MUSIC

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.

MUSIC FACULTY

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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NATE WAMBOLT

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.

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KIERSTEN HONAKER, DMA

Choir Director, Voice Teacher

Kiersten Honaker completed her degree in Vocal Music Education and was mentored in conducting by Brady Allred. A classically trained soprano, Kiersten has performed as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and twice placed first in her division at the National Association for Teachers of Singing competition. As a member of the University of Utah Singers and Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Kiersten has toured extensively and won choral competitions in Marktoberdorf, Germany; Tolosa, Spain; and Arezzo, Italy. She is also a member of the professional choir Brevitas, a regularly contracted singer at LA East studios, and the associate conductor of the Utah Baroque Ensemble.


Kiersten has taught middle school choir and musical theater and elementary music, has served as Music Director of a Methodist church, and conducted the Young Choral Artists, a children’s choir in Salt Lake City, and the Salt Lake Choral Artists Women's Choir. She has completed conducting master classes with international conductors Volker Hempfling, Hermia Schlichtmann, and Jonathan Velasco and recently earned her DMA in choral conducting from Boston University, where she studied with Ann Howard Jones.

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KATE WEBB

Accompanist

Kate Webb graduated with a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Utah in 2016.  She has received numerous Superior ratings for her performances at National Federation of Music Festivals, was a winner in the collegiate division of the SummerArts piano competition, performed the Schumann Concerto in A minor with the SummerArts Orchestra, and won first place in the annual University Honors College Talent Show.  She was accepted to the summer program at Jacob's School of Music Piano Academy at Indiana University and was tutored by prestigious pianists during lessons, master classes and lectures.  

As a graduate student, Kate was awarded a Teaching Assistant position, taught group piano classes at the Sorenson Unity Center, and was nominated by faculty to be a part of the Red Hots performing group, which hires exceptional students to perform music for University events. 


Kate is an accompanist at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and maintains a full piano studio of 38 students in Salt Lake City.

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ANDRES REYES

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.

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NICK PETTY

Guitar/Music Theory Teacher

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2291 S. 2000 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

(801) 466-6700

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