President & CEO
Scott earned a master's degree in business administration from the University
of Utah, where he earned several academic awards, including Dean's Scholar.
He worked negotiating labor contracts and consulting to arts organizations
before returning to the music industry. Scott, along with his wife Jill,
enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, and hacking around the golf course.
Laurel joined Summerhays Music Center leaving
the banking industry where she worked in the
Professional Management and Bankcard areas. She
earned a Masters of Business Administration degree
from the University of Utah. She loves to visit
her daughter who lives in Maui and enjoys golfing
Briant founded Provo Music Center DBA Summerhays
Music in Orem 1969. Briant holds an Accounting
Degree from BYU. He has served on the Board
of the National Association of Music Merchants
for a total of 9 years. Briant co-founded
and is treasurer of the International Foundation for Music
Research. He also helped to raise the
original grant funds for the Music Makes
You Smarter Research Program. Briant
served on the Real-estate Committee of
National Association of Music Merchants.
Briant also was the Director International
Foundation for Music Research for twelve
years. Briant is a co-founder of Accent
Music Instruments and Accessories. He is the
USA Sales and Marketing Manager for Gerhard
Baier Brass winds, and the Marketing
and Sales Consultant Brodmann Piano Group.
Briant is mildy addicted to snow skiing, water skiing, golf & Dr.
Cris has worked for Summerhays Music Center since 1992. He earned a degree
in band instrument repair from Red Wing Tech College, and spent the first
5 years with Summerhays repairing instruments. He now is our Sales Manager.
Cris has attended UVSC for business and accounting classes, and enjoys
watching & playing basketball, snorkeling, boogie boarding & surfing
in his spare time.
Pro Strings Consultant
Brent Taylor works as a Professional Strings Consultant at Summerhays
Music Center. Additionally he is a string clinician/educator and one
of the organizing members of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra.
When he is not making beautiful music with his beloved
orchestras, or selling instruments at the music store,
he enjoys playing with his dog and working for the betterment
of mankind. In his better, younger years, when he was much
thinner and had more hair he received a Bachelor of Music
Degree from Brigham Young University. Mr. Taylor also plays
the cello, which is considered by many to be the purest
form of musical interpretation.
In his looming retirement he plans to be a bush pilot
in the Amazon Jungle.
String Technician & Renovator
Christian was born in Germany and began playing the violin at the age
of 5, continuing lessons until he was 15, then switching to classical
guitar. Years of High School Orchestra, Jazz Group, Blues Band and several
performances gave him inspiration for what the musical world has to offer.
After a specialization in English and Music in High School,
he attended Wood Carpentry School which showed him that his
real interest was to be found in the making of wooden string
instruments. He studied an apprenticeship in the making and
restoring of Classical Guitars and musical instrs.in general,
in Xalapa, Ver., Mexico. After getting married, he earned
a BA degree in Restoration at the National School for Conservation,
Restoration and Museum Studies, living, teaching and working
in Mexico City for many years, with his own Luthier shop.
He was then invited to work for Summerhays Music Center which
opened a new chapter for him and his family, becoming finally
residents in 2007 and finding a new home in Utah.
Christian lives in Murray with his wife, son and a cat.
He enjoys bike riding, music, good veggie food and playing
Bruce Woodward has been involved in various aspects of the music business for
over 30 years. As a french horn player, Bruce has performed and recorded with
the Utah Symphony, appeared as a horn soloist on tour with the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir, recorded for film, network, and religious broadcasts. He is also a sought
after clinician and adjudicator. As an educator, Bruce has taught instrumental
music in the public schools in Arizona and Utah and is currently on the adjunct
instrumental faculty at Snow College, while also maintaining a large horn studio
in the Salt Lake area. He was presented the special "Outstanding Service
To Music Education Award" at the annual Utah Music Educator's Association's
Convention in 2004.Bruce has enjoyed a career as a school music representative
of the past 26 years. His association with the Summerhays family has been very
fulfilling because of the fact that the company is always on the cutting edge
of the best musical products and services- not only in the U.S., but throughout
the world. As a result, Bruce has been able to confidently service his customers
with all of their musical needs.
Steve has worked for Summerhays since 2007. He brings with
him over 12 years of musical experience, beginning with
trumpet & piano, then finally
moving into guitar & electric bass. He atteneded the University of
Utah with an emphasis in Jazz performance on the electric bass. He's been
involved in several professional recording & performance groups throughout
Utah, and continues to perform in the area regularly. He also teaches guitar & bass
lessons to many aspiring musicans in the Salt Lake valley.
Patrick Webster, as the son of an Idaho music educator, has been involved in music his entire life. He holds both a Bachelorís degree in Music Education and a Masterís degree in Music from the University of Utah. He has taught the beginning through high school levels in band, orchestra, jazz, marching and percussion. Patrick has served as an assistant conductor of the Granite Youth Symphony and conductor of the Jordan Youth Symphony. He is a founding member of the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and has served as president and associate conductor of that organization performing in both the clarinet and percussion sections. He enjoys being active as an adjudicator and clinician for junior high and high school ensembles. Patrick is anxious to draw on his many years as an educator and musician to serve the outstanding music educators throughout the state.
Assistant Pro Strings Manager
Laura began her musical studies at five years old, starting with the piano and then composition. She studied music in Vienna, Austria through the Austro-American Institute and earned a degree in Media Music from Brigham Young University. She has performed all over the world, including Paris, Vienna, Shanghai, Beijing, and a tour through the West Indies. Laura is currently overseeing our Pro-Strings Department and also does strings clinics at local schools. She grew up in sunny Southern California and has lived in both Chicago and St. Maarten, but has finally settled down in Salt Lake City with her husband and two children. Laura is an avid reader and a mild hockey fan (Go Blackhawks!) She also loves Disneyland and lounging on the beach when she has the chance!