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 busy grandmother of three under age two!
Mrs. Willey earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from University of Utah, 1975; her Utah teaching certificate in composite secondary music with elementary music endorsement; graduate music classes, from Brigham Young University and University of Utah; Intermuse Kodaly training, BYU, 2011. She received training from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, William Starr, John Kendall, Rhonda Cole, Susan Kempner, Alice Joy Lewis, Doris Preucil, Ed Kreitman, Linda Case, Liz Arbus, Tonya Carey, Timothy Durbin, Joseph Kaminsky, Julia Hardie, Janet Andersen, Judy Offman, Deborah Moench, Richard Hoyt, Carey Cheney, Rodney Farrar, Richard Aaron, Rick Mooney, and more.
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Elizabeth W. Marsh (cello) began her music study at the age of two and has been performing ever since. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld and Peter Stumpf. Elizabeth has also toured, collaborated and performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe in various ensembles, and has been a featured soloist with several orchestras including the Utah Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra, USC Symphony, and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Marsh has taught private music lessons for nearly 20 years, and occasionally enjoys guest conducting youth orchestras and cello choirs. She recently published a cello scale book for young students, The Scale Trail Challenge for the Young Cellist, and is soon publishing books in the same series for violin and viola. Elizabeth and her husband Gregory love bringing their growing family to concerts and singing together with their children. They spend their date nights rehearsing and performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, and enjoyed performing together with them last summer at Carnegie Hall.
Kristina Willey (viola) has been teaching viola for sixteen years and was recently appointed as full-time viola faculty at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Her past mentors include Dr. David Dalton, Dr. R. Kevin Call, Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Che-Yen Chen at the University of Southern California, Yizhak Schotten, and Caroline Coade. She recently earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. While studying in Michigan, she was also a member of the Flint Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, where she frequently served as principal violist. Ms. Willey has toured with music groups across the U.S., China, and Europe, performing with esteemed conductors Christoph Eschenbach and Manfred Honeck, as well as composers Mathias Pintscher and Tan Dun. She has taught viola privately at BYU, USC, and U-M, and has also taught courses of music theory, ear training, and string methods. A trained Suzuki teacher, she maintains a private violin and viola studio.
An active teacher and performer, Tim McMurray (violin) currently resides in Salt Lake City. Tim is the Master Teacher for the Weber State University String Project and an Associate Instructor at the University of Utah String Preparatory Division. In addition to these positions, he maintains his own violin studio where he teaches students of all ages in a variety of genres.
From a young age Tim developed a great love for chamber music. He has had the opportunity to study with chamber musicians from around the world during his career, including extensive study with the Cypress String Quartet. Tim has appeared in masterclasses with: Cuarteto Casals, Meccore String Quartet, Faure Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, and the Cypress String Quartet.
Tim holds a Master’s degree in String Performance and Pedagogy Emphasis from the University of Utah and a B.M. in Music Education from Brigham Young University. An avid supporter of new music and instrument making, he performs on an instrument by Anthony Lane from 2012. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and their two children.
Matthew Shumway (bass) is an extremely well rounded and experienced musician. In his formative years, he studied with Dr. Eric Hansen, Professor of Double Bass at BYU. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and received a Bachelor’s degree in Double Bass performance. His teachers there included Dr. Aaron Miller and Dr. Joshua Skinner. Matthew then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Double Bass performance from Northwestern University in 2016 where he studied with Andrew Raciti, MM.
As a classical bassist, Matthew has performed with many artists and groups including Renée Fleming, Alfie Boe, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Idaho Falls Symphony, and the top Symphonies and ensembles at both BYU-Idaho and Northwestern University. He is the current Acting Principle Double Bassist for the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. He was the winner of the 2013 Brigham Young University-Idaho Concerto Competition. Matthew has performed music of the baroque era extensively and played the Violone with BYU-Idaho’s Baroque Ensemble. His performance experience goes well beyond traditional classical music. He has played with a number of popular artists including Collin Raye, Richard Marx, and David Archuleta. He also plays and sings with the Mama’s Boys, his family's bluegrass band.
In September, 2014 Matthew married his wife Eliza. They currently live in Pleasant Grove where he teaches privately.
American violinist Royce Lassley continues to impress audiences with seasoned, inspired performances. Since Lassley started violin lessons at the late age of 13, he has studied with Elaine Clyatt, Nancy Johnson, Matthew Means, Yumi Hwang-Williams at the Lamont School of Music, and is currently a student of Dr. LeeAnn Morgan at the BYU School of Music. Lassley has also studied in Vienna, Austria as a Cherrington Global Scholar with polish concert violinist Barbara Gorzynska (Violin Prof., Prayner Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Arts). Supplementary instruction has been with William Preucil, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Stephen Clapp, Peter Slowik, Marilyn McDonald, and David Russell. He has also appeared in master classes with Rachel Barton Pine, Milan Vitek, and Cheryl Benedict, as well as in chamber music master classes with the Pacifica Quartet, David Ying, and the Ahn Trio.
Royce has appeared as assistant concertmaster of the Lamont School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra and as principal violin II with the Reno Choral Society Orchestra. He was also a first place winner of the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra Anderson Concerto Competition and made his debut with that orchestra in February, 2009.
Summer festivals Royce has attended include the International Lyric Academy Festival Orchestra in Italy (with a full stipend), the Interlochen Arts Camp as a distinguished Emerson Scholar and where he was concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Credo Chamber Music at the Oberlin College/Conservatory of Music. Royce has also been a two-time grant recipient of the Koch Cultural Trust Foundation and he has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Kaitlin Rackham (violin) graduated with a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Brigham Young University in April of 2015, studying under Professor Alexander Woods. While in attendance Kaitlin placed 2nd in the 2014 Colligeate Level of the UMTA Concerto Competition, was a member of the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, BYU’s Baroque Ensemble, the former Concertmaster of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and currently a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square. Kaitlin has gained excellent experience in performance with high caliber ensembles and exceptional conductors.
Beginning in her undergraduate career, Kaitlin has taught students from the ages of 5 to 21, with varying ranges of ability and skill levels. Additionally she has worked as a Chamber Coach for BYU’s SummerFest music program and as a sectional coach for several LYCEUM Orchestras and Summer LMFY. She teaches students of all ages in Saratoga Springs and emphasizes the importance of quality sound and efficacy in practicing.
As an advocate for the arts, Kaitlin was the committee chair of the 2013 Aspiring Musicians Competition for the TSO where she coordinated students, teachers and adjudicators to the great success of the competition’s first year. Through continually private lessons, Kaitlin is building a community of violinists in the Saratoga Springs community and surrounding areas that will propagate for years to come.
Mother of three, Kaitlin loves to teach and perform, and help support Utah County with great pedagogical skill.
Catherine Schulzke (cello) has been teaching private cello lessons since 2005, taking Suzuki teacher training from Denise Willey, Beth Goldstein-McGee, Pamela Devenport, and David Evenchick. In 2016, she received a degree in Classical Studies from Brigham Young University, with a minor in music. She spent a semester teaching English in Kyiv, Ukraine, and served a full-time church mission to Cape Verde, speaking Portuguese. Catherine has been playing cello for twenty-three years and performs regularly in the Orchestra at Temple Square. She loves books, puns, Sunday scripture soirées, and chamber music.