Carla H. Pratt
Carla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy (April 1985, GPA 3.80; also from BYU)
Carla has run a very successful private music studio for voice and piano students for more than 30 years. She has also worked as an Elementary School Music Specialist in Highland Utah, and was a Kindergarten teacher in Draper Utah. She is currently a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Dennis & Carla are both highly committed and passionate about music and helping students be successful in their musical pursuits!
Dennis V. Pratt
Dennis has a Bachelor’s (April 1985, GPA 3.80 with honors—Cum Laude) and a Master’s Degree in Music Education (August 1988, GPA 3.86) and another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (June 1998, GPA 3.98), all from Brigham Young University.
Recent job functions: Dennis was a very successful Instrumental Music Teacher for 12 years in Provo School District. He also worked as a highly successful Principal in the Provo School District for 18 years. He still holds Utah State Teaching and Administrator Certifications. He is now retired, but plans to work at least 12 more years. Dennis also taught music students privately for several years, and is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Amy was born and raised in Draper and currently resides in Bluffdale. As a child she began piano lessons with one of the most accomplished teachers in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. She ultimately decided that she would rather sing than play piano so Amy participated in several choirs and sang extensively in a quartet with three of her friends. In her 20’s, Amy took on the roles of a wife to her amazing husband Daniel and also as a mother to Nathan and Lindsey who are now young adults. Because of her love of music, she encouraged her children to participate in music themselves. Her son discovered a real talent for playing the trumpet and ultimately played with the American Heritage Lyceum and in the Nauvoo Brass Band.
From her humble beginnings in the workforce working on cars at her father’s garage, Amy now has many years of experience as an Office Manager and is looking forward to performing this role for Prattland Music Adventures. She’s excited to be near something she’s always loved—music!
Victoria Mancuso is thrilled to be working with Prattland Music Adventures. She is a Choral Music Education major at Utah Valley University and has recently been involved with UVU Opera. Previous credits include the roles of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Fantine in Les Miserables, Frosch the Jailor in UVU’s Die Fledermaus, and most recently Sophie Sheridan in the Taylorsville Arts Council’s production of Mamma Mia!
Victoria also performs regularly as a member of the UVU Chamber Choir. She has been a featured soloist for Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God with Witness Music as Mary Mother. Victoria is actively involved and passionate about performing and teaching around the community.
Advanced Piano & Piano
Paige Stephenson’s journey with the piano began with her first lesson at the age of nine. She has since been selected to play in the UMTA Timpanogos chapter Honors Recital and was also chosen as a finalist in the Piano Marvel YouTube Competition. She is the recipient of the Gerald B. Tracy Memorial Piano Endowment Scholarship in the School of Music at the University of Utah.
Paige has taught piano lessons for four years and loves the positive impact that music can have. She volunteered in the Utah Piano Outreach Program, where kids were able to take group lessons on the fundamentals of the piano.
A native of Salt Lake City, Paige Stephenson is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, studying piano performance and pedagogy under the direction of Dr. Andrew Staupe. Paige previously studied with Cheryl Norman.
Christian has been playing piano for the last 17 years, studying classical and jazz growing up. Christian has been teaching piano for the past four years and is a full time piano teacher and musician. Christian primarily plays in several bands ranging in styles from extreme metal to ska to top 40 to jazz and funk in Salt Lake, and frequently gigs and does session work in addition to teaching.
Christian has toured all over the west coast and has made it as far east as Biloxi, Mississippi playing in bands. Notable performances include the 2016 Stadium of Fire, the 2016 Utah Parliament on Spirituality convention, and playing alongside Aaron Gillespie of the rock band Underoath. Christian enjoys teaching students of all skill levels, and specializes in arranging, improvising and composing. Christian’s philosophy when it comes to teaching is to adapt his teaching methods to each student and to help his students enjoy the learning process as much as the playing process.
Jordan Allen, age 21, has been working to help youth learn music for the better part of the last half of his life. He has put in over 200 hours of community service working as a music director in local community musicals and has loved every minute of it! Since learning to play the piano in middle school, Jordan has used his talents to accompany South Valley Youth Theater musical productions, West Jordan High School Choirs, and (most recently) accompanying the UVU Men’s Choir. Jordan loves working with children!
Piano & Voice
Bretton Floyd has a bachelor’s degree in piano from Utah Valley University. He is currently working on a second bachelor’s degree in opera performance with Christopher Holmes at UVU. Bretton has sung several roles in UVU operas (currently performing the role of Escamillo in UVAA’s production of Carmen). Bretton’s piano credits include serving as a rehearsal and pit pianist for musicals at UVU and Midvale Arts Council. He has also performed as the principal accompanist for Salem Hills High School.
Piano & Advanced Piano
Sunyoung started studying piano when she was 3 years old. She moved to the United States in 2009 and was taught by Sue Parsons at the University of Utah’s Prep Division. She is currently a piano pedagogy major in her first year studying under Dr. Jie Lu at the University of Utah.
Sunyoung received the Tracy’s Piano Scholarship at The university of Utah, which is a four-year scholarship in piano. Additionally, she has performed with the Salt Lake Symphony for the past 5 years.
Though she has only been teaching piano for 2 years, she loves every second of it and hopes to expand her career in piano teaching in the future.
Voice, Piano, & Songwriting
As a 3-year old girl, Dixie started what would become her greatest passion when her mom sat her down at the piano bench and began teaching her the fundamentals of music. As a 6-year old girl, she discovered her gift of ‘Absolute Pitch’ when she went home playing Pachabel Cannon having never seen the music. This went on to be a lifelong joy. When Dixie’s family could not afford private lessons, Dixie pursued songwriting, composition, and improvisation, as well as performing in musicals.
Dixie sang as a Madrigal for West Jordan High School, wrote ⅓ of the Winter Drumline Show, sang and played piano with the Jazz Band, and performed in Battle of the Bands. On tours in New York City and San Diego, she was recognized with the Maestro Musician Award for being a featured soloist in a Gospel number and accompanying the Concert Choir on piano. She graduated from Salt Lake Community College and West Jordan High School in June 2015.
After being awarded a vocal scholarship to Snow College, she studied Classical Piano and Classical Voice as a Commercial Music major. She since has had contemporary music experiences recording in studios in Salt Lake City, singing with bands in county and city fairs, and most recently transferred to Utah Valley University to continue her Bachelor’s of Music. Dixie thoroughly enjoys teaching music and sharing her passion with everyone she can!
Rebekah is a graduate from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. During her undergrad she served as assistant choral director to the UVU Chamber Choir and UVU Men’s choir, and did a semester of student teaching abroad in Bern, Switzerland. She was also asked to direct various productions for the school including three variety shows and one opera.
Prior to attending UVU, Rebekah was a student at both Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
Rebekah has taught private voice and choir in various capacities in the community for over fifteen years and specializes in conveying techniques and skills that can be applied to all genres and styles of music.
Discover Velocity Voice! Learn to sing from the bottom up. Expand your horizons and become your own best critic in far less time. Rulon’s professional performance credits include recording and challenging repertoire ranging from Opera & Musical Theater to Vocal Jazz. While providing students with new perspectives on vocal production his personalized instruction and easy to implement coordination exercises are based on a hybrid SLS / Bel Canto singing style that preserve your unique sound while dramatically expanding range, maximizing acoustic output and building vocal health and stamina from the inside out. His philosophy: Sing beautifully & efficiently and make life-long singing your ultimate goal.
Carlie Beckert is a Junior at UVU studying Vocal Performance and Music Education. She has been a singer and performer since she was 12 and has performed in many musical theater shows and operas. She loves working with new and experienced singers and just loves making music and helping others to share their gifts.
Voice & Children's Chorus
Guitar & Ukulele
Terrell has been involved in music from a young age, beginning with the voice. He has been singing in productions, performances and choirs from a young age. He is a singer at heart, but has also played the guitar since about the age of 12.
Terrell is currently two years into his Commercial Music Degree at UVU with an emphasis on voice. He has also spent time studying production, composition, jazz, guitar, and piano. He was a top three finalist at two NATS voice competitions in 2017 and 2018, and also currently performs at UVU with the band Sonic Exchange.
Guitar & Ukulele
Grant Cagle is a Sophomore at Brigham Young University studying Latin American studies and pre-dental. He is from East Texas and has been involved in music since early childhood. At 6 years old he began taking violin lessons (focused on country fiddling). At age 11 he began to learn the guitar and has been hooked ever since, playing and performing in diverse styles including (but not exclusively) classical, bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. His love of music and learning led him to learn many other instruments including drums, trumpet, mandolin, and basically any instrument he can get his hands on. He has participated in many music competitions with various instruments. He has spent much time performing in concert halls as well as coffee shops. He loves teaching, especially music, and constantly learns in order to improve his teaching.
Acoustic & Electric
Alec is from Reno Nevada where he grew up and developed a love for music of all genres. He began in piano and viola and then learned bass before he discovered that the guitar was his voice. Alec is in a party band in which he plays the guitar and sings and currently attending UVU where he is in the commercial music program. Alec loves to be in the outdoors to hike and camp.
Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Guitar, & Ukulele
Kelly has been in love with music since starting piano at age 5. A few years later, she started violin and viola before switching to bass at age 10. While in middle school, she learned ukulele and guitar so she could perform with her school’s jazz groups. She has been teaching and performing professionally for the past 10 years.
Kelly graduated from Brigham Young University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Bass Performance. While attending she performed with numerous jazz combos, local pit orchestras, various rock/indie bands, BYU’s Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, American West Symphony, Jazz Voices, Young Ambassadors, Wind Ensemble, and Synthesis.
After graduation, Kelly spent a year pursuing a master’s degree in jazz at New York University in Manhattan. While in New York, she performed with many jazz groups at different NYC venues in addition to subbing for pit orchestras and laying down bass tracks in the recording studio.
If Kelly isn’t writing, arranging, teaching or performing music, you can find her in the great outdoors, reading, or catching up on the latest Star Wars canon.
Devan Maria Freebairn
Viola & Violin
Devan Maria is a freelance violist and violin/viola instructor. Fresh out of Boston, Devan holds a Master’s degree from the prestigious New England Conservatory where she studied with Dimitri Murrath. She also holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Brigham Young University where she studied with Dr. Claudine Bigelow. Performing has always been a part of Devan’s life, she began learning the violin at age 5, switching to the viola after high school for her college studies. Devan has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States as well as throughout Europe as a soloist, part of chamber groups, and with the BYU Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Ensembles. Devan received an Entrepreneurial Musicianship grant last year and has been working on publishing a collection of sheet music for viola called the Devan Maria Viola Hymnal.
Devan loves to teach. Her private students have been placed in advanced ensembles and she has been praised for her patience and creativity. Devan has also coached at the Lyceum Youth Music Festival. She loves helping bring music to the next generation, as well as helping adults develop musical skills. When not performing, playing weddings, or teaching, Devan can be found traveling, spending time with family, exploring nature, or curled up with a good book.
Serena Clement graduated Summa Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors of Music in violin performance in May of 2019. During her time at UVU, she studied violin under the instruction of Yeagi Broadwell and served as the principal second violinist in the UVU Symphony orchestra. She also studied pedagogy with Cynthia Richards and Dr. Donna Fairbanks. Throughout high school and college, she attended many masterclasses taught by world renowned musicians Igor and Vesna Gruppman. During the summer of 2019 Serena was chosen to be one of 16 musicians to attend the International Musicians Academy Festival studying and performing with violinist Blanka Bednarz and the Vidin Sinfonietta.
Serena started teaching violin while in high school and loves helping students progress to reach their goals. Serena sees it as her responsibility as a teacher to be a guide for her students in helping them discover and experience the joy that music making can bring. She believes that the greatest improvements come when students begin to cultivate honesty, hard work, and kindness. Aside from music Serena also enjoys playing tennis, cooking, biking, and spending time with her family.
Tessa Schuster Manzanarez
Tessa graduated with a Bachelors in Cello Performance from Brigham Young University, where she studied under the direction of Dr. Michele Kesler.
Tessa grew up in a very musical family from Idaho Falls, ID and began cello at age 7. Tessa studied under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Lyman from BYU-I from age 12-18. She has been involved in many symphonies, including the BYU Philharmonic, the All-Northwest Orchestra, the All-State Orchestra, and the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony.
Tessa has taught privately for 11 years, and loves music of all genres! She loves teaching and finds joy in “helping others love music”. Tessa enjoys spending time outdoors, and is happily married to her best friend. They are the proud parents of a husky named Archer!
Lettie has lived in Utah, Texas, and New Mexico. She is the youngest of 6 girls. She started her cello career when her mom decided to have her last, and possibly favorite child, play her favorite instrument (the cello). All of Lettie’s siblings had played band instruments or the violin. When she was 11, Lettie joined her first orchestra, and never looked back. Lettie has been a member of the Young Artist Chamber Players, Utah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salty City Cello Band, and in recent years, the BYU Philharmonic orchestra. She is a music education major, and will graduate in April 2020. She believes that any person can learn to play an instrument at any age, and works hard to prove herself right!
Lettie loves being part of musical pit orchestras and symphonies, but when playing solo works, she tends to prefer the romantic composers. In her spare time, Lettie likes to read, draw/color, and play with her two kittens, Berlioz and Sibelius.
Kirsty Thornton, born and raised in Northern California, has been playing the violin for 20 years. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music: Violin Performance where she studied with Alex Woods. While at BYU, she played with the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Baroque Ensemble. She also traveled and performed in various places around the country and the world with BYU’s Chamber Orchestra. She currently plays with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
Teaching is Kirsty’s passion. She has been teaching individual violin students for __ years and had the opportunity to share her love of music and teach violin in Bolivia as part of a BYU internship. She is also Suzuki certified in books 1-3, 6, and 7. Her goal is to help develop individual character and a love of music in all her students. In her free time, Kirsty enjoys baking, reading, and playing games with her family.
Clarinet & Saxophone
Jake grew up on the central coast of California, and has been in love with music since starting piano lessons at 6 years old. He started playing clarinet in his elementary school band in the 5th grade, and picked up the saxophone a couple years later. He fell in love with jazz music while baritone sax with his high school jazz band. After graduating from high school, he began teaching private clarinet and saxophone lessons while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music performance. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels.
Jake received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State University, Northridge in Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance in 2015, and his master’s degree in Saxophone Performance in 2019. He has played in funk and rock bands, jazz combos, New Orleans jazz bands, and pit orchestras for musicals.
French Horn & Piano
Rachel Colton has been involved in music her whole life. She has been playing the French horn for 9 years and piano for 18 years among other instruments she plays for fun. Rachel has marching band experience with state champions Bingham High School and knows the marching french horn equivalent instrument- the mellophone.
Rachel is working towards a degree in Music Education and Film Score Composition currently with Salt Lake Community College. Rachel plays in the Taylorsville Symphony, aspires to play with more groups in the valley and to teach her knowledge and skills on piano and brass instruments.
Seth has been playing trumpet for 14 years all throughout middle school, high school, and college. His dream is to play in a professional symphony orchestra, and he is working very hard to achieve this goal. He has extensive experience in classical orchestras, concert bands, solo repertoire, “pit” orchestras (musicals), brass quintets, jazz bands, and jazz combos. He has experience with Bb, C, Eb, and piccolo trumpets.
His goal as a trumpet teacher is to help young players develop their skills and open their eyes to what it means to be a trumpet player and to the many opportunities available to them. He wants to help students achieve their goals, and improve the quality of trumpet playing in Utah.
Seth is a senior at BYU studying trumpet performance with Dr. Jason Bergman (the best trumpet teacher in the state). Seth’s hobbies include: digging holes, hiking, astronomy, Star Trek, and speaking Chinese with his wife while making Chinese food.
A native of Highland Utah, Spencer began his musical journey like many of his peers in the area – with mandatory piano lessons that he didn’t give much thought to. In an Elementary music class, Spencer heard a very short clip from Copland’s “Rodeo” and wouldn’t leave his mother alone until she purchased him an album of Aaron Copland’s music that he still hasn’t put down and which interested him in playing percussion with his elementary band class. The floodgates on Spencer’s musical passion didn’t open until a couple of years later when he was dropped off an hour early at a percussion summer camp and while wandering the halls heard a trombone class in progress – he went home with a trombone that very day and has rarely put the instrument down since.
Spencer’s early dedication (obsession perhaps being the better word) led him to join and do everything within reach. Initially passionate about Jazz, by High School, Spencer had dedicated himself to classical and orchestral performance. He was fortunate to be a private student of several members of the Utah Symphony trombone section, including some who have moved on to top playing and teaching positions internationally. Spencer participated in the Tanglewood Institute Orchestra, where he was able to work alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with famous conductors and soloists including John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma.
These days, Spencer is pursuing a degree in Philosophy from BYU, but still is a member of the BYU Philharmonic and several chamber ensembles. He especially enjoys playing in the pit for professional ballet and opera productions and hopes to one day make this his career. He has maintained an active private lesson studio and enjoyed the success his students have had in Solo Festivals, Ensemble Placement, and All-State groups.
Euphonium & Tuba
David Montrose is a Tuba performance artist, composer, arranger, and audio engineer who is currently a Junior year student studying Commercial Music at UVU.
Prior to attending UVU, David was section leader of the Tuba section in the American Fork High School Marching Band, the most prestigious high school marching band in the state of Utah. He marched in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in 2011 and competed in the BOA Grand National Championships in 2013 with American Fork placing 17th in the nation. He also was awarded a Superior rating for a State-level solo performance in 2014. He then studied at Snow College, which is partnered with Julliard School of Music, to obtain his Associate degree in Commercial Music.
Throughout his educational career, Tuba has been a major part of his studies. He has developed technique and musicality in Tuba performance by studying with several industry professionals including Mike McCawley, principal Tuba player of the Ballet West Orchestra, and Dan Bachelder, Doctorate in trombone performance and music professor of BYU for over 40 years. While attending Snow College, he was the principal Tuba player in numerous ensembles including Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and Tuba/Euphonium Choir. He has been awarded Exceptional Performance Scholarships as well as Academic Excellence scholarships at both Snow College and UVU.
Drum Set & Percussion
Chris has been involved in music since the age of five, when he began his first lessons on piano. Now at the age of twenty seven, he is actively pursuing a career in music. Chris plays the drum set, percussion, piano, guitar, and bass guitar. He treats performing, composing and teaching as equal passions.
In 2017, Chris graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from BYU-Idaho. He is currently applying to pursue a master’s degree. Chris has been involved in school bands, orchestras, and jazz bands since the sixth grade and in numerous rock, pop, and jazz bands all along. He has performed with Midas Whale, Jake Chamberlain, The James Densley Band, Impressions Jazz Combo, Paul Cave, and many others. He is currently an independent drummer and composer in the Salt Lake Valley.
Drum Set & Percussion
Josiah has been playing and performing on drum set and percussion for 15 years. He currently plays with the UVU jazz orchestra, the UVU commercial group Sonic Exchange, the UVU percussion ensemble, and the small group UFA. He has played in various school combos in the past as well as the UVU Green Man group and the official Utah Jazz Drumline.
Josiah has two years of teaching experience, most of which has been for drum set. He is proficient in jazz, rock, funk, Latin, and world styles. He has also taught pitched percussion on vibraphone, bells, and Marimba. Josiah is also proficient in arranging and composition, having arranged pieces for various UVU groups as well as scoring for local films.
Josiah has studied with Pancho Romero and Fred Bugbee at New Mexico State University. At UVU he has studied with Dr. Doug Smith, Dr. Alex Heitlinger, Jay Lawrence, Gavin Ryan, and Steve Lyman.
In 2015 Josiah won the Utah Day of Percussion Drum Set competition Solo Drum Set Competition as well as the Drum Set Competition competing against drummers from all of Utah. He is currently on full ride scholarship at UVU and is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2019 with a degree in Commercial Music.
Drumset & Percussion
Alec has performed with dozens of bands and has performed and toured both internationally and domestically since age 15. His first teaching experience came at age 16, and his first experience recording in a studio was at age 14. He’s been in and out of studios regularly since. He now owns his own studio where he has recorded on countless singles and dozens of albums. As well as performing on recordings, Alec has also mixed and produced several albums and singles, which is his second passion.
He is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Commercial Music from Utah Valley University and is President of the UVU Percussion Club. Since 2018 he has been studying world music and hand drumming to better understand the history, techniques, cultural influences, and pedagogy of the percussive arts, and he has plans over the next several years to study traditional forms of drumming strait from their sources in Ghana, Turkey, Cuba and Japan.
Alec is currently performing with progressive psych-rock band Telesomniac, pop-rock group Shrink the Giant, progressive metal project Construct Tyrants, pop-rock band Ellery, a corporate event pop cover band, UVU’s Sonic Exchange, the UVU Screaming Wolverines Basketball Band, and the UVU Percussion Ensemble.
Children’s Chorus, Instrument Exploration, Elementary Ukulele, Elementary Recorder, & World Drumming
Linda got her bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University in secondary instrumental music education and a master’s degree at Brigham Young University with an emphasis in early childhood music where she wrote a curriculum for parents and toddlers. She ran early childhood music classes for many years in various places. Since starting Kodaly certification, she has taught K-6 elementary music and choirs for the last 10 years in the Provo School District.
She is fully Kodaly certified, and also has some certification in ORFF method and World Music Drumming. She was named a teacher of the year in the Provo School District in 2016. She especially loves teaching ukulele, recorder, and world drumming.