Meet our Judges/Coaches for The Voice of the San Juans 2017.
Susan Walton is a performing singer/songwriter with contest wins in the California State Long Beach University’s Guitar and Banjo Contest and in the panel judged the 1st Montrose Troubadour Contest. She went on to organize and host the 2nd and 3rd Montrose Troubadour Contests. She placed 3rd in a Montrose Classic County Showdown competition. She has received formal vocal training from private instructors as well as in college, where she minored in music while achieving a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She has experience in the recording studio, where she produced a CD of 13 original songs. She enjoys music from just about all genres. She performs solo and with a full band in a variety of venues from Honkytonks to festival stages. She is the founder of the Indie/Folk Rock band SMOLDER that currently performs many of Walton’s original tunes.
Hailing from the little town of Cave Creek, AZ, and currently residing in Olathe, CO, Jenny Koch has traveled all over the country sharing her voice performing in several touring bands including her own co-headed project “Kit Shicker.” Jenny blends Country and Rock in every performance with her unique voice and loves taking her audiences on a musical journey. Her talent has led her to acquire endorsements with Guitarmoose and Samson.
Jane Pierrepont, originally from England, has been singing and performing since she was 6 years old. Over the years in both England and in USA, Jane has sung in amateur and semi-professional choruses, performed with community theatre, and had the opportunity to sing with professional theatre and opera choruses. When asked where her favorite place to sing has been there is no hesitation, Carnegie Hall!She has directed church and hospital choirs and with Magic Circle Players has directed musicals and plays, coached singers and performed in several productions.
Jane is delighted and feels privileged to be once again a judge for The Voice of the San Juans. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience of coaching the singers on her team last year and looks forward to hearing more of the wonderful talent we have here on the Western Slope.
Rusty Wouters is the lead singer for Dave’s Fault rock cover band that has been picking up notoriety since December 2016 as Montrose’s own. Rusty grew up with vocal training from church musicians for choir and later joined several high school chorus groups and an elite barbershop quartet. He is a self-taught acoustic guitar player who writes songs in several genres. He is experienced playing for weddings, funerals, bars, and stages alike. A highlight of his musical experiences was singing solo acappella the National Anthem for 9,000 people at a televised Georgia Tech vs. FSU basketball game.
Dr. Rusty Wouters is a local chiropractor at Mesa Family Chiropractic and professor at Colorado Mesa University. He enjoys mountain biking racing and building trails with the Montrose-Uncompahgre Trails group.
We thank our judges for volunteering their experience, time, talent, and passion for music to help our event be a success!