Performing Arts

The performing arts at Manitou Springs High School provides students with a multitude of creative outlets and performance opportunities. Each year, students participate in school concerts, plays, musicals, recitals, and honor groups around the state of Colorado.

Danny Tramel – High School Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra
Danny Tramel is the orchestra director at Manitou Springs Middle and High School. He has conducted band and orchestra during his tenure at Manitou. Mr. Tramel is also a guitarist and trombonist in the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. His other musical exploits have included performing in country music singer/songwriter competitions across the nation. He has and competed in several events and has been a state and national finalist. Mr. Tramel has also enjoyed performing in bands and as a solo acoustic artist around the state of COlorado at various venues. During his free time, Mr. Tramel likes to fly fish, hunt, play music, wood work, and most importantly; hang out with his wife Stephanie and daughter Janette.

Sandi Wilson - Mixed Choir, Chamber Choir
Sandra Wilson is a two-time Music Educator Grammy© Award nominee and has been with Manitou Springs MS/HS since January 2017. She is originally from North Carolina and has been in Colorado since August of 2015. She received her Bachelors in Music Education from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and has continued her studies through UCCS here in Colorado Springs. Her primary instruments include violin, which she has been playing 28 years, and voice, which she has been performing for 26 years. Mrs. Wilson began her teaching career music 11 years ago and has loved every second of it. In that time, she has built 5 different music programs in various private, public, and charter schools in North Carolina as well as Colorado. Mrs. Wilson has taught everything from K-12 general music, to collegiate level A Cappella groups and Chamber strong groups. She has founded and directed her own youth orchestras and A Cappella groups around North Carolina, all of which have performed at professional sporting events such as NBA games, NHL games, and multiple performances at D1 colleges in North Carolina. She, as a violinist, has performed with the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Philharmonic, and currently with the Pikes Peaks Philharmonic. As a recording artist, she has recorded with various local and mainstream recording artists throughout her career including Karim Nagi and David Russell. Mrs. Wilson’s background expands beyond orchestral and vocal music, but also to multicultural music and dance. She has studied various styles of Latin and Indian dance as well as choreographed multiple dances and taught multi-lingual music to K-12 students for Local, State, and International Heritage Festivals.
When she isn't teaching, she spends time with her loving husband and two dogs Woody and Cosmo. They spend most of their time together hiking, skiing, fishing, going to concerts, performing music, and doing anything outdoors.

Taylor – Concert Band, Jazz band, Music theory
Taylor is a passionate music educator who has stayed with the music program in Manitou School District for most of his life. He began as a student here in Manitou and went through the band program in Manitou Middle School all the way through his senior year in Manitou High School. Taylor stayed close to home and studied music at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and then began teaching music at Ute Pass and through Arts14. Taylor started as the band director for Manitou High School and Manitou Middle School in 2018. In his spare time, Taylor likes playing in his band, writing and composing music, and most importantly; spending time with his lovely wife Jen.

Wendy – Theatre arts, Technical Theatre, Theatre 105PPCC, Independent Study Technical Theatre
Wendy Harms has been a theatre practitioner ever since she wrote a play based on Peanuts cartoons and strong-armed her fellow 6th graders into performing. She was the director, of course. Now set on her life path, Wendy had joyous experiences in high school theatre and continued on to California University at Long Beach for her BA in Children’s Theatre. Next, she headed for the midwest and the University of Kansas, where she received her MA, also in Children’s Theatre. The world awaited, and Wendy became a professional costume designer, Equity stage manager, actress, marketing director and teacher of children from 3 – 73. Some 20 years ago, Wendy was invited to direct for MSSD 14, and soon after became the Artistic Director for MSAA. Now she spends her days creating programs with amazing cohorts for even more amazing students.

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