• Tanner DeWaal
    Tanner DeWaal President

    From Sandy, UT. Senior studying Commercial Music and Korean. Tanner toured China, Southeast Asia, and Nauvoo with the Young Ambassadors and is currently serving as President. Recent credits include Big Fish, Oklahoma, Ghost the Musical, Catch Me if You Can, Mary Poppins, Disney’s Tarzan the Musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 9 to 5 the Musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Judah). Served a LDS mission in Busan, South Korea ’09-’11.

  • Megan Sackett
    Megan Sackett Vice President

    From Orem, UT. Junior studying family studies. Last year she toured Southeast Asia with the Young Ambassadors and is currently serving as Vice President of the company. Credits include A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is the featured soloist of the LDS 2013 mutual theme song “Stand.” She loves following the footsteps of her four older brothers who are Young Ambassador alumni.

  • Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor Vice President
  • Matt Davies
    Matt Davies Dance Captain

    From Centerville, UT. Junior studying Music Dance Theater. Matt toured China with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theater and is currently serving as Young Ambassador Dance Captain. Recent credits include Beauty & the Beast (Rug), Big Fish (Red Fang) Cats (Mungojerrie/Dance Capt), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Footloose (Garvin) and 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Frank). Served a LDS performing mission in Nauvoo, Illinois ’12.

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  • Aleksandr Christensen
    Aleksandr Christensen Technician

    From Spokane, Washington. Sophomore studying Information Technology. This is his second year as an electrician for the Young Ambassador Company and he’s looking forward to more. He has over four years of professional theatre tech experience working with musicals and plays including Almost, Maine and Death of a Salesman.

  • Brad Hill
    Brad Hill Stage Manager

    From Littleton, CO. Senior studying communications with an emphasis in advertising. Brad toured Southeast Asia with the Young Ambassadors and is currently serving as the production stage manager. He has worked as an art director and social media manager in the BYU AdLab for clients including Hot Wheels, Best Western, and Nature Valley. Served a LDS mission in Eugene, Oregon 2010-2012.

  • Caleb Jenson
    Caleb Jenson Performer
  • Carolyn Keller
    Carolyn Keller Performer

    From Carmel, IN. Junior studying Music Dance Theatre. BYU credits include Ava in ‘Paint My Eyes’ and Mia in the film musical ‘Lovestruck’. Other credits include Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Sense and Sensibility (Lucy Steele), and Les Miserables.

  • Cassie Austin
    Cassie Austin Performer

    From Libertyville, IL. Junior studying Music Dance Theatre. BYU credits include The Count of Monte Cristo (Valentine), Single Wide (Katy), Lovestruck (Sasha). Most recently she spent a summer with Music Theatre Wichita. MTW credits include Aida, My Son Pinocchio (Dance Captain), Billy Elliot, Big Fish, and Hello, Dolly!

  • Cayel Tregeagle
    Cayel Tregeagle Performer
  • Christian Wawro
    Christian Wawro Synthesizer

    From Buffalo, NY. Sophmore in Political Science. Christian has recently returned from a two year LDS mission in Denmark. Past credits include Les Misérables (Marius), The Secret Garden (Archibald), and Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson). He has co-written the LDS 2016 “For the Strength of Youth” Album. He is excited for his first year in Young Ambassadors playing the synthesizer.

  • Ellie Smith
    Ellie Smith Performer

    From Las Vegas, Nevada. Sophomore studying Music Dance Theatre. Recently seen in Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), the US Premier of the Count of Monte Cristo (U/S Mercedes), She Loves Me (Amalia), and Les Miserables, in which she was a recipient of the 2015 Broadway World Award for her portrayal of Eponine. Ellie was crowned Miss Nevada 2014 and represented her state in the 2015 Miss America pageant, where she was awarded special recognition for her talent.

  • Emily Lyons
    Emily Lyons Performer

    From Dallas, TX. Senior studying Music Dance Theatre. Recent credits include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Aquata), and Oklahoma! (Aggie), both at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City. Her favorite roles to date have been Lina Lamont in Singin in the Rain and Clara in The Light in the Piazza.

  • Haley Wawro
    Haley Wawro Performer

    From Buffalo, NY. Sophomore in music dance theatre. Recent credits include Les Misérables (Eponine), West Side Story (Anita), The Secret Garden (Martha), and Into the Woods (Witch). She was awarded First Place Vocalist in the Musical Competition of America, Outstanding Vocalist in a Musical Review in the Musical Competition of America, and First and Second Place Madrigal in the Utah Shakespeare Competition.

  • Hannah Pyper
    Hannah Pyper Performer

    From Highland, UT. Sophomore studying Music Dance Theatre. Recently seen in The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), the US Premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo (U/S Valentine), West Side Story (Maria). Recieved 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in Belt, Legit, and Classical singing for NATS. Recipiant of the Pyramid Prize scholarship to attend Open Jar Institute in NYC 2013.

  • Jacob Brown
    Jacob Brown Performer

    From Canby, OR. Jacob was converted to singing and dancing by friends and family, though athletics was his first love. Credits include Into The Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), BYU Men’s Chorus, played piano for a BYU Jazz Combo, and featured as a singing impersonator. He enjoys ultimate frisbee, watching a good movie, and being with his sweet wife, Kyla, who is also a member of the company.

  • Jordan Saltmarsh
    Jordan Saltmarsh Drums

    From Highland, UT. Junior studying media arts. Jordan is a second-generation Young Ambassador performer, following his father who played guitar in 1980–1981. Album credit: Dan Truman’s (Diamond Rio) “Faith” album. Recently performed with Joshua Creek and toured with Nathan Osmond. Served a LDS mission in Kyiv, Ukraine 2010–2012.

  • Joseph Facer
    Joseph Facer Guitar

    From Orem, UT. Senior studying Commercial Music. Toured on the company to Nauvoo last summer. Recent credits include BYU Jazz Combo and BYU Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Performed with Toto. Served a LDS mission in Mexico City North, Mexico 2011-2013.

  • Josie Layton
    Josie Layton Hand Sonic

    From High River, AB, Canada. BA. Junior in linguistics. She began her musical career playing the viola in grade 2 and had the opportunity to perform in two International Viola Congresses; Minnesota 2004 and Australia 2007. After retiring from the viola, she began performing with BYU’s Gamelan Bintang Wahyu in 2009, performing with guest artists from Bali and Indonesia. Josie speaks Arabic and Welsh and performs numerous language choirs.

  • Kaushay Colvin
    Kaushay Colvin Performer

    From Davenport, IA. Senior studying communications with an emphasis in journalism. Kaushay began performing in junior high and has loved it ever since. Kaushay performed in show choir, choirs, musicals, and dance companies. Most recently Kaushay was a member of BYU’s BSU Gospel Choir. This is her first year as a Young Ambassador and she is excited to perform for and reach out to the community through the company.

  • Kelly Oja
    Kelly Oja Bass Guitar
  • Kyla Brown
    Kyla Brown Performer

    From Provo, UT. Senior studying Dance Education. Kyla toured to Eastern Europe with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theater in 2015, performed with Kinnect, dancEnsemble, and Folk Dance teams. Volunteered teaching life skills through dance to children from leprosy colonies as part of the Promethean Spark Foundation in Southern India in 2014. This is her first year on Young Ambassadors and she is excited to perform and to be on the company with her husband Jacob.

  • Michael Biancardi
    Michael Biancardi Woodwinds

    From Portland, OR. Junior studying commercial music with an emphasis in film scoring. Michael currently serves as assistant to Eric Hansen and an arranger for the Young Ambassador show band. Michael has performed in several pit orchestras including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and A Christmas Carol. Served a LDS mission in São Paulo, Brazil 2011-2013.

  • Mitch Cross
    Mitch Cross Technician

    From Dallas, TX. Sophomore studying Information Systems. Six years technical theater design. Mitch is planning to pause his education at the end of the school year to serve a LDS mission.

  • Nathan Barton
    Nathan Barton Technician

    From Syracuse, UT. Sophomore planning to study information systems. This is his first year as a member of the Young Ambassadors. He has seven years of experience in theatrical lighting and production work. He has worked at Hale Centre Theatre, Centerpoint Legacy Theater, The Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, and several city and community arts venues. Served LDS mission in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Parker Robinson
    Parker Robinson Technician

    From Pleasant Grove, UT. Senior in Commericial Music. He plays the Baritone Saxophone and has toured with BYU Synthesis and been a guest artist at The Festival Of Gold in Chicago, IL. His experiences as a musician lend themselves well to his emphasis within commercial music, Audio Engineering. He was record engineer for International Touring Saxophne Quartet FOUR’s last two albums, he also worked on Frank Wildhorn’s United States release of his show Counte of Monte Cristo. He also worked on BYU Animations Student Emmy Award Winning animation “Ram’s Horn”.

  • Sam Evans
    Sam Evans Trumpet
  • Sarah Stewart
    Sarah Stewart Costumer
  • Schuyler Mickelson
    Schuyler Mickelson Keyboard

    From Boise, Idaho. Sophomore studying Commercial Music as a singer/songwriter and producer. Schuyler is going on her second year as a member of the BYU Jazz Voices, and is excited to join the Young Ambassadors this year as keyboard player in the band. She looks forward to bringing more light and love to the world through music!

  • Scott Hendrickson
    Scott Hendrickson Performer

    From Thousand Oaks, California. Junior studying Recreation Management. Scott was the featured soloist in the Choir District Festival at the Civic Arts Plaza and received “Outstanding Soloist” award at Disneylands’ Music in the Parks (2011). Credits include Oliver! (Fagin), Les Miserables (Javert), and Singin’ In the Rain (Don Lockwood). Recently returned from a summer in Nauvoo as a Young Performing Missionary. Served a LDS mission in Belo Horizonte, Brazil 12′-14′.

  • Seth Taylor
    Seth Taylor Performer

    From Boise, Idaho. Junior studying Political Science and Family Life. Seth toured to Eastern Europe with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theater in 2015. Credits include Footloose (Chuck) and Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad). He also sang in the BYU Concert Choir. As the eigth child of nine he is the first to follow in his mother’s performing footsteps who toured India in 1980 as a Young Ambassador. Served a LDS Mission in Kumasi, Ghana 2012-2014.

  • Skylar Black
    Skylar Black Trumpet

    From Pleasant Grove, UT. Junior studying Biology. Has played trumpet in numerous jazz bands with which he has toured to Italy, Switzerland and Mexico; has also performed with artists such as Jon Faddis, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Coffin, Gordon Goodwin as well as others. Served a LDS mission in Ecuador 2012-2014.

  • Tanner Forbes
    Tanner Forbes Performer

    From St. George, Utah. Sophomore in the Music Dance Theatre program. Recently seen in the US Premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo (U/S Jacopo), HCTVWs The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables (Courfeyrac), Spamalot (Robin), and Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick).

  • Taylor Glad
    Taylor Glad Technician

    From Orem, UT. Sophomore studying Communications. Recent credits include sound design for The Selfish Giant at BYU, sound mixing for The Scarlett Pimpernel at Hale Center Theater Orem, and sound for BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble. Served a LDS mission in Rosario, Argentina 2010-2012.

  • Taylor Stanger
    Taylor Stanger Performer

    From Boise, Idaho. Junior studying Music Dance Theatre. Recent credits include the US Premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo, Broadway’s Come Fly Away (U/S Hank), Catch Me if You Can (Agent Dollar), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Bye-Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), Cinderella (Prince Charming), and Crazy for You (Zangler). Served a LDS mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil ’11-’13.

  • Whitney Hatch
    Whitney Hatch Performer

    From Murray, UT. Senior studying music dance theatre. Whitney recently toured Nauvoo with the Young Ambassadors. Recent credits include Oklahoma!, Who Shot Juanito Banditio (Amelia), Little Women (Jo, Beth), and Suessical the Musical (Mayzie).

  • Zach McKenzie
    Zach McKenzie Trombone

    From Pleasant Grove, UT. Junior studying Mechanical Engineering. Zach is excited for his second year playing trombone in the Young Ambassador Show Band. Performing credits include the Cougar Marching Band as well as playing alongside Grammy-winning artists Jeff Coffin and Gordon Goodwin. Served a LDS mission in Iowa and Missouri 2012-2014.


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