2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Lesher Middle School - Advanced Chamber Orchestra

Main Ballroom

Loni Obluda
Lesher Middle School, Orchestra Director and CoASTA President

Loni Obluda is a Colorado native having grown up in Pueblo, CO where she studied Suzuki Violin with Ms. Ann Pineda-Fuentes for 15 years. Loni received her Bachelor of Music Education, with an emphasis in String Performance, from the University of Northern Colorado, where she studied violin with Professor Richard Fuchs and graduated with honors. During her undergrad, Mrs. Obluda was hired to teach inaugural classes of beginning violin, for the non-profit, early childhood organization, “The Union Colony Children’s Music Academy,” and was also the interim orchestra director at Greeley West High School during the 2007-2008 school year. It was through these two opportunities that Mrs. Obluda began to flourish as an educator in Northern Colorado.

Currently, Mrs. Obluda is in her 13th year of instrumental music instruction at Lesher Middle School in the Poudre School District. While at Lesher, Mrs. Obluda has directed many ensembles that have received Superior Ratings at various regional and state-level festivals. In addition, under her direction, The Lesher Advanced Chamber Orchestra has been selected for several statewide honors, and was part of an elite group of ensembles that received an invitation to perform at the 2020 Yamaha “Music For All National Music Festival” in Indianapolis, IN. -Specifically, of the seven orchestras chosen to perform at this national festival, The Lesher Middle School Advanced Chamber Orchestra was the ONLY Middle School ensemble selected to perform; all of the other groups were high school orchestras. In addition to National recognition, Mrs. Obluda’s top groups have also received three invitations (2014, 2017, and 2022) to represent their school at the Colorado Music Educator’s Association Conference.

Mrs. Obluda is the current President of the Colorado Chapter of ASTA and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, Dan. Loni and Dan are both proud to be music educators, UNC Alumni, and are even more honored to be a part of the well-established tradition of excellence in music education, in the Poudre School District/ Northern CO Community.

This performance is limited to 75 registered attendees, due to Health & Safety Protocols. Be sure to select "attending" (or click the + symbol) for this session to ensure your spot! Note: Additional seating will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the start time of the session.

Presider - Thomas Dodd, Lesher Middle School Principal

Concert Host - Lindsay Fulcher, CO ASTA President-Elect