Bachelors of Music Education, 2019 CU Boulder
Carrie Borja is the Director of Bands at Westview Middle School, in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Being an active musician in her schools’ ensembles from an early age, she became inspired by the impact music has on young lives and decided to pursue becoming a music educator. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied French Horn with Michael Thornton, and studied Conducting/Music Education with Dr. Matthew Roeder and Dr. Matthew Dockendorf.
During her time at CU, Ms. Proctor performed with the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and several brass quintets. She also played in the CU Athletic Bands and the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, where she served two years as a Drum Major. Ms. Borja was the recipient of the Colorado Bandmasters Association’s 2019 Student Teacher Scholarship.
Ms. Borja has worked with a variety of young ensembles and instrumentalists having served as, a conductor for the Middle School Ensemble program, Band Director at the St. Louis K-8 Catholic School, as the Head Counselor for the CU Middle School Summer Music Academy, and is still actively teaching young French Horn players in the Longmont area.
As a lifelong learner, Ms. Borja continually pursues opportunities to grow as a teacher, musician, and conductor. She is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, regularly attends conferences for professional development, participates in conducting clinics, and performs as a member of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria.
Ms. Borja is passionate about motivating youth through a shared connection to music and is inspired by the talent, tenacity, and creativity of young musicians.