Vivace Directors and Faculty

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 3.45.27 PM.pngDenise 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 and pioneer 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 ten. She teaches orchestra at Willow Creek Middle School.

Kristina Horrocks (viola) was appointed Professor of Viola and Music Theory at BYU-Idaho.  She was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts (viola performance) by University of Michigan in 2017, after earning her Master of Music in Viola at BYU and her Bachelor’s in Music (Viola) with an English/Creative Writing minor at BYU‑Idaho.  She has played principal violist in all her university symphonies, and taught theory classes and minor lessons at BYU-I, BYU, and UM.  She was also tenured in two professional orchestras, Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony, and, as a trained Suzuki teacher, she taught dozens of children violin in the Sphinx International program in Michigan.  In high school, she was featured on the national radio program “From the Top,” was an Emersen Scholar at Interlochen Arts Camp, and has soloed with the Utah Symphony, Idaho Falls Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, BYU Philharmonic, among others. She is married to Jeremy Horrocks and they have a new baby boy, William.

Miriam Wagstaff (viola) began studying violin at the age of six, adding viola at age eleven. Highlights include performing as All-Star Evening soloist with the Utah Symphony 2016, serving as concertmaster of the Utah All-State Orchestra 2018, and participating as first violinist in the BYU Honors Quartet 2019-2020 season. Miriam has soloed with several orchestras across the state including the Utah Valley Symphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Southwest Symphony, and Timpanogus Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in masterclasses with William Hagen, Stephanie Chase, Paul Coletti, Patricia McCarty, James Dunham, and Natalie MacMaster. Currently Miriam receives periodic coachings from Madeline Adkins and Bradley Ottesen. Previous teachers include Prof. Monte Belknap, Dr. David Dalton, Denise Willey, and Megan Cottam. Miriam is an award winning fiddler with a particular interest in Irish/Celtic and other ethnic fiddling styles. She was awarded the Utah State Open Championship in 2015 and has fiddled at various venues, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and live radio show “Life Under the Horseshoe.” In addition to her love of music, Miriam enjoys reading, visiting with friends and family, and spending time in the great outdoors. Miriam is currently studying herbalism and apprenticing to become a midwife.

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 4.03.38 PM.pngMatthew 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.

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 4.04.26 PM.pngBritney 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.

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 4.04.45 PM.pngCatherine Schulzke (cello) has been teaching private cello lessons since 2005, taking Suzuki teacher training from Denise Willey, Beth Goldstein-McGee, Pamela Devenport, and David Evenchick. In 2016, she received a degree in Classical Studies from Brigham Young University, with a minor in music. She spent a semester teaching English in Kyiv, Ukraine, and served a full-time church mission to Cape Verde, speaking Portuguese. Catherine has been playing cello for twenty-three years and performs regularly in the Orchestra at Temple Square. She loves audiobooks, running, popcorn, chamber music, and her BFF Nathan.

IMG_1965.jpgAshley 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 dirt bike wherever the sun is shining.

Alexander Willey (bass)

Sarah Arnesen (cello)

Porter Bowcut (violin)

Kristi Jenkins (violin)

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