Camp Location:

Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center

380 CR 512

Divide, Colorado 80814

Camp Mailing Address:

Camp Con Brio

P.O. Box 460234

Aurora, Colorado 80046







Colorado native Alison Mayes discovered her passion to instruct, inspire, and encourage young musicians through an intern teaching program that she co-founded with her own high school orchestra director, Ms. Amber Campbell, in Grand Junction. She has been teaching in Colorado public schools for 12 years, most recently as the founding Orchestra Director at Parker Performing Arts School. Previously, she served as Orchestra Director at Grandview High School in the Cherry Creek School District, where the enrollment of string students more than tripled during her six-year tenure. Alison is also an experienced teacher of Music Theory, Piano, and Rock and Roll History. She has also taught Orchestra at Broomfield High School (as an interim director) and Peak to Peak Charter School. Alison earned the degree Master of Music Education (Musicology and Music Technology Cognates) from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2016. She currently serves as President of the American String Teachers Association's Colorado State Chapter. Alison was chosen as the 2017-2018 Douglas County School District Apple Award Nominee, having been the chosen representative from all of the staff at Parker Performing Arts School.

Along with serving as Director of Camp Con Brio, Alison has also been on the teaching faculty at additional summer camps in New Mexico and Michigan. She previously served as Chair Person for the Colorado High School All State Orchestra, and was the Music Director for the Longmont Youth Symphony String Ensemble for two seasons. Alison is a frequent guest clinician, adjudicator, and conductor for honor ensembles and festivals throughout the state of Colorado.


Under her baton, the Grandview High School String Orchestra performed at the American String Teachers Association National Conference in March 2015; out of hundreds of ensembles that auditioned from across the country. In December 2015, the Grandview Chamber Orchestra had the tremendous honor of performing at the Colorado Association of School Boards conference. Alison received the award of Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2015 from Colorado ASTA.


Aside from teaching and performing, Alison enjoys cooking, baking, shopping, watching movies, listening to Beethoven and Led Zeppelin, going to Colorado Symphony concerts, hanging out and traveling with her husband Jason, and playing with their dogs – Cheyenne, Cassie, and Brio.



While not a Colorado native, Joy likes to think that she arrived here as soon as she could! Growing up in Northern California, Joy was an active member of her middle school orchestra, and high school band, jazz band, and orchestra. She also played cello in the San Joaquin Junior Symphony. 

Joy received her undergraduate education at University of Colorado in Boulder, then made the move southeast to attend Duke University. At Duke, she completed her education and training in the Physician Assistant Program. Returning to Colorado, she began her career as a Physician Assistant, specializing in Trauma Care, Minor Surgery and Orthopedics.

Currently, Joy is self- employed as a Senior Care Specialist, providing in-home care in the Denver Metro area. She and her husband Ralph are proud parents of two public school educators: a K-8 music teacher, and a middle school special education teacher.

When not relaxing at the “family farm” (1 horse, 3 dogs and 2 cats), they enjoy traveling, especially on their motorcycles.




After completing his Master of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Shawn Murphy is now in his fourth year directing orchestras at Thompson Valley High School and Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland, Colorado, where he was awarded an Inspiring Students Award in his first year. His teaching career began with high school and middle school orchestra in Wyoming where his groups consistently received superior ratings, then moved to Ft. Collins where his middle school orchestra program increased from 85 players to 230 in three years.

Mr. Murphy serves as guest clinician and adjudicator for numerous Colorado and Wyoming schools and districts, is a member of the Colorado All-State Orchestra board of governors, and is on the faculty for Camp Con Brio – String Camp of the Rockies. Along with his TVHS music colleagues, he will present a clinic at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference on January 27th, 2018.

As a violinist, he studied with UNC's Richard Fuchs, Jubal Fulks & Margaret Gutierrez, and Kansas City's Gregory Sandomirsky & Ruth Sadasivan. Mr. Murphy recently appeared as a soloist with Wartburg College's chamber orchestra in Waverly, Iowa. Orchestral engagements include the Greeley Philharmonic, the Ft. Collins Symphony, and the Haller Sinfonie in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. He was first violin in the Graduate String Quartet at UNC. Currently, Mr. Murphy is the concertmaster of The Loveland Orchestra, with whom he will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 on January 26th, 2018.

Mr. Murphy spent 2010 in Germany with his wife, Amy, where they studied German at the Goethe Institute and the Universität Leipzig, and music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig. In August, 2017, they began their parental journey with the birth of Baby Ben, whose supernatural cuteness makes the sleeplessness more tolerable!


A Colorado Native, Courtney Dowling grew up in the North Denver suburbs.  She began playing cello in the public school systems in Adams 12 School District. While in high school Courtney performed with Front Range Youth Symphony, Colorado Youth Symphony, Colorado Young Sinfonia, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra. During her summers, Courtney went to Rocky Ridge Music Center to combine her love of the mountains with her love of music. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Courtney began teaching cello lessons at the age of 15 and continued to do so until she became a full time school orchestra teacher.


Courtney earned a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music in New York City and her Suzuki Certification at the University of Denver. As a cellist, she studied with DU’s Richard Slavich, UNC’s Gal Faganel, Colorado Symphony’s Fred Hoeppner, Jacksonville University’s Shannon Lockwood, and Aaron Copland School of Music’s Marcy Rosen. While living in New York City, Courtney performed as principal cello in the Spectrum Symphony. She also performed with the Nova Philharmonic and the Manhattan Symphonie in both Carnegie Hall and the Barge Music Festival.  


In addition to orchestral performing, Courtney played in an eclectic folk-rock band, several chamber music groups, and sat in with various artists around the city.  She continued to develop her teaching style at Cadenza Music School in Flushing, Queens and at the Harbor School for Boys and Girls Conservatory Program in New York City.  It was at this time that Courtney decided her love for teaching music outweighed her love for performing. She decided to return home to her beloved state of Colorado to pursue a teaching degree.


After completing her Masters in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Courtney Dowling is now in her third year directing orchestras at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her groups consistently receive superior ratings at festivals.  Courtney is a member of the Colorado All-State Orchestra Governing Board and is a member of the Fort Collins String Teacher Association.​



Sandy grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado in a family of musicians. She was involved in orchestras, choirs, and bands all throughout her public school education there. After high school, she moved to Arizona, where she attended ASU and earned her Bachelor of Music in Education with an Instrumental Major and Choral Minor. Sandy has taught Band, Choir, and Orchestra in all levels of Education, Elementary through College. Her last position was in a school district that was growing their programs. While under her direction, the program enrollment went from 10 to 180 during her eight years there. In Arizona, she was active in AMEA, ASTA, and ABODA.

The highlight of her teaching career was bringing Mark Wood and his Electrify Your Strings program to her students. They were involved in a two-day clinic and a performance. The students all memorized the music; ten tunes and were ready to Rock n Roll when Mark arrived. It was the most energetic, exciting, and extensive concert that Sandy had ever had the privilege to perform in.

In the summer of 2010, she and her family moved to Grand Junction, after her husband retired from a municipality. Sandy is a violinist and performs with the Grand Junction Symphony, High Desert Opera, and Rockestra. Occasionally she is asked to play in local and surrounding community gigs and performs regularly in Aspen for weddings in the summers. She is also one of the recurring violin coaches for Camp Con Brio (formerly known as CASTA Camp). Sandy often adjudicates for the local GJMTA Festivals, District 51 Solo/Ensemble, and judged the Colorado West Invitational Music Festival in 2013. She is a member of NAfME, and of ASTA, currently serving as Western Slope Representative for the Colorado Chapter.


In the fall of 2013, she started as a Paraprofessional in Mesa County School District. Sandy assists the orchestras at two middle schools, and is a certified substitute for District 51. In the fall of 2014, she was a long-term sub for choirs at a local high school. She is an active member on the GJ Symphony Board, having served on the Music Director Search committee.

Sandy and her husband have three children; two daughters, and a son and daughter in law, living in Denver. They absolutely love the Grand Junction area - the people, the surrounding scenery, and the opportunities that have come their way since their move. Colorful Colorado sure lives up to its name! 



Leanne Griffey is the Orchestra Director at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School in Fort Collins, CO. This is her ninth year at Kinard and her 22nd year as a Music Educator. Before coming to Kinard, Leanne taught Orchestra and Choir for six years in various public schools in Greeley, Fort Collins, and Williamsburg, VA. She has also taught private violin, viola, and voice lessons throughout her career. Leanne received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has completed graduate coursework in Conducting and Performance. She currently serves as the Northern Representative on the Board for the Colorado chapter of American String Teachers' Association.


When Leanne is not teaching, she is often performing on violin, viola, or voice. She has performed with many Orchestras including the Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Richmond (VA) Symphony, and the Williamsburg (VA) Symphonia. Currently, she is Concertmaster for the Greeley Chamber Orchestra and the Health & Wellness Orchestra of Fort Collins, and is a member of the string quartets, Bellacordia and Quartet Con Brio.


Leanne is married to Kevin and together they have a daughter who a bassist and almost a high-schooler. It’s not unusual to find Leanne out running and later baking. The Griffey family also loves to ski! They find adventure in many places far across the oceans, but one of their favorite places is Breckenridge for its beauty, snow, and because their crazy calico cat, Penelope, can tag along there. Leanne and her family are also avid concert-goers and enjoy listening to a wide variety of musical styles.


Ellen Ravnan has been privileged to enjoy a career that combines her love of performing and her joy in teaching. She retired from the Cherry Creek School District (Englewood, CO) where she taught orchestra and guitar at Thunder Ridge Middle School.


In the year 2000, she created STRINGATHON, a group solo festival for the Cherry Creek District Middle School Orchestras. Beginning originally with 150 students and 3 middle schools, in 2010 it had grown to nearly 725 students from all nine Cherry Creek middle schools necessitating two Stringathon sites in 2011.


 Her orchestras have been selected three times to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic-Convention. She has presented clinics at National ASTA, CMEA, Colorado ASTA, and WMEA numerous times, speaking about Stringathon, alternative approaches to performances, and mostly recently on “It’s All About the Bow” with Margaret Miller, viola professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.


After receiving her high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Ms. Ravnan studied with Lillian Fuchs at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance in 1975. She was awarded a Master of Music degree in 1977 from the University of Illinois, studying viola with Guillermo Perich, chamber music with Gabriel Magyar, and string pedagogy with Paul Rolland. Additional advanced work was done in viola performance with Richard Blum and string pedagogy with Marvin Rabin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her teacher’s certificate in 1984.


She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska as the eldest of three daughters of two professional musicians.  She studied piano and violin until attending Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park after her sophomore year of high school where she discovered the viola. A little-known event in her life in Nebraska was at age six, her selection as Little Miss Rodeo Attendant at the University of Nebraska Rodeo. Go Huskers!



Kelly is a Colorado native who grew up in Grand Junction where she began playing cello under the direction of Cameron Law.  For high school, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and then continued on to Indiana University where she studied with Helga Winold and received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Upon graduating in 2009, she returned to Colorado where she was an Orchestra Director at Mapleton Public Schools for four years.  


Kelly now teaches and runs her own private studio, Colorado School of Strings. She has had a passion for teaching music from a very young age and enjoys sharing that love of music with her students.  She believes that every student has great potential and that music can enrich their lives in many ways. She inspires her students to high levels of achievement while keeping a fun, positive and encouraging classroom atmosphere. She also enjoys performing with the Aurora Symphony.


Kelly and her husband have two boys ages 6 and 2.

She enjoys playing with them, being active outside, and reading.



Jay McGuffin is currently the Director of Orchestras at Castle View High School and Castle Rock Middle School. He has taught instrumental music in DCSD since 2002. His primary instrument is String Bass. Mr. McGuffin grew up in Colorado Springs and played his first Castle Rock Middle School. He has taught instrumental music in DCSD since 2002. His primary instrument is String Bass. Mr. McGuffin grew up in Colorado Springs and played his first professional gig at age 13. Performing with the Colorado All-State Jazz Band and becoming the principal bassist of the Colorado All-State Symphony in 1995 officially boosted him as a career bassist. Mr. McGuffin was a member of the Boulder Philharmonic from 1995-1997. He also competed and won first place in the Rocky Mountain International Double Bass Solo Competition in 1999.


Having studied for five years with Paul Erhard and Edward Krolick, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000 with Bachelors degrees in both Music Education (B.M.E) and Music Performance (B.M.). Mr. McGuffin has performed with such musicians as William “Bug” Barbie, Frank Fanelli, Itzhak Perlman, and Dave Grusin. His musical influences are primarily Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Scott LaFaro and Victor Wooten. He has been a member of the Double McGuffin Jazz Quartet on Bass and Vocals since 2002, performing regularly with his father since 2005 and has been the leader of the group since 2008. Mr. McGuffin has always believed: “Those who can, perform. Those who can do more, teach!”