Randy McIntosh, Artistic Director & Instructor
Randy is our Artistic Director. Randy graduated from Colorado State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in music, and from the University of Colorado in 1996 with a master’s degree in music composition. Randy’s love of Zimbabwean music inspires him to write and arrange his own Shona-style compositions. Randy is our in-house composer and musical visionary.
Randy’s focus in teaching is group marimba classes for teens and adults, primarily with intermediate-advanced level students and performing bands. He also teaches private lessons in mbira, and incorporates mbira concepts into his group marimba classes. Randy has taught Zimbabwean music at the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University, Regis University, New Vista High School, the Colorado School of the Arts, and Boulder Country Day School.
Amy Stewart McIntosh, Executive Director & Instructor
Amy is our Executive Director. Amy began studying African music in 1994 with master instructors both from Zimbabwe and the United States. Amy is adept at many African instruments, but especially loves marimba and hosho, and plays both with style and grace.
Amy’s focus in teaching is group marimba classes for children, teens, and adults at introductory – intermediate levels. She also teaches private lessons in mbira, hosho, and singing, and incorporates these themes, along with Shona culture and language, into her group marimba classes. Amy reminds us that music is not only about notes and rhythms, but about relationships among people working together toward a common goal.
Jesse Larson, Instructor
Jesse Larson first began to play marimba at Kutandara when she was 11 years old, and has been an avid Zimbabwean music lover ever since. She performed for many years with the bands Kutandara and Tamba! as well as other groups from around the U.S. She has also spent time learning from and working with various teachers including Chris Berry, Paul Mataruse, Zivanai Masango, Tendai Muparutsa, Jacob Mafuleni, and many more. At the age of 14, she began to student-teach under the instruction of Randy McIntosh and Amy Stewart McIntosh and then spent the next 6 years teaching regularly at Kutandara. She has since then taught in many different music communities around the country and around the world.
Daniel Lockley, Instructor
Daniel Lockley has been playing marimba and mbira since he was 10 years old, studying with numerous teachers from around the world. Over the years, Daniel has cultivated a deep and unique perspective on the music of Zimbabwe through performing with groups and artists including Jaka, Stella Chiweshe, Boka Marimba, Trillium, Ande Marimba, and Kutandara Marimba Experience.
Daniel’s teaching career began with a steady stream of workshops in partnership with members of Ande Marimba as well as Chris Berry at Zimfest and other Shona music events such as Camps Mabina and Nuandu. Eventually, Daniel began teaching after-school marimba classes in Portland, Oregon, through Ethos Music Center. After several years in Portland, Daniel moved to Colorado.
Daniel helps his students dig deeper to find the boundless opportunities latent in Shona music, focusing first on what really defines specific songs, and later by finding the common threads that weave throughout the entire musical tradition.
Scott Parker Mast, Instructor
Scott has been teaching and performing African rhythms of Cuba and Zimbabwe professionally since 1997. Scott’s study of rhythms of Zimbabwe began with several years in Albuquerque New Mexico, culminating with a three-month visit to Zimbabwe. Scott has also studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba and is a long-running member of local Afro-Cuban ensemble, Bamboche.
Scott has also taught drumming at New Vista High School, September School, Eagle Rock School, Estes Park High School, Willow Creek Elementary School, and Uni-Hill Elementary School, as well as at Camp Tumbuka and Zimfest. Scott was Kutandara’s Marimba Experience’s first drum set player and is featured on their album “Ndotamba nani?” Scott also traveled with Kutandara Marimba Experience in 2000 and 2001 to perform at the Zimbabwean Music Festival. Scott holds a B.A. in Psychology from Naropa University. For more information about Scott, visit his website spmast.com.
Chantel Mead, Instructor
Chantel Mead has been creating joyful, inspired experiences for youth in the Vocal Arts for over 15 years. With a BFA in Musical Theater and graduate work in Vocal Pedagogy, Chantel uses the performing arts as a vehicle for self-empowerment and community building in all areas of her teaching.
While Chantel currently resides in Austin, Texas, she called Boulder home for 12 years and was one of the original members of Kutandara. Her musical journey in Boulder was diverse, including performing in many different world beat bands, starting her own band (8traC), directing the Children’s Choir at Sacred Heart of Mary, teaching private voice lessons, and starting her own performing arts company called Boulder Stars.
Before moving to Austin, Chantel made a pit stop in New York City for 3 years where she was the full-time music teacher and performing arts director at the Stephen Gaynor School…AND became a mother.
Chantel is now the Founder & Artistic Director of Global Voice Collective, an organization committed to using the singing voice as a tool for self-empowerment, global community building, and social action aimed at a more unified, joyful world. Learn more about Chantel at www.StarsAliveMusic.com & www.GlobalVoiceCollective.com
Jon Stubbs, Instructor
Jon graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and moved to Boulder in 1987. Jon is a music teacher, composer and multi-instrumentalist who joined the Zimbabwean music community in 2006. Briannah, who was a student in Jon’s 6th grade band class at Alexander Dawson School, and her parents invited Jon to a concert at the Dairy Center.
After that performance, Jon was eager to learn more about Zimbabwean music, and how it could inspire his students. Jon signed up for marimba classes and lessons and continued to grow and connect with the music. Soon, Jon began playing trombone with Kutandara Marimba Experience. During his time as band teacher at Alexander Dawson School, Jon helped organize marimba workshops that were very popular with Dawson’s students.
Several years later, Jon developed a passion for playing drums; and he was given a timely opportunity to explore this skill with the formation of Kutandara Kombi– a smaller combo. More recently, Jon has brought his guitar playing skills to the fore in that group.
Jon teaches private lessons for trombone, euphonium, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, piano, and drums. For more information about Jon, visit his website jonstubbsmusic.com.