Council of Advocates

Member Biographies

Co-Chairs: Mary-Katharine Huebener ('10) and Marissa Mink ('94)

Marissa Mink class of 1994 graduated IC with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Marissa is originally from New Jersey and moved to Colorado about 15 years ago with her husband. She worked in hotel management for many years. After getting married they adopted 2 girls who are now in high school. She started substitute teaching in Music a few years ago and then ran a middle school choir after school for 2 years after choir had been cut from the school day. Then she became the part time and now full time choir director at Stuart Middle School in a suburb of Denver and runs a 6th, 7th and 8th grade choir there and puts on 4 concerts per school year. This week her 8th grade choir will be performing at the District Choral Festival. She is also a member of a steel drum band called Pan Generations. She enjoys getting together with other IC alums and last year attended a few get togethers and the IC auditions in Denver. She still keeps in touch with many IC friends and looks forward every year to getting together with Karl Paulnack when he is in town for CMEA and the other Music alums from IC that live in the Denver area.

Steve Vaughn

Steve Vaughn, a native of upstate New York, is a freelance musician across the front range of Colorado and currently holds the position of Principal Tuba with the Fort Collins Symphony. Equally at home performing on both tuba and euphonium, Steve also holds the position of Solo Euphonium with the Pikes Peak Brass Band, an internationally acclaimed British-style brass band based in Colorado Springs, CO. Additionally, he performs as a part of Versatile Brass, a 10-piece brass ensemble made up of principal players at Pikes Peak Brass Band that have taken 1st place at the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championships the past 2 consecutive years.
Steve received his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from Ithaca College, where he studied with Dr. Aaron Tindall. He has a Master’s of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder studying with Michael Dunn and is also completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance & Pedagogy there as well.
Steve is an active soloist on euphonium having taken first place in the Arapahoe Philharmonic Gordon T. Parks Concerto Competition. He appeared as a guest soloist with the orchestra performing Vladimir Cosma’s Euphonium Concerto in 2015. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Boulder Concert Band and Rocky Mountain Brassworks as the winner of the 2015 Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival Solo Competition. As a tubist, Steve has performed with multiple bands and orchestras including the Longmont Symphony, Denver Municipal Band and San Juan Symphony. As a chamber musician, Steve has performed with Boulder Brass and was a member of the graduate brass quintet while at CU-Boulder. Other notable accomplishments include being a Semi-Finalist for auditions with the United States Air Force Band and the United States Army Band in Washington, DC. In 2014 he had the opportunity to perform tenor tuba on Holst’s The Planets with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. Steve maintains an active teaching studio in the Boulder/Denver area of brass students at the high school and middle school level and frequently appears as a low brass coach for honor bands across Colorado.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys exploring the wide variety of craft breweries Colorado has to offer, along with being an amateur homebrewer himself. He lives in Denver with his fiancée Jessica and their quirky cat, Bruce.

Emily Selman

Emily has been teaching general music and band at Broomfield Academy since 2014. On Mondays and Fridays she gives lessons at Neighborhood Music Stapleton. She leads trombone sectionals for the Continental League Honor Band. She has taught band, jazz band, guitar club, and recorder club, as well as theater, and music, and art camps. Emily has been a member of the Colorado Wind Ensemble and the big band William and the Romantics since 2009.