Ms. Teti's Bio

Ms. Teti was born in Denver, Colorado. Her passion for music was inspired by her piano-playing soprano sister, her Sunday School teacher (who gave her a toy piano at the tender age of three), and her Grandmother (who realized the toy piano was no longer enough and got a lovely piano to replace the one sister Peggy had taken with her when she got married), as well as her parents - who exposed her to a wonderful variety of music and encouraged her talents with piano lessons, voice lessons, and dance lessons, but more importantly, by coming to see every musical and theatrical performance she was ever in through high school and beyond.

She had the privilege of performing in the Denver All City Choir and the Colorado All State choirs, as well as the Denver High School Summer Theatre program throughout her high school years. Her family also contributed immeasurably to her appreciation of world music by traveling for fifteen months (primarily in Europe and Africa), while her father continued his education through the University of Madrid. There, Ms. Teti got to experience language immersion first-hand by attending a Spanish speaking school taught by French nuns. A classmate gave her a panderetta (Spanish tambourine) as a farewell gift, the very first addition to Ms. Teti’s extensive drum collection.

After returning to Denver with her family, Ms. Teti's first "job" (at age 12) was playing piano for her church's Sunday School. After graduating from high school, she went on to get a Bachelor Degree in both Music and Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She helped pay for tuition by working as a church soloist and piano teacher, and running a singing telegram company with her college roommate. She also worked as a writer and composer for the Educational Theatre Dept. at UNC, culminating in her writing a complete children's musical, "Bobby and the Butterfly Inside," which toured schools throughout Colorado. Ms. Teti spent her college summers working at the Little Theatre of the Rockies doing summer stock, and teaching voice and theatre at performing arts and church summer camps, including French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, NY., where she also directed children's productions of Broadway musicals.

Ms. Teti’s first traditional teaching job was at the University Laboratory School in Greeley where she taught K-12 Drama. After moving back to Denver, Ms. Teti taught drama classes and workshops in Conflict Resolution for Colorado Educational Theatre, and worked with her then husband performing, teaching, and choreographing stage combat and theatrical/film stunt work. During this time she also performed in many musical and theatrical shows at theatres in the Denver area, including Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, and the Aurora Fox Theater (favorite shows: Amadeus, Singin' in the Rain, Sweet Charity), as well as doing acting and stunt work in film and television (favorite projects: "Denver Diner" and Eddie Murphy's The Distinguished Gentleman).

Ms. Teti moved to Southern California in 1990 after becoming a flight attendant for Continental Airlines, which allowed her to revisit parts of the world she had seen as a child, as well as plenty of opportunity to travel to new parts of the world. This is when the drum collection began to grow exponentially, soon filling a rather large portion of her parent’s basement in Denver with drums from Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, Central America, Europe, Canada, and most of the 50 states. During this time Ms. Teti studied acting with Eric Morris, and voice with both Elisabeth Howard and Howard Austin, the founders of Vocal Power. While still a flight attendant, Ms.Teti completed her secondary English credential at California State University, Dominguez Hills, then gave up her wings to teach high school English and choir at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove School District, where she also coached the Dance Team.

Ms. Teti was invited to begin work on her Master of Music degree (on a scholarship) while singing in one of the choirs at California State University, Long Beach. Here she studied voice with Marvellee Cariaga, taught voice classes, and worked with American opera composer, Thomas Pasatieri. As a part of her teacher assistantship, she worked as Opera Manager for the Music Dept., and was also recruited by the Theatre Dept. to work in the Theatre Management Program. While performing the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, she met and later married her Don Ottavio, and was soon collecting Baby Mozart CDs for her soon-to-arrive son.

Ms. Teti moved to Casa Grande in 2004 to help her elderly parents (who had moved away from the snowy sidewalks of Denver), and stayed home to work with her son (who has autism) until he started pre-school. Ms. Teti worked part-time as a substitute for Casa Grande District before signing on as General Music teacher at both Desert Willow and Mesquite in 2006.

This summer Ms. Teti worked as a musical theatre instructor and vocal/piano coach for the BlackBox summer theatre programs and Rock Star camp. This fall she is teaching voice lessons (all levels) and beginning piano lessons, as well as a Saturday voice class for teens, out of the new downtown BlackBox Theatre location.