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.”
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 LyceumPhilharmonic.org and LyceumPhilharmonic.com 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 iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and on shelves at stores like Seagull Book.
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!
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