Scholarship Auditions


It is time to start auditioning for scholarships.  If you are planning to attend college in the fall you need to audition.  There is money out there for you, even if you are not a music major.

As I get info I will add it to this post, but be sure to search the school you are interested in.  Go to their web site and find the details.  Most audition in January and/or February.  Don’t miss out.

UofU poster 2019

UVU WW Posters

Snow Poster 2019

BYU Info

USU Info

Dixie State Info

SUU Info

Weber State Info

Westminster Info

MB Contract and Signature page

Mr. Sivert and I had a conversation the other day about expectations and the Register My Athlete page. He wants me to make sure that the band is following school and district polices. Since we don’t do physicals for MB (and maybe we should) we really don’t want to do everything on Register My Athlete. Also since all of my stuff is already on line at the this web site we came up with an easy solution. He would like me to have a signature page from every student and parent that indicates you understand the polices. So I created such a document and I now need to collect it. I will have paper copies next week and the first day of school, but if you can get a jump on it, it saves me time. You can find the document here.
Thanks for understanding and just getting it in. Please have it filled out and returned by Aug 21, the second day of school.

Youth Orchestra Opportunity

Music Colleagues!
Lyceum Philharmonic is holding auditions this week for its 2018-2019 Season. These auditions are open to all students going into 9-12th grade next Fall regardless of where they attend school. This is an after-school youth orchestra designed to collaborate not compete with your amazing curricular programs. We rehearse once per week on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:50 at American Heritage School (736 N 1100 E, American Fork). Note that we plan our season assuming that a portion of our winds, brass, and percussion will not be available at all until mid-November due to marching band commitments after school.
The audition is very straightforward — a scale of their choosing and a 5 minute solo. Most students have something they recently did at Region or State. Memorization and accompaniment are optional Students should be in private lessons, and we are happy to help them find a teacher if needed. Seats are competitive in most instrument categories but we are looking for more bassoons, violas and basses. Tuition is $65 per month Sept-May. There are talent, need, and work-credit scholarships available. No students are turned away for financial reasons so long as they are willing to volunteer. There is a ton of info on our and websites. Also check out our YouTube Channel — it just went over 1 million views. This program has grown to 5, soon to be 6 orchestras. The other groups hold auditions in August.
Please let your students know about this opportunity. I’m happy to contact them personally if you provide the info or you could forward this email to your ensemble. Also, I invite you to take a look at our 2018-19 calendar attached and let me know if you see potential conflicts with your season next year. I want to a better job of communicating with local teachers and value your input on how we can better work together to enrich the lives of Utah’s young musicians. Know that we always defer to school ensembles when students have scheduling conflicts. With 90+ youth in 30+ schools across Utah, not a single Lyceum concert goes by without someone needing to miss so that they can support their school program. It’s difficult for us but so worth it because I know how much good you do and how important school programs are. If it wasn’t for my school directors at Logan High growing up, I never would have discovered my love of music. Know that we support you and want to hear from you!
2018-19 Rep: The Price of Freedom by Rob Gardner, Christmas Concerts with guest TBA (last year it was Marie Osmond/David Osmond/Lexi Walker), Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 the  “Pathétique” side by side with the University of Utah Philharmonia performed at Abravanel Hall, Student Concerto Concert rep TBD, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome at Thanksgiving Point Waterfall Amphitheater. We will also be preparing music for our 5th commercial album to be released in the Fall of 2019. The album we released last November, Simple Gifts, hit No. 7 on the Billboard Classical Charts and is available  on iTunesAmazonGoogle Play, and on shelves at stores like Seagull Book.
Our bio:

Lyceum Philharmonic at American Heritage School, led by Kayson Brown, has reached the top of the Billboard Charts, was featured on PBS with The Piano Guys, recorded for SONY Masterworks with Lexi Walker, and has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube! These accomplished young musicians come from more than 30 schools across the state of Utah to participate in the after-school Lyceum Orchestras Program at American Heritage School in American Fork, Utah. They are part of a comprehensive program consisting of five audition-only orchestras that inspire and mentor students ages 5 to 18. They seek to: Inspire – nurture a love of elevated music, increased faith, and patriotism through purposeful events and media. Instruct – develop self-discipline, skills, and character through transformational teaching and professional-level experience and interaction. And Impact (Result of Inspiring and Instructing) – awaken individuals, families and communities to the power music has to change hearts and minds while fulfilling divine potential.

Steven Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys said, “The Lyceum Orchestras Program is an incomparable combination of everything that music is meant to be — joy, refinement, belonging, and fun. It offers kids the kind of opportunities that make music exciting and cool. It provides an environment that isn’t blindly affixed upon purposeless perfection, but rather a more selfless pursuit of excellence. My favorite part of Lyceum is its inherent spirituality. There is a special feeling suggesting a profound development not only of the body and mind, but of the soul.”
Thank you for passing this info along to your students who may benefit from an after-school musical opportunity like this. Thank you for all you do and good luck with your end of the year concerts!
​LOVE music MORE​