Lindy J. Taylor, originally of Beaver Dam, UT, began her studies in piano with her mother (Marilyn C. Johnson) at age four until she studied with the late Irving Wassermann. (Her family did not own a tv, so she had to do something with her time!) As a youth, she graduated from the USU Youth Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Gary Amano in Logan UT. Because of the wonderful opportunities at USU, she was able to rub shoulders with and learn from piano greats such as Grant Johanneson, Christopher Giles, Jerome Loenthal, Faina Lushtak and others.
Currently a composer, arranger, and recording artist, Lindy has in the past won various piano awards ranging from 1st Place at the Utah State Fair, to 1st Place in the USU Housing Talent Show as a college student. She has been featured on several radio and television programs, performed multiple times as soloist on Temple Square including a special invitation as a recital soloist in the International Gina Bachauer Concert Series under the direction of the late Paul C. Pollei (airing on KBYU radio), and several years toured as a concerto soloist with the USU Symphony Orchestra. Her education began with USU’s Youth Music Conservatory (twice honored as Student of the Year) and went on to include a Piano Performance and Pedagogy Degree from USU (under a Presidential Scholarship) earning multiple honors (including USU’s Piano Outstanding Performance Award- twice) and as a senior, she earned USU’s Outstanding Music Student of the Year Award.
Lindy served as a Spanish-speaking missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Louisiana after which she earned a Master of Music degree (emphasis in Piano Performance) from BYU. She currently composes and accompanies professionally; several of her piano arrangements were included on an award winning gospel CD. Music aside, Lindy also loves a good murder mystery. She has been happily married to Paul Taylor for 23 years and is the grateful mother of four children.
Bryan Elkins has a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Brigham Young University and a Master of Music degree in music from the University of Utah, where he presided over the Utah Composers Ensemble. He taught music theory and dictation at both of those universities while working as a freelance pianist, accompanying opera rehearsals, ballet and modern dance classes, voice classes, recitals, etc. Mr. Elkins served as the head of piano and theory at The Music School before becoming a full-time programmer, and now works as a consultant for Gideon Taylor Consulting.