The Gifted Music School Conservatory

The Conservatory at Gifted Music School is an international-level, full-scholarship program for serious and hard-working music students (ages 8-18). Admittance is by audition only. The program nurtures and provides a learning environment where students are inspired by their teachers as well as their peers. Many will pursue music careers, while others will succeed in the academic field. The program's goal is to inspire tomorrow's leaders and artists. Students are taught and mentored by world-level artists and pedagogues. GMS faculty are some of the most respected teachers in their field.

Classes include music theory, solfege, performance classes, music history, piano literature, woodwind literature, piano ensemble, chamber music, string sectionals, and orchestral music with Conner Covington, Utah Symphony Associate conductor.    

Our Alumni have studied and trained at many of the most renowned and specialized institutions of higher learning. Listed below are universities and conservatories that reflect the caliber of scholarship and knowledge acquired at Gifted Music School.

1 - Bard Conservatory of Music
1 - Berklee College of Music
19 - Brigham Young University
1 - BYU - Idaho
1 - Cleveland Institute of Music
5 - The Colburn School
1 - CU Boulder College of Music
1 - Curtis Institute of Music
1 - Harvard University
2 - Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
1 - Lynn University Conservatory of Music
1 - Missouri State University
3 - New England Conservatory
1 - Northwestern University
1 - Peabody Conservatory of Music
1 - Princeton University
2 - Rice University
1 - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
4 - San Francisco Conservatory of Music
1 - Southern Virginia University
3 - Stanford University
6 - The Juilliard School
2 - The Columbia-Juilliard Program
1 - The Orchestra Now at Bard College
1 - Vanderbilt University
1 - University of Denver
1 - University of Michigan
7 - University of Utah
4 - Utah State University
1 - Utah Valley University
1 - Westminster College
1 - Yale University


The Gifted Music School Conservatory Class of 2019 received over $1,000,000 total in scholarship offers. 

Gifted Music School's students compete in various state, regional, and national competitions (including Fischoff and MTNA) and dominate at all state-level competitions.  Notable winners in the 2018-19 year include:

Zeke Sokoloff, MTNA National Winner, Junior Division, violin
Caroline Durham, MTNA National Winner, Senior Division, violin
Rachel Call, The Stillman Kelley/Thelma Byrum NFMC Competition, national 2nd place winner, violin
Abby Smith, Wendell Irish Viola Competition, national 2nd place winner, viola
Bear Quartet, St. Paul Chamber Competition, 1st prize winner
Bear Quartet, featured on NPR's From the Top 

World-class guest artists and teachers regularly come to work exclusively with the Conservatory students. Past guests have included Veda Kaplinsky (piano, Juilliard School), Leon Fleisher (piano, Peabody), Roberto Diaz (viola, Curtis), Joseph Silverstein, Robert Lippsett (violin, Colburn), Dr. Yong-Hi Moon (piano, Peabody), Craig Jessop (choral, USU), Vladimir Kulenovic (conductor), Midori Goto (violin, USC), Sel Kardan (viola, Colburn), Micah Yui (piano, Colburn), Andres Cardenes (violin, Carnegie Melon), Meastro Rei Hotoda, and Wei He (violin, San Francisco). Last year, our students worked with Laurie Smukler (violin, Juilliard School), Cedric Pescia (piano, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition winner), Tom Rosenberg (cello, St. Paul Conservatory of Music), Clive Greensmith (cello, Colburn), Albert Tiu (piano, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory), Erin Nolan (viola, producer of NPR's From the Top), Ian Swensen (violin, San Francisco Conservatory), and Conner Covington (conductor, Utah Symphony). 

In addition to a full curriculum of instruction, GMS Conservatory students perform in the Fall Concert, Winter Concert, Pathway Concert, Spring Gala Fundraising Event, Ballet West Academy collaborations, and various collaborative performances in the community. In 2019, our orchestra members performed with the Madeleine Choir School. Students also perform at community outreach events at public schools twice a year. Additional performance opportunities include home concert events and other community events as determined by executive staff. Past events have included featured concerts for non-profit events, spotlighted at local community library and film events, spotlighted for grand opening art houses.


Due to the restrictions on public gatherings during this COVID-19 pandemic, our usual in-person auditions will not take place this year. Auditions for the 2021-2022 school year will be comprised of two rounds. This application is your preliminary audition. Applications, including videos, will be accepted from March 1 until May 8. Students who pass this preliminary round of video auditions will be invited to perform live for our adjudicators online on May 22.

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Bear Quartet, Gold Prize winners at the 2019 St. Paul Chamber Competition