Performing Arts Department

Michele Messenger, Theatre

Dan Jeppson – Choir, Piano, AP Music

Heidi Lopez – Choir, Guitar, and Piano

Kate Margrave and Tyler Vandermeer – Band, Music Tech, Music Comp, World Drumming

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Performing Arts

Performing Arts at Pine Creek

Students interested in the performing arts will find robust and exciting arts programs that have built reputations of excellence throughout the state and local community.



The Pine Creek theater program was named Best High School Theater Program by The Colorado Springs Gazette in 2010, and our Production of Xanadu was chosen to perform at the International Thespian Festival in 2015. Our productions of Grease (2012), Anatomy of Gray (2007), and The Odd Couple (2009) earned superior ratings when adjudicated by the Colorado State Thespians. Learn more on the Pine Creek Theatre website!


Students at Pine Creek have an opportunity to participate in our award-winning choir program. Pine Creek offers some of the best choirs in Colorado Springs!  Our choir program consistently scores Superiors at CHSAA Festivals and are continually invited to perform at a variety of local events, including a 15-year tradition of singing at the Annual Black Forest Community Tree Lighting. Pine Creek Choirs also performed for the Colorado Music Educator's Association in 2017, 2004, 2003, and 2002. Read more on the Pine Creek Choir Website.

2018-2019 Accolades

  • For the 21st year our Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Festival Singers all scored Superiors (I’s) at CHSAA Festival (4/4) 

  • On May 12th the Pine Creek Women’s Ensemble participated in “X-VOX Generations Joined in Song,” a festival in which local high schools, colleges and adult choirs perform a major choral work together. Students were a part of a 250 voice choir that performed Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor along with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs much to the enjoyment of both participants and audience members.


Instrumental Music

More than 160 students participate in instrumental music at Pine Creek! Our instrumental music programs regularly participate in district and state competitions.  The marching band has been a semifinalist band for the past two years, making it to the state festival for nine years in a row. The jazz ensemble, jazz combo, and orchestra have travelled to Grand Junction to participate in the Colorado West Music Festival, earning Excellent and Superior ratings. Pine Creek Symphonic Band was selected to perform at the National Concert Band Festival in March, 2016.  As only the 6th band in Colorado to have ever been accepted to perform, the Symphonic Band was proud to represent our school at this prestigious event.

2018-2019 Accolades

  • Concert Band received a Superior rating at the CHSAA Concert Band Festival (4/18)

  • Symphonic Band earned a perfect rating - Superior with Distinction- at the State Concert Band Festival at CSU in Fort Collins (4/16)

  • Jazz 1 received a Superior rating and Jazz 2 received an Excellent rating at the Pikes Peak Jazz Festival (4/12) 

  • Winter Percussion won the bronze medal at the 2019 RMPA State Championships (4/6)

  • The String Orchestra earned straight 1s (superiors) at the CHSAA Orchestra Festival (4/4)

  • The Concert Band received the highest rating in history, an Excellent rating, and the Symphonic Band continued their streak with straight 1s at the CBA Regional Concert Band Festival (3/8).

  • For the first time in Pine Creek's history, Jazz 1 Ensamble earned straight 1's (a Superior rating) - the top score they could receive -- at the UNC Jazz Festival(4/26)!

Music Ensembles:

Pine Creek HS offers 13 music ensembles:

  • Concert Band

  • Jazz Band

  • Marching Band

  • Symphonic Band

  • Orchestra

  • Concert Choir

  • Women's Ensemble

  • Chamber Singers

  • Festival Singers

  • Acappella Choices: Fusion, Nuance, Mosiac, and Dynamix

Music Courses:

  • AP Music Theory

  • Beginning Music Theory

  • Beginning Guitar

  • Contemporary Music Composition

  • Intermediate Guitar

  • Advanced Guitar

  • Class Piano

  • Music Technology

  • World Drumming, and Contemporary Music Composition

 Theatre Courses and Clubs:

  • Theatre 1 (History of Theatre and Introduction to Acting) - semester

  • Technical Theatre 1- semester (Survey course covering many aspects of technical theatre)

  • International Thespian Society (Club)

  • Thespian Club

There are many performance opportunities for everyone, both individually and collectively.  We encourage you to get involved in our program to have the best high school experience possible!

 Meet the Performing Arts Department

University of Phoenix logoDan Jeppson has a Master of Arts in Education, Bachelors of Music Education in Vocal, Piano, and General Music, and a graduate certificate in Educational Technology. Mr. Jeppson has taught at Pine Creek High School since the school first opened in 1998 with the mission to educate student musicians to read and perform music at an advanced level while developing their lifelong passion for music. At Pine Creek he conducts the Festival Singers, Chamber Singers, Fusion, Mosaic, and Nuance, in addition to teaching Student Council, Class Piano, and AP Music Theory.  Under his direction his choirs have always scored Superior at CHSAA Music Festivals. In 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2017 his choirs have been selected as featured performers for the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference. Every year Pine Creek has many students accepted into Colorado All-State Choir; some of the highest numbers in Colorado. He has been a choir director on the Colorado Ambassadors of Music European Tour performing in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Venice, and Germany in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. He is a respected guest conductor, clinician, and music adjudicator throughout the state of Colorado and has served on the board of directors for Colorado Music Educators Association, Colorado Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and Colorado High School Activities Association Music Council.


University of Phoenix.jpgHeidi Lopez earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix, and Bachelor of Music Education - Vocal, Piano, and General Music - from the University of Northern Colorado. Mrs. Lopez has taught all levels of music from elementary to high school and has been a choir director at Pine Creek High School since 2005. Her mission is to educate student musicians to read and perform music at an advanced level while developing their lifelong passion for music. At Pine Creek she conducts the Concert Choir, Women's Ensemble, contemporary a cappella group Dynamix, in addition to teaching Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, Advanced Guitar, and Class Piano. Under her direction Pine Creek's choirs have always scored Superior at CHSAA Large Group Festivals. Every year Pine Creek has many students accepted into Colorado All-State Choir; some of the highest numbers in Colorado. Mrs. Lopez has served on committees for Colorado Music Educators Association and Colorado Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

American Band College.pngKate Flynn Margrave is in her 11th year of teaching at Pine Creek High School and 15th year of her teaching career. Kate received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and her Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College in Ashland, OR.

Her passion is for conducting and literature, presenting a clinic on the subject at the Colorado Music Educators Association State Conference, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association State Conference, the California All-State Music Education Conference and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Kate’s enthusiasm and love for teaching music shines in her students, who work to achieve excellence through their musicality and passion. In March of 2016, the Pine Creek Symphonic Band had the honor of performing at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN. She was a 2018 Semifinalist for the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award and was a recipient of the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.

Originally from Massachusetts, Kate moved to Colorado to enjoy the outdoors and the mountains. She married the love of her life, Brian, also a music director, and they have two beagles, Rosie and Cooper. They just welcomed their beautiful daughter to the world, Eva May Margrave. Kate is an active member of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity, the American School Band Directors Association, Women Band Directors International, the Colorado Bandmasters Association and the Colorado Music Educators Association.

Kate is currently the conductor of the Amadeus String Orchestra, from whose website this entire bio was unabashedly borrowed.

Michele Messenger graduated from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in 1984 with a BA in Drama/Speech Communications and a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Arts Management. She has spent the vast majority of her life performing on stage, working front of house, or in the business of performance arts. This year she will be teaching Theatre Arts and Tech Theatre as well as directing productions. She is also an overall performing arts enthusiast and supporter. She has been a district 20 parent for 14 years and is excited to share her experience and knowledge with students at Pine Creek High School.


UNC_JPEG.jpgTyler Vandermeer earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2017. Mr. Vandermeer is in his second year of teaching as the Assistant Director of Bands at Pine Creek High School. He currently teaches Music Technology and Composition, World Drumming, Marching Band as a co-director, and is the Conductor of the Concert Band. His mission is to elevate young musicians' skills and abilities through the use of challenging repertoire and modern teaching styles, while inspiring life-long lovers of the performing arts.  Outside of his career at Pine Creek, Mr. Vandermeer is an active percussionist and enjoys performance opportunities of any kind. He also enjoys teaching privately and is always open to take on percussion students of any level. Mr. Vandermeer is eager to be a part of the Pine Creek team and plans to continue the success of the program!

JeppsonDaniel(719) 234-8509Daniel.Jeppson@asd20.orgWebsiteTeacher & Department Chair
LopezHeidi(719) 234-7168Heidi.Lopez@asd20.orgWebsiteTeacher
MargraveKate(719) 234-6479Kate.Margrave@asd20.orgWebsiteTeacher
MessengerMichele (719) 234-7177Michele.Messenger@asd20.orgWebsiteTeacher