GMS Conservatory Alumni

William Yavornitzky, Violin, 2016.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Will Yavornitzky currently studies violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he is a scholarship student of Wei He. Formerly a student of Eugene Watanabe, Will was a student at the Gifted Music School for seven years. Will has performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony as a winner of the 2016 Salute to Youth competition as well as having been a winner of the 2014 Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital Competition. Additionally, he is a three-time First Prize winner in the ASTA Stringfest solo competition. Will has also been a member of the Salt Lake Youth Chamber Society. His previous teachers include Leonard Braus, Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, and David Porter, also of the Utah Symphony. Will attended the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music, where he studied with Joseph Silverstein and Jan Mark Sloman. He has performed in masterclasses for many well-known artists, including Mr. Silverstein, Andres Cardenes, and Leila Josefowicz. When he is not performing, Will enjoys physics, creative writing, and mathematics.
Bree Fotheringham, Violin, 2016. The Colburn School
Maggie Ivory, Violin, 2016. Stanford University
Margaret Ivory, 18, is an undergraduate student at Stanford University and currently studies violin with Dr. Joo-Mee Lee. Although she plans to pursue a major and career in medicine or biotechnology, music continues to enrich Margaret’s life. In February 2017, she was selected to be a member of Stanford’s Music Performance Program. Within this program, she is concertmaster of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, frequently collaborates as a chamber musician, and performs for guest artists and various university functions. Prior to living in California, Margaret studied music as a full-scholarship student at the Gifted Music School’s Conservatory and as a pupil of Eugene Watanabe and Deborah Moench. In the School’s 2014-2015 season, she was featured in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfornia Concertante with violist, Roberto Diaz. Other notable concert appearance highlights include a 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, two solo appearances with the Utah Symphony, and multiple broadcast recordings for KBYU-FM. Margaret was awarded top prizes at the Utah Stradivarius Violin Competition in 2010 and 2013, and she was named a finalist of the Coeur d’Alene National Young Artist’s Competition in 2013 and semifinalist of The Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition in 2015. Additionally, she has performed in masterclasses for renowned violinists and teachers including Christian Tetzlaff, James Ehnes, Andres Cardenes, Robert Lipsett, Midori Goto, Joseph Silverstein, Ida Kavafian, and Arnold Steinhardt.
Aubree Oliverson, Violin, 2015. The Colburn School
Aubree has twice been featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top, and is a three-time Utah Symphony Salute-to-Youth winner, and was also awarded the opportunity to solo the complete Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony on their All-Star Evening at age thirteen. Aubree won first prize in the American Protege International Strings Competition and soloed at Carnegie Hall at age twelve. She won a Utah Best-of-State award, and was the Arts & Entertainment BOSS trophy winner for 2011 as Utah’s “Top Entertainer.” Aubree is a Utah Stradivarius competition winner, Young Artist Competition winner, and won the Southwestern States division in the Music Teachers National Association strings competition. She has soloed with a wide variety of groups including the Millennial Choir and Orchestras, Utah Chamber Artists, Salt Lake Pops, and was concertmistress of the Gifted Music School Orchestra of Salt Lake City for two years. Aubree most recently was featured this summer at Center Stage Strings in Three Rivers California, and has appeared in a wide variety of music videos. She has performed in venues from Seattle to Washington D.C., and in over 100 elementary schools throughout the intermountain west, motivating and inspiring young children to work hard and participate in music. Aubree is also a state and national award winning composer, and was twice recognized as a “composer of great promise” by the New York Arts Ensemble before the age of twelve. Aubree has co-composed and recorded five original CD albums, and was also the first to record the challenging and beautiful Dickson Violin Concerto (2012; composed 1966). Aubree has had master classes from Robert Lipsett, Joseph Silverstein, Andres Cardenes, David Kim, Danielle Belen, Stefan Jackiw, Evgenia Epstein, among others. She has studied violin formerly with Eugene Watanabe, and Danielle Belen, and is a currently a student of Robert Lipsett, attending the Colburn Young Artists Academy as a Marilyn Ziering scholar.
Shenae Anderson, Violin, 2015. Juilliard School
Shenae Anderson began studying the violin at age three with Deborah Moench. Since 2008, Shenae has won numerous competitions, including, Utah Youth Guild, MTNA, and Utah State Fair. In 2008 and 2010, she performed as a soloist with Utah Symphony in the Salute to Youth Concerts. In December of 2010, she was invited by Maestro Thierry Fisher to be a guest soloist with the Utah Symphony for its assistant conductor auditions. Shenae was the winner of Stradivarius International Violin Competition Utah Division in 2013. She studied with Robert Lipsett at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Shenae has had master classes with David Kim, Robert Lipsett, James Eness, Andres Cardnes, Joseph Silverstein and Roberto Diaz. She is studied with Eugene Watanabe at the Gifted Music School.
Ethan Sherman, Viola, 2015. Brigham Young University
Ethan started playing the violin at age 8, and switched to viola at age 12. He is an alumni of the Gifted Music School Conservatory in Salt Lake City. He has won concerto competitions and soloed with the Utah Valley Symphony Orchestra (2014) and the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra (2015. )He was also the winner of the 2011 Utah Baroque Ensemble competition and won 2nd place in the Utah ASTA solo competition in 2012. Ethan has attended Interlochen Arts Camp (2013) and Meadowmount School of Music (2014) both on full Scholarships. While at Interlochen, Ethan was a member of the Advanced String Quartet program, and sat 2nd chair in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. At Meadowmount, his quartet, coached by Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo String Quartet, was selected as one of the winners of the annual chamber music competition hosted there. Ethan has performed in master classes conducted by Brad Otteson (Utah State), Roberto Diaz (Curtis Institute), and Heidi Castleman (Julliard). Past teachers are Peggy Haines, Lori Driggs, LeeAnn Morgan, and Patricia McCarty (Boston Conservatory). Ethan graduated a year early from Timpview High School in Provo, UT and received a scholarship to study viola at BYU for a year before he left to serve an LDS mission in Kobe, Japan. During that year he sat second chair in the BYU Philharmonic orchestra and was also a member of the Chamber Orchestra.  In July of 2016 he will return to BYU to continue as a viola performance major studying with Claudine Bigelow. He will always be grateful for his time at the Gifted Music School and considers it one of the important formative influences in his life as a musician.
Rebecca Epperson, Viola, 2015. Curtis Institute of Music