GMS Conservatory Curriculum

Rigorous curriculum of the Conseratory at GMS includes instruction in theory, solfege, performance, chamber music, and string sectionals and rehearsals. Woodwind literature and ensemble classes benefit our woodwind students, and for keyboard students, piano literature, musicianship, and duets classes. 

In addition, GMS conservatory students perform three major concerts each year in addition to the Showcase Concert, Chamberpalooza, and a collaboration concert with Ballet West Academy. Students also perform community outreach events at public schools twice each year.

Additional performance opportunities include home concert events and other community events as determined by executive staff. Past events have included featured concerts for non-profit events, spotlighted performances at local community library and film events, and for an art house grand opening.

Conservatory Class Schedule 2019-2020

City Academy Campus | 555 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102







Required for Winds & Piano


Required for Winds, Brass, and Strings



Orchestra II E.WATANABE 2:00-3:20

Brass Sectionals & Ensemble HART 2:30-3:20


Brass Literature HART 3:00-3:50


General Orchestra COVINGTON 3:30-4:50


Theory, Solfège & Eurythmics (4:00-6:10 OR 5:00-7:00, assigned according to theory level)

Wellness for Musicians 4:00-4:50

Theory office hour CHIKINDA 4:00-5:00 (as needed)

Keyboard Skills for Pianists YORGASON 4:00-4:50

Piano Ensemble I ATTWOOD 4:00-4:50


Music History & Literature ATTWOOD 5:00-5:50

Woodwind Literature CLAYTON 5:00-6:00

Orchestra I COVINGTON 5:00-6:00


Solfège V.WATANABE 5:00-6:00


Performance Class E.WATANABE 6:00-7:00

Woodwind Ensemble CLAYTON 6:00-7:00

String Sectionals 6:10-7:00


Piano Ensemble II ATTWOOD 6:10-7:00

Class Hours by Instrument Group


Monday 3:00-6:10 or -7:00
Tuesday 5:00-7:00 OPTIONAL
Friday 2:30-4:50
+ Chamber group rehearsals (as assigned by brass & chamber faculty)


Monday 4:00-6:10 or 5:00-7:00
Tuesday 5:00-7:00 OPTIONAL
Thursday 5:00-7:00
Friday 3:30-4:50
+ Chamber group rehearsals (as assigned by woodwind & chamber faculty)


Monday 4:00-6:10 or 5:00-7:00
Tuesday 5:00-7:00 OPTIONAL
Friday 2:00-7:00 Orchestra II OR 3:30-7:00 Orchestra I
+ Chamber group rehearsals


Monday 4:00-6:10 or 5:00-7:00
Tuesday 4:00-7:00 OPTIONAL
Thursday 4:00-6:00 or 5:00-7:00
+ Chamber group rehearsals (as assigned by piano & chamber faculty)

Scheduling Notes


Weekly chamber rehearsals will be scheduled by the group’s coach with the members of the group. Chamber rehearsals will be 1-4 hours every week, depending on the commitment level and goals of the group.

Theory/Solfege & Eurythmics

Students will take either Theory & Eurythmics or Solfege and Eurythmics. Students will be scheduled either from 4:00-6:10 pm or 5:00-7:00 pm. This placement will be determined by each student’s theory or solfege level.

Electives & Additional Options

Music Listening Contest Prep Course

Dr. Lauren Posey has led a Music Listening team to nationals in the Music Listening Contest for the past two years. This year, she will teach a weekly course to prepare students to form a Music Listening team; Dr. Posey will select a team from high-performing students in the class. Dr. Posey will choose a date and time for this weekly course. This is an elective class, and is covered by the Conservatory scholarship. Students who choose to take this class are enrolled for the year and must attend every class as dictated by the Conservatory attendance policy.

Music History

Dr. Koji Attwood, resident music history expert and enthusiast, teaches this fascinating class. This is an elective class, and is covered by the Conservatory scholarship. Students who choose to take this class are enrolled for the year and must attend every class as dictated by the Conservatory attendance policy.

Performance Class

Mr. Eugene Watanabe holds a weekly workshop designed for students who are preparing for upcoming performances, auditions, and competitions. Students are instructed on how to present themselves during a performance, deal with nerves, play with confidence, and prepare adequately during personal practice. Students receive feedback from their peers and Mr. Watanabe. Conservatory students may attend this class at any time during the year; the attendance policy does not apply to this class. However, favored performance spots will be given to students who regularly attend and participate in the class.

Music Theory Virtual Office Hours

Dr. Michael Chikinda will hold a weekly virtual office hour on Thursday afternoon. Students who would like assistance with their homework or clarification on a concept discussed in class may contact him directly to be added to his schedule for the week. Student and teacher will speak on the phone.