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Music Library Staff and Faculty

The staff and faculty of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Music Library bring a variety of professional and life experiences to the task of providing the highest level of service to the Lamont and University of Denver communities.

Ellwood colahan: Music and Performing Arts librarian

Ellwood ColahanWoody Colahan was born in New York City but has called Colorado home since 1978. He holds a bachelor of music in classical guitar performance and a master of arts in music theory, both from Lamont, as well as a master of library and information science from DU’s Morgridge School of Education. After completing his undergraduate degree, Woody served in the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa as a public health volunteer and then taught classical guitar for six years at Adams State College, University of Southern Colorado, Pikes Peak Community College and Pueblo Community College before joining the staff of the Bonfils-Stanton Music Library at Lamont. He is also a former member of Denver’s Balinese music ensemble, Gamelan Tunas Mekar. 

Andrea Copland: Music Library Supervisor

Andrea CoplandAndrea Copland currently performs as principal oboe with the Arapahoe Philharmonic and teaches privately in the South Metro area. She has been freelancing in Denver since 2009 and received a bachelor's degree in oboe performance from the Lamont School of Music in 2013. Copland performs regularly with Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra and Metro State University and has also performed with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Young Sinfonia, Colorado Wind Ensemble, and the Denver Young Artist's Orchestra. Passionate about arts advocacy and symphonic programming, Andrea serves as a board member of the Colorado Symphony's young professionals program, REMIX. When not making reeds, she can usually be found in the mountains or competing with her horse, Scarlett.



Sarah PerskeSarah Perske has worked at the Bonfils-Stanton Music Library since 2015, and holds degrees in guitar performance (BM 2012) and composition (MM 2016) from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. A prolific and versatile composer, Sarah is frequently sought out by performers who share her interests in expanding the boundaries of traditional music-making through the integration of performance art and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Sarah is the recipient of several awards and recognitions for her work as a composer, and her music has been premiered by the Playground Ensemble, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Keith/Larson Duo, and classical guitarist Laura Husbands, among many others. When not composing or assisting library patrons, Sarah enjoys reading classic literature, blogging at, promoting new music in the Denver area as a member of Nebula Ensemble (, and spending time with other people's cats. More information about Sarah's music can be found at