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Deborah Naylor

Deborah Naylor
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Deborah Naylor is an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about helping her students learn to love music in a way that is tailored to their personality. She believes that music is a language that can be learned in an enjoyable way as students listen, try new things, learn to re-create what they hear, and find what musical style they like most.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music emphasizing in Voice studies from BYU - Idaho. Her first year of college was at Weber where she was offered a scholarship as a double-major in voice and piano. Her piano pedigree includes study with her first teacher Carol Beck followed by study under University of Utah Adjunct professor Lenora Brown, along with Weber State professor Shaun Steiner, and BYU – Idaho professor Stephen Thomas. She has been in group piano class with Yu-Jane Yang from Weber State where she learned to transpose and perform a high level of technique. She has also ventured into the realms of Jazz Piano studying private lessons with Justin Nielsen. Under the direction of Aaron Miller she was a part of a Jazz combo where she played with five other musicians who transcribed, arranged, and performed pieces by Blue Mitchell, as well as their own jazz compositions.

Her aunt Gloria Naylor was the first to help instill in her a love for both classical and musical theatre. At Weber State University she studied under Linda Lee for a year. She studied private voice for two years under world renown Kris Ciesinsky where she learned a high level of dedication and professionalism as well as techniques to preserve the longevity of the voice. At BYU – Idaho she studied vocal pedagogy, vocal literature and opera with David Olsen. Preparation for her senior recital was under the direction of Paul Busselberg. She has been in high-level collegiate choirs for 5 years, has experience selecting singers and repertoire for choral events, and putting on concerts.

 Professional Experience

As a lyric soprano, she has been involved in various productions including leading roles such as Blanche from Dialogues of the Carmelites, Susanna from Le Nozze de Figaro, Frasquita from Carmen, Cherubino from Le Nozze de Figaro, and Gianetta from L'elisir d'amore. She was a lead role Salome in BYU – Idaho’s full-scale production of Savior of the World. Opera productions where she was a chorus member include scenes from La Cenerentola, The Bartered Bride, Dido and Aeneas, The Magic Flute, Tales of Hoffman, Candide, The Queen of Spades, Suor Angelica, and La Sonnambula. Other full-scale shows she has participated in the chorus include The Scarlet Pimpernel, CATS, and Charlie Brown. Aside from her own studies, she has taught collegiate group lessons alongside a professor as well as private voice lessons for beginning freshmen at BYU – Idaho.

Because of the variety of musical styles she has studied, Deborah has a unique perspective of what music is and where you can go with it. Some music students continue in the direction of a professional music career, others it will merely be a learning experience, but no matter what you do with your talents, she wants your music studies to be something that builds character, brings joy, and allows you express yourself; ultimately helping you to become the best you there is.



Lynnette Owens

Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University.
Professional pianist and accompanist for 32 years.
Piano lessons for 15 years and piano playing for 49 years.
Piano teacher for 39 years.

Lynnette started taking piano lessons at the young age of five and gave a solo piano recital at age 12 playing advanced piano songs such as Debussy's Clair de lune, Kachaturian's Toccata and Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. She continued taking piano lessons competing in her college's concerto competition. She has accompanied for professional opera companies such as the Utah Opera, Rome Festival, Lyrical Opera Theater and Capitol Opera Harrisburg and performs as a soloist doing notoriously difficult songs such as Liszt’s Un Sospiro and Chopin’s Fantasy Impromptu for audiences throughout Utah. She plays at weddings, funerals, parties of all sorts and does professional level accompanying.

Lynnette teaches kids to adults. She keeps lessons both enjoyable and educational by teaching aspects of music including theory, history, technique, phrasing, style, dynamics and performance skills within songs that students enjoy playing so their interest is captured and they want practice more. She’ll happily demonstrate both her piano and teaching skills during a free consultation with you. Call with questions or details or go to her website, www.LynnetteOwens.com for more in-depth exploration.


Dr. Matthew Weissman

BM Manhattan School of Music; piano studies: Nina Svetlanova chamber music: Ruth Laredo
MM Brooklyn College Conservatory/City University of New York; piano studies: German Diez
PD Indiana University; piano studies: Andre Watts
DMA University of Utah; piano studies: Susan Duehlmeier

Former Faculty:
Associate Professor: Indiana University
Professor: Nassau Community College
Teaching Assistant: University of Utah
Current Faculty: Piano Professor at Salt Lake Community College

Matthew Weissman’s extensive performance career began at the age of fourteen, when he made his Carnegie Weill Hall debut as a winner of the AMSA World Piano Competition  nearly five years after taking his first piano lesson. He has concertized in five countries, performed lecture-recitals in two states and holds eight first place titles in competitions. A native New Yorker, Matthew began his studies with Nina Svetlanova and Mark Pakman at the age of fourteen, and continued to study with them at Manhattan School of Music earning his BM as a scholarship student following performances at the United Nations and the Juilliard Evening Division.

Most recently he has been selected to represent the United States in the Cervantes Piano Competition in Havana, Cuba and the Horowitz Competition in Kiev, Ukraine. He is a honorary member of the American Liszt Society, the recipient of the people's choice award travel grant of Indiana University, a scholarship recipient and current advisor/mentor for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA) and been awarded Salt Lake City Expositions 2012 Emerging Artist of the Year. He has been featured as guest speaker lecturing for both the Utah Association of Music Teachers (UAMT) and Utah Music Teachers Association (UMTA) as well as being a active adjudicator for the UMTA Federation. Dr Weissman's students have placed high in state competitions and have been awarded scholarships to top music programs and summer festivals including Manhattan School of Music pre- college, Ithaca College, Brigham Young University and Utah State University.