We have an amazing team of music professionals here at Vivace! Read the bios below to get to know our directors and coaches.
Ryan Murphy was appointed associate music director of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on March 27, 2009. In this capacity, he is responsible to assist Mack Wilberg, music director, with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in rehearsals, concerts, tours, and the weekly broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word. He also serves as the conductor of the Temple Square Chorale, the preparatory ensemble for new singers in Choir service.
Dr. Murphy has extensive choral conducting and professional musical theater experience. Prior to his appointment, he conducted six choirs in the Boston area, including two choirs at the prestigious New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He served for four years as the choral director at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an internationally recognized secondary school affiliated with the New England Conservatory. He was the music director of the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in the St. George, Utah, area from 2005 to 2007 following five seasons as music director at the Sundance Institute in Provo, Utah. While in Boston, he maintained an active performing schedule, including collaborations at the Tanglewood Summer Festival.
Dr. Murphy graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in piano and organ performance and pedagogy. He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones.
Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.
Denise Willey, founder and artistic director of the new VIVACE Youth Orchestra Program and Orchestra Camp, also founded the Lyceum Orchestra Program in 1987. She was named Utah Music Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association, and was awarded Best of State (Children’s Orchestra and Camp) in 2018. An enthusiast of teaching Suzuki students to read music, she authored the I LOVE To Read Music! ™ literacy program and Easy Steps to Music Reading. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah. Mrs. Willey has directed hundreds of young musicians from across the country at the Lyceum Music Festival-Youth and Mountains & Strings camps, the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and in school and after-school orchestra programs. She maintains a thriving private studio, is a registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer, and has served on the Suzuki Association of Utah board of directors for over thirty years. Mrs. Willey is the happy mother of six grown children—all of whom have received national recognition for their music—and the busy grandmother of nearly thirteen. She has taught orchestra for over a decade and she currently teaches orchestra at Willow Creek Middle School.
Matthew Shumway (bass) is an extremely well rounded and experienced musician. In his formative years, he studied with Dr. Eric Hansen, Professor of Double Bass at BYU. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and received a Bachelor’s degree in Double Bass performance. His teachers there included Dr. Aaron Miller and Dr. Joshua Skinner. Matthew then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Double Bass performance from Northwestern University in 2016 where he studied with Andrew Raciti, MM. As a classical bassist, Matthew has performed with many artists and groups including Renée Fleming, Alfie Boe, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Idaho Falls Symphony, and the top Symphonies and ensembles at both BYU-Idaho and Northwestern University. He is the current Acting Principle Double Bassist for the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. He was the winner of the 2013 Brigham Young University-Idaho Concerto Competition. Matthew has performed music of the baroque era extensively and played the Violone with BYU-Idaho’s Baroque Ensemble. His performance experience goes well beyond traditional classical music. He has played with a number of popular artists including Collin Raye, Richard Marx, and David Archuleta. He also plays and sings with the Mama’s Boys, his family’s bluegrass band. In September, 2014 Matthew married his wife Eliza. They currently live in Pleasant Grove where he teaches privately.
Britney Anglesey (viola) is the principal violist of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra and has played locally with the Utah Valley Symphony and Oquirrh Mountain Symphony. She is a judge for the TSO’s Aspiring Musician Competitions and teaches privately in Lehi. She is a sectional coach for the LYCEUM youth orchestras and Summer LMFY program. She received her BS in Child Development with a minor in music from BYU-Idaho, where she studied with Dr. Kevin Call and toured Europe with the school’s Chamber Ensemble. Growing up in Idaho she enjoyed playing in quartets and local symphonies. She has played in international chamber workshops and enjoys focusing on ensemble work. Dedicated to furthering quality musical experiences and education in all areas, Britney helps coordinate outreach tours and concerts for musically underserved communities in the state of Utah. She has been playing viola for 25 years and values the importance of lifelong musicianship for her students and community. She has a wonderfully supportive family and enjoys reading, traveling, sewing, camping and other outdoor activities.
Catherine Anne Schulzke (cello) has played cello since she was a toddler and has been teaching since 2005. She has completed all levels of Suzuki cello teacher training. Catherine has soloed multiple times with the Utah Symphony, as well as with many other orchestras. She also serves regularly in the Orchestra at Temple Square as co-principal cellist. She has been a guest clinician at several camps and workshops in Utah and Idaho, including Bryce Canyon Music Camp, Cedar City Suzuki Regional Workshop, LMFY, and Mountains and Strings chamber Music Retreat. In 2016, Mrs. Schulzke received a degree from Brigham Young University, and currently lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband, Nathan and their baby boy Daniel. In addition to her family and her faith, she loves reading, running, popcorn, and chamber music.
Timothy McMurray (violin) is an avid educator, performer, writer, and arranger. Always engaged in a project, Tim seeks to share his passion for music to everyone he can reach. Filled with enthusiasm, he works with a wide variety of students in crafting and sharing their love for music. Tim believes each and every one of us has an inner voice and something to share. Currently Tim is the Assistant Director of the University of Utah String Preparatory Division and Director of Orchestras at Olympus High School. In addition to these positions, he maintains an active violin studio and frequently appears as a clinician. As a performer, Tim appears across Utah as a studio artist, soloist, and chamber musician. From a young age, Tim began studying the violin with his mother Denise McMurray, former president of the Utah Suzuki Association. While growing up in Maryland, he continued his music studies in the greater Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas. From a young age Tim developed a great love for chamber music. He has had the opportunity to study and perform with a variety of world class chamber musicians throughout his career including the extensive work with the Cypress String Quartet, Amadi Azikiwe, Hasse Borup, and the Colorado String Quartet. Tim holds a Masters degree in String Performance and Pedagogy Emphasis from the University
of Utah and a B.M. In Music Education from Brigham Young University. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and their two children.
Sarah Arnesen (cello) has been playing music since age 5. She has a B.A in Cello Performance from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a M.M in Cello Performance from the University of Utah. She studied with Karin Hendricks, Robert Tueller, Elliott Cheney and Pegsoon Whang. Sarah is the Director of Music at Paradigm High School’s in South Jordan and runs a private Suzuki cello studio. Sarah has played with the Orchestra at Temple Square for 9 years and enjoys performing with the Canyon String Quartet. Sarah enjoys traveling and has toured the United States, Canada and Europe with various orchestras. When not making music Sarah loves to run, go to the theater, and spend time with her family.