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Elizabeth Hicks-Kimmey - Flute and Piccolo

Liz earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She recently secured her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Metropolitan State University in Denver. Liz has taught flute and piccolo for the past 30+ years.

Liz describes her teaching style as “traditional” but makes it a lifelong passion to continue to learn new and exciting information about education by attending workshops and masterclasses as much as possible.

Besides learning to play the flute, Liz incorporates music theory into lessons helping students become well rounded musicians. Students have the opportunity to play in the Flute Ensemble Class and learn fun ensemble music!

Recitals and competitions are always available to her students. Liz also makes sure that her students are aware of any great concerts going on in the area.

She performs as principal flutist with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Springs Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Liz substitute teaches for school music classes in the Jefferson County area.

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Jule Hillmann - Flute

Jule Hillmann is a professional German flutist. She studied flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover. Already during her studies, she gained extensive experiences in orchestras and ensembles, among others in the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Hannover and the Asambura-Ensemble, where she was active until recently. She also has over 10 years of teaching experience with children as well as adult students. She is particularly committed to helping her students achieve their individual goals as well as have fun and develop passion for playing the flute and music in general.

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Fran Piazza - Flute

Fran received the Bachelor of Music degree from Boston Conservatory where she studied flute performance with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has been teaching in the Denver area since 1980 with numerous students accepted to allstate band, orchestra and area youth orchestras.

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Zach Robarge - Sax, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute

Zach Robarge recently moved to Denver from Massachusetts, where he worked professionally as a woodwind doubler and educator, specializing in saxophones, flute/piccolo, clarinets, and oboe. Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance and music education, a performance certificate in flute and oboe studies, and in the spring of 2022, Zach graduated with his masters in classical saxophone performance, all from The University of Massachusetts. Most recently, Zach
Robarge was the Artist in Residence at The University of Massachusetts where he taught as Professor of Saxophone, filling in for his teacher and mentor Jonathan Hulting-Cohen while they were on sabbatical.


In his ten years of private teaching at the Community Music School of Springfield, and in the Belchertown School District in Massachusetts, Zach worked with hundreds of different students ranging in ages from 2nd grade through adulthood on all saxophones, clarinets, flute and piccolo, oboe, bassoon, and piano. Zach’s students are regularly offered solo and leadership positions in their school bands, and accepted into Regional, District, and Honor Bands. He also taught several students who have been accepted into collegiate music programs such as the saxophone and clarinet studios at The University of Massachusetts, as well as the flute and saxophone studios at the Hart School of Music.


In addition to his teaching, Zach maintains a busy and varied performance schedule. He has performed extensively with theater companies such as Barrington Stage Co and the Berkshire Theatre Group, as well as The Valley Winds, an award-winning community wind band based out of the pioneer valley. He has also played in a wide array of jazz/popular music groups, and chamber groups including big bands, jazz combos, saxophone trios and quartets, reed quintets, and other mixed chamber ensembles.

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