Our Staff

Here at Piano Pathways we work as a team, and really enjoy working together to bring the enjoyment of making beautiful music to our community.   This page is to introduce you to our team so that you not only know those of us who meet directly with you, our customers, but also those of us who work behind the scenes to make every aspect of your business with us hassle-free and satisfying.

If you have read the About Us page you already know about our fearless leader, Ken Trujillo.  But here is the rest of our team.

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Our Office Staff

Angie Olsen – Executive Director & Piano Instruction, individualSONY DSC

Angie has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in Non-Profit Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. Angie also teaches kids and adults here at Piano Pathways.  Angie enjoys sharing music and seeing the joy produced when her students learn to play and enjoy playing the music they want to play.  Angie also promotes playing for its therapeutic and stress-reducing benefits.  Angie teaches genres from classical to pop.  She likes to add theory and ear training to traditional instruction, giving her students additional helpful tools that lead to well-rounded learning.

Angie is also available to provide in-home lessons.

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Michelle Lea – Executive Administrator

Michelle’s is the voice you are most likely to hear when you call Piano Pathways. She is actually as effervescent in real life as she sounds on the phone, and keeps the rest of us here entertained!

Michelle LeaBorn in Champagne Il, she has lived in Colorado since age 10, and graduated from Arapahoe High. She promotes health and wellness alternative medicine and therapies, and practices and instructs yoga. Michelle likes the outdoors and likes to hike in the foothills west of Denver.   Her favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L-Engle, and her favorite musical instrument is the piano (how appropriate!).

Michelle has three children: and 12-year-old girl and twin 10-year-old boys who she says are “her world”.

We appreciate Michelle’s great attitude and her commitment to providing great customer service. When you visit our store be sure to meet and say hello to Michelle. You will be glad you did.

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Damon Ostrander – Product Specialist

Damon does piano sales and helps with marketing, computer and website stuff, and photography.  Damon is a retired aerospace engineer, but has also played piano since the age of four.  Damon often jokes that when he was a child he told his Mother that he wanted to be a musician when he grew up, and his Mother responded “you can’t have it both ways.” 

Damon is interested in the technical aspects of pianos–what makes certain pianos better than others, their tuning and operation, and the high-tech components such as player systems, digital recording systems, and digital ensemble systems.  But Damon also loves music and pianos and really enjoys working at Piano Pathways because he says being surrounded by so many fine instruments is like working in a candy store.

Damon also plays for parties,  piano bar, and special occasions.  Damon enjoys stumping his co-workers with “name that tune”, except that sometime even Damon doesn’t know the name of the tune.  Visit Damon’s website to find out more about his playing or his piano and music jokes page for a good laugh, even including some of Damon’s own.

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Our Teaching Staff

Penny Moeller – Piano Instruction, individual

Penny gives private instruction to children, teens and adults, and specializes in teaching young children, starting as young as 4 years.

Penny teaches using a variety of methods, matching the method to the child’s interests, tastes, pace and temperament.  She also uses a variety of props to help each child learn the keyboard, fingering, and sight reading quickly.  She has a “grandmotherly” demeanor which makes children feel very comfortable, but at the same time anxious to please her.

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Vern Baumer – Clarinet and Saxophone instruction

Vern started to play the horn when he was 10 years old in Canon City.  He took lessons and became very proficient.  During high school he became his class bandleader and formed a small trio which performed at night clubs.

In 1960, after having married and having four children, he moved to Denver and re-started his music career.  After playing in some big bands and different groups he started his own band.  He has now played in almost every venue imaginable, including Central City and many jazz festivals around the country.  He has also taught band for Cherry Creek schools fore ten years.

Vern loves teaching and working with youth and students of all ages.  He also loves jazz (traditional a.k.a “classic”) and is proficient in almost all reed instruments.  He has a wonderful sense of humor and is fun to be around, and we are delighted to have him on staff.

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Peter Noble – Flute, Piano and Vocal Instruction

Peter studied piano and flute from age 7 and in school participated in band, choir, and orchestra. Advanced studies followed at the University of Northern Colorado and vocal training at the Academy of the Arts in Denver.

After 15 years of performing with the Heartbreak Radio band and leading the Ruthie Garrett Band in Denver, Peter moved to Nashville TN in 1994, working with artists such as Tanya Tucker, Shelley West, Marty Haggard, German country star Joe Hodgkins, MCA artist Jeff Moore, members of Hwy 101, and opening for such artists as Gary Morris, Suzy Boguss, Marshall Tucker Band, Chris LeDoux, Mel McDaniels and others. He has performed at weddings, corporate functions, songwriter showcases, fraternity parties, hotel lounges and nightclubs, recording sessions and video shoots. From 2004 to 2007 Peter performed two nights a week at the Music City Sheraton hotel with recording artist Angela Oliver.

In addition to making music, Peter has taught piano and voice at Wenzel’s Music, Evergreen Music  (both in Evergreen, CO), Shuff’s Music (in Franklin, TN) and currently here at Pianos ‘n Pianos.

Peter is currently employed with Noble Productions (event sound and light production) and teaches piano and voice privately. He is bandleader for The Rumour and performs with Duality and The Margarita Brothers.

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Ken Trujillo – Piano Instruction, group

Ken is the owner of Pianos n’ Pianos but is also the inventor and developer of the UniqueTechnique teaching system.  Ken often teaches the classes himself.  In fact, it is through the fact that he has taught the class personally so many time that the class has become so refined and effective.

Ken loves music and his love and appreciation for music creates an atmosphere in the store that encourages everyone that enters to seek and share it.  When Ken was young he developed a passion for the organ, and he still has a great love for the instrument.  Ken is also constantly active in composing new music, and performs original compositions regularly at his church.

Ken is very creative, both musically and as a businessman.  Often it takes a lot of creativity and effort to satisfy the varied needs of customers, and Ken succeeds where many others fail.  Ken is also very appreciated by his staff and customers alike because of his fair treatment and respect for others.

Ken’s knowledge of pianos and the piano business is almost legendary due to his 30+ years of experience.

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Ken passed away in December 2018.  The current employees of Pianos n’ Pianos loved Ken and are trying to honor his vision of providing musical opportunities for under-privileged youth by making his vision a reality and serving our community with integrity and a high standard of service.  To learn more about Ken’s vision go to the Piano Pathways website.

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