Mr. Forlenza-Bailey is honored and excited for the upcoming school year at Pine Grove and North Star Academy! His passion for music stemmed from the early age of six, learning piano, and his teaching career started at age thirteen, teaching private lessons. Whether it's been in schools giving masterclasses, clinics, or workshops to band and orchestra students, or just teaching students privately in a music studio, Mr. Bailey offers a gratifying experience learning music. Although new to CHEIM, he's been teaching at programs and studios across the country for fourteen years.
Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he taught and tutored low brass at the Shipley School, among many other music studios in the greater Philadelphia area. After six years of living, performing, and teaching in the area, he relocated to Denver. Upon graduation recently with his Master's Degree in Music Performance, Mr. Bailey is continuing to expand his studio, teaching responsibilities and performance repertoire in the Front Range of Colorado.
Ms. Camp is a Denver native who began her passion for music in the 4th grade. It was the guidance and enthusiasm of her first teachers that makes her so devoted to her current work with elementary school children. Under the early tutelage of Mrs. Riccarda Mooney, a violinist with the Denver Symphony, Ms. Camp's gifts blossomed and led to selection to the Denver City and Colorado Sate Youth Orchestras. A highlight of her High School years was selection to join America's Youth in Concert, which played in major cities throughout Europe.
Ms. Camp continued her music career at Hope College, where she played in the Orchestra and Symphonette and studied under Mihai Craioveanu, who is internationally recognized with multiple performances at Carnegie Hall. Since graduating with a teaching degree, Ms. Camp has performed with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Brioso String Quartet. In addition, she has given private lessons to hundreds of students and adults on violin, viola, cello, and piano. Ms. Camp is also currently an active member of a local praise band.
Ms. Camp is excited to continue instilling a love for music with children in the Parker area through CHEIM.
Ms. Gilchrist is happy to join the Elementary Band and Orchestra Program after retiring as Band & Choir Director at Ranch View Middle School. Prior to teaching at RVMS, she spent the bulk of her career at Flood Middle School in Englewood, teaching band classes with Mr. Don Shupe. She also taught Choir, Theater, Guitar, and General Music. Ms. Gilchrist is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University, where she was a member of the Cowboy Marching Band, the OSU Concert Band, OSU Wind Ensemble, OSU Symphony, and the President's Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Gilchrist was nominated for Teacher of the Year while at Flood MS, and represented the faculty in Washington D.C. when they won the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. She was also the RVMS Apple Award nominee, and was selected for a National Endowment of the Humanities summer program with "Shakespeare at the Mount." Over her teaching career, Ms. Gilchrist has helped bring the SCFD Arts Alliance Grant to her middle school classes three times. While Band is definitely her passion, she is a strong advocate for what The Arts can do for students.
Mr. Pordesimo was born in Hastings, Nebraska, and began playing violin at the age of three through the Suzuki Method. Over the course of his 23 years of playing and 4 years of teaching, Mr. Pordesimo has studied with various teachers including Celina Boldrey, Kathy Hart, and Robin Walden. He has played professionally with orchestras such as the Danville Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Symphony Orchestra, and the Denver Pops Orchestra. Throughout high school, Mr Pordesimo taught at the summer music program for children in Quincy, Illinois. During his time teaching there, he led sectionals to students as well as played in the student orchestra. Mr Pordesimo was also an All-State Musician for both Mississippi and Illinois all throughout high school. He studied violin performance at Eastern Illinois University. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel and was forced to take a hiatus from music. After a couple years of physical therapy, he is now again performing. Mr. Pordesimo maintains a studio within the Denver area and is the orchestra director for Saddle Ranch Elementary, Coyote Creek Elementary, and North Star Academy.