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Meet Our Team

Alicia Roberts

Manager & Vocal Instructor

Alicia Danielle Roberts, a Casper native, holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s of Music from DU’s Lamont School of Music, both in Vocal Performance. Alicia is thrilled to be combining her various employment experiences under one employer at VIBES Fine & Performing Arts as the Manager and as Vocal Instructor! Alicia has been teaching privately for the past 10 years. She loves to always be a student learning and growing, and she learns the most from her students and from colleagues. Prior to VIBES, Alicia was employed at the Child Development Center, as the Director of Personnel and at Casper College as an Adjunct Vocal Professor. Her background as a Human Resources administrator and as an adjunct professor, private teacher, and musician have given her a unique set of office, HR, and musical skills. Teaching young musicians is her life’s passion.

While she has been busy working and teaching, Alicia has also kept busy performing! Previous performances include: Guest Artist for the Casper Municipal Band, Various Artcore Recitals, Casper Chamber Music Society Soloist, Telly in Godspell, Soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Mass in CM at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver, Alto soloist for Haydn’s Harmonie Mass with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and several performances as a soloist with the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. Alicia has participated in summer programs throughout Europe and Italy including Oberlin in Italy’s Summer Program. She was the recipient of UW’s Arts & Sciences Summer Research Grant which funded her trip to Italy in 2005. Alicia has also had the unique opportunity to participate in Master Classes in Brasilia, Brazil. “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” ~Plato

Amy Munsell

Owner & Director

Mrs. Amy Munsell grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the seeds of her love of music were planted early in her youth. She took up the saxophone when she was ten years old and played throughout her public school years. In 2004 after leading the Cheyenne East High School Marching Band as drum major, she left for the University of Wyoming where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. During her collegiate career she played her saxophone with many artists and travelled to play in regional quartet and national solo competitions. The highlight of Amy’s performances at UW was a victory in the Dorothy Jacoby Concerto Competition as the first saxophonist and the first Music Education major to win.

While teaching in Natrona County School District #1, Amy taught K-6 general music and beginning band at 21 different schools and assisted the high school marching bands. Mrs. Munsell resigned in 2013 to open VIBES Fine & Performing Arts, LLC.

VIBES Fine & Performing Arts has grown to hundreds of students in various lessons and classes since opening. VIBES has served thousands of preschoolers through outreach programs to help serve the community and support children’s brain development through music. Additionally, VIBES assists hundreds of children through general music and instrumental programs in Converse County School District #2 and Natrona County School District #1.

Amy leads an Award Winning Maestro Top Program (Top 5% Best Kindermusik Programs Worldwide) and assists in directing over twenty instructors ranging in diverse styles of music.

Through VIBES, Amy is involved in many charitable events and activities that contributes to the community each year. Including working with children of varying disabilities, providing lectures for parenting, preschool, and pediatric centers, volunteering in various educational community events, and advocating for music education. Amy also partners with local nonprofits in support of their programs; supports local benefits with student and instructor performances, and brings in several professional guest performances free of charge to the VIBES members and the public.

Amy is adamant about giving her students many opportunities to perform in the public including recitals, master classes, competing in various competitions at the state and national level, and community performances. Amy has planned large-scale events and collaborations with world class professional musicians to motivate and inspire all in the community. Guest artists have included: The Blue Man Group, Denver Broncos Stampede Drumline, Denver Nuggets Skyline Drumline, University of Wyoming Music Faculty, Geoffrey Castle, Brent Daniels, and more!

In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, snow skiing, and spending time outdoors.

 

Anna Fasken

Strings & Kindermusik Instructor

Music and teaching have always been an important part of Anna’s life. Her interest in teaching developed while she was an active 4-H member growing up in Palisade, Colorado. Through her years participating in school orchestra, she realized she wanted to become a music teacher. While at the University of Wyoming she was fortunate enough to begin teaching with the UW String Project. Through her time at UW she also actively performed with the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Music Education and studying abroad in Cork, Ireland, Anna relocated to Casper. Soon after, she began teaching at Vibes. Her experience here has taught her the joys of teaching all ages. She finds it to be a wonderful challenge to adjust to every student’s needs. Anna is pleased to also be a Kindermusik instructor. When not teaching, you can find Anna hanging out with her new pup, Keeva. She also an outdoor lover, knitter, and a great cook!

Dylan Ashburn

Administrative Assistant

Jayne Jacobs

Piano Instructor

Jayne discovered her love for music when she began piano lessons at age eight. Inspired by her grandmother, mother, and sister, who are also accomplished musicians, she eventually became proficient on seven instruments including piano, organ, bagpipes, bass, cello, viola, and guitar. Jayne participated in All State orchestra four consecutive years during high school and also All Northwest her senior year. She obtained her associate’s degree in piano performance from Casper College, and played bass with the Wyoming Symphony from 2011-2013. In 2016, she obtained a second associate’s degree in psychology with the intent to explore a career in clinical music therapy, specializing in developmental disabilities.

Before her employment at VIBES, Jayne didn’t consider the connections between teaching and her career goals. Since starting at VIBES, she has discovered a passion for teaching. The philosophy, “expression; not perfection,” is at the core of both teaching and performing music. Currently, Jayne is working on a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming Outreach School. Upon completion of that and a master’s, Jayne’s goal is to continue teaching music and include lessons as part of her practice as a music therapist.

Outside of music Jayne enjoys backpacking, creative writing, and recently discovered a love for distance running. She has completed several half marathons and has a goal to run a full marathon in the next year.

 

Gabe Dunbar

Guitar Instructor

Gabe was introduced to classical guitar with the NCHS Guitar Ensemble, and then received scholarships to Casper College for guitar performance. He then graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2009 with a Bachelors in Music. Soon after graduation he became a founding member with John Kirlin and the High Plains Drifters in Casper, Wyoming. Gabe is excited to work with students at VIBES Fine & Performing Arts!

Jim Mothersbaugh

Chamber Orchestra

Jim Mothersbaugh holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Miami University and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from The University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. His primary teachers included Adon Foster, Ronald Konieczka, and Raphael Bronstein. In addition, he studied orchestral conducting with William Larue Jones at the University of Iowa. His chamber music coaches included Rafael Druian, The Emerson String Quartet, and Oscar Ghiglia. Early on, Mothersbaugh earned his way in life as a violinist, performing in opera, ballet, and symphony orchestras with such diverse soloists as Doc Severinson, Lionel Hampton, Garrick Ohlson and Beverly Sills. Beginning in the Natrona County School District in 1990, Mothersbaugh taught string students at eighteen elementary and eight secondary schools before retiring in June of 2018. He counts among his former students five string teachers in Casper alone, a violin maker in Arizona, and a couple of fiddle players in nationally-known bands.

Mothersbaugh began teaching at VIBES in June of 2018 because he and several of his students agreed that, despite his retirement from the public schools, their work together was not done.

Dr. Joshua Mietz

Clarinet & Saxophone Instructor

Dr. Joshua R. Mietz is an Instructor at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. He teaches Applied Clarinet and Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Improvisation, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Quartet, and the History of Blues, Jazz, and Rock. He also serves as the Executive Director of Casper College’s Annual Kinser Jazz Festival. An avid arranger of music, his works vary from rock/pop covers, church hymns for weekly worship, re-orchestrations of large-scale works, and art song reimagined for performance by friends and colleagues. His fascination with arrangement comes from hearing old music through new voices; presenting to students works they may not otherwise study, and treating audiences to something simultaneously both new and familiar.

Prior to arriving at Casper College, Mietz served as an Adjunct Instructor at both Fort Lewis and San Juan Colleges, as well as the Director of Choirs at the First United Methodist Church in Durango, Colorado. He also directed a clarinet choir comprised of musicians from the Four Corners Region of the American Southwest.

While earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mietz studied clarinet with Diane Barger and conducting with Carolyn Barber. His doctoral document examined David Maslanka’s Desert Roads from the perspective of a clarinetist and a conductor. It contains the transcription of an interview detailing Maslanka’s fascinating compositional technique.

While at the University of Montana-Missoula, Mietz served as the E-flat/bass clarinetist with the Missoula Symphony and studied Applied Clarinet with Maxine Ramey and conducting with Stephen Bolstad, Kevin Griggs, and Luis Milan.

Prior to his study at the University of Montana, Mietz taught junior high and high school band/orchestra in the public schools of Colorado as well as performed with the Denver Pops Orchestra. Mietz received a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder and studied clarinet with Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Phillip Aaholm. He also studied conducting with Allan McMurray. Additionally, Mietz completed the requirements as a Certified Massage Therapist at the Denver School of Massage Therapy where he acquired positions both at local clinics and teaching cadaver-based Human Anatomy at the Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment.

 

Juliane Dyer

Piano, Ukulele, & Vocal Instructor

Juliane Dyer is a Casper native. She graduated with her Associates in Vocal Performance from Casper College, spent a year pursuing music at the University of Wyoming, and is thrilled to be back in Casper teaching at VIBES again. She sings, and plays a variety of instruments including piano, violin, baroque recorder, guitar, and ukulele. She has enjoyed performing in a variety of ensembles including the UW Symphony Orchestra, UW Chamber Orchestra, UW Bel Canto Women’s Choir, UW Collegiate Chorale, Casper College Chamber Orchestra, CC Women’s Choir, and CC Collegiate Chorale. Juliane also has a passion for composition. At the age of 11, she won the state level of the MTNA’s composition competition with her own musical suite A Meadowlark’s Journey, and received high praise from the judges at the national level. In the spring semester of 2016, she was honored to premier her composition Genesis alongside Casper College’s theory professor Nathan Baker at his Artcore recital. In the spring semester of 2018, Juliane premiered her pierrot ensemble quartet piece Quietude at the University of Wyoming under the direction of Dr. Anne Guzzo.

As she says, “I feel that music is a gift that has been given to me. I want to perform it so others can listen and find enjoyment, to write it out so they can perform it themselves, to pour my hard work into it so that others will discover something positive, and to teach it so that others will find their own love and passion for music –their own musical voice.”

Lauren Podjun

Ukulele Instructor

Lauren Podjun is pursuing music as a Vocal Performance major at Casper College. She enjoys writing her own music and performing at local venues around Casper. Lauren started piano lessons when she was nine years old and has been glued to music ever since. The piano was the first instrument that Lauren used to write her own music. She then went on to play piano in the Kelly Walsh High School Jazz Ensembles. Lauren had the opportunity to start playing the viola in fifth grade. She continued to play the viola and had the honor of being selected to perform in the 2015 Wyoming All-State Orchestra. She also played in both the Kelly Walsh High School Chamber and Gold Orchestras. In sixth grade Lauren began participating in the Kelly Walsh High School Musicals and continued until she graduated high school. The musical theatre program was her gate way into the Kelly Walsh High School Choir program. She sang in both the auditioned choirs, A Cappella and Encore. She also had the pleasure of being accepted into the 2016 Wyoming All- State Choir. The newest addition to Lauren’s instrument family in the ukulele. Now Lauren uses the ukulele as her main song writing instrument. Lauren says, “The fun, up-beat sound and portability makes the ukulele a great outlet for creativity.” Lauren has a strong bond with music and feels that the teaching of music to children is a fundamental tool for their development.

Lorrie Morgan

Piano Instructor

Lorrie Morgan graduated from Bethel University with a B.A. in Music, piano emphasis. She is an active collaborative pianist for voice and instrumental students at Casper College and middle and high school choirs in Southeast Wyoming. She has been a piano teacher since her college days and enjoys working with students of all ages. Lorrie is inspired by witnessing the successes of young musicians and encouraging them further in their musical studies.

Lorrie began her accompanying journey and also competing on piano while in high school. She has been in choirs since junior high and played the clarinet and later bass clarinet in college. Her highlights in secondary school include attending band, choir and piano camps each summer. Lorrie takes her musical inspiration from her grandpa, with whom she spent many hours at the piano bench during her growing up years. These mark some of her fondest memories, and she can’t imagine a life without music!

In college, Lorrie thoroughly enjoyed her employment as accompanist for two church children’s choirs as well as rehearsal accompanist for the Metropolitan Boys Choir. She went on to be employed as a children’s worship leader for a large Minneapolis church, along with spending 7 years as a Kindermusik educator. Lorrie values the importance of early music education for brain development, body awareness, creative expression and the sheer joy of it!

Today, Lorrie accompanies honor choirs and musicals, works in theatre and teaches piano classes at MAT Camp in Evanston each summer. She is thrilled to be a member of The VIBES teaching staff! In her spare time, Lorrie delights in making music with her three children along with boating and enjoying her family’s acreage near Guernsey. She also loves trips to Denver with her husband for some culture and tasty ethnic cuisine!

 

Melody Moore

Piano Instructor

Music has always been a huge part of Melody Moore’s life. She began piano study at the age of four, trumpet at age ten, and bass guitar when she was sixteen. She sang in the Children’s Chorale starting at age ten and played with the Trooper’s Cadet Corp at twelve. She has performed several times in the Kinzer Jazz Festival playing jazz piano, trumpet, and voice. She was chosen to participate in the Wyoming All State Bands and All State Choirs every year of high school and received the Most Valuable Musician Award at Kelly Walsh High School at the end of her senior year. She received an Associate of Arts in Music Education from Casper College where she studied voice and trumpet. She continued her studies in both voice and piano at Northwest Nazarene University. While there, she toured Europe singing with the Northwest Nazarene University Choir.

Melody has been a music leader in various churches and conferences since 1995. She currently sings in Alla Breve and plays bass in the HOPE Church worship band. She has also taught private piano lessons in Casper for over 13 years teaching all ages. Melody is very excited to join the VIBES team! She especially loves to impart her passion and understanding of music theory to help students connect with music. The greatest gift she can give to her students is giving them the tools to create their own music and play their music with a deeper understanding!

Mike Facey

Bass, Guitar, Piano, & Ukulele Instructor

Mike Facey has been teaching guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele for over a decade, both privately and in class settings. Mike’s passion for music was sparked during childhood, when he started playing the guitar. At first falling in love with rock and roll, he decided a music degree would help him broaden his horizons. Relocating from Vermont to Colorado, Mike earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Colorado studying guitar, electric, and upright bass while also picking up both piano and drums.

After maintaining a busy gigging and teaching schedule on Colorado’s front range, Mike relocated to the mountains, where he honed his teaching skills by leading the guitar program at Basalt High School, teaching classical guitar for the Aspen Music Festival, directing local middle school and high school big bands through Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and maintaining a private studio of guitar, bass, drum, and piano students. As a performer, Mike has appeared on Nashville’s nationally televised ‘Music City Roots’ program, shared the stage with jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera, country legend John Mceuen, as well as popular bands Twiddle and Greensky Bluegrass, to name a few. Mike has played with most top call Colorado musicians in the jazz, rock, and bluegrass idioms, and appears on hundreds of recordings as a session musician. In 2016, Mike was named one of KUVO’s “30 Under 30” jazz musicians to watch for.

Rather than use a one-size-fits-all teaching method, Mike tailors lessons to each student’s individual goals and needs. This versatility makes him an excellent match for students of all ages, ability levels, and interests. He is very excited for the opportunity to work with students at VIBES! In addition to his current teaching and performing, Mike is a Masters of Music candidate in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at CU Boulder, where he previously held a teaching assistantship.

Robert Brackel

Guitar, Electric Bass, Banjo, & Ukulele Instructor

From beginner guitar students to advanced musicians Mr. Robert has over 10 years experience in teaching and received his Bachelors in Guitar Performance Degree. Mr. Robert teaches all styles and genres of music while helping students to grow their aural and reading skills. Mr. Robert has many years experience in performing with bands all across Wyoming and specializes in directing student and adult jam sessions. Mr. Robert also specializes in ukulele, bass guitar, and banjo.

 

Ryan Bell

Percussion Instructor

Drummer and percussionist Ryan Bell has been an active musician for over 10 years in the Rocky Mountain region. Having both parents as music educators and musicians, Ryan has always gravitated toward a career in music. In addition to teaching at Vibes and NCSD, he has played in a multitude of musical groups and genres, ranging through orchestras, hip hop, EDM, jazz, pop, rock, and country. During his time at the University of Wyoming, he performed in the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, UW Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the premier jazz combo. Ryan has also performed and taught in Europe, and was part of the American Jazz Collective, a group that was assembled to play and teach a camp in Guatemala through the IGA (Guatemala American Institute) academy. Ryan has had the pleasure of sharing the stage, performing, and studying with a variety of artists including, The Yellowjackets, Bob Reynolds, Gerry Schwartz, Ben Markley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Will Kennedy, Tris Munsick, Tom Amend, Jay Shogren, Cody Johnson, and the Eli Young Band. Currently, Ryan is heading his own musical project and focusing more on writing and arranging.

Wendi Power

Flute & Kindermusik Instructor

Wendi Power has been playing music for 20 years and found her passion for teaching when she worked for her family’s preschool in Cheyenne, WY. She pursued her love of music through teaching at Laramie County Community College, where she traveled to Indianapolis for the Bands of America Marching Championship and New Orleans to participate in a jazz festival. After completing her Associates of Arts in Music, she transferred to the University of Wyoming where she received her bachelors in music education. She moved to Casper and has been teaching elementary music in Natrona County School District for 3 years. She loves sharing her excitement, enthusiasm, and enjoyment for music and helping students find their own joy through singing, playing, and dancing. She hopes to inspire students to be creative and have a lifelong involvement in music. Outside of music and teaching, she also enjoys running, traveling, and hiking. She also is a part of the Windy City Striders and ran the Casper Half Marathon!

Zane Romanek

Saxophone Instructor

Zane Romanek has always held some sort of musical element in his life. During his early years of musical exploration, he was fascinated with instruments of all types, but eventually found his “home” on the saxophone at the age of 12. He went on to pursue advanced studies with Dr. Scott Turpen and Dr. Jennifer Turpen at the University of Wyoming (UW). In the classical setting, Zane has performed with the UW Wind Symphony, UW Symphony Orchestra, and numerous saxophone quartets and chamber groups. As a soloist, he has performed with the Powder River Symphony Orchestra and the UW Symphony Orchestra. He has also given masterclass performances for Debra Richtmeyer, Clifford Leaman, Dan Goble, and the Oasis Quartet (comprised of James Bunte, Nathan Nabb, Jim Romain, and Dave Camwell). In addition, Zane has performed with the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and UW Jazz Combo I under the Direction of Dr. Ben Markley. As an arranger and composer, his works have been premiered by the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and has written and arranged pieces for high schools around the state of Wyoming. His compositional studies were under the guidance of Dr. Anne Guzzo. Zane holds a degree in Music Education from UW.