Chamber Music Academy Coach
Born in Maringá (PR – Brazil), Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad began studying piano at 3 years old with her mother, Sandra Rodrigues de Melo. She participated in several training courses (Master Classes, international festivals and private lessons) with renowned musicians. Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad has performed in Master Classes across the globe, and is an award-winning pianist in Brazil. She has performed internationally, including countries such as Austria, Germany, Brazil, and United States of America.
She graduated in 2008 as a Bachelor of Piano at the School of Music and Performing Arts at UFG (Federal University of Goias) in the class of Dr. Luiz Medalha Filho. Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad completed her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Wyoming, where she studied piano with Dr. Theresa Bogard and studied composition with Dr. Anne Guzzo. In 2015, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad completed her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Georgia, where she studied piano with Dr. Martha Thomas.
Among her professional experience, while living in Brazil, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad was a private piano teacher, accompanist, orchestra pianist, arranger, and also a member (as a singer) of a Symphonic Choir. After moving to the USA, in 2010, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad worked as choir accompanist, private piano teacher, and at the college level, she taught Class Piano and Aural Theory. Currently, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad is the choir accompanist at Longmont High School and a faculty member at Laramie County Community College.