Julie Paxton came to sing in the Aspen Music Festival opera department in the 70's and after her second summer decided to make Aspen her home.  She comes from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts and has a Bachelor's degree in voice and music education from New England Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Fine Arts in voice from Cal Arts.  She has taught music in the Aspen Public Schools and has been the music director for school musicals, Aspen Community Theater, Theater Aspen, Jayne Gottlieb Productions and Challenge Aspen Music Camp.  She directed the Aspen Dickens Carolers for 30 years and has produced two music albums with that group: "Merry Christmas Aspen" and "No Place LIke Aspen For The Holidays." 
    Julie teaches voice classes at Colorado Mountain College and has maintained a private teaching studio for many years. 
Julie's unique approach to teaching voice is the result of the many teachers she has studied with, including Stephen Smith from the Aspen Music Festival, and treating each voice individually.  She believes in teaching healthy singing habits as a foundation to be able to sing any style of music. She also does vocal repair work for students with vocal problems.  Julie has experience in singing Broadway, country, jazz, opera and rock.  Her students have been leads in many local productions and some have gone on to become professional singers.
 
 
Tom Paxton arrived in Aspen in the winter of 1977 to play acoustic bass at the Tippler, which was then a jazz club. Since then he has been a professional musician here and in the Aspen and Vail valleys, working as a freelance bass player, guitar instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and children’s entertainer.  His CD, “Smore Songs” won the 2007 Children’s Music Web Award for ages 5-7. He has appeared on stage and in the orchestra pit for many local amateur and professional theater productions and is the musical director for the Aspen Country Day School's all-school musical every spring.
With a  B.A. in Education, Tom has been teaching  music to students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley for over two decades. Over the years he has coached a number of youth rock bands; several went on to win Best Middle School Garage Band in our local Battle of the Bands.
He performs regularly at the Aspen Highlands Ritz Carlton, and in Snowmass at the Burlingame and Lynn Britt cabins and at the Westin and Base Village fire pits.  

Check out his website at paxtonmusic.com