May 2017 Class Notes

Shannon McGee, 2013, B.A. Dance Since graduation, Shannon has been a freelance dancer, choreographer, and instructor in Los Angeles and New York City. She has worked with companies and choreographers such as IMPACT Dance with Judy Bejarano, DamageDance with Jessica Taylor, Antonio Brown, Paula Present, Rachel Oliver, and many more. She was previously a member of Benita Bike’s Dance Art Company and is currently dancing with Inclined Dance Project and Jennifer Muller/The Works Company. Along with her dance career, Shannon is also a passionate fitness instructor. She is currently an advanced certified instructor for Pure Barre Brooklyn where she teaches a barre based fitness class. Shannon resides in New York City and is continuing to perform and teach.


Andrew King, 2005, B.M. Music; 2014, M.M. Music (Conducting) At CSU, I started out in Chemical Engineering. After realizing I enjoyed making music and working with people more than spending time in a lab, I switched to music education. As a result, I have had a very rich and blessed life. From my brothers in Phi Mu Alpha to fellow music students and teachers, CSU was the perfect place to get my education. 

After graduating from CSU, I taught band, choir, and elementary music in Hotchkiss, Colo. for three years. While there, I developed a deep love of teaching and a great work ethic for music education. My next job was at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs. There I taught the usual assortment of band classes as well as reopening a feeder middle school program. In 2012, Wasson closed as a traditional high school and I moved to Mitchell High School where I am now the band teacher and performing arts department chair. I am also the assistant conductor, tuba section leader, and board member for Little London Winds, a local adult wind symphony. 

I have been married to my beautiful wife Lyndsey for seven years. She is from upstate New York and an accountant for Compassion International. Together we have a very amazing daughter, Daphne, who knows all the words to the CSU fight song!

I have had a wonderful experience teaching music and enriching the lives of young people through music. I find my success in the student's passion for music and especially through those who have used their musical experience to rise above their life struggles. I credit my success in teaching to all my CSU professors but most especially, to Dr. Robert Brewer, former low-brass professor, who taught me to put people first. 

Ever Stalwart!
Andrew King

MacKenzie Sutphin, 2014, B.M. Music Since graduating, I am so lucky to still be living in Fort Collins. I have taught in several school districts. I began teaching right after graduation at El Sistema music program in Denver Public Schools as a brass specialist. In Fall 2015, I began teaching at Ann K Heiman in Evans, Colo. as a kindergarten through fifth grade music specialist. I am now in my second year at AKH and I absolutely love it. The students are so sweet and enthusiastic about music. My most exciting project is a full production of The Wizard of Oz with my fourth and fifth grade choir! The students’ excitement and joy make teaching such a pleasure. In addition to elementary education, I am a coach for the Crimson Regiment Marching Band at Loveland High School. When I am not teaching, I play trumpet and sing in a rock/ska band called "The Swashbuckling Doctors". We play all around Fort Collins and surrounding states.