A Best of State Experience

The Lyceum Youth Orchestras at American Heritage School include six ensembles to meet each student at the threshold of their abilities. Our flagship ensemble, the Lyceum Philharmonic, has been recognized by the Best of State organization as Utah’s premier orchestra annually since 2008. The Philharmonic has been featured on PBS; recorded for SONY Masterworks; has performed on some of the largest, most-exclusive stages in the world; released multiple No. 1 iTunes singles with both The Piano Guys and Paul Cardall; received numerous awards; and has entertained and inspired millions worldwide on YouTube. In all endeavors, this high-school-aged student ensemble strives toward its three-fold mission:

  • Inspire — nurture a love of elevated music, increased faith, and patriotism through purposeful events and media
  • Instruct — develop self-discipline, skills, and character through transformational teaching and professional-level experience and interaction
  • Impact — awaken individuals, families and communities to the power of music to change hearts and minds while fulfilling divine potential

“The Lyceum Orchestras Program is an incomparable combination of everything that music is meant to be — joy, refinement, belonging, and fun. It offers kids the kind of opportunities that make music exciting and cool. It provides an environment that isn’t blindly affixed upon purposeless perfection, but rather a more selfless pursuit of excellence. My favorite part of Lyceum is its inherent spirituality. There is a special feeling suggesting a profound development not only of the body and mind, but of the soul.”

— Steven Sharp Nelson, The Piano Guys

Unparalleled Opportunity

Beyond the opportunity to record albums, launch YouTube videos, and perform in top-tier venues, we program opportunities for student musicians to be mentored by and perform with a wonderful array of guest artists. The most recent set of opportunities have included:

  • Performing at “The Redeemer” at the home of the New York Philharmonic with Jenny Oaks Baker Easter weekend.
  • Concerts and collaborative music releases with Broadway star Laura Osnes and renowned tenor Nathan Pacheco.
  • Multiple performances of Beethoven 9 with BYU-Idaho Symphony in 2023 and combined performances with the BYU Chamber Orchestra of Pines of Rome in 2025.
  • Eight commercial albums including recent releases that feature youth recording with David Archuleta, Steven Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys, GENTRI, Jenny Oaks Baker, Caroline Campbell, Dallyn Vail Bayles, Lexi Walker, and more!
  • Concerts with headliners including Marie Osmond, The 5 Browns, Jackie Evancho, The Piano Guys, William Joseph, Igor Gruppman, and more!

In all our media and events, we seek to increase faith, patriotism, and a life-long love of learning. We hope to Instruct and Inspire in such a way that our Impact on families is a lifelong legacy of loving music more!

Join Us!

With eight audition-only ensembles at our American Fork campus, we are able to place most students in an orchestra that meets the student at the threshold of their abilities. We are excited to announce the expansion of the Lyceum Youth Orchestras Program to downtown Salt Lake City!