UYO&E

Mission

To educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities in classical music.

Seek Beauty

Gifted UYO&E musicians, professional conductors, and professional musician/coaches strive for beauty, integrity, and artistic excellence through musical expression and performance opportunities.

Create Harmony

UYO&E musicians collaborate to create balance and harmony while promoting these ideals throughout the community.

Scatter Joy

UYO&E enhances lives by contributing to an enduring legacy of joyful, passionate, musical distinction and music appreciation across all generations, especially among future generations of musicians, audiences, and patrons of the arts.

Our Conductors

Barbara Scowcroft

Music Director & Conductor, UYPhil and UYSO

Music Director and Conductor Barbara Scowcroft has been a member of the Utah Symphony Orchestra violin section since 1982. 

Dan Rich

Conductor, UYJunior Symphony

Dan Rich has been the conductor of the Utah Youth Junior Symphony Orchestra since its inception in the late 1970s.

Dr. Lawrence Spell

Assistant Conductor, UYPhil and UYSO

Dr. Lawrence Spell has dedicated his career to inspiring students to achieve the highest standards of musical performance.

Our Values

We encourage personal development, creativity, self-discipline, and working well with others.

No one is to be excluded on the basis of ability to pay.

We aspire to a culture of fairness and mutual respect.

We expect a strong commitment from all members of the UYO&E community – musicians, teachers, staff, and Trustees.

We value the special relationship between our musicians and their audiences.

We strive to be an inclusive organization reflecting the diversity of, and actively reaching out to, the greater Salt Lake area and community.

We value performances in prominent venues.

All UYO&E programs, procedures, and policies are applied equally to everyone without regard to race, religion, ethnic origin, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Our Board

UYO&E Board and Staff

  • Barbara Scowcroft

    Music Director & Conductor, Board President

  • Marty McMillan

    Board Chair

  • Elaine Ellis

    Board Member

  • Lynn Bleil

    Board Treasurer

  • Jennifer Perry

    Board Member

  • Lissa Stolz

    Board Secretary

  • Paul Dorgan

    Board Member

  • Matt Cowan

    Executive Director

  • Jon Kahananui

    Librarian

History

  • 1957

    Utah Youth Symphony is founded by Robert Lentz at the University of Utah.

  • 1986

    Barbara Scowcroft becomes Music Director and Conductor of Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra.

  • 2002

    UYSO participates in the 2002 Cultural Olympiad for the month of February. Music Director Barbara Scowcroft brings 135 UYSO musicians together with thirty-six youth musicians from around the world for concerts in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. February 18 is declared Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra Day by Governor Michael Leavitt.

  • 2008

    Formation of the Utah Youth Philharmonic.

  • 2009

    UYO&E musicians are featured as the orchestra in Disney's major motion picture, High School Musical 3.

  • 2012

    The United States Air Force Academy Band (Rampart Winds) perform with Utah Youth Orchestras.