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 American Heritage Lyceum Orchestras Program, he oversees five youth orchestras and a nationally significant summer music festival. In all these endeavors, Kayson seeks to connect talented young musicians with their professional counterparts and has succeeded in creating programs that consistently attract large audiences to meaningful concerts that serve a purpose beyond financial gain or mere entertainment. Kayson co-wrote the Beethoven’s 5 Secrets single that ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Charts and currently has nearly 20 million views on YouTube. He holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Brigham Young University where he served as conducting faculty. Kayson has conducted over 25 symphony orchestras including the Omaha Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, all five BYU Orchestras, both University of Utah Orchestras, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Savior of the World Musical Orchestra, The Pearl Awards Orchestra, and Student Honors Orchestras in Salt Lake and Cache Counties.
Kayson has produced, conducted, orchestrated and arranged numerous albums both independently and with the Lyceum Philharmonic. He has been featured conducting on nationally televised PBS Specials with The Piano Guys, recorded for SONY Masterworks and has been recognized by Best of State Utah and American String Teachers Association as one of the leading music educators in the nation. His music and student musicians have been heard over 125 million times on YouTube and have reached the top of the Billboard Charts on three separate albums.
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 and has one of the leading websites and YouTube Channels to teach cello online via Learn2PlayCello.com. He has nearly two decades of experience conducting more than 25 symphony orchestras including professional, university, community, and educational ensembles nationwide.
Denise Willey, founder of the Lyceum Orchestra Program in 1987, was named Utah Studio Teacher of the Year in 1997 by the American String Teachers Association. An enthusiast of teaching Suzuki students to read music, she is the author of I Love To Read Music Literacy Program , and Easy Steps to Music Reading. Mrs. Willey has directed young musicians from across the country at the new Lyceum Music Festival-Youth and Mountains & Strings camps, at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and in after-school orchestra programs. She is a Registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer, avid strings teacher, and happy mother of six– all of whom teach music and have received national recognition for their playing– and grandmother of three.
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 for 6 years and currently enjoys being able to teach the Prelude Strings 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).