Meet Our Instructors

Coleman Smith
Music Director

Violin, Mandolin, Guitar & Bass

Coleman started playing the violin at 3 years old. In his youth Coleman traveled across the country studying various styles of fiddle music and competing in some of the nation’s most prestigious fiddle contests. Coleman was awarded a Presidential scholarship to the music department at Marywood University where he studied music performance and minored in music pedagogy. Coleman has a unique style that fuses Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Celtic, Bluegrass and Texas Fiddle, all from a classical perspective. 

Buena Vista, Colorado Music Instructors

All of our instructors are experienced teachers and elite performers on their respected instruments.

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Bonnie Culpepper

Beginner Piano Instructor, Ukulele, Voice

Bonnie Lea Culpepper has a trained background in the classical styles of piano and voice. She also has a great love for the Ukulele, which she taught herself to play at the age of 7. In school, her passion was performing Operatic pieces in many different languages and time periods. Her love of music has led her to become a touring singer/songwriter in the styles of contemporary rock, folk, Americana, jam, bluegrass, jazz, and blues. As a passionate professional musician, Bonnie places utmost importance on creative musical freedom. She strives to bring the skills and knowledge to her students to provide a foundation for FUN with music.

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Leslie Jo Osborne

Beginner Violin Instructor

Leslie Jo began learning violin at the age of eight.  She studied the Suzuki method in her youth and participated in school orchestra programs in Michigan and Texas.  

She discovered fiddling in her adult years.  From jams, to camps & clinics, to fiddle contests, it’s a world in which she delights to play a part.  Leslie Jo studied under Keenan Fletcher, Gene Gimble, Randy Elmore, Megan Lynch Chowning, and many more.  She’s most passionate about Swing, Jazz, and Texas-Style fiddle, and she’s had many unique opportunities to learn from some of the best musicians in their respective fields. Leslie Jo also loves to sing.  She sang in choir and theater throughout her youth and she’s currently a member of the Collegiate Peaks Chorale here in Buena Vista.

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Kathryn Phillips

Beginner Guitar, Ukulele & Percussion Instructor

At the age of ten, Kathryn started learning guitar through a free class offered at her church. Finding that she loved to play guitar, she pursued lessons through high school and graduated college with a degree in both guitar performance & music recording and production. She then spent one year as a guitar instructor at Calvary University while pursuing a master’s. During college, she joined the University’s performing band as well as a punk rock band in Lawrence KS. Kathryn also picked up the ukulele and drums in high school and has enjoyed progressing her skills over the years. Blues, folk, punk, and rock are her favorite styles to play but she loves continuing to explore new genres.