Kayson Brown is a passionate music educator whose primary goal is to inspire audiences and the young musicians he directs. As the founder of the Lyceum Music Festival and director of the Lyceum Orchestras Programat American Heritage School, he oversees the largest youth orchestra program in the state of Utah and a nationally significant summer music festival. In all these endeavors, Kayson seeks to connect talented young musicians with their music industry counterparts and has succeeded in attracting a national audience to the meaningful music made by Utah’s local youth.
Kayson has produced, conducted, orchestrated and arranged multiple albums both independently and with the Lyceum Philharmonic. The Philharmonic’s 2017 release, Simple Gifts, reached the top 10 on the Billboard Charts. In 2016, Kayson conducted the and co-produced One by One with Elder David Bednar and pianist Paul Cardall which reached the top of the Billboard Charts. He co-wrote with The Piano Guys the Beethoven’s 5 Secrets which ranked No. 1 on the Charts and has more than 100 million views on YouTube. He has been featured conducting on nationally televised PBS Specials with The Piano Guys, recorded for SONY Masterworks with Lexi Walker and has been recognized by Best of State Utah and American String Teachers Association as one of the leading music educators in the nation.
Kayson holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Brigham Young University where he served as conducting and cello faculty. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Utah where he guest-directed their orchestras as an undergraduate. He has more than 10 years’ experience conducting more than 25 symphony orchestras including professional, university, community, and educational ensembles.
Shane Mickelsen is an active composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Utah State University and a Master’s of Music degree in Music Composition from the University of Utah where he also pursued doctoral studies in Music Composition. He is an accomplished clarinetist and recording musician who has recently written for and recorded with The Piano Guys, Paul Cardall, and the LDS Church. Shane regularly conducts recording sessions and recently served as the Music Director of the West Jordan Symphony. At the age of 17, he was commissioned by the School of Music at Utah State University to compose an opera for its Opera Theatre Program which he composed, rehearsed, and directed. The work was recognized with an award from the university and Craig Jessop. As an educator, Shane directed choir, orchestra, and band at American Heritage of South Jordan where he also taught Latin. He currently maintains a private studio of voice, piano, clarinet, and composition students in his home in Riverton with his wife Kacee and daughter Annie.
Lisa Brodie is a highly trained conductor, violinist, and singer. She has over 25 years experience conducting and coaching youth orchestras of all levels. Prior to joining the Lyceum Orchestra program as a conductor, Lisa conducted with the Timpanogos String Orchestra program (TCO). Students from this program went on to study at Eastman, Colburn School of Music, New England Conservatory, Interlochen, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, BYU, and U of U, among others. Lisa is excited to bring her love of working with young musicians to the Lyceum Orchestra program. She comes from a musical family, her mother is a professional violinist and conductor, and all four of Lisa’s children perform professionally in classical, jazz and composition. Lisa currently teaches advanced violin students, loves to play classical and bluegrass mandolin and is currently taking organ lessons. Never stop learning!
As long time supporters of the Lyceum Orchestra program at American Heritage School, Amanda Riley and her family traveled from Beaver to American Fork each week to have their children participate. After many years of traveling, Amanda is excited to have moved to Highland and to be conducting the Chamber Ensemble. Amanda was formerly the Orchestra and Choir Director at Beaver High School and a general music educator at Belknap Elementary School in Beaver. She is also a graduate of Brigham Young University. Amanda followed her love for music as she started each of her young children playing the violin starting at age three and studied beside each of them. She was the recipient of the UTASTA Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2015. Her love for music, her family and youth has driven her to have a successful program where students feel safe, encouraged and allowed to follow their dreams. Amanda has a passion for touching student’s lives and inspiring them to achieve excellence.
Carolyn Lundberg has been part of the Lyceum orchestra organization since 2008 and currently enjoys being able to teach the Prelude Strings and Crescendo Orchestra at American Heritage. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (teaching) under the tutelage of Dr. Irene Peery Fox, she went on to become active in performing other instruments as well including the cello, harp, organ and voice. She has many years of experience working with children in public school orchestras as well as maintaining a private studio and conducting vocal choirs and other civic orchestras. She and her husband Dean enjoy running a busy musical family of 8 (including foster children).