Swallow Hill Music Kids Camp Faculty


Camp instructors have extensive experience teaching and playing in bands. Returning by popular demand, faculty includes: Taylor Sims on guitar and vocals, Patty Sims on mandolin and vocals, Nancy Steinberger on fiddle and vocals and Aaron McCloskey on banjo and vocals.
 
Taylor Sims
Taylor Sims is the current guitarist and singer for the Colorado-based band, Bonnie & the Clydes and founded the bluegrass band, Spring Creek (3003-2012). He has toured nationally and has garnered a reputation as one of the top bluegrass singers guitar players and teachers in the Rocky Mountain Region. Sims teaches all level of bluegrass and flatpicking styles of acoustic guitar as well as ensemble and vocal classes.
 
Bonnie Sims
Bonnie has been performing on stage for 15 years and started in the family band singing with her father while playing guitar and mandolin. Bonnie was awarded Best Female bluegrass Vocalist in 2006 and 2007. Bonnie has played festivals from Rockygrass to the New West Fest.  Currently, Bonnie fronts the six piece original band Bonnie & the Clydes with husband Taylor Sims.
 
Nancy Steinberger
Nancy Steinberger has over ten years of experience teaching violin fiddle, viola, cello and bass in private and group settings. She has been a professional violinist with the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Fort Collins symphony and has been a fiddler in several bluegrass bands. She ahas also studied classical piano attending the Interlochen Arts Academy for high school and violin at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan and received a Master of Music from Colorado State University.
 
Aaron McCloskey
Massachusetts native Aaron McCloskey first picked up the guitar in college and hasn’t put it down since. He began studying jazz, blues and folk music, playing in a number of bands.  McCloskey currently plays with The Creekside Entertainers, The Bluegrass Mountain Ranch Hands, The Steve Itterly Band, and the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Band. Aaron has a great ability to keep his students progressing steadily while always keeping a laid back and fun atmosphere.
 
Chris McGarry
Chris McGarry is the Children’s Program Director, Ukulele Instructor and Camp Director at Swallow Hill Music.  Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Wiscoinsin-Whitewarter after which he taught elementary school music in the Adams 12 School District for five years. As Camp Director, Chris leads campers in a creative experience that harnesses the child’s natural curiosity and love of music.
 
Lindsay Taylor
Lindsay Taylor is the Associate Marketing Direcotr and an instructor at Swallow Hill Music. Taylor graduated from the University of Delaware I 2004 with degrees in Theatre Production and Spanish.  She then taught Drama and Spanish at Alexis I.duPont High School before relocating to Denver in 2008. It was in Denver that she discovered the non-profit community working for Ballet Nouveau Colorado as their Box Office & Administration Manager and Musical Theatre Camp Director.  In 2011, Taylor joined the staff at Swallow Hill Music.