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
Woody 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.
Leigh Townsend: Music Library Supervisor
Leigh Townsend has worked in the Music Library since 2003. She has served on the Penrose Staff Development and Advisory Council since 2004 and was a Volunteer Coordinator for the 2012 Presidential Debate, held at DU. She performs regularly with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, playing contrabassoon, as well as writing their concert program notes. She was a performer as well as elected board member of the Colorado Wind Ensemble for 10 seasons. She has a B.M. in Bassoon Performance from St. Olaf College, a M.M. in Bassoon Performance from Wichita State University and an M.A. in World History and Culture from University College here at DU. Currently, Leigh is working on getting into nursing school.
andrea copland: MUSIC LIBRARY assistant
Andrea 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.
NATHAN CORNELIUS: MUSIC LIBRARY ASSISTANT
Nathan Cornelius has worked in libraries for six years while also pursuing a multifaceted career in music performance, composition, and teaching. An award-winning solo and chamber guitarist, he also maintains a private guitar studio in the Denver area. As a composer, Cornelius searches for the hidden beauty in sounds both familiar and unfamiliar, and his compositions have been premiered by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Playground Ensemble, and Modern Hue. He is the co-founder of Nebula Ensemble, a group dedicated to creating and performing new chamber music throughout Colorado. He blogs about new music and his compositional philosophy at deformingprisms.wordpress.com. Cornelius is also a graduate teaching assistant at the Lamont School of Music, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in composition and guitar performance. When not absorbed in his musical ventures, he enjoys exploring the landscapes of the Rockies through nature photography and mountain climbing, as well as creating award-winning ceramics which he displays at etsy.com/shop/sfzceramics.