About Us

“Unparalleled excellence in Music Education” Founded in 2008 by Eugene and Vera Watanabe, the Gifted Music School is a 501(c)3 non-profit children’s music school located in Salt Lake City. The school is committed to creating a new standard for music education in the United States. Two divisions feature an expansive curriculum and world-class faculty.

GMS Conservatory:  a full scholarship program for serious and committed music students (ages 6-18). A top level musical training program is part of this program, which include theory, ear training, performance classes, chamber music, and orchestral training. Auditions are currently held once a year in the spring.

GMS Preparatory Division:  a music program for children ages 3-18 and all skill levels. Lessons are available on piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, bassoon, clarinet, music theory, and chamber music. Limited need based tuition assistance scholarships are available on a limited basis. The GMS Preparatory Division features Utah’s first official school Suzuki String Program featuring certified Suzuki instructors trained at premier music schools.

To donate or become a supporter of the Gifted Music School, CLICK HERE. The school has a dedicated team of board members, advisory board members, and management staff who help to oversee and administer the school.

Management:  Andrea Barnes, Heather Moore, and Eugene Watanabe

Board Members:  Arthur Dummer (Chairman), Natalie Cottrill, Howard Edwards, Kelly Hubbard, J.P. Hughes, Scott Huntsman, Deborah Moench, Diana Peterson, Joanne Rowland, Dorotha Smart, and Ann M. Staples.

Advisory Board and Honorary Past Members:  Gary Graffman, Dr. Craig Jessop, Chase Kimball, Benjamin Peterson, Barbara Tanner.

Volunteer Committee:  Judith Whittlesey