Sophie Lyman, cello
Junior Division
provo, id

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Sophie Lyman is starting her freshman year at Brigham Young University for a Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance, and has played cello for ten years. She won third place this summer in the Grand Teton Music Festival’s inaugural $40,000 Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition. She soloed with the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony as a winner of their concerto competition for three consecutive years, and soloed with her school orchestra throughout high school. She participated in the Idaho All-state and All-Northwest orchestras, and took first place in both the solo division and the small ensemble division (playing with her fellow musicians from Madison High School) at Idaho’s 2018 State Solo and Ensemble competition.  

In past summers she’s attended the Credo chamber music camp, BYU Summer Festival and Institute, Mountains and Strings Chamber Music Retreat, Lamar Stringfield Music Camp, Brevard Summer Institute, and the Prague Summer Nights music festival. Her past teachers include her mother, Rebecca Lyman; Robert Tueller at BYU-Idaho; and Benjamin Karp at Brevard. She currently studies with Michelle Kesler at BYU. She has had lessons with Anthony Elliot, Sam Smith, Anne Williams, and Bryan Dumm, and has played in masterclasses for Johannes Moser and Amit Peled.  

In her spare time, Sophie enjoys dominating her opponents at various card games, namely Egyptian Rat Screw. She also enjoys whistling, and baking delicious desserts.