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A Best of State Experience

The Lyceum Youth Orchestras at American Heritage School includes 12 ensembles serving youth across the Wasatch Front. This inspiring brand of music education is open to all students regardless of where they attend school and is sponsored and hosted at our new downtown Salt Lake campus. Combined with its sister-campus in Utah County, it is the largest most comprehensive youth orchestra program in the state and has been recognized as one of the premier music education institutions in the country. Lyceum ensembles have been recognized by the Best of State organization 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, these student ensemble strive 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 Lyceum Symphony at the new Salt Lake Campus is already slated to perform with Jenny Oaks Baker and record for an international broadcast by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recent collaborations include performing and recording with David Archuleta, Nathan Pacheco, GENTRI, Lexi Walker, The Piano Guys, Jenny Oaks Baker, Dallyn Vail Bayles, The 5 Browns, and Jackie Evancho.


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