2014 Lyceum Music Festival in Midway, Utah

JULY 28 – AUG. 2, 2014

2014 Guest Artists – Igor and Vesna Gruppman


Sometimes all it takes to inspire a young musician is to find that role model who has “made it” and who is willing to help you find your own path to success. The Lyceum Music Festival gives students 14 to 21 the rare opportunity to work with and perform alongside real music industry professionals. Returning for 2014 are Rotterdam Philharmonic Concertmaster and former London Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Igor Gruppman and renown performer, recording artist and educator Vesna Gruppman. Participants will work with and perform alongside these world-class guest artists as well as career musicians from the Utah Symphony. By the end of the week, participants will have been mentored by professional conductors, symphony players, chamber groups, and our world-class guest artists! The whole idea is that participants come away with a new understanding of what the music industry is and what role music could play in their life.

This is not your factory-style music festival with hundreds of students ranging from intermediate to advanced. Students come from across the country to be a one of the 100 advanced students ages 14 to 21 accepted. We rehearse, perform, and play together for a solid week. It all culminates in a Grand Finale Concert August 2nd, 2014 at the Historic Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City!!! The music for this season includes orchestral masterworks Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Dvorak’s Romance for violin and Ravel’s Tzigane and Bolero! We break up the music with fun activities including a pizza & swimming party, bonfire/skit night, organized volleyball and ultimate frisbee, tickets to see the Utah Symphony as well as private performances and Q & A time with our sought-after guest artists. See the 2014 Schedule for the full details. Parents will be glad to know that we enforce a healthy honor code at the Festival that prohibits smoking, alcohol, and drugs. Requires modest dress, clean language, and strives to create an environment that is family friendly and allows students to openly live their religions. See more in Expectations and Standards (Appendix A) on the Online Registration page under Policy Agreements.

Participants have the option of commuting or staying on campus at the luxurious, four-diamond Zermatt Resort. Lyceum Music Festival participants are admitted by audition or invitation only. Returning students do not need to re-audition. See Getting Started for all the details.



    • Schedule a live audition with Festival Director Kayson Brown. Live auditions will be held at American Heritage School in American Fork, Utah. To schedule an audition time, email LyceumMusicFestival@gmail.com.
    • Record your audition and load it to YouTube or Google Drive. Email the YouTube link to LyceumMusicFestival@gmail.com.
    • Send in a DVD or CD of your audition to:

             American Heritage School

             Lyceum Music Festival Auditions

             736 North 1100 East
            American Fork, Utah 84003

    Auditions should include your choice of major scale and a five minute solo. The scale should highlight your mastery of range and tone. Please play the maximum number of octaves you can play with good tone. The five minute solo or solo excerpt should demonstrate your strengths as a player, memorization preferred, accompaniment is optional. Percussionists must show proficiency on timpani and mallet instruments.


This is a symphonic orchestra festival. We have very limited openings for certain instruments and chairs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please check below to see if there are still slots open in your instrument for 2014 prior to enrolling. Maximum Instrumentation (this will be updated as spots are filled):

      • 1 Flute 
      • 2 Flute/Piccolo 
      • 2 Oboes
      • 1 Oboe/English Horn
      • 2 Clarinets (one doubles on E-flat) 
      • 1 Bass Clarinet
      • 1 Soprano Sax
      • 1 Soprano/Tenor/Alto Sax
      • 2 Bassoons
      • 1 Contrabassoon 
      • 4 Horns
      • 4 Trumpets 
      • 3 Trombones
      • 1 Tuba
      • 4 Percussion  
      • 2 Harps
      • 1 Piano/Celesta
      • 36 Violins
      • 16 Violas
      • 16 Cellos 
      • 7 Basses


$500 – Includes all activities, rehearsals, concert tickets, and lunch Monday through Saturday. A non-refundable $150 deposit is collected at registration with the remainder due May 31st, 2014.

Food & Lodging

An optional Food & Lodging package is available for $400 per student. See Accommodations for all the details. Approximately half of all participants stay on-site at the luxurious Zermatt Resort. The other half commute from home or make their own food & lodging arrangements. All participants are provided lunch those not on the food & lodging package are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner as well as transportation. Students have until May 31st to add or remove the Food & Lodging package. See FAQs.


Registration opens February 15th and is ongoing until filled. All new students must be officially accepted either by audition or invitation prior to registering. Once an instrument section is full other applicants may be put on alternate status. See Getting Started for individual instrument availability or our Online Registration page to register.


An all new music festival coming to you August 4-9, 2014


The Lyceum Music Festival has been a success for years and we are now ready to take it to the next level. This summer,  youth string players ages 9-15 will have the incredible opportunity to participate in a week long camp of fun and music at unbelievable prices (almost half the cost of other local string camps and institute programs) at the American Heritage campus!

Highlights include playing in a SYMPHONIC orchestra with woodwind, brass, and percussion! POWERFUL music, including Dvorak  Symphony, John Williams movie music, and other stirring string music. Special GUEST artists!  Week long MENTORING by amazing professional musicians!  ENRICHMENT classes in fiddling, cello choir, and chamber ensembles. FUN activities daily, including several for the entire family: Pool party, guest entertainment, evening BBQ dinner, and final concert!

Full-time participants must meet the performance standards described for your schedule. Enrollment is limited and is on a first–come, first–served basis. Many instrument sections will fill quickly, so we encourage you to register early. Scholarships ARE available for Lyceum students.

Lyceum Music Festival Youth participants are admitted by audition or invitation only. Click HERE for all the details.

Lyceum Music Festival YOUTH 2014


2014 Lyceum Music Festival