MEET THE MUSICIANS
KAYLA HAYES | CELLO
To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable.
(Ludwig van Beethoven)
Kayla is the owner and manager of Nexus Strings and an avid lover of all-things-music. She works full time on the digital marketing team for the Colorado Symphony and has performed with some of the nation's top musicians, including the Colorado Symphony, Deltron 3030, DeVotchka and Pretty Lights.
Kayla holds degrees in Cello Performance and Business Innovation from Colorado State University where she became widely involved in the special events industry. She has had the opportunity to work with many of the top producers, vendors, and venues in Colorado to create unique and innovative events for clients.
A strong believer in the value of music, Kayla is passionate about bridging the gap between classical and modern genres. Her research has included studies of modern orchestral management and marketing as a way to initiate change in the classical music industry. She co-created the Denver Nexus Project, a performance ensemble dedicated to showcasing the similarities between classical and contemporary styles. Kayla has also arranged much of Nexus' modern repertoire and has loved seeing clients' and audiences' new-found excitement for string music.
EVAN SHELTON | CELLO
Beethoven tells you what it's like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe. (Douglas Adams)
Evan is an experienced performer and teacher of multiple musical styles. He holds a Cello Performance degree from Colorado State University and a graduate degree in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver. While at CSU, he was a member of the rock band Other Side of Clearview, which allowed him to branch out of the classical world and learn how to perform and teach rock and pop forms.
Evan has been teaching professionally in the Denver area for the last seven years and is currently the lecturer of cello at the University of Colorado Denver, the cello instructor at Colorado College, and the cello improvisation instructor for Denver Talent Education.
As a performer, Evan has played with renowned artists like the Colorado Symphony, the Indigo Girls, Amos Lee, Chuck Profit, and more. He has been fortunate to take the stage at Colorado's top venues: the 1stBank Center, Fiddlers Green, Boettcher Concert Hall, and Red Rocks Amphitheater. He is also the co-founder of the genre-bending ensemble the Denver Nexus Project, which dedicates its time to presenting programs that showcase the similarities between classical and alternative music styles.
CL MORDEN | VIOLIN
Music can name the unnameable & communicate the unknowable.
CL enjoys playing a wide variety of music, from Irish traditional to Indie rock, pop, electronic, and classical. Though classically trained, CL has deep family ties to Irish music, and has enjoyed playing fiddle tunes since first starting the instrument. A graduate of the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, CL studied with Jeri Jorgensen and Dr. Cindy Moyer and has appeared as a soloist with California’s North State Symphony and Eureka Symphony.
CL currently plays for Irish folk trio Avourneen, appearing regularly throughout the state, including at the Colorado Irish Festival, Swallow Hill Music, and the Front Range area’s many Irish bars. Through Avourneen, CL also enjoys playing dance music for contra and folk dances, and has traveled throughout the Southwest, the West Coast, and Ireland in pursuit of an ever-increasing collection of tunes. CL can also be found throughout the Denver area as a part of pop duo Disc Horse, and as a freelance performer.
In addition to performing, CL teaches piano and violin both privately and through music schools in Stapleton and Centennial, and loves helping students discover their passion for music.
NICOLETTE ANDRES | VIOLIN
Music is the shorthand of emotion (Leo Tolstoy)
Nicolette Andres has created a musical career with breadth in teaching, performing—internationally, and continuing her own education through the Suzuki Association. Nicolette performs classical, rock, jazz and folk music regularly. She is driven to expand the voice of the violin in order to connect with multiple communities and capture audiences in different ways.
Nicolette earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She studied with Dr. Maria Sampen and took courses in chamber music, jazz theory, and string pedagogy in addition to classical studies. Her interest in jazz continues, and recently Nicolette has performed at Denver’s jazz club Dazzle with gypsy swing band Chez CouCou and the Gypsy Jazz community of Denver.
Nicolette is also a member of long-standing, touring Steampunk band Abney Park based in Seattle, WA. Recent performances with Abney Park include West Palm Beach, FL; Seattle, Portland, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia and Niagara, Ontario.
Nicolette learned the violin by the Suzuki method beginning at age five and now operates her own Suzuki studio in her hometown of Evergreen, CO. Nicolette is a trained Suzuki teacher, a mentor for the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, and teaches with the non-profit organization City Strings. In addition to her musical studies, Nicolette holds a 200-hour yoga certification.
CHRISTIAN HUANG | VIOLA
Music expresses that which cannot be said but on which it is impossible to be silent (Victor Hugo)
Based in Boulder, CO, Christian is a versatile musician and teacher who has performed with symphonies, chamber ensembles, bands, and electronic artists across the Front Range.
Christian earned degrees in Viola Performance and Music Education from Colorado State University, where he studied with Dr. Margaret Miller and Dr. Eric Johnson. During his studies there, Christian explored his love of music and has gone on to teach courses in music theory, guitar, piano, music theater, conducting, composition, and music history.
Christian currently works in the Boulder Valley School District as Orchestra Director, piano accompanist, and festival coordinator. During his educational career, Christian discovered a passion for sharing the emotional depth of performance with audiences and students, and, because of his electrifying energy, has been invited as an adjudicator, guest conductor, clinician, and coach by schools, festivals, and orchestras across Colorado.
A strong believer in the healing and expressive potential of music, Christian works to discover the ways in which music can become a visceral conversation for performers and audiences alike.