Young Community Artists 

We are excited to announce a new GMS program - in pargnership with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera - called the Young Community Artists. This program will start in Fall 2024 and is open to all students in the community (ages 9-19) who would like to select and participate in any of our diverse Conservatory class offerings.

Ensemble and performance-based classes will require a video audition submission upon registration, and other classes may require a prerequisite such as a placement exam.  Need-based and merit-based scholarships are also available to all through our financial aid application at: https://giftedmusicschool.org/financial-aid.  Students who also study their private lessons through Gifted Music School will receive priority consideration for scholarships for their YCA class(es). 

In addition to these offerings, we're honored to have esteemed Utah Symphony Assistant Conductor Jessica Rivero Altarriba committed to working with the YCA and Conservatory in Spring 2025. Her collaboration with GMS will culminate in a concert next April celebrating the accomplishments of both YCA and Conservatory students who will come together as a new "GMS Orchestra". 

We look forward to welcoming Ms. Altarriba and are thankful for this partnership with USUO, which will mutually strengthen both organization's missions and provide "deep educational opportunities for young music students in our community."

All classes will follow the 2024-2025 Academic Calendar and will be offered for Fall Semester 2024 and Spring Semester 2025. 

Please take a look at the course offerings and register at the link below!

 

Ensembles/Performance Classes

 

Orchestra

Students participate in weekly rehearsals to work on a wide range of repertoire in preparation for 3-4 concerts each year. String students will have sectionals following rehearsals with GMS faculty coaches. In a collaboration with the Utah Symphony, the orchestra will prepare their spring concert with the Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony, Jessica Altarriba. 

Course Details
   
Instructor(s) TBD
Meets Saturdays at 10:30-12:15 pm,  followed by lunch break, and Sectionals at 12:45-1:30 pm 
Tuition $525/Fall Semester, $595 Spring Semester
Prerequisite Video Audition Submission (2 contrasting pieces)
Registration Deadlines 9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

Piano Ensemble

The GMS Piano Ensemble class seeks to create a sense of belonging for all pianists, musically and socially; foster development of discipline and teamwork in pursuit of shared musical goals; improve essential musical skills of timing, balance, and professional communication in an ensemble environment; and have fun playing a variety of level-appropriate repertoire. Students will participate in several concerts throughout the year in different venues. 

Course Details
   
Instructor Dr. Cahill Smith
Meets Saturdays at 10:30-12:15 pm
Tuition $450/Fall Semester, $510/Spring Semester
Prerequisite Video Audition Submission (2 contrasting pieces)
Registration Deadlines 9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble will explore a range of repertoire for classical guitar, developing ensemble skills and honing more nuanced levels of musicianship and artistry. The ensemble will perform at several concerts in different venues during the year. 

Course Details
   
Instructor Sophie Stanley
Meets Saturdays at 10:30-12:15 pm
Tuition $450/Fall Semester, $510/Spring Semester
Prerequisite Video Audition Submission (2 contrasting pieces)
Registration Deadlines 9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

Chamber Music

The study of chamber music is essential for any musician's development. Chamber music groups are placed by Dr. LeeAnn Morgan according to many factors, including playing level and style. These groups participate in weekly rehearsals and coachings with our faculty, and also frequently perform in guest masterclasses and concerts throughout the year. 

Course Details
   
Instructors Each chamber group will be assigned repertoire and a GMS faculty coach by our Chamber Music Chair, Dr. LeeAnn Morgan
Meets Saturdays at 1:45-3:45 pm (1 hour of rehearsal, 1 hour of coaching)
Tuition $525/Fall Semester, $595/Spring Semester
Prerequisite Video Audition Submission (2 contrasting pieces)
Registration Deadlines 8/3/24 for Fall Semester, 1/2/25 for Spring Semester

 

Conservatory/YCA Choir

The skill of singing is an important tool for any musician's approach to their instrument. Through choir, students develop keen listening abilities, awareness of their body and use of breath, and how to create natural phrasing and artistry through their tone production. 

Course Details
   
Instructor Dr. Sarah Houghton
Meets Fridays at 3:20-4:00 PM
Tuition $240/Fall Semester, $272/Spring Semester
Prerequisite Scheduled vocal audition with Dr. Houghton
Registration Deadlines 9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

 

Supplemental Piano Group Classes

Supplemental piano lessons provide the necessary skills for a single-line instrumental student to read proficiently, at a minimum, the treble and bass clefs. Hearing and identifying chords, reading four-part harmony, and analyzing layered scores are critical components of a functional musician. Having basic keyboard skills is an important component of a solid foundation for any musician, and the objective of the Supplemental Piano Program at Gifted Music School is to provide this essential building block of a music student’s general musicianship. Students do not need any background in piano to register for these classes—upon registering and a preliminary audition, they will be placed into one of the four semesters/levels of the Supplemental Piano curriculum. 

Course Details
   
Instructor TBD
Meets Fridays at 5:00-7:00 PM (Semester 1 is 5:00-5:30, Semester 2 is 5:30-6:00, Semester 3 is 6:00-6:30, and Semester 4 is 6:30-7:00)
Tuition $150/Fall Semester, $170/Spring Semester
Prerequisite Placement exam prior to the first week of classes
Registration Deadlines 9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

 

Viola for Violinists

For all violinists who are interested in the first steps to learning viola, this class is a wonderful introduction to the instrument. Class topics include developing basic technical foundation on the viola, reading alto clef, and learning viola repertoire. 

Course Details
   
Instructor Dr. LeeAnn Morgan
Meets Saturdays at 3:45-4:30 PM
Tuition $270/Fall Semester, $306/Spring Semester
Prerequisite Video Audition on viola or viola (2 contrasting pieces)
Registration Deadlines 9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

 

Performance Classes

These monthly performance classes are for students to play through their repertoire, listen to their peers, and receive valuable feedback from faculty.

Course Details
   
Instructor(s) Eugene Watanabe and Dr. Vera Oussetskaia Watanabe  
Meets First Thursday of each month at 6:00-7:00 pm (September 2024-May 2025)
Duration 60 minutes
Tuition $80/Fall Semester, $100/Spring Semester
Registration Deadlines  9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

Academic Classes

 

Music Theory

Our comprehensive Music Theory curriculum progresses in a multi-year sequence: 

  • Theory Basics

  • Beginning Theory/Diatonic Harmony I

  • Intermediate Theory/Diatonic Harmony II

  • Advanced Theory/Introduction to Chromatic Harmony

  • Form & Analysis

  • AP  Theory (high school students receive AP credit)

Upon registering and taking a diagnostic exam, students will be placed in the Theory class that corresponds to their appropriate level. 

Course Details
   
Instructor(s) Assigned based on Theory placement exam
Meets Saturdays at 7:45-9:00 AM (AP Theory, Advanced Theory, Intermediate Theory) or Saturdays at 9:10-9:25 am (Beginning Theory, Theory Basics); Mondays at 4:00-5:00 PM over Zoom  (Form and Analysis)
Tuition  $800 for the whole year (32 classes)
Prerequisite Students will take a diagnostic Theory placement exam on Saturday, August 17th 
Registration Deadline  8/16/2024

 

Music History

The Music History curriculum covers the range and time period of Western Music History. These Music History classes are divided into 3 sections: 

  • Music History
  • Orchestral History
  • Piano History

Students will be placed into a class based on their prior knowledge and experience. All students who are new to Music History will be placed in Music History I as an introduction, and following completion of that class, are placed into Orchestral History or Piano History depending on their primary instrument. 

Course Details
   
Instructor Dr. Koji Attwood
Meets Fridays at 2:20-3:20 pm or 5:00-6:00 pm (Orchestral History); Fridays at 6:00-7:00 pm (Music History I); Saturdays at 12:45-1:45 pm (Piano History) 
Tuition  $640 for the whole year
Prerequisite Students will take a placement exam prior to the first week of classes
Registration Deadline  8/16/2024

 

Music Listening Contest

An exciting intiative and training based on the Minnesota Music Listening Contest that helps students develop keen active listening and critical analysis skills in determining the details of different works, including composer, style, and period. This class also offers the oppotunity for high school students to compete in the Music Listening Contest national competition. 

Course Details
   
Instructor Dr. Lauren Posey
Meets Fridays at 4:00-5:00 PM
Duration 60 minutes
Tuition $640 for the whole year
Registration Deadline 8/16/2024

 

Forum 

These classes are an exploration of movement and the mind-body connection led by ballet dancer and teacher, Jennifer Beaumont. To supplement this exploration, various guests will also come during the year to speak with students on various topics in music, such as career paths, performance preparation, and other forms of movement and improvisation. 

Course Details
   
Instructor(s) Jennifer Beaumont/Various Guest Speakers
Meets Saturdays at 8:00-9:00 am or Saturdays at 9:15-10:15 am 
Duration 60 minutes
Tuition $375/Fall Semester, $425/Spring Semester
Registration Deadlines  9/3/24 for Fall Semester; 1/6/25 for Spring Semester

 

 

 

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