Stillwater instructors are all accomplished, working professional musicians who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their classes. Stillwater's instructors engage students in the fun aspects of music, bringing in music theory and other technical aspects in the context of learning to play tunes in a band.

Steve Dejka

Private lessons for drum kit, marimba, vibraphone, steel drums and Afro-Caribbean percussion

Steve is Stillwater's Music Director and is a professional drummer born and raised in Southern California. He has been with Stillwater since its inception in 2005, and Stillwater's core philosophy was developed around Steve's unique, hands-on teaching style that centers on playing music first rather than emphasizing music reading and theory up front. Steve has played in and directed professional bands in the Four Corners since arriving to Durango in 1997. His formal teaching career began in 2001 when he took over a steel drum band program for a local 9R middle/high school music program. He brings to Stillwater his extensive experience in recording, arranging, composing, and performing. He earned a BA in General Music from Fort Lewis College in 2006.

Evan Suiter
Private lessons for acoustic/electric bass, acoustic/electric guitar, piano, music theory and improvisation
Evan received his degree in Music Education from Fort Lewis College in 2008. During his time there he studied bass, low brass, and voice.  Evan can be seen in the Four Corners area frequently playing with both large and small groups, demonstrating styles such as jazz, Latin, funk, country, and contemporary pop/rock.

Evan is also student of Victor Wooten, longtime bass player for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Evan is a regular volunteer staff member at Victor Wooten’s Music/Nature Camp near Nashville, TN.

Jeroen van Tyn
Private lessons for strings, voice, music theory and Afro-Caribbean percussion
Jeroen is Stillwater’s Executive Director and has performed professionally in a range of musical styles including classical, jazz, Latin jazz, Andean folkloric and traditional Afro-Cuban as well as Balkan, klezmer and contemporary folk. He studied music at Berklee College of Music, Cornish College of the Arts and Naropa University.

Prior to joining Stillwater Jeroen was a business technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He and his wife, dancer and choreographer Anne Bartlett, are directors and founding members of 20Moons, a Durango-based dance theatre company. Their kids Jem, Naima and Teo are all active in the Stillwater music program.

Bailey Barnes-Fagg
Private lessons for voice & ukulele
Bailey is a classically trained vocalist and music teacher. She graduated from UNC Greeley with her B.A. in Music Education in 2010. Since 2014, she has been teaching K-5 general music at Animas Valley Elementary. In the Fall of 2016 she started the Stillwater Adaptive Orchestra for Adults with Disabilities. Bailey serves as the Vice President of the Four Corners Chapter American Orff Schulwerk Association and is a member of the Durango 9R Arts Curriculum Council. The main focus of her vocal training is classical technique, however she is versed in contemporary, musical theatre, choral and singer/songwriter styles as well. She sings and plays ukulele at various events and venues around Durango and she spent two summers touring Europe as a chorus member with the German opera company, Opera Classica Europa.

Ryan McCurry
Private lessons for piano, keyboards, music theory
and improvisation
As a performer, Ryan has established himself as a unique and indispensable addition to the local music community. In the past, he has played in jazz combos, big bands, experimental/improv groups, and even a 7-piece salsa band. He is often called upon as a contract musician for touring bands or for studio work, and occasionally runs sound for other bands. Besides his easy-going nature, one of the main reasons he is so highly regarded amongst local musicians is because of his ability to play a large variety of genres with ease. He is adept at playing jazz, latin, classical, funk, electronica, reggae, rock n roll, blues, country, and swing.


Clay Lowder

Private Lessons for drums and percussion
Clay has been involved with music his entire life, performing with a myriad of artists and musicians, teaching drums and percussion, working as a songwriter, session player, recording engineer, and band leader in California, New Mexico, and now Colorado. For many years he has combined his physical therapy skills with music to teach exercise classes using music and rhythm to school kids in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Clay performs regularly with the High Rollers, Chills and Missy & the Bluetones. He lives by his mantra – “ never stop a good groove.”


Mark Rosenberg
Private lessons for drums, bass, guitar, piano

Mark Rosenberg has worked the past 17 years in the Durango and four corners area as a teacher and professional musician.  Regionally he has performed with the San Juan Symphony, Music in the Mountains Festival Symphony, Kisma Brass Band, Durango Arts Center, Merely Players and most recently with the Pete Giuliani Band.

Mark spent 15 years as a music educator in District 9R and served on the Music in the Mountains Conservatory Faculty for 7 years.

Prior to coming to Durango Mark taught in Telluride, Colorado.  In addition to teaching in Telluride, he performed with the Telluride Choral Society, the Telluride Repertory Theatre Company and served as the production manager for the Telluride Jazz Festival.

Mark is looking forward to working with Stillwater and sharing his enthusiasm, experience and expertise with students. 


Sandy Kiefer
Private lessons for cello and violin

Sandy Kiefer has a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory and is a certified Suzuki teacher. She has played with the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Boston Ballet, and the Viterbo Opera Company in Italy. Her recording sessions include sound tracks for the movie Next Stop Wonderland, commercials for Pampers and Coca Cola, and news shows for NPR. She has opened for Meatloaf and the Beach Boys among others. She is a member of the San Juan Symphony.



Denise Leslie

Private lessons for ukulele

(970) 903-6417

Denise Leslie studied communications at Colorado State University and has a professional background in many different areas in arts and entertainment from marketing and sales to event management.  She is the founder/director of the annual Rocky Mountain UkeFest and leads seasonal workshops, monthly ukulele jam sessions as well as teaches private and small group lessons. Denise is also the local sales representative for Ohana Ukuleles. She serves on the Board of the San Juan Symphony.



Terry Double

Private lessons for guitar, mandolin, banjo

(970) 903-8738 

Terry has been a music instructor and performer in the Durango area for over 25 years.  A multi-instrumentalist, Terry is proficient on guitar, mandolin, tenor and 5-string banjo, mandocello, and Baroque lute.  He currently plays rhythm guitar and tenor banjo with the Kitchen Jam Band, a popular local Celtic group.  

Terry has taught music history, jazz history, and music theory for the Fort Lewis College and Pueblo Community College summer programs and Continuing Education.  He served as the music director, board member, and instructor for Skills for Living & Learning, a non-profit serving children with learning disabilities.



Mika Inouye

Private lessons for piano

(801) 380-7110 

Mika Inouye is active as both performing artist and educator in Durango. She has performed as pianist with Northern Potomac Trio, Bitterroot Trio and Missoula Symphony, and on harpsichord with String Orchestra of the Rockies and Durango Bach Festival orchestra.  She maintains a private piano studio in Durango and is co-director of Piano Academy at Fort Lewis College, artistic director of  3rd Ave. Arts Chamber Music Festival, and on the board of 4 Corners Music Teachers Association.  As founding president of Four Corners Orff Chapter, she is a certified Orff Schulwerk teacher and trainer and has presented workshops in the U.S., Hong Kong, Kuwait, and New Zealand. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance.

Sheryl Jones
Private lessons for voice & piano

Sheryl Jones holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Texas State University. Major areas of study include voice, conducting and piano. She has taught at the college, high school and middle school levels and also has extensive singing and recording experience in a variety of bands and musical genres including classical, jazz fusion, funk, rock, blues, pop, country and swing.


Sheryl recently relocated to Durango from Austin, Texas. She directs the DurangaTones, Stillwater’s adult a cappella vocal group, has performed with the Durango Choral Society and is currently a singer in the Durango-based country/swing band, Will Cooter Gang.