February 11, 2018 - Citywide Honor Ensembles

Another month of school has passed, and during that time 40 of our band and orchestra students had the opportunity to participate in the Denver Citywide Honor Band and Orchestra. These students worked tirelessly to prepare audition and concert music, attending sectional rehearsals and office hours often. They got to spend a Friday at another school, rehearsing with the top musicians in the district and renowned conductors from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado Honor Band and more. We are so proud of these students and the beautiful music they created in such a short period time. Check out pictures from the events below!

December 4, 2017 - Concert Announcement

Hello Scorpion Musicians and Families!

This is a friendly reminder that all Scorpion musicians will be putting on our first performance of the year on Thursday, December 14th at 6:30pm in the North High School auditorium. Music will be performed by beginning orchestra, chamber orchestra, beginning band, concert band, and jazz band. We will be playing a variety of pieces including a few holiday favorites. You won't want to miss it!

This performance is mandatory for all students and is a significant portion of their overall grade. All musicians should plan to arrive in the auditorium no later than 6pm in order to warm up and tune our instruments. In addition, students are expected to stay for the duration of the performance to support the other ensembles. The uniform for the concert is: white dress top, black dress bottoms (skirt, slacks, etc.) and black shoes. More detailed information can be found in the Music Handbook received at the beginning of the year, or you can always call or email me with questions or concerns.

Thank you so much, we look forward to performing for you!

Mrs. Smith

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Breaking News! The following Scorpion Musicians did a fabulous job on their Citywide Honor Ensemble auditions, and have been invited to participate in the Denver Citywide Honor Band or Honor Orchestra. Congratulations to these students!

  • Larken Ballinger - Alto Saxophone
  • Ellen Clark - Flute
  • Cierra Cabazos - Trumpet
  • Luke Fleener - Tenor Saxophone
  • Coen North - Baritone Saxophone
  • Hawke Phelps - Percussion
  • Zachery Proctor - Euphonium
  • Jon Stone - Flute
  • Ada Youngstrom - Clarinet
  • Lucy Caldwell - Cello
  • Alex Stone - Cello
  • Jasmine Brambila - Cello
  • Olivia Talle - Viola
  • Ellary Suger - Viola
  • Tyler Cannon - Viola
  • Charlotte Cervantes-Dunn - Violin
  • Ciriah Torrez - Violin
  • Anya Nacht - Violin
  • Alana Waterman - Violin
  • Melissa Charles - Bass


Check out these great pics from the Skinner Fall Festival performance! Outstanding job by all!



October 19, 2017

We hope you will join the Concert Band this Saturday, October 19th at the Skinner Fall Festival! The students will be performing selections by Journey, Fallout Boy and Fitz and the Tantrums. We will also be joined by the North High drumline. Below are the details for students:

  • 10:15am - Warm up and rehearsal in the band room. Please arrive slightly early as warm up will begin right at 10:15am.
  • 11:00am - Performance!
  • What to Wear - Skinner School Spirit Clothes
  • This is a mandatory performance for all Concert Band students and will count as a major assessment grade for the course.

We look forward to performing for you!

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August 2017

Dear Scorpion Musicians and Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year as a member of the Skinner Band and Orchestra Program! My name is Theresa Smith and I am thrilled to be the new band and orchestra teacher at Skinner. For the past 6 years, I have taught band, orchestra and drumline, among many other music classes just around the corner at North High School. During my time as a Viking, I had the joy of working with the most fantastic student musicians, many of whom were Skinner alumni. I am very passionate and proud of the arts programs in Northwest Denver and am excited to start a new chapter continuing this tradition of excellence beside each of you as a member of the Skinner family.

I am currently entering my 10th year as a music educator. I received my Bachelor’s degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University, and recently received a Master’s of Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. During my time teaching, I have worked with students at all levels of schooling from kindergarten through 12th grade. My primary instrument is the flute, however I enjoy playing a number of other instruments as well. When I am not teaching or making music, I enjoy hiking, camping, running and appreciating the great outdoors with my husband and daughter.

It is very important to me that each Skinner musician has the opportunity to develop proficiency on their instrument in a safe, structured learning environment. Students will learn the skills necessary to explore music from a variety of genres and cultures, to create their own compositions, to improvise on their instrument, and to critically think about how music plays an invaluable role in history and society. Student musicians should be active participants in their learning, sharing ideas and collaborating with one another to create music. Most importantly, they will learn how to confidently and proudly perform as a member of an ensemble within their community.

I believe communication is very important in ensuring the success of our students. Throughout the school year you can expect to receive detailed information about performances, curriculum, field trips, activities, and student progress. In the meantime, I hope you will explore this website, like us on Facebook (Skinner Band and Orchestra), follow us on Twitter (@skinnermsmusic) and join our Remind App to learn more about what we will be up to this year. Additionally, I encourage you to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns!

I look forward to getting to know each of you as we make outstanding music this year!


Theresa Smith

Instrumental Music

Skinner Middle School

theresa_smith2@dpsk12.org