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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. 

Sarah Perske: Music Library Supervisor

Andrea CoplandSarah 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


Sarah PerskeKrista Beckman began working at the Bonfils-Stanton Music Library in 2017, and holds master's degrees in choral conducting and music theory from the Lamont School of Music. Krista is also the choir director at Highlands United Methodist Church and the assistant conductor of Voices West, a community choir based in southwest Denver. Krista, a mezzo-soprano, earned her undergraduate degree in vocal performance and sings in various Colorado groups, including Anima Chamber Ensemble and the Evans Choir. As a solo performer, Krista especially enjoys learning new, challenging music and collaborating with student composers. She also believes strongly that music theory has the potential to enrich and enliven every musician's performing and listening, and offers private instruction in theory and aural skills. In her free time, Krista likes to prepare plant-based meals and relax with her greatest loves: her composer husband and their two fluffy cats.