Orchestra Activities Approved to Continue

Utah County Health Department has approved our continuation of after-school music-making activities provided students continue to adhere to the social distancing and face covering guidelines that have been in place since the start of our season. Some additional precautions are effective immediately:

  • Livestream Events – All concert events scheduled to take place during the state of emergency declared on November 8th, 2020 will be livestreamed to parents with no audience present.
  • Video Shoot Postponed – The Philharmonic YouTube video shoot scheduled during the state of emergency has been postponed tentatively to Saturday, December 5th.

Returning Safely

We are committed to returning to music-making safely and in-person. Music is one of the most powerful ways in which we share our humanity. In order to do that safely we are adopting the following safety guidelines:

  • In-Person – So long as Utah’s Health Guidance System is in the Green, Yellow, or Orange phase, weekly in-person rehearsals will occur at their regularly scheduled times.
  • Social Distancing – Room assignments are being adjusted to allow each ensemble to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Face Coverings – Per State Health Department requirements, employees, students, parents, and guests are required to wear face coverings in schools at all times (e.g., masks or shields). Face coverings will be required during rehearsal with appropriate exceptions for those playing wind and brass instruments or those who are not able to reasonably participate while wearing a face covering. Various other exceptions apply, including for medical reasons and for times when active eating/drinking is taking place. The school’s front office can provide you with more information about exemptions and an exemption form if needed.
  • Large Gatherings – The concert calendar will be adjusted to reduce audience size. Rather than combining multiple ensembles to create a 60-90 minute concert, each individual ensemble will perform their own shorter concerts for a smaller audience. Additionally, concerts will be live streamed on YouTube.
  • Hygiene & Cleanliness – Hand sanitizer and will be available in each classroom and throughout the building. American Heritage School adheres to the highest state standards for schools of cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Attendance Accommodations – Students from households exhibiting symptoms or in quarantine are expected to stay home. Attendance accommodations will be made to allow all students who are able to participate in concerts to participate regardless of attendance issues related to health concerns.
  • Red Phase Contingencies – If the state specifically restricts gathering in-person for more than two rehearsals in any month of participation, tuition will be pro-rated accordingly. Concert dates may be adjusted as necessary due to temporary stay at home orders. While at-home resources or projects may be a part of our offering this season, we do not anticipate making them a substitute for in-person rehearsal and performance.

Together we can continue to meet our mission to Inspire, Instruct, and Impact!

“The Lyceum Orchestras Program is an incomparable combination of everything that music is meant to be — joy, refinement, belonging, and fun. It offers kids the kind of opportunities that make music exciting and cool. It provides an environment that isn’t blindly affixed upon purposeless perfection, but rather a more selfless pursuit of excellence. My favorite part of Lyceum is its inherent spirituality. There is a special feeling suggesting a profound development not only of the body and mind, but of the soul.”

— Steven Sharp Nelson, The Piano Guys

A Best of State Experience

The Lyceum Youth Orchestras at American Heritage School include six ensembles to meet each student at the threshold of their abilities. Our flagship ensemble, the Lyceum Philharmonic, has been recognized by the Best of State organization as Utah’s premier orchestra annually since 2008. The Philharmonic has been featured on PBS; recorded for SONY Masterworks; has performed on some of the largest, most-exclusive stages in the world; released multiple No. 1 iTunes singles with both The Piano Guys and Paul Cardall; received numerous awards; and has entertained and inspired millions worldwide on YouTube. In all endeavors, this high-school-aged student ensemble strives toward its three-fold mission:

  • Inspire — nurture a love of elevated music, increased faith, and patriotism through purposeful events and media
  • Instruct — develop self-discipline, skills, and character through transformational teaching and professional-level experience and interaction
  • Impact — awaken individuals, families and communities to the power of music to change hearts and minds while fulfilling divine potential

Unparalleled Opportunity

Beyond the opportunity to record albums, launch YouTube videos, and perform in top-tier venues, we program opportunities for student musicians to be mentored by and perform with a wonderful array of guest artists. The most recent set of opportunities have included:

  • Marie Osmond & David Osmond — December 2017, An American Heritage Christmas concert
  • Nathan Pacheco — August 2017, Lyceum Music Festival, filming Amazing Grace music video and performing at the OC Tanner Amphitheater
  • Gentri & Lexi Walker — December 2016, An American Heritage Christmas concert
  • Paul Cardall & Nathan Pacheco — September 2016, filming and performing One By One, lyrics by Elder David A. Bednar, in the Tabernacle at Temple Square
  • Simply Three — August 2016, Lyceum Music Festival, filming Mambo music video and performing at the Zermatt Resort

Other artists whose collaborations predate those listed above include: The Piano Guys, David Archuleta, Jackie Evancho, Jenny Oaks Baker, The 5 Browns, and Dallyn Vail Bayles, among others.

Join Us!

Due to increased demand for our advanced ensembles, we are happy to announce the addition of a sixth orchestra — Concert Orchestra. This ensemble will serve wind, brass, percussion and string players 8-12th grade. With six audition-only ensembles, we are able to place most students in an orchestra that meets the student at the threshold of their abilities.