voice), Russell Wilson (voice - not the quarterback), Janice Siggard (piano), and Ken Plain (Voice). Stephanie has performance experience in many styles: Choral, Oratorio, Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Rock, Country, Blues and Sacred.
Stephanie tailors her lessons are for each individual student. She has a positive, upbeat, and honest teaching style.. She works with students of all ages and ability levels, both amateur and professional. Stephanie's students have gone on to college scholarships and perform professionally.
In addition to voice lessons and piano lessons, Stephanie offers voice coaching and vocal rehabilitation services.
Holly Fielding began study of the violin at age 3 and piano at age 5. She
received a bachelor and masters in music performance and also has qualified
as a certified Suzuki instructor and school music educator. She has
performed professionally with various symphonies, including the Utah
Symphony, Ballet West, LA East Recording Studios, Utah Opera, Emerald City
Opera and is currently playing with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra.
Holly has taught privately since the age of 14 and was the director of a string orchestra program for four years for the Wasatch School district. She currently runs a string orchestra program before and after school for beginning and intermediate musicians in the Steamboat Springs area.