Dan 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.
Heidi 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.
Kate 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.
Tyler 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!