Sunday, November 5, 2017
5:00 PM, 7:30 PM
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Zion’s Youth Symphony & Chorus
Formerly known as The Las Vegas Mormon Youth Symphony & Chorus, was established in 2003. The group consists of young, accomplished LDS musicians ages 14 and older.
Our mission is to cultivate the Spirit of the Lord and build testimonies of the gospel through the development of musical talent and performance of inspiring music.
David Skouson, a music instructor and former broadway conductor/pianist, received his Bachelors of Music in piano performance from California State University at Long Beach, and his Masters of Music in orchestral conducting from Brigham Young University. Mr. Skouson conducted the first national tour of the Broadway musical Chicago, and was the musical director of the hit off-Broadway show Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. His regional credits include Children of Eden, Merrily We Roll Along, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd, and West Side Story. As a pianist, he has premiered several new works for solo piano, and piano and voice. As a member of the Gallimaufry ensemble, he often premieres music composed by fellow Hewitt faculty member Daniel Denver. Mr. Skouson recently gave a recital with Jennifer Welch-Babbidge, soloist with the Metropolitan Opera. David and his wife, Tara, a harpist, often perform concerts together. They are the parents of three children, Luisa, Daniel and Katherine.
Jeffrey Skouson, singer, pianist and master vocal instructor, attended Brigham Young University for both undergraduate and graduate work in education and international relations. He has studied with several renowned voice teachers, including Seth Riggs, one of the entertainment world’s top vocal coaches. Mr. Skouson taught fifth grade in the Clark County School District before opening his vocal studio. He trains some 150 private and group voice students from Nevada, Utah and California and has lectured and taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ball State University in Indiana, as well as Brigham Young University. Mr. Skouson was Musical Director for the production of Utah! for two years at Tuacahn Amphitheater and Center for the Performing Arts, has been vocal coach for several Signature Productions musicals in Las Vegas including West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, directed the Boys Chorus of Southern Nevada and made his debut performance with the Red Mountain Choir in 2000 conducting The Music of Man’s Endeavor. In 2002, as the Choir’s newly appointed Conductor-in Residence, he delighted audiences with “A New World.” He is married to Becky Skouson and has four adorable children, Elizabeth, Madeleine, Andrew, and Joshua.