Blog | Dec 28

Tyson Graham, Conservatory Pianist and Hurricane Katrina Survivor

Give by December 31 to help kids like Tyson


At Gifted Music School, we are proud of many things, but most of all our extraordinary students.

Tyson Graham was born at only 24 weeks, a tiny preemie. He was one of two surviving triplets born to parents Jared and Laura. Jared, a member of the US Air Force, was stationed in Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit. Tyson was in the NICU at New Orleans Children's Hospital. He had to be evacuated under extremely dangerous circumstances.

 During his journey out of the city, he was separated from his parents and even shot at by terrified citizens who were desperate to get out of the city, even if it meant hijacking an ambulance. But Tyson fought for his life, and he won! - though today he continues to live with severe health challenges.

Tyson is a full scholarship student at Gifted Music School. He started taking piano lessons with GMS faculty when he was 8 years old. He's lost both his eyes, but he's become a stellar pianist, capable of improvising music on the spot. “The music is in him,” says Tyson's mother Laura. “He has a hard time vocalizing his feelings but he speaks through his music.” Recently, he even had the chance to play with Andrea Bocelli backstage during his recent Salt Lake City concert.

Making music is something Tyson can't imagine living without. And because of generous donors, he doesn't have to!



Before the tax year ends, please make a gift to help make music education accessible to all. THANK YOU for being a vital part of our community. Our students depend on generous donors to make music accessible for all. Please donate by December 31 to help many more kids like Tyson.