About the Instructors/Admin

Ms. Davidson-Stanfill
Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction.  She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction.  Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program in the Rock Canyon feeder area ten years ago, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas nine years ago, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded into the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista four years ago, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2016, and now extends to Orchestra in the Legend Feeder.  She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to work in the Legend feeder area this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.

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Ms. Petersen
Ms. Petersen is excited about being a part of the LEIM program.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's Degree in Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University.  She has taught private violin, viola and cello lessons for thirty years  Ms. Petersen recently retired from Northeast and Mountain View Elementary Schools after 23 years, having taught General Music, Orchestra and Choir.  Her passion is the viola and playing in the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

When not working with wonderful students, Ms. Petersen loves to spend time in the mountains and traveling with her husband, 25 year old daughter and 21-year old son.

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Mr. Pordesimo
Mr. Pordesimo was born in Hastings, Nebraska, and began playing violin at the age of three through the Suzuki Method.  Over the course of his 23 years of playing and 4 years of teaching, Mr. Pordesimo has studied with various teachers including Celina Boldrey, Kathy Hart, and Robin Walden.  He has played professionally with orchestras such as the Danville Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Symphony Orchestra, and the Denver Pops Orchestra.  Throughout high school, Mr Pordesemo taught at the summer music program for children in Quincy, Illinois.  During his time teaching there, he led sectionals to students as well as played in the student orchestra.   Mr Pordesimo was also an All-State Musician for both Mississippi and Illinois all throughout high school.  He studied violin performance at Eastern Illinois University.  Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel and was forced to take a hiatus from music.  After a couple years of physical therapy, he is now again performing.  Mr. Pordesimo maintains a studio within the Denver area and is the orchestra director for Pioneer Elementary, Gold Rush Elementary, and North Star Academy.