About Us

The Young Artists Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and supporting the young talent of our community through education, performance opportunities, and competition.


Working Board of Directors


Rosalie Keith: Executive Director

Rosalie has worked as an arts volunteer for the city of Thornton and Adams County for 20 years. She is the creator and administrator for the TASHCO Young Artists Festival. She served on the TASHCO Board of Directors, the Adams County Cultural Council and on the Board of Directors for Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Rosalie is a graduate of Metropolitan State College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations. For 15 years she owned Tremont Printing in downtown Denver with her husband. This small business ownership gave Rosalie experience in financial management and planning, as well as the day –to- day business operations required for successful customer service. Upon retirement, Rosalie continues with her arts volunteerism and teaches 15 piano students.

As executive director for the Young Artists Alliance, Rosalie oversees the management of the organization which includes program development, grant writing, fundraising, and program supervision. She works closely with TASHCO, the city of Thornton and the YAA Board of Directors in establishing long-range goals for the community. Rosalie is the 2004 recipient of the SCFD Rex Morgan Award.


Heather Schenck: Artistic Director

Heather has been teaching music in the Adams 12 Five Star School District for almost 15 years and is currently the Choral and Theatrical director at Mountain Range High School in Westminster. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied choral conducting, string pedagogy and piano performance. She was the Choral and Orchestra Director at Westlake Middle School for five years, where her groups received many awards including the honor of performing for the Colorado Music Educators Association in 2005. Heather has adjudicated solo and ensemble contests in strings, piano and voice.   Heather performed classical piano during the formative years of the Young Artists Festival later becoming involved as a volunteer. Heather’s professional experience as an arts educator brings strength to YAA student programming. She is the conductor for the Young Artists Chorale and helps manage the Young Artists Festival. Heather serves as the Chair-Elect of the Colorado All-State Choir. She has been a private piano teacher for over 18 years.


Pamela Luhrs: President

Pamela has served on the board of several organizations. At Stargate Charter School, as board president, she organized the charter renewal process and served on the committee to build a new school building. At Legacy High School, she served as secretary of the Legacy Choir Booster Club where $20,000 was raised for choir programs, and helped organize the booster club as a non-profit organization. In 2001 she received the School Volunteer of the Year Award for Congressional District 2 from the Colorado Association of Partners in Education. She recently retired after serving for 5 years as an assistant director of Youth Theatre at the Art Underground in Louisville, Colorado.


Jay Kinsel: Vice President

Jay is a professional director and member of The Stage Director and Choreographers Society. With a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Stephan F. Austin State University, he specializes in directing, acting, and lighting design. He currently works contracted jobs and has had the opportunity to direct for companies like Up With People, World Campus Japan, CenterStage Theatre Company, Kenwood Camp and Off Broadway’s Manhattan Repertory Theatre. In Adams County, Jay works as a theatrical technician for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools and is the Technical Director for The Studio School. Jay is a produced playwright and a member of The Dramatist Guild of America. Jay has a long history with nonprofit programs focusing on experiential learning opportunities for young people worldwide and has served in many different management roles on the operations side of business.


Karin Gritz: Secretary

Karin is the owner of Premier School of Dance located in Thornton, Colorado. She has owned this studio for over 20 years, and has been teaching dance for over 25 years. Karin trained with Gwen Bowen School of Dance, and began teaching at age 18. She spent several years teaching at the Pueblo Ballet and Metropolitan School of Dance while raising her family. Karin’s studio specializes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and acrobatics. She employs 6 dance instructors, has over 175 students, and is a member of the Colorado Dance Alliance. Karin has had participants in the TASHCO Young Artists Festival since its inception in 1996. Several of her students have gone on to pursue dance degrees in college and to perform in pre-professional companies.


Valerie Price: Treasurer

Valerie has spent her entire life in Adams County. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Regis University. She has spent the last 20 years working as an accountant in the City of Thornton and the City of Broomfield. Her knowledge of the workings of city governments as well as her training in accounting makes Valerie an indispensable member of the board. Her daughter, Alexandra, participated in our programs for several years, giving Valerie an understanding and appreciation for the goals of the Young Artists Alliance.


Pam Wilder: Media Specialist

Pam has an AAS degree in Architectural Engineering from Front Range Community College and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver. She is Product Manager for Keymark Enterprises with 10 years of experience in software development. Pam was a student of classical ballet for 15 years. She has been an arts advocacy volunteer at The Studio School and CenterStage Theatre Company where she served as props master, costume designer, set builder, and backstage crowd control. With her knowledge of computers and social media, Pam is our go to person for advertising design and social media outreach. Her perspective on how media can be used to further the goals of YAA makes her a valuable addition to the board.



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