FIRESIDE

OUR FIRESIDE FAMILY

Tyler Phillips

Owner and Artistic Director of Fireside Brands LLC

     Tyler is a dad. He also is the co-owner and founder of Fireside. Tyler moved to Colorado after working as a New York City based theatre director and session musician for the better part of a decade. He is the critically-acclaimed writer/ director of the 2013 production of Under The Greenwood Tree (Flea Theatre, NYC) and an award-winning composer, playwright, and poet. Along with teaching over 10 different instruments at Fireside, Tyler enjoys long walks on the beach and sesame tofu. Tyler designs the curriculum for Fireside's performance courses and is thrilled to be continuing with teaching Honors Rock Band and Troubadour Club.

Melissa Nease

General Manager of Music Education

          Melissa brings to Fireside over 25 years of administrative and management experience. She worked as an estate and event manager for several high net worth families in Colorado. Though regretfully not a musician, she is an avid lover of music and theater. She raised two musically gifted children and spent many years taking them to music lessons and theater rehearsals. She is also married to a former opera singer. A resident of Conifer since 1996, Melissa is so excited to be a part of bringing music and performance art to this wonderful community.

Gunnar Bettis

Voice, Guitar, Mandolin, Uke, Piano, and Bass

       Gunnar Bettis is a Colorado native who has been involved in the arts from a very young age. Starting his musical career at age 7 with Guitar and Piano he eventually found himself on stage which is where he started focusing on his voice as an instrument. Currently he is finishing college with a degree in Music Education and an emphasis on Vocal music. You may have seen him in Firesides first Production of West Side Story where he played Riff as well as other Roles including Emmet Forrest in Legally Blonde and Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance.

Patrick Medina

Sax, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano

         At Berklee College of Music, Patrick had the honor to study and perform with some of the greatest names in Jazz including Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, George Garzone, and Hal Crook.  In his four years at Berklee, Patrick was awarded additional scholarships including the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, Woodwind Achievement Award, and his department’s highest accolade the Charlie Parker Scholarship.  Patrick chose to move to NYC where he received a scholarship from NYU for his Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. Patrick was quickly asked to join as an adjunct faculty member at NYU and had the honor of performing in some of New York City’s best venues, including multiple performances at the legendary Blue Note, and around the world with artists like Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, and  Brian Lynch.

Carly Howard

Voice

    Carly Howard spent a decade in NYC, performing, producing, singing and songwriting.  She is currently a freelance theatre director at several venues in Denver and Conifer, and is in the process of opening up an esoteric themed, immersive arts bar in Denver, where she will continue to produce her own work.  Check out www.enigmabazaar.com to learn more.  She loves helping kids and adults find their voice and gain confidence  performing.  She truly believes that with the right technique and performance opportunities, anyone can learn to sing.  When not teaching or performing (or figuring out how to manage a bar!), Carly is playing with her three year old, studying astrology, or watching the Eagles documentary on Netflix for the ___ time.

Jessica Borth

Violin and Piano

      Jessica Rose Borth began playing the violin at the young age of 4 under the tutelage of the esteemed Suzuki Teacher – Alice Joy Lewis.  As the youngest of four violinists, Jessica was surrounded by music and quickly developed a deep connection and love for the artform. At the age of 14, she began studies with the prestigious Tiberius Klausner in Kansas City, KS.  Throughout her young career, Jessica soloed with many orchestras including the Kansas City Youth Orchestras, the Kansas City Symphony, the Olathe Symphony, the Topeka Symphony, and Wichita Symphony, as well as toured in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.  In her later years, Jessica was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music for her collegiate studies under William Preucil (Concert Master of the Cleveland Orchestra).

John Kendal

Guitar and Banjo

     I'm a Colorado native.. born in Denver, though I did attend schools in Michigan and Ohio. I'm married and we've lived in the Conifer/Evergreen area for almost 40 years. My love of music really took off with the arrival of the British Invasion of the 60's (the Fab Four in particular). I played bass and piano in my first real band, but guitar is my main instrument and I've played guitar and taught professionally for over 30 years. The joy and satisfaction I get from playing on stage is only matched by seeing and hearing my students (regardless of age) grow and develop musically while having fun at the same time!

Camille Brightsmith

Voice, Guitar, and Uke

     Camille Brightsmith is a classically trained vocalist who has enjoyed singing on stages from London to Los Angeles.  She grew up singing show tunes and opera, but found her true voice singing Rock and Roll, in Los Angeles. Camille has written, recorded and produced two rock albums and currently writes and records songs for bloginsong.com.  Camille studied Opera Performance at California State Long Beach and is currently finishing a Composing & Arranging degree. She has had songs featured in major ad campaigns, indie films, in TV programs including Friday Night Lights and LIFE, from NBC.  Singing with Camille is engaging, authentic and fun. She focuses on guiding kids toward their own distinctive voice. Camille teaches singing from a technical and artistic perspective, that is student led and professionally guided.

Cameron Doty

Choreographer and Dance Instructor

     Cameron Doty discovered her love for dance when she was two years old. Growing up in Orange County, California, she found many opportunities to express her love for the sport. At the age of twelve, she was invited into a ballet company that took her all the way to the Sydney Opera House of Australia. After moving to Colorado, Cameron discovered a new passion for musical theater! She loves the incorporation of music, dance, and performance! She is so grateful to be able to work surrounded by all of her passions!

Tracy Doty

Choreographer and Dance Instructor

Tracy grew up dancing in Maryland at The Olney and Wheaton Studio’s of Dance. She was a dance major at Towson State University. Tracy was a dancing ballgirl for the Baltimore Orioles and can be seen dancing on the big screen in the original John Waters’ film, Hairspray! One of her favorite “gigs” was performing at The White House as Papa Smurf! Her dance career moved her to CA where she was a featured dancer/singer again for Paramount studios. Her choreography brought top honors to both Carlsbad Dance Centre’s and California Elite’s competitive dance programs. Since moving to Colorado 5 years ago, Tracy has choreographed musicals throughout the Denver area including many adult company and senior company shows at StageDoor, Conifer High School, Evergreen High School, Inspire Creative, Alameda High School, and Littleton High School. Tracy is also a certified Pilates’ instructor and teaches at Evergreen Pilates as well as private training in her home studio.

Adam Wolfers

Drums, Guitar, Ukulele

     Adam is an active member of the Conifer/Evergreen community, with deep family ties in the area.  He has been studying music since he was very young, and specializes in teaching two instruments that play an important role in his life: drums and guitar. Adam's daughter, Morgan, is a thriving student at Fireside, and Adam is happy to be a member of the team that will carry Fireside forward.  His main teaching goal is to make learning music a fun and rewarding experience.  He strives to tailor his teaching style to match each student's learning style, and believes flexibility is a key component in teaching kids.

Hannah Robbins

Cello

     Hannah is a Colorado native and began playing cello at the age of 4.  She attended Denver School of the Arts from 8th-10th grade and finished her final two years of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy.  She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in cello performance and University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron and her Masters of early music at Indiana University studying viola da gamba with Wendy Gillespie.  Hannah moved back to Colorado in 2013 and has worked as a freelance musician since.  She is frequently a substitute cellist with the Colorado Symphony and has also played with the Colorado Chamber Players, Colorado Bach Ensemble, as well as many other ensembles throughout the Denver area.  Hannah currently resides in Evergreen and runs her own pet sitting/dog walking business, Mountain Adventure Pet Services.  She also works as an official for USA Hockey officiating youth, high school, and adult league games throughout Colorado.  In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending as much time as possible outside hiking, skiing, whitewater paddle boarding, and rock climbing.

Brenna Nease

Summer Pass Director

     Brenna is going into her second year at Colorado Mesa University, majoring in elementary education. Brenna has a passion for teaching children and the arts. She has been involved in theatre and music in the community for many years. She has been playing the ukulele for a few years now and has started learning the guitar. Brenna has been singing since she was young. She has been working with Fireside  for about a year now and is looking forward to the years to come. Brenna loves getting to teach the children through Fireside. She believes the opportunities that Fireside is providing are invaluable for the community, and is grateful to be a part of it.

Gabby Roberts

Assistant Manager of Fireside Brands LLC

     Bio coming soon.

Avery Rima

Theatre Director, Guitar/Uke Teacher, Summer Pass Counselour

     Avery Rima is a senior at Conifer High School. She has been interested in acting and theatre all her life, and she has been a part of the StageDoor theatre company ever since she moved to Conifer. In her spare time she enjoys watching old movies and playing with her 5 dogs.

Jeff Roberts

Owner (Fireside Arts and Music and Mountain Music Store)

    Bio coming soon

Ella Spoor

Stage and Production Manager

Ella is thrilled to be working with Fireside Players. She has been involved with theatre for 10 years, and began work in tech theatre 3 years ago. Her favorite recent shows and roles include being the stage manager for West Side Story with Fireside, and performing as Lilith in Stagedoor theater’s She Kills Monsters She is a proud dog mom, and spends all her free time with her fur babies. Ella also enjoys cross country skiing and summer weather.

Nicole Renaud

Summer Pass Counselor

     Nicole Renaud is currently a junior at Conifer High School. She has been involved in theatre and dance for as long as she can remember. She has previously been in productions at the local community theatres. In November of 2018 she played Maria in Fireside's first ever musical theatre production "West Side Story." Nicole is very grateful to be a part of the amazing summer pass team at Fireside!

Helen Erickson

Summer Pass Counselor

      Helen is a sophomore at Conifer High School. She is currently apart of the Chamber Orchestra and has been an actress at Stagedoor Theatre for four years. Cello and piano have been her passions for the past three years as well as violin for six years. This is her second year at Fireside and she is thrilled to be a summer teacher!

Jo Gerlick

Stage Manager and Theatre Director

     Bio coming soon!

Heather Wolfers

Recital Coordinator

     Bio coming soon!