Tess Halonen began her music career at age 11 in Las Cruces NM,
studying under Jenny Paulson and Katie Sak. She has been playing flute
since 1994, and she has been playing guitar and piano since 2001. After
winning state and regional competitions and participating in master
classes with Tadeo Coelho, Lisa VanWinkle and Melissa Colgin-Abeln, she
went on to study Classical Flute Performance under Pamela Endsley,
Principle of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, at the Lamont School of Music.
To enhance her music education, she also studied extended flute
technique with Marilyn Prestia, Assistant Principle of Colorado Symphony
Orchestra. In 2005, she earned her performance degree from the
University of Denver.
Since then, her musical career has involved composing, recording,
performing, and teaching a variety of styles to many ages. In 2003, she
opened a private flute studio, teaching lessons in home and organizing
recitals. In 2006, she began working for another studio teaching Orff
classes for toddlers, private guitar, piano and flute. She currently
performs with local musical acts and gigs around the Denver area.
Her teaching philosophy centers around providing a platform for the
expression of creativity in a fun and focused atmosphere. She aims to
provide students with the knowledge and information they need to
achieve their highest musical potential. Students will be actively listening,
reading, participating and engaging in the performance process. Whether
they become professional musicians or not, their lives will be enriched by
music. Tess believes it is the role of the music educator, to cultivate and
develop the potential within each student.