MusicLand founded in 2019, is happy to be one of Jackson Hole's newest 501c3's and a resident of the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra (JHYO) is the flagship artistic program spearheaded by MusicLand.
Michelle Quinn, Executive Director of JHYO and MusicLand, is a longtime resident and music educator in Jackson Hole. She developed the JHYO to provide talented young adults a creative outlet to appreciate and perform classical music in and around Jackson's natural splendor. Joining Michelle are Vince Gutwein, Orchestral Director for both JHYO and Teton County School Districts Middle and High Schools, and Brian Carr, content developer and Creative Director.
Numerous other individuals have also provided guidance and support to the Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra.
JHYO encompasses every aspect of traditional orchestra participation, from auditions to public performances. Additionally, JHYO gives participants opportunity to interact with like-minded young adults, cultivate advanced repertoire, and promote dedication to instrument practice and to the complexity of music theory.
MusicLand attained their directorship in December 2021 to host Music Together early childhood education classes for children 0-5 and their caregivers in Jackson, Wyoming. Classes are held Winter, Spring Summer and Fall sessions. All classes are indoors and held at the Riot Act Space, 3rd floor, Center for the Arts. In Summer, classes are held at Mike Yokel Park on Kelly Avenue.
Teachers include Michelle Quinn and Kyle Anderson of Jackson, WY.
OUR MISSION; To provide students with high quality music education, instill an emotional connection and lifelong passion for music, foster a diverse community of musicians, and offer outstanding symphonic performance opportunities to share their musical gifts with the community and the availability of musical scholarships.
Michelle Quinn started studying the violin at age 6 in a Suzuki in the schools program in Richmond, VA. Rex Britton, principal second violinist in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra was her teacher through high school. She competed in all county, all-region and all-state orchestras during high school. She was a member of the Richmond Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra for three years and the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra as Principal Second Violin for four years until graduation. She went on to attend and graduate from James Madison University. She was actively involved in the JMU Symphony Orchestra and studied privately with Paul McEnderfer. She moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming after college and helped to form the “Orchestra of the Tetons” a non-profit organization which is now called the JH Symphony Orchestra 501c3 which she was the Executive Director for several years. After forming her quartet, “Snake River Strings” over 15 years ago, she actively supports both the JHSO and her quartet. She began teaching in her Suzuki studio -JH Music Academy in 2008. She is a Certified SAA teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and certified through Book 5. She has attended the International Music Teacher’s Exchange conference in Germany since 2016 working closely with Charles Krigbaum and Kerstin Wartberg. Her past experience with non-profit work was Board Member and Chair for JH Therapeutic Riding Association for 12 years. She and her husband pioneered their event "Stomping the Divots" as to what it exists as today.. Michelle started the Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra/MusicLand non-profit in 2019. Michelle and her husband, David have lived in Jackson for over 25 years and have two children- Henry & Colin. She enjoys spending time with her family, x-c skiing, horseback riding, hiking and being with her two dogs-Willow & Ruby.
Vince is in his 18th year as the Director of Strings at Jackson Hole High School and Jackson Hole Middle School. Vince teaches chamber, concert, and middle school orchestras. He currently is the music director and conductor of MusicLand's JH Youth Orchestra present.
Vince received his Bachelor and Masters in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Vince studied cello with Barbara Thiem at UW and has held such positions as the Wyoming American String Teachers Association (ASTA) president, and the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Orchestra Vice President and Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra Director.
Vince has a vast performance background and enjoys performing and recording music with local musicians. Vince resides in Jackson and enjoys skiing/ snowboarding, backpacking, and fly fishing with his wife Shannon, son August and daughter Iris.