Bryce Rytting’s education is unusually varied: his studies in Germany, the U.S. and England have earned degrees in conducting, history and music theory. Princeton University awarded him a Ph.D. and M.F.A. in musicology. Graduate work under Helmuth Rilling at the Frankfurt Conservatory yielded a Künstleriche Reifeprüfung (literally: artistic maturity ) in conducting. And his bachelor degree was magna cum laude from the University of Utah in music theory. He has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1986 Bryce joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music. He went to BYU in 1989 where he was named BYU School of Music Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1998 and BYU Professor of the Month in February 1997. Bryce has served as music director of Pro Musica (a choir based in Salt Lake), conductor of the Park City International Music Festival orchestra, guest conductor of the Salt Lake Symphony and Southwest Symphony and Chorus, conductor of orchestras and chamber music coach for several seasons at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and has conducted opera, choir and orchestras at BYU. In 1998 he was named music director of the Utah Valley Symphony and permanent conductor for the Utah Regional Ballet. For his work in the community, he was awarded the National Music Month Award by the Provo Arts Council in 2000. In 2001 Bryce joined the faculty at UVU. He served as music department chair from 2002 until 2010. His wife, Lysa, is a professional harpist. The Ryttings have three children: McKay, Mairin, and Christopher.
Alex Melecio has a voice that blends the strength and masculinity of the classic Mexican Charro with the soft sweetness of a pop balladeer, and he uses it to blend tradition with the unexpected. In 2012, he was a finalist on “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento”, one of the most popular television shows among Hispanics in the U.S., where his voice reached a national audience for the first time. On his debut EP, released by Rumor Records, Alex sings originals as well as fresh, inventive covers of some of Latin America’s greatest hits. With a voice that is deep and traditional as well as agile and modern, he performs songs like “Y llegaste tú”, made famous by Banda El Recodo, with an acoustic pop sound all his own and a disarming poignancy. “Como quien pierde una estrella”, Alejandro Fernandez’s new classic, also makes an appearance but transformed into a stirringly simple pop/R&B tune. But there’s more to Alex’s debut than covers. His originals are beautifully personal, and he delivers them with a sincerity that hits home. On “Si te tengo a ti”, a sticky retro-pop tune, he sings about hope and courage in hard times; parts of his life that he owes to the love and support of his wife and children; and on “La mitad de mí”, an intimate and bittersweet ballad, he talks about the longing that comes from having left his country to make his life elsewhere.
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.
Hanna Cook (violin & viola) has loved “making music” since she was a toddler, although her formal musical training and violin studies didn’t begin until age 5. She currently studies violin & viola with Denise Willey. A weekly highlight for Hanna is playing as concert master in the Lyceum Philharmonic. Last year Hanna performed at Carnegie Hall with the American Fork High School Orchestra. She has soloed 3 times with the Utah Valley Symphony and with the American Fork Symphony. Hanna is the 5th of 6 children and she also enjoys playing duets, trios or quartets with her siblings for various occasions & events. When time permits, Hanna loves participating in recreational city sports and is a BYU sports enthusiast!
Ashley Braithwaite (viola) has been teaching privately since 2005, and is actively involved in the Suzuki Association of Utah’s annual ViolaFest! Her students prepare and perform at UFMC’s Federation every year as well. Ashley has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah in Viola Performance, and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Utah State University. She has performed throughout Europe and enjoys playing chamber music. She is currently the festival manager for UMEA’s State Jr. High Orchestra. Ashley loves teaching her SEVEN middle school orchestras, and endeavors to instill the lifelong love of quality music in each of her 300+ students. She is always looking for innovative ways to engage students in music in her community as well. Ashley also loves action sports such as Supercross, and can be found outside on her dirtbike wherever the sun is shining.
Kaitlin Rackham (violin) graduated with a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Brigham Young University in April of 2015, studying under Professor Alexander Woods. While in attendance Kaitlin placed 2nd in the 2014 Collegiate Level of the UMTA Concerto Competition, was a member of the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, and BYU’s Baroque Ensemble. Kaitlin was formerly the Concertmaster of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square. Kaitlin has gained excellent experience in performance with high caliber ensembles and exceptional conductors. Beginning in her undergraduate career, Kaitlin has taught students of all ages with varying ranges of ability and skill. Additionally she has worked as a Chamber Coach for BYU’s SummerFest music program and as a sectional coach for several LYCEUM Orchestras and Summer LMFY. She teaches in Saratoga Springs and emphasizes the importance of sound quality and efficacy in practicing. As an advocate for the arts, Kaitlin was the committee chair of the 2013 Aspiring Musicians Competition for the TSO where she coordinated students, teachers and adjudicators to the great success of the competition’s first year. Through private lessons, Kaitlin is building a community of violinists in Saratoga Springs and surrounding areas that will propagate for years to come. Mother of three, Kaitlin loves to teach and perform, and help support Utah County with great pedagogical skill.
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.