Talent alone is seldom enough to guarantee success: talent must be trained and challenged, weaknesses identified and nurtured, and growth directed appropriate to the needs and abilities of the individual student. We provide focused training rather than a broad exposure, preparing our students to compete successfully for placement in the most competitive music programs in the country. Our teachers are professionals with a successful, ongoing career providing our programs a view not only of the rigorous methods necessary to success in advanced academic and conservatory training, but also a first hand current view of the day to day realities of the business of the performing arts.
Experience a balance between learning, performing and surviving as a musician, a vocalist, even as an arranger from experienced faculty who bring expertise and craft from the stage to the classroom.
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Department Chair, Piano Instructor, School Accompanist
Pianist Nate Wambolt has been both soloist and collaborator throughout his study of the musical arts. He received his Master’s Degree in piano performance from the University of Utah where he studied with Dr. Heather Conner and Dr. Caleb Harris. Previously, Mr. Wambolt received his Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance from the University of Northern Colorado under Dr. Errol Haun and Dr. Stephen Pierce.
During his study at the University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Wambolt collaborated with many of the school's major ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and A Capella Choir. He performed works with many student vocalists and composers. Nate accompanied opera scenes as well as several of UNC’s musical productions including Ragtime and Legally Blonde.
Throughout his studies, Mr. Wambolt has had the privilege of performing in masterclasses for Orion Weiss, Meng-Chieh Liu, Boris Slutsky, Kenneth Griffiths, and Norman Krieger.
One of Mr. Wambolt's favorite aspects of music is the ability to travel and share a common love of music world-wide. In 2014, he toured with the University of Utah Chamber Choir to Paris, Normandy, and Tours, France. In 2011, he accompanied the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble on tour in Beijing and Guangzhou, China.
Choir & Voice
Landon Smith has worked as a singer, musician, and music educator for most of his life. Landon received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Utah State University, where he studied with Dr. Cindy Dewey and Dr. Cory Evans.
As a performer, Landon has worked as a soloist in a wide variety of settings. Notably, he has sung lead roles in several operas, including Donizetti's L'elisir D'Amore, and Puccini's La Rondine. He has also had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses with world-renowned musicians such as Stanford Olson and Colin Baldy.
As an educator, Mr. Smith has taught choir, voice, and theatre classes in Utah Public Schools for nearly a decade. His choirs have consistently excelled, and he has directed many musicals, most recently Fame! and The Music Man. Mr. Smith has received many recognitions for his award-winning education, including being awarded as his school's Teacher of the Year twice.
Mr. Smith's greatest passion is helping people discover skills they didn't know they had, and develop the confidence to use those skills to express themselves. In all interactions, Mr. Smith's top priority is to help students find their true voice.
Jazz Guitar and Music Teacher
Andres Reyes has been working in the jazz scene for the past 6 years. Performing in venues all over Utah. He brings his experience to his students, providing knowledge of guitar, music theory, and improvisation, as well as insight on the challenges of a career in music. This is his third years teaching at The Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. Andreas teaches Modern Guitar, Jazz Band and co-teaches the Rock Band class.
Guitar/Music Theory Teacher
Nick Petty is a multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has studied the Guitar in depth through many genres, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Music Performance. He has performed around the world, touring the U.S with artists including David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco, and continues to perform and produce music frequently. As an educator, Nick specializes in creative approaches to music theory and songwriting, a balance of traditional and contemporary guitar training, and practical skills for performance and content creation. Nick uses mindfulness techniques in the classroom to create a positive learning environment and help students develop a healthy relationship with music education.