Austie Robinson is one of the highest in demand trumpet players in Utah having played with Journey, Kelly Clarkson, Leann Rimes and is currently the touring and recording trumpet for Neon Trees! He has also played in many local bands including BYU’s top jazz group, Synthesis, as a highlighted soloist and band member. Music has given Austie the opportunity to travel the world playing jazz, classical, pop and many other genres. Learn from him at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Meet our piano teacher, Denis Nicholson! Born in New York and raised in Connecticut, he started his piano studies at the age of 6 and picking up the organ at age 14. Competitions include placing in several competitions in the CT region including first place in a concerto competition and playing with a youth orchestra. He also won the state round of the MTNA competition in Connecticut. He began his undergrad studies in
Connecticut but quickly transferred to BYU. His teachers include Russel Hirschfield, Stephen Beus, Jared Pierce and Irene Peery-Fox. He is an avid sight reader and has accompanied everything from choir and percussion ensembles to vocalists and saxophonists. Besides his piano studies, he has studied organ with Don Cook of BYU. He has studied abroad with the BYU organ department in France where he played several famous organs. He will graduate with a BM in Music Performance with a dual emphasis in piano and organ. He has been accepted to University of Kansas on scholarship and will pursue a Masters in Church Music. There, he will study with Michael Bauer, James Higdon (student of Marie Claire-Alain) and new guest faculty member Olivier Latry, professor of organ studies at the Paris Conservatory, titular organist at Notre-Dame de Paris and one of the best concert organists in the world today. Denis’ hobbies include photography, building computers and dancing various big band jazz styles and spending time with his wife.
Meet one of our extraordinary guitar teachers! At a young age, Parker was engrossed in his studies of the guitar. He was raised in a home where many different sorts of music were being played, and eventually developed a precocious attitude about his learning of the guitar after hearing a live Led Zeppelin album for the first time. His studies continued through his adolescents where he started earning money on the instrument playing weddings, restaurants, local venues, after school programs, and anything that would further his experience on the instrument. Parker went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and is currently studying as a master’s student under the tutelage of the great Corey Christiansen, all the while having actively worked as a professional musician in the Utah area for many years. Learn with Parker, a jazz, classical and metal genius at Miles Ahead Music!
Meet Megan Carson, one of our newest vocal coaches. Megan has studied Speech Level Singing for over 5 years, training aspiring singers to college professors simply wanting to learn how to speak without damaging their voice. She strives to bring out the very best in each of her students through building confidence and technique in the students own unique voice. Megan has performed in hundreds of shows. Some of her favorite roles include The Chaperone from The Drowsy Chaperone, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Glinda from Wicked. She also performed with Improv Broadway for 2+ years making her an adaptable performer as well as a teacher. She takes a fun and unique twist to the standard method to get her students–whether beginning or professional–the best results. Megan is beyond excited to work with any student thrown her way and guarantees they’ll leave each lesson feeling better than when they came in. Begin your journey today with Megan!
Meet our bass teacher, Dan Ekberg! Dan is from Gilbert, Arizona and has been playing music for most of his life. From being trained as a classical pianist and orchestral bass player to performing in various jazz, rock, and Latin groups, he considers himself a diverse bass player. Dan is now a student at Brigham Young University, studying Audio Engineering and bass.
Lillian was born in Utah and started learning the cello at age 4. She has loved playing with her siblings while growing up and is currently getting her undergraduate degree from BYU in Cello Performance. Teaching for almost 3 years, she loves helping students learn to play and love the cello.
Meet Our drum teacher, Grant Taylor! He has performed drums in the Philippines, Australia, Texas, New Orleans, Chicago and the Utah area. He is a Percussion Performance major at BYU and plays anything from jazz and experimental rock to orchestral and solo percussion! Learn with him at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Meet our saxophone teacher, Emily Applegarth! Emily Applegarth grew up in Portland, Oregon where she taught saxophone lessons since the age of 14. She then graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Ray Smith, with her bachelors degree in Saxophone Performance. Outside of her scholarship for music, she paid for her own schooling through teaching and playing gigs, giving her a diverse education. As a classically trained musician she has managed to expand her vocabulary to jazz, pop, folk, indie and more.
Meet our flute teacher, Nicolas Ayala! Nicolás M. Ayala Cerón was born in Bogotá, Colombia where he spent his early childhood, relocating to the United States when he was ten. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Nick earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Composition in 2017, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting with a Wind Band emphasis at BYU.
A flutist for 18 years, he has studied with various performers over the years, including Atlanta Opera flutist and music professor Kelly Via. Nick has toured the US and has gone abroad as an instrumentalist and guest conductor with different prestigious ensembles, most notably as a member of the BYU Wind Symphony in their 2016 Asia tour and their 2018 Australia tour playing piccolo, as well as having performed with Alliance Drum Corps of Georgia, the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and the BYU Philharmonic. As a composer, Nick has won several awards while studying at BYU, including a first place (2016) and second place (2017) award for the Vera Mayhew Composition Competition, as well as receiving the Barlow Student Composition Commission for 2017, leading to the premiere of Fanfare, a new work for wind band, premiered on February 2017 by the BYU Wind Symphony. Nick has studied composition under Stephen Jones, Ned McGowan, David Dramm, Carla Scaletti, Dai Fujikura, and Samuel Adler, and has worked on projects with ensembles around the world, most notably with Hexnut in Amsterdam, and the Lydian String Quartet. Most recently, he has written music for the BYU Cougar Marching Band, as well as for the BYU Wind Symphony.
Meet our clarinet teacher, Spencer Danielson! Spencer is the principal clarinetist of the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Symphony. He toured and performed in various locations in the Philippines for three weeks with the Chamber Orchestra and toured and performed in Australia for three weeks playing Eb clarinet in the BYU Wind Symphony. Spencer has also been a member of the BYU Dixieland Band for years! What a versatile player! Learn with him today at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Playing English horn solos on a stage in Manila with Lea Salonga, voice of Disney Princesses Jasmine and Mulan, is one of Camille’s recent musical highlights. Currently she plays principal oboe in the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras and second oboe in the Utah Wind Symphony under the direction of Scott Hagan. As a music education major, Camille specializes in teaching. Experience in the classroom enriches her studio teaching approach. She studied oboe with Geralyn Giovanetti at Brigham Young University where she received scholarships for music and played in the Wind Symphony, Chamber, and Philharmonic orchestras. In addition to freelancing on oboe, Camille is a sought-after source of handmade oboe reeds for students of all levels.
Bio coming soon!