Advanced full symphony orchestra led by Kayson Brown. The Philharmonic hit the top of the Billboard Charts three times, was featured on PBS with The Piano Guys, recorded for SONY Masterworks, and has been viewed over 125 million times on YouTube! This youth ensemble recently released its fifth commercial album which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Classical Charts. Named “Best Orchestra” by Best of State Utah each year since 2008, 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. Students are expected to be fluent across the full range of their instrument, perform music at an advanced, collegiate level and show musicality including in advanced repertoire. Instrumentation includes strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Students must be in 9th-12th grade.
Concert Orchestra – Wed. 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Full symphony orchestra led by director Shane Mickelsen. Performs full-symphonic music from the classical repertory as well as sacred and patriotic music. Regularly performs with well-known guest artists. Concert Orchestra students should read music including all clefs and transpositions common to their instrument, able to shift or play across the full range of their instrument. Instrumentation includes strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Students must be 8-12th grade.
Symphonic Strings – Wed. 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Led by director Lisa Brodie, this advanced string ensemble provides students the opportunity to perform the masterworks of the string literature. Symphonic Strings regularly collaborates with choirs, guest artists and other performing groups. Students should read music well with good intonation and beautiful tone, be comfortable shifting in higher positions, vibrato, be capable of playing in difficult key signatures, and be studying with a private teacher. This ensemble is strings only.
Chamber Ensemble – Wed. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Led by director Amanda Riley, Chamber Ensemble students have the opportunity to audition for solo concertos, work regularly with sectional coaches, and perform with a group of peers who are equally dedicated to making music at a high level even at a young age. Students should read music well, play in tune with beautiful tone and vibrato, be comfortable playing in first through fifth positions, vibrato well and be studying with a private teacher. This ensemble is strings only.
Crescendo Orchestra – Wed. 4:25 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Led by director Carolyn Lundberg, Crescendo Orchestra gives young musicians an opportunity to excel musically alongside students of like ability in a fun, non-competitive learning environment. Students combine with Prelude Strings for a portion of their instruction time so as to meet a wide range of young musicians at the threshold of their ability levels. Qualified students should read music, play in tune with good tone, be comfortable with limited shifting and some vibrato on their instrument, maintain rhythm with the ensemble, and be studying with a private teacher. This ensemble is strings only.
Prelude Strings – Wed. 4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
String ensemble led by Carolyn Lundberg. Students should be studying with a private teacher, read simple music, and have at least one year of playing experience. Students are required to do some extensions and use 2nd and 3rd finger or high and low second finger. Students under the age of 8 or with limited music reading experience are strongly encouraged to have a parent attend rehearsals and practice with them.
An audition is required for entrance into all ensembles.
All ensembles rehearse Wednesday afternoons at:
American Heritage School
736 N. 1100 E. American Fork
(directly east of the Mt. Timpanogos Temple)
*Tuition is withdrawn monthly September or from the month participation commences through May.
Limited Scholarships are available. Click here to download the scholarship application.