2015 LMF Coaches - STILL TBD, see past coaches belowCurrent & Former Utah Symphony Musicians
A native of El Paso, Texas, Brian Blanchard is delighted to be joining the Lyceum Music Festival as Brass instructor. Brian has been Associate Principal Horn of the Utah Symphony, Principal Horn of the North Carolina Symphony, Utility Horn with the Saint Louis Symphony, and Associate Principal Horn of the Kansas City Symphony. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, and most recently with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Symphony. Brian also served as interim-principal horn with the Louisville Orchestra. The horn took him further afield when he performed with the Orchestra of Macau in China. While a student, Brian was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony) and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Before his university studies, Brian graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI, where he met his future wife and fellow horn player, Madelyn. Brian later received a Bachelor of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. He also studied at Rice University in Houston, TX. His principal teachers were Dale Clevenger and William VerMeulen.
When not performing, Brian can be found cycling, reading about cycling, or spending time with his wife and their children, Elliott and Lily.
Ed Gornik holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Northwestern University. Upon graduation he joined the San Antonio Symphony and performed with them from 1971-1975. In 1975 he became the co-principal trumpet of the Utah Symphony where he continued until 2010. Ed has served as a professor of trumpet on the faculties of the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Weber College. He continues to be in-demand as a studio player and can be heard as a soloist and orchestral performer on hundreds of commercial recordings for television, movies, and album releases. He and his wife Holly (woodwinds) not only coach orchestral sectionals but also work with students daily in chamber groups and sit in on rehearsals.
George Brown graduated from Culver Military Academy, and received his music training at the University of Louisville School of Music. In 1974, Brown became timpanist for the U. S. Coast Guard Band. Shortly thereafter, he assumed the same position with the US Armed Forces Bicentennial Band where he performed in all fifty states and much of North America.
After active duty, he was a percussionist for the Louisville Orchestra and the 202nd Army Band. In 1980, he moved to Colorado, assuming positions as timpanist of the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Orquésta Sinfonica de Mineria (Mexico City). During that time he also performed with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the Denver Symphony. Brown joined the Utah Symphony in 1987 as Principal Timpanist. Since that time he has also performed with the Indianapolis Symphony and the Sun Valley Festival Orchestra. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Timpani at the University of Utah and is active throughout the west as a Clinician/Performing Artist for Evans and Yamaha.
This is George’s 4th season coaching percussion at Lyceum Music Festival.
Yuki MacQueen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet and Jascha Brodsky. She received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York, studying with Robert Mann of the Juilliard Quartet.
Yuki joined the Utah Symphony violin section in 2000 and was previously a member of the Nashville Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony. She has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the National Chamber Orchestra. A frequent substitute member of the Pittsburgh Symphony before her current position with the Utah Symphony, she participated in concert tours to Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Europe, Japan, Canada, and South America.
M. Judd Sheranian has been a member of the Utah Symphony for many seasons and has performed both as a violin soloist and vocal soloist with the Utah Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Dr. Sheranian received his education at the Juilliard School, where he studied violin with Dorothy Delay, the University of Texas at Austin (MM, 1976), and the University of Arizona (DMA, 1998).
Under a Fulbright-Hays grant, he studied voice, opera, and Lieder in Berlin. He is an active studio recording artist with violin and voice and has taught voice and violin on the faculties of the University of Texas, the University of Arizona, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University. He also owns and operates a violin school teaching Suzuki and traditional methods. In addition to a full teaching and performing schedule, he is Director of Committees for the Stradivarius International Violin Competition.
John Eckstein attended Interlochen Arts Academy high school. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and completed his Master of Music degree at Oberlin under the tutelage of famed cellist Raya Garbousova. Cellist John Eckstein joined the Utah Symphony at the age of 23. Previously Associate Principal Cello of the New Orleans Symphony and Principal Cello of the Omaha Symphony, he enjoys a varied musical life of orchestral, chamber, and solo playing, in addition to his teaching duties at the University of Utah. He served as Principal Cellist with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. In addition to his orchestral duties there, he was featured soloist on several occasions.
Mr. Eckstein was a founding member of the Abramyan String Quartet. With the Abramyan he concertized extensively throughout the US as well as Japan on six occasions.
Thomas Zera holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of music where he studied with Gary Karr and holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic. Double Bassist Thomas Zera has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1999. Previously a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic, he was also a member of the New World Symphony. Tom substitutes regularly in the Bass Section of the Minnesota Orchestra both in concerts and recordings. He is an avid hiker and outdoorsman.
Carl Johansen holds a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music in violin performance where he studied both violin and viola. He was formerly a member of the Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic. In 1988 he won the John and Arthur Beare prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, held on the Isle of Man. Carl enjoys paragliding, skiing, chess, and South American cuisine. Carl Johannsen joined the Utah Symphony viola section in 2005.
This is Carl’s 6th season coaching violas at Lyceum Music Festival.
Holly Gornik holds degrees from Northwestern University and University of Utah in oboe performance. She performed as a member of the Utah Symphony from 1974 – 2010 as an oboist and English Horn player. She is a member of the University of Utah woodwind faculty and remains an in-demand studio musician having recorded on hundreds of commercial recordings for television, movies, and album releases. Holly has released two solo albums and is an accomplished arranger. She is also an accomplished chamber musician. She and her husband Ed (trumpet) not only coach orchestral sectionals but also work with students daily in chamber groups and sit in on rehearsals.