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Music Faculty

Rich ItalianoRichard Italiano
Adjunct instructor

Richard Italiano is currently a resident/adjunct instructor at the Community College of Aurora and has been on the faculty at CCA since 1989. He served as Music Department Coordinator at CCA from 1997-2013. The courses he has taught or is currently teaching include Fundamentals of Music Theory, Music Theory I and II,

Ear Training/Sight-Singing I and II, Music Appreciation, Piano Class, Private Instruction in Piano and Composition. He received his Bachelor of Music (Piano) from the University of Northern Colorado and Master of Music (Piano) from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. In 2001, he was awarded the Brosh Faculty Endowment and in 2004-2005, he was named Faculty of the Year. In 2005, he composed music for the theater department’s production of Antigone and in 2009, he composed the film score for The Men Running Past for the Colorado Film school. He has performed as piano soloist and chamber musician for faculty recitals and other events on campus through the years.

Evan KirkEvan Kirk
Adjunct instructor

Evan Kirk is an adjunct instructor of music theory and music appreciation. He studied music at the University of Northern Colorado earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Theory & Composition. He started his teaching career at CCA in 2008. While at the college, he had the opportunity to write original music for the CCA Theatre’s regional premiere of Lookingglass Alice. Currently, in addition to his work at the college, Evan works with a software company (PianoMarvel) that creates and maintains an online interface for learning and playing piano, guitar, bass, or drums through lessons and repertoire.

Recently, he has branched out across campus and played a small role working with CCA's Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness in various capacities. When he’s not devoting himself to music or higher education in one capacity or another, he spends as much time as possible with his wife and daughter.

Aaron SummerfieldAaron Summerfield
Adjunct instructor

Aaron Summerfield is an active performer, composer, and music educator residing in Denver, CO. He is currently an adjunct guitar instructor at the Community College of Aurora. Aaron holds degrees from Portland State University (BA) and the University of Denver (MM), where he was a graduate teaching assistant for Jazz Theory and Aural Skills. At DU, he was recognized as the Jazz department's “Outstanding Graduate Student” and was also the 1st runner-up in the 2014 Lamont School of Music Jazz Soloist Competition. Aaron has taught guitar classes in many different settings and is passionate about helping students of all levels and backgrounds develop their skills.

Aaron's performance experience is wide-ranging, and he maintains a busy schedule that includes stints in pit orchestras and cruise ship show bands. He can currently be seen playing guitar all over the Denver area with various jazz ensembles as well as wedding/event bands and church praise bands. He is also an active composer, and his pieces are currently being performed by Denver bands including CP-3O, The Tyler Farr Quartet, and The Dan Quisenberry Group. Aaron is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.

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