History of Western Academy of Music

 In 1990, Western Academy of Music was founded by Christian and Caroline Paetsch, and Rod and Judy Wylie.  Christian and Caroline continue to teach and conduct in WAM, which consists of four orchestras as well as chamber music ensembles. Current teachers and conductors include Jaclyn Daly, Britta Bushnell-Conway, and Virginia Ogg-Cleveland. Up and coming teachers and conductors include violist Hudson Maness  and violinist Caroline Daly.

The alumni of WAM include musicians spanning over three decades! We are so honored that these musicians feel welcome to rejoin us for any orchestral, chamber group, or lesson experience when music pulls at their hearts.

Calendar Events - Masterclasses 2024

Masterclasses will be on :

Please remember that the WAM Masterclass counts as your lesson for that week. Private studio lessons are not held the week of Masterclasses. Dates are generally the first week of the month.

Rehearsal and Arrival Times:

Training Orchestra:

Chamber Orchestra:

Adult Orchestra (Corelli Consort):

Symphony Orchestra: 

Piney Creek Club House

February WAM Masterclasses will be located at the Piney Creek Club House, located at    5800 S Joplin Way, Centennial, CO 80015. Come on in and follow signs to see where to unpack.

Chamber Group Options

Please talk to Caroline or Christian if you are interested in forming or playing in a chamber group. Chamber group lessons occur on a Friday afternoon/evening once or twice a month, with an additional fee of $30-60 per hour per group. 

Studio Collaborators

Britta  Bushnell Conway

Britta Bushnell Conway is an instrumental music teacher, who has been teaching since 2004. Britta earned a bachelor's degree from University of Northern Colorado in music education and a master's degree in school administration. Britta has been a string specialist for both private students and in public schools. Britta has played the violin since age four, and has played throughout her life. She has been involved with the Western Academy of Music since 1997, first as a student and now as a teacher. Britta’s private students are involved with WAM every year. Britta enjoys family time with her husband and two children and loves to watch them grow just as much as her students. 

Jaclyn Daly

Virginia Ogg-Cleveland

Virginia Ogg-Cleveland has been teaching violin for over ten years, although she has known she wanted to teach since she was in high school! Virginia plays violin, viola, and cello. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and has a degree in Anthropology. Currently, Virginia is primarily a stay at home mom with her young daughter, but still loves teaching and playing music as much as she can!

Up and Coming Teachers

Hudson Maness

Hudson Maness is a violist from Colorado currently studying with Stephen Wyrczynski at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Hudson has attended the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, the Montecito International Music Festival in California, and the Trentino Music Festival in Italy.  Teaching is one of Hudson's primary passions. He has privately taught violin, viola, and beginning piano students ranging in age from 6 to 40. He has been the Strings Teaching Assistant at Luzerne Music Center in New York, has guest-taught at the Western Academy of Music, the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, and Luther Strings, and has studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. Outside of music, Hudson enjoys rock climbing, tennis, chess, and is an avid reader and writer of fantasy and science-fiction.

Caroline Daly

Back Stage Support Team

Jen Zorn

Amy Henry

Amy is a proud mom of two WAM students, and is now a student herself, having recently moved to the dark side to play viola. She helps design and maintain the website, and helps out where she can.

Lauda Rodriguez

Contact Us

Email: westernacademyofmusic@gmail.com

Phone: (303) 349-6044