Off Broadway School of Fine Arts DirectorDavid L'Hommedieu
David helped found Off Broadway School of Fine Arts and has been involved with programming since its inception. He brings a lifetime of musical experience as a singer and guitarist from opera companies to rock bands and boy choirs to new music ensembles. Frequent appearances across the front-range as a concert soloist have enabled David, a baritone, to cultivate a diverse repertoire. A few recent solo performances include baritone roles in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Barber's Dover Beach, Stravinsky's Les Noces, The Messiah, Faure's Requiem, Bach's St. Mathew Passion, and Serenade to Music by Vaughn Williams. Just as at home on the opera stage, David has performed principle roles with Loveland Opera Theater, Colorado Light Opera, The Hillman Opera, as well as numerous roles with CU Opera where he earned a Master’s of Music while studying with Patrick Mason.
Off Broadway School of Fine Arts Instructors
Bjorn Arvidsson (Voice)
Bjorn Arvidsson is an established opera and concert singer who is known for his versatility, his expressive voice, dramatic ability and flawless use of language. Bjorn has sung more than 60 roles in opera, operetta and oratorio all over the world. He has been an active professional singer for over 20 years. Highlights have included Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, the Festival d’Aix en Provence, France, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and La Fenice, Venice, as well as recent concerts in Texas, California and Colorado. During this time he has maintained a private studio and held a graduate teaching assistanceship while completing his Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, at The University of Colorado Boulder. He received his pedagogical training with noted professors Dr. Patti Peterson and Prof Patrick Mason as well as Prof Laura Sarti in London. Bjorn continues to perform internationally as well as teaching at his private studio and at Off Broadway School of Fine Arts in Boulder.
Virginia Arnette (Yoga for Musicians, French Horn)
A professionally trained musician and yogi, Virginia Arnette is intrigued by the process of mastery. Virginia was initially drawn to yoga as a horn player with aspirations of improving mental focus and enhancing her breath. While her yoga practice quickly revealed itself as a means to physical and spiritual wellness, Virginia found the mutual benefits of her yoga and musical practices to be manifold. Through her Yoga for Musicians series, Virginia aims to offer an experience that synthesizes tools she has learned as a musician, yogi, Alexander technique student and client of sports psychology. Virginia strives to empower musicians to improve their performance by offering a means to balance the body and focus the mind. Virginia holds a Bachelor’s degree in French horn performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her primary horn teachers include Michael Thornton and Randy Gardner. She began her path as a yoga teacher with Om Time’s Tillai and Anjali teacher training programs, where she studied under Shannon Paige, Gina Caputo and Nancy-Kate Williams.
Ryan Connell (Piano, Organ, Composition)
In Spring 2004, Ryan Connell was invited to perform at the new original music festival of The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where he premiered his trumpet ensemble piece “Watta Flipt Watta” and his composition for string quintet, “…her image deeply lies…” In the past few years Ryan has focused on performing new classical music on the piano and organ, and writing and performing for PhoenixSong (a recital company specializing in the performance of American vocal music). He has returned to his birth state of Colorado, after moving away when he was eight months old. Ryan holds degrees from the University of Louisville in piano performance and music composition. He also studied at the Kentucky Institute of International Study in Salzburg, Austria. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in music composition at the University of Colorado-Boulder.