John Masserini

Lorenzo Trujillo

Lorenzo A. Trujillo, Ed.D., J.D., is an adjunct professor in the Department of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is also the director and founder of the mariachi ensemble and the mariachi program called Los Correcaminos de MSU Denver.

Jose Quintana

Jose Quintana, M.A., is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches Introduction to Chicano Studies as well as Survey of Chicana/o Literature. Quintana’s areas of research encompass all things cultural based, especially folklore that has been deconstructed and reinterpreted. He believes in using cultural elements such as language, art, music and food to help students connect with the personal aspects of his classes.

Alex Komodore

Alex Komodore is a professor in the department of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

David Kish

David Kish, DMA, is a professor and director of bands in the Department of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include music education, teacher preparation in music and conducting. He teaches Introduction to Music, Basic Conducting, Symphonic Band and Teaching Secondary Music, among others.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Kish was the associate director of bands at the University of Georgia. He has been at MSU Denver for nearly 15 years. Kish currently serves as conductor and musical director for the Colorado Wind Ensemble.

He has published works about music education, conducting and musical practice, including “To Beat or Not to Beat … That is the Question …” and “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.” Kish has given over 15 presentations in high schools and at conferences around the country and has been invited to perform. He was presented with the Excellence in Teaching award from MSU Denver and the 2018 Best Book in Music Education from School Band & Orchestra Magazine, among others.

Kish received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Instrumental Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2003 and 2002, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Susquehanna University in 1998.

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