We are the EMSO

Great music is a team effort!

Meet the Conductors

Jennifer Kelley earned her Bachelors of Science in Music Education at Weber State University where she taught in the national program String Project. She then pursued a career as an orchestra teacher for Alpine School District, where she has fostered thriving orchestra programs for ten wonderful years at Lehi Junior High, Lehi High School, and Skyridge High School. She is the currently serving as the president and co-conductor of the EMSO and has been serving the community with the symphony since its founding in the Fall of 2017 by Angelina Arnold and Kayla Young. Jennifer has performed with Jenny Oaks Baker on several occasions, and has also had the opportunity to work with Kurt Bestor while teaching at Skyridge High School. Jenn currently resides in Eagle Mountain City Center with her husband Kevin, who patiently supports her in all she does, and her two beautiful children.
Rebecca Jensen is a native of Henderson, Nevada who graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Southern Utah University where she studied Bassoon. She has performed with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and the Southwest Symphony in Dixie. She spent two years teaching band at Findlay Middle School in North Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Eagle Mountain ten years ago. She lives in City Center with her husband and four children, where she continues to teach wind instrument and piano lessons out of her home. Rebecca enjoys volunteering in her community, and working in her own home-based Finance and Retirement Services business. In addition to co-conducting the Eagle Mountain Symphony Orchestra, she serves on the board as Treasurer and is entering her third season performing with the EMSO. Her husband is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and has served for 18 years, including a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. We salute him and all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to our great nation!

Meet the Board

Members of the Board of Directors are volunteers who work tirelessly to make the EMSO successful, planning and printing concert programs, recruiting new musicians, fundraising, and promoting the symphony in the community. Their dedicated work makes it possible for the symphony to continue to bring great music to Eagle Mountain.

Jennifer Kelley
President
Jennifer Kelley earned her Bachelors of Science in Music Education at Weber State University where she taught in the national program String Project. She then pursued a career as an orchestra teacher for Alpine School District, where she has fostered thriving orchestra programs for ten wonderful years at Lehi Junior High, Lehi High School, and Skyridge High School. She is the currently serving as the president and co-conductor of the EMSO and has been serving the community with the symphony since its founding in the Fall of 2017 by Angelina Arnold and Kayla Young. Jennifer has performed with Jenny Oaks Baker on several occasions, and has also had the opportunity to work with Kurt Bestor while teaching at Skyridge High School. Jenn currently resides in Eagle Mountain City Center with her husband Kevin, who patiently supports her in all she does, and her two beautiful children.
Rebecca Pehrson
Vice President
Rebecca Jensen
Treasurer
Rebecca Jensen is a native of Henderson, Nevada & graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Southern Utah University where she studied Bassoon. She has performed with the Orchestra of Southern Utah & the Southwest Symphony in Dixie. She spent 2 years teaching band at Findlay Middle School in North Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Utah. Her husband and 4 children have been living in Eagle Mountain for the past 10 years where she continues to teach wind instrument & piano lessons out of her home & enjoys volunteering in her community. She currently works in Finance and Retirement Services where she owns her own Business. In addition to co-conducting the Eagle Mountain Symphony Orchestra, she sits on the board as Treasurer and is entering her 3rd season performing with the EMSO. Her husband is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve & has served for 18 years which includes a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. We Salute him & all our Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to our great Nation!
Julie Schmidt
Board Member
Julie Schmidt has been interested in music from a young age starting with piano. She then moved her sights to violins when she saw how beautiful they look and sound. She studied music at Utah State University and played in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the Arcata string quartet. She also enjoyed playing in the multi cultural messiah concerts and the combined Institute choir and Orchestra in Logan. She moved to Eagle mountain and then joined the Eagle Mountain Symphony In 2018. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and 3 kids. She is acting Librarian for EMSO.
Andrea Jones
Board Member
Andrea Jones earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Music Technology, Composition, and Performance (Clarinet) from The University of Redlands, CA. She has worked in musical theater at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA as sound designer and engineer for such shows as The Who’s “Tommy”, “Les Miserables”, and “The Sound of Music”. She then got her teacher’s credential from Chapman University and taught in the school districts of Lompoc, CA and Alpine School District, UT directing strings, choir, band, and guitar. She is married to Lawrence and they have 4 wonderful children. She enjoys volunteering at the Becky Painter Farm and Eagle Mountain Farmer’s Market. She loves to sing in choirs and she teaches music (currently cello, piano, and clarinet). She also does a soft tissue therapy from Australia called Bowenwork designed to reset the nervous system and “re-tune” the body. She sits on the board as Secretary and has played clarinet in the EMSO since moving here in April 2019.
Andrea Butler
Board Member
Andrea Butler earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from BYU. While there, she performed as Principal Clarinetist in the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra (2003-2005), Chamber Orchestra (2003-2004), and Wind Symphony (2002-2003). She toured as Principal Clarinetist with the BYU Chamber Orchestra to Europe (she visited countries such as Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, to name a few). She served as the BYU Marching Band Section leader in 2003. She won 3rd place in the Utah State Fair Music Competition in 2003, and honorable mention in 2004. Her love of music really started in junior high when her band was invited to play at the Mid-West Band Clinic, there she performed as Principal Clarinetist for her band. She performed as Principal Clarinetist in both high school and collegiate All-State Bands. Her love for clarinet increased in high school where she served as drum major. It was then she started studying with U of U Clarinet Professor Kathy Pope, and later BYU Professor Bill Holeman, and finally BYU Professor Jaren Hinckley. She started teaching private clarinet lessons for the Crescent School of Music during college and then on her own for the last 19 years. She enjoys playing in community symphonies and as enjoyed performing with the Murray Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, and now the Eagle Mountain Symphony Orchestra. She currently lives in Eagle Mountain with her husband and 5 kids.
Brendon Chrisney
Board Member
Brendon Chrisney, a native of Corona California, earned his Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Translation from Brigham Young University, with a minor in music. He began playing clarinet at the age of 9 and continued while studying under Dr. David Lopez at age 14. He later studied with Margaret Worsely at Riverside City College. It was there that he co-founded The Empyre Trio, a chamber music ensemble based out of Riverside CA. He has performed with the Riverside City College Symphony, The La Sierra University Orchestra, The BYU University Orchestra, The Utah Valley Symphony, and the Eagle Mountain Symphony Orchestra since the inaugural season in 2017. He currently sits on the board of the EMSO as Musical Specialist and currently resides in Eagle Mountain with his wife and two daughters.
Don Sherwood
Sponsorships/Website
Don Sherwood's life-long love of orchestral music began as a member of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. He began his studies in music education at Brigham Young University with an emphasis on Cello performance, but later changed directions to pursue his other love - Computer Science. He has since enjoyed a very successful career in Software Engineering, but has continued throughout his life to be involved in the performing arts, playing in such groups as the Loveland Chamber Orchestra, Loveland Community Theater, the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and the Eagle Mountain Symphony Orchestra. Don has published a number of original compositions and arrangements (mostly sacred works), has directed several musical groups over the years, and now offers private cello instruction in his home in the evenings. He and his wife, Tami live in the Ranches, and are the parents of 8 children, with their first grandchild expected to arrive in the spring of 2020.

Meet the Orchestra

Our musicians are the heart and soul of the orchestra. They spend many hours practicing individually and as a group each week to prepare for several exciting performances throughout the year.

Violins Ken Ballash† Julie Schmidt Jennifer Kelley Laura Shipp Courtney Gasling Mattie Radke Kim Berrett Oboe Lindsey Eliason† Clarinets Brendon Chrisney† Andrea Butler Andrea Jones Staci Pickering Jana' Aitken Bass Clarinet Mary Nelson Viola Rebecca Pehrson† Kayla Young Flutes Jennifer Bishop† Tiffany Pyper Brandy Jarman Angel Rawlings Courtney Nogelmeier Tenor Saxophone Darci Glanville† Bassoon Rebecca Jensen† Baritone John Mulholland† Percussion Jill Smith† Cello Don Sherwood† Dulce Blanco Jennifer Wandell Michelle Henderson Trumpet Anne Miller† Kyle Beatie Greg Ah Sue French Horn Alyssa Nash† Karla Smith Tuba Zachary Sherwood† Harp Kelsi Swenson†

† - Section Leader