Biographies


Robert Bott 2010

    In addition to being the newly appointed Music Director/Conductor for the Lincoln Youth Symphony, currently serves as Co-Music Director of the Celebration Chamber Orchestra.  Robert has guest conducted with the Salt Lake Symphony, the Utah Composer’s Forum, the Summer Choral Institute, and has participated in conducting workshops around the country.  He has also been privileged to work with living composers and to conduct premieres of several contemporary works, including his own compositions.  His conducting teachers include Robert Baldwin, David Cho, Brady Allred, Kenneth Kiesler, Andrew George, and David Schiff.   
    A native of Salt Lake City, Robert holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Music Composition, and a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting.  His interests in music are extremely varied; besides conducting and composition, Robert has studied the saxophone, clarinet, and voice.  As a performer he has had the privilege of playing in numerous instrumental ensembles, singing in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and touring England and France with the University of Utah Singers, winners of the European Grand Prix International Choir Competition in 2006.  Robert and his wife live in Layton, Utah, and in their spare time enjoy literature, sports, video games, and nature.  
    (Photo Credit: Tom Sparks)

John Findlay 2007-2010

John Findlay graduated in 2008 with his Masters Degree from BYU. He directs the Box Elder High School, Box Elder Middle School, and Adele C Young Intermediate School orchestras, and recently retired from conducting the Lincoln Youth Symphony.  On the side, he teaches cello and runs a thriving piano tuning & repair business.

 

James Arbizu 2007-2008

James Arbizu graduated from Weber State University. He is currently working on his Masters Degree at BYU. James is the new Director of Orchestras at Salem Hills High School. We wish him all the best in his endeavors! Latest news: He is now conducting the orchestra in Star Valley, Wyoming.