Conrad started his musical career at age four as he sat on the front row at the concert of world-renowned violinist Zino Franciscotti; his little heart was touched forever.
Inspiration, determination, dedication and hard work carried him through a fascinating career of teaching and performing. Playing with groups, and performances too numerous to mention, have filled his life and dreams. Years playing with the Osmonds have been some of the special highlights along the way.
He has spent over 30 years in the field of education. His passion is sharing his knowledge with the youth and instilling a love for music in their lives. He has been teaching orchestra at the Thomas Edison Charter Schools in Cache Valley for the last thirteen years, and has been the conductor of our Northern Utah Youth Symphony for nine years.
Nathan West started playing violin as a Suzuki student at age 6. At age 10, he won first place in the Pocatello Junior Music club. While studying with Diane Austin, Janet Snyder, and Karen Child, he regularly performed at nursing homes, community, and church events throughout his formative years.
After serving a mission for his church, Nathan attended Brigham Young University-Idaho studying with Ted Ashton. He was concert master of the BYU-I symphony orchestra, Chamber orchestra, and performed with the Baroque Ensemble with Dr. Robert Tueller. He graduated from BYU-I with a Bachelor of Music Arts, String Emphasis. Nathan then attended graduate school at the University of Utah, earning a Master of Music, Violin performance degree. He
supplemented his studies at the U with pursuit of a new interest, orchestral conducting, under the direction of Dr. Robert Baldwin.
Nathan’s has always enjoyed entertaining people of any age or culture with music and showmanship. He has sung in Carnegie Hall, and performed in orchestras and solo recitals
around the mid-West and in Europe. He has found great joy in classical music and now enjoys teaching the history, skills, musicianship. and performance practices to a new generation of musicians as the orchestra teacher at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning and conductor of the Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Brass Specialist, NUYSO (2021)
Abby Erickson started working with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony in 2021. She is the current band and orchestra teacher at Joel P. Jensen Middle School in West Jordan, Utah. This will be her fourth year of teaching music since graduating with her bachelors in music education from Utah State University in December 2018 as valedictorian for the Caine College of the Arts.
Abby is an active performer and plays with many groups including the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds, the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and Music Theatre West.
She loves teaching and performing with her husband, Kresten Erickson, and spending time snuggling with her cats Sophie and Cora.
Abby looks forward to another year working with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony, and spearheading the program’s newest group for young musicians; the Northern Utah Youth Wind Ensemble.
Elizabeth Marsh began her musical studies at the age of two. She holds a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld and Peter Stumpf. Elizabeth earned her master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Richard Aaron and Amir Eldan.
Ms. Marsh has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a cellist, concertizing with professional and volunteer orchestras, and as a soloist, chamber, and freelance musician. She has won concerto competitions on the national level and soloed with symphonies locally and throughout the western states.
Elizabeth has taught hundreds of cellists of all ages and authored and published Scale Trail Challenge and Up to the Bridge for young cellists. She is currently the Camp Director and an Associate Conductor at the Vivace Family Camp in Sandy, Utah. One of her favorite musical experiences is performing in the Orchestra at Temple Square. Elizabeth has played in the section and as principal cello for a number of years, and is grateful for this special opportunity to combine her spiritual conviction with her love of music.
Elizabeth and her husband, Gregory, have eight young children.
NUYS Managing Director (2021)
Jayme began violin at age six, but while studying music in college, she discovered her true passion: the viola. She graduated from USU with a Bachelor’s in Music Education and has been the director of the Bear River Orchestra program (6th – 12th grade) in Tremonton for the last 15 years.
She loves opportunities to perform and is the principal violist for the Cache Symphony Orchestra and Northern Utah Symphony Orchestra (Logan, UT), and plays violas for the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra, and the Utah Festival Opera.
Jayme resides in Logan with her husband, Traves, and two mini-goldendoodles, Dasha and Mila.
NUYCO Managing Director (2020)
Josie has always loved music, and began private lessons when she was six years old! She enjoys playing the violin, piano, and organ, and has occasionally dabbled in singing and playing the viola.
She performed in the Northern Utah Youth Symphony for two years and then joined the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society Board of Directors to continue to stay involved in NUYS and NUYCO. She has loved being the managing director of NUYCO!
She teaches at Harmony Arts and Music Academy in Tremonton and feels so blessed to love what she gets paid to do! She also enjoys gardening, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Woodwinds Specialist, NUYS (2022)
Kresten Erickson is the band teacher at Box Elder Middle School. He graduated from Utah State University with a bachelors in Music Education in 2021 after student teaching with the highly regarded South Davis Junior High band program.
While at USU, he played clarinet in the Wind Orchestra, the Aggie Marching Band, Caine Woodwind Quintet, and Symphony Orchestra. Kresten currently plays clarinet with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and teaches multiple private students.
This will be his first year working with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony, and he looks forward to joining his wife Abby as part of the wind specialist team
Board of Directors
Doris D’Asto - Chairman, Grant Manager
Jayme McKenna - NUYS Manager, Website Administrator
Josie Anderson - Secretary, NUYCO Manager, Asst. to Managing Directors, Librarian
Cathy Prows - Bookkeeper
Naomi Miles - Grocery Card Fundraiser
Sarina Pace - Board Member