STUDIO STAFF

NATALIE GALEY

Director - Centennial and Littleton

Natalie Galey is a vocalist, guitarist, pianist and educator based in Denver, Colorado. She has performed and collaborated with numerous top-name performers and ensembles, including New York Voices founding members Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader, and studied with jazz heavy-weights Theo Bleckmann, Dave Liebman, and Jim McNeely. She has performed in both the Chicago and New York jazz and pop scene, in venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field. She uses her background in jazz, blues, and rock to bring creativity and spontaneity into her classes and believes that music should be fun first and foremost. She carries her love of music into the classroom, and encourages play, growth, and creative exploration with every song, and strives to build community and friendships through song.

 

Natalie has an equal passion for educating and performing. She received her Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree in 2011 and her Master of Music Education at Columbia University in 2013. She has had the opportunity to study under Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Gretchen Parlato, Rodney Whitaker, and Sunny Wilkinson. Natalie was raised in a rich musical environment, playing guitar, piano, singing, and songwriting from an early age. Her compositions are an eclectic fusion of jazz, blues, rock, and soul. She relocated to the Denver area and joined the Forté Academy of Music Family in July 2019.

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GINA FIGLIUOLO

Studio Manager - Denver/Stapleton

Gina has had music in her blood from day one. Growing up, she was always singing, and became involved in musical theater as she got older. She attended Ohio University, majoring in Theater, but the call of Los Angeles was strong and drew her out to give it a shot. While she may never have had her big break, she's proud to say she's been on 4 game shows (even winning a car on The Price is Right!).

 

After 22 years in Los Angeles, Gina relocated to Denver in the fall of 2016. She has always wanted to work with kids and music, so when the Studio Manager opportunity presented itself, she pounced. She has proudly held the position of Studio Manager since February 2017, and looks forward to many more great years at SML.

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