Project GRIT: Shaping Mountain View Elementary Students through Music - “What a Wonderful World” Benefit Concert

Salt Lake City,  March 1, 2019 – JOIN US for "What a Wonderful World," Project GRIT Benefit Concert on March 14, 2019, 7pm, at Mountain View Elementary School (1380 Navajo St., SLC). Hear music played by the stars of Project GRIT as they play alongside the Gifted Music School Conservatory Orchestra. Music, food, and fun! Free concert, donations graciously accepted and benefit GRIT students. More information can be found here.



Salt Lake City, October 19, 2018 –Aryanna Holmes, age 15 of North Salt Lake, and Taya Tippetts of Mapleton, age 16 – play the violin and have been selected as winners in the ensemble category for the Utah Valley Young Artists Competition. They will be performing the first movement of Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt with the Utah Valley Symphony with their Young Artists program. The program will take place at The Covey Arts Center in Provo, on October 25th and 26th at 7:30 pm.

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Salt Lake City, October 4, 2018 – Gifted Music School students will volunteer their musical talents as they perform for ‘Bowser’ and his many canine and feline friends at the Utah Animal Adoption Center (UAAC) located at 1955 N Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, UT on Wednesday, October 10th from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. (Photo opportunities available. 

UAAC believes in providing their animals with unique enrichment – and the Gifted Music School students intend to provide exactly that! Classical music will be performed live for the animals, including Allemande and Courante from Suite 1 and Prelude, Allemande and Courante from Suite 1 of the Bach cello suites, and a movement from Sammartini’s Sonata in G Major. Flute will play Concerto in E minor by Saverio Mercadante, 1st movement

GMS student musicians include: Portia Quigley, cello, age 11; Abby Smith,  viola, age 16; Lianna Fiore, flute, age 17; Yvonne Kim, cello, age 14

Here’s information on how to register as a student at Gifted Music School – and, how to adopt at an animal at Utah Animal Adoption Center. Join us for live music set against the Jordan River Parkway Trail.


Salt Lake City, UT 9/20/18 - Gifted Music School is proud to announce the 2018-19 Starling Scholars:

Rachel Call, 16 years of age; Makenzie Hart, 15 years of age; Ellen Hayashi, 15 years of age; Ezekiel Sokoloff, 13 years of age

Gifted Music School is honored to be the recipient of a grant from the prestigious Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. This national foundation devotes its efforts and resources to the support of classical violin education at the highest level and has selected to fund the studio of Mr. Eugene Watanabe at Gifted Music School. The Starling Foundation also supports the violin programs at Juilliard, Curtis Institute of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and other top-tier violin programs throughout the country.

Starling Scholarships are awarded to students who show potential to become successful concert violinists at an international level. They are selected through a competitive application process and will receive tuition assistance toward their private violin lessons.



  • May 19, 2017 - Former GMS Conservatory student David Horton (piano) performs with the Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, conductor.
  • April 15, 2017 - Utah's 2017 Best of State small youth ensemble winner is the GMS Conservatory's "Olympus Quartet," consisting of Hannah Brown, Rachel Call (violin), Ellen Hayashi (violin), and Madison Marshall. Congrats to them for winning this award. They competed in the well-known Fischoff Chamber Competition this year.
  • April 6, 2017 - GMS Conservatory student violinist Ellen Hayashi, finalist in the R.L. Halversen Young Artist Concert competition. 
  • March 30, 2017 - Several GMS students were among the winners in the 2017 Utah Symphony Salute to Youth competition, including:
    • McCall Andersen, violin
    • Rachel Call, violin
    • Madison Marshall, viola
    • Abby Smith, violin
    • Ezekiel Sokoloff, violin
    • Megan Tandar, piano
    • The Olympus Quartet:  Hannah Brown, Rachel Call, Ellen Hayashi, Madison Marshall (coached by GMS faculty Eugene Watanbe and Rainer Eudeikis)
    • Sixteen Strings: Ashlin Moore, Breighton Papac, Stella Wadsworth, Ellie Wirthlin (coached by GMS faculty Brittany Gardner)
    • Honorable Mentions:  Ellen Hayashi (violin), Dimitrios Mattas (bass), Mackie Moore (viola), Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet: Sanne Christensen (piano), McCall Andersen (violin), Mackie Moore (viola), Benson Marshall, Dimitri Mattas (bass) (Coached by GMS faculty Dr. Koji Attwood); Schumann Piano Quintet: Caroline Maude Durham, Cameron Jeppson, Bella Maher, Kim Lewin, (Coached by GMS faculty Asheley Watabe)
  • February 18, 2017 - Utah Music Teacher’s Association UMTA Concerto Competition winners included:  McCall Andersen (violin) and Abby Smith (violin). 
  • February 6, 2017 - Ellen Hayashi (violin), named a winner in the Utah Philharmonic Thirteenth Annual Concerto Competition. Dimitri Mattas (bass) was accepted into the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
  • February 4, 2017 - GMS Conservatory student MacKenzie Hart (violin), performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major Op.61, 1st movement, was a winner in the 2017 Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra Aspiring Musicians Competition.
  • January 7-8, 2017 - GMS Conservatory students and violinists, McCall Andersen (senior division) and Ellen Hayashi (junior division), competed as division finalists of the Southwest Region in the MTNA Strings Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both Ellen & McCall won 2nd place. The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. 
  • January 7, 2017 - Conservatory violinist Rachel Call competed in the final round of live auditions in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition at Whitworth University. Rachel placed 3rd. Ages 14-18. Rachel was the youngest! Winners of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artist competition have the opportunity to perform as soloist with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. 


  • December 18, 2016 - GMS Conservatory student violinist Hannah Kwong is a winner of the American Protege Piano and String Competition. She is performing on Sunday, December 18, 2016 in the Winners Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • October 19-20, 2016 - Utah Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition. GMS Conservatory student violinist Rachel Call auditioned with the Utah Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition and was selected to play.
  • October 15, 2016 - Viola Days. The Utah Viola Society and USU brought Patricia McCarty, director of Meadowmount to Utah for Viola Days. GMS Conservatory student violist Mackie Moore played Praeludium and Allegro, Kreisler. GMS Conservatory student violist Madison Marshall attended the masterclass event and performed to honor her teacher, Dr. Dalton. 
  • September 27, 2106 - Salute to Youth Soloists to perform with the Utah Symphony. Our students achieved wonderful results at this year's Utah Symphony Salute to Youth auditions and five GSM Conservatory students were selected to play with the Utah Symphony, including:  Megan Tandar, Kana Yoshigi (piano), Bree Fotheringham, Ellen Hayashi (violin) MacKenzie Hart, and Karen Ferry (violin). While these 5 were selected to perform with the Utah Symphony, here is a full list of the GMS Conservatory who were among the winners in the competition: 
    • Senior Division: Erika Hubbard (violin)
    • Junior: Rachel Call (violin) & Karen Ferry (violin)
    • Elementary: Ellen Hayashi (violin)
    • Violin Duo, Ellen Hayashi & Makenzie Hart 
    • Piano Quartet: Rachel Call, Madison Marshall, Hannah Brown & Kana Yoshigi
    • Honorable Mentions: McCall Andersen (violin), Caroline Durham (violin), Makenzie Hart (violin), Ella Holden (violin), Abby Smith (violin), Madison Marshall (viola), SoonYoung Kwon (violin), Benson Marshall (cello).
  • May 12, 2016 - News article:  Gifted Music School to perform with Bill McGlaughlin.



  • October 1, 2014 - The Utah Symphony's Salute to Youth concert included performances by GMS Conservatory students, Rebecca Epperson (viola), and Maggie Ivory (violin), Karen Ferry (violin), Sanne Christensen (piano), and Shenae Anderson (violin)Salute to Youth musicians amaze audience in Abravanel Hall