Jocelyn Sciortino Shades, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
Mrs. Sciortino Shades graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1992 and began studies at Southern Utah University as a music education major. She performed there in the Jazz Band, Marching Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Opera Company, Orchestra and enjoyed performing also in the Theatre Department. She decided not to decide what was most fun and double majored in instrumental and vocal education, adding another year to her studies. Her free time was spent playing viola with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and teaching piano lessons.
After graduation she taught orchestra at Canyon View High School and then assumed duties teaching the bands and choirs there also. After the predictable teaching burnout she decided to do something easier like raising children in Houston, TX. (!) Her piano studio continued to grow and she frequently performed as an artist in Kingwood Humble Music Teacher’s series. In Houston she discovered Kindermusik and a love of working with infants and young children to foster growth in language, math and music utilizing dance, singing and percussion skills.
Moving to Missouri prompted her to begin studies in her master’s degree at the University of Central Missouri. As part of her graduate program and in researching her thesis, she recruited and taught a community orchestra for youth at UCM.
Upon graduation with a master’s in Music Education with a conducting emphasis, she moved back to Utah in 2014 to begin teaching at American Preparatory Academy at the West Valley campuses. Ms. Sciortino continues to enjoy performing and teaching in all genres of music and is delighted to teach orchestra and band students now at Excelsior Academy in Tooele Valley. She has taught music for more than 30 years now and loves it more each day. Her hobbies include reading, hiking and running and not so recently completed her first half marathon in Moab and first full marathon in St. George, Ut.
Cami Shaskin is the newly appointed Associate Director of the Tooele Valley Youth Symphony.
Cami has been involved with orchestral playing for over twenty-five years. In Junior High, she toured Spain and Portugal with the Utah Valley Youth Symphony. As a freshman in high school, she was a section leader in her school orchestra, which was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall. Later she was dubbed concertmaster, not only of her school ensembles, but of the then-popular Timpanogas Chamber Orchestra, Utah All-State Orchestra, and even the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, MI.
She got to see more of Europe as one of ten musicians from the United States chosen to participate in the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, based in Berlin. Cami went on to perform/tour in the top ensembles at BYU and serve in leadership roles through her time as a graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned a teaching license and masters degree in Music Education. She also spent a summer as a professional violinist and featured soloist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
Since age 17, she has volunteered her time as an original member and music missionary in the Orchestra at Temple Square. She taught Elementary School musicians in over five school districts, including Provo, Alpine, Canyons, Granite, and Jordan districts. Mrs. Shaskin is an award-winning performer, experienced adjudicator, and dedicated private teacher. To see her other accomplishments, visit her website at camishaskinviolin.com, where she has her resume and featured audio and video recordings. Cami is a wife and mother to a doting husband and an adorable little boy. As part of her bucket list, she hopes to join a local folk band. She and her family recently moved to Tooele from Salt Lake County, and she is so excited to be involved with TVYS!
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My music career began at the age of 5 with the piano and I added the violin at age 9 with the elementary school program. I participated with the school orchestras through middle school and high school. I have also performed with the Jordan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jordan Symphony Orchestra, Mormon Youth Orchestra, University of Utah Symphony, University of Utah Philharmonic, and am currently participating with the Salt Lake Symphony. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah in 2001. I began teaching middle school band at Oquirrh Hills Middle School in Riverton for 2 years. I have been teaching piano and violin lessons in my home since 1999. I began my Suzuki training in 2006 and have loved the changes I have been able to make in my teaching and in my own playing. I am always looking for new ways to improve my teaching and ways to better teach each individual student, through the help of the Suzuki method. Since my first class, I have continued to attend the Institute for more instruction throughout the Suzuki repertoire for violin and have taken private instruction of the Suzuki repertoire for the piano.