• Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor President

    From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Preston Taylor is a junior studying Music Dance Theatre. Recent credits include Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Sundance, Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in BYU’s “Into the Woods”, Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” Billy in “Anything Goes,” and Bobby in “Crazy For You.” Preston was also recognized in 2013 as the Top Male Actor and the #1 Tenor in the state of Oklahoma. This is Preston’s third year with the Young Ambassadors and he has now toured with the group to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Brazil.

  • Hannah Pyper
    Hannah Pyper Vice President

    From Highland Utah, Hannah is a Senior studying Music Dance Theatre. Recent credits include Little Red in “Into the Woods” at BYU, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” at Sundance, Freddie in “Juanito Bandito” at Pickleville Playhouse and Valentine u/s in the World Premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s “The Count of Monte Cristo.” This is Hannah’s third year living her dream performing with the Young Ambassadors and has now toured with the group to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Brazil.

  • Vacant
    Vacant Vice President
  • Kelsey Phillips
    Kelsey Phillips Dance Captain

    From Provo, Utah, Kelsey is a junior in the Music Dance Theatre program. Recent credits include Louise in Sundance Summer Theatre’s “The Music Man,” Sarah in “Seven Brides” at the Jackson Hole Playhouse and Silly Girl in BYU’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” She was also the music director and choreographer for American Fork Youth Theatre’s Aristocats. Kelsey is excited to follow in her parents’ footsteps and fulfill her lifelong dream of performing with the Young Ambassadors.

  • Caleb Allred
    Caleb Allred Student Director

    From Mesa, Arizona, Caleb Allred is a senior in Latin American studies with a minor in global business and literacy. Recent credits include “1856” the Musical, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Phil Davis in White Christmas, Pharaoh/ Asher in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jason in A Grand Night for Singing, and Lead Wickersham in Seussical the Musical. Caleb toured with the Young Ambassadors to northern California and Nauvoo in 2014–15.

  • Abigail Castleton
    Abigail Castleton Band - Trumpet
  • Aleks Christensen
    Aleks Christensen Tech Crew
  • Austie Robinson
    Austie Robinson Band - Trumpet
  • Blake Morgan
    Blake Morgan Band - Hand Sonic
  • Cagen Tregeagle
    Cagen Tregeagle Performer

    From Orem Ut, Cagen Tregeagle has just entered the Music Dance Theater program at BYU. Recent credits include Finch in “How to Succeed…”, Barnaby in “Hello Dolly!”, Arpad in “She Loves Me”, and Cagen will be making his BYU debut as Milky White in “Into the Woods.” Cagen is very excited to be in Young Ambassadors this year.

  • Carlos Garcia Guirado
    Carlos Garcia Guirado Performer

    Originally from Mexico, Carlos Garcia grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. He is a senior studying construction management with a minor in business management. Credits include “Tarzan,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Ghost,” “Mary Poppins” and “In The Heights.” He served a mission for the LDS Church in the Viña del Mar, Chile, mission. This is Carlos’ second year with the group, having toured Brazil. He previously performed with the BYU Living Legends and toured New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.

  • Channing Weir
    Channing Weir Performer

    From Bradenton, Florida, Channing Weir is a Junior studying Music Dance Theater. Channing is best known for her powerhouse voice and subtle acting style. She recently took a year off from school to travel the world as a Musical Theater Performer on Viking Ocean Cruises. Her recent credits include A Wife in “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Hale Centre Theater West Valley, Violet Hilton in “Sideshow,” and Eve in “Children of Eden.” This is Channing’s first year with the Young Ambassadors.

  • Christian Walker
    Christian Walker Band - Woodwinds

    From Sandpoint, Idaho, Christian Walker is a sophomore studying Commercial Music. Christian is very excited to be a part of the Young Ambassadors show band and is looking forward to a wonderful year.

  • Christian Wawro
    Christian Wawro Performer

    From Orem, Utah, Christian Wawro is a junior majoring in teaching social science, with a minor in music. Recent credits include Marius in “Les Miserables,” Robert Baker in “Wonderful Town,” and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in “Guys and Dolls.” Christian co-wrote the 2016 LDS Youth Mutual album “Press Forward.” He also served a two-year LDS mission in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is Christian’s third year on the group, having now toured with the group to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Brazil.

  • CJ Madsen
    CJ Madsen Band - Piano

    From West Jordan, Utah, CJ is a senior studying Piano Performance. CJ is best known for his mastery on the piano as a soloist and as an accompanist. CJ’s skill on the piano has earned him spots on many competitive groups and has afforded him many wonderful opportunities to touch the lives of others with music. CJ served a mission for the LDS Church in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission.

  • Cole Davis
    Cole Davis Performer

    After living abroad in five different countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, and Canada), Cole now lives in North Salt Lake. He is studying advertising and film. Previous credits include Ensemble in “Catch Me If You Can” and Judah in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Hale Center Thearer Orem. Other credits include Danny in “Grease”, and Javert in “Les Miserables.”

  • Dan Ankenman
    Dan Ankenman Band - Guitar
  • Daniel Wallentine
    Daniel Wallentine Performer

    From Lanark, Idaho, Daniel Wallentine is a junior in the Music, Dance, Theatre program with a minor in Sociology. Recent credits include Robertson Ay in BYU’s “Mary Poppins” and Mike in “Wait Until Dark.” Beyond performing, Daniel enjoys snowmobiling, four-wheeling, cooking, and spending time with his siblings, parents, nieces, and nephews.

  • David Allen
    David Allen Band - Trombone

    From Albany, Oregon, David Allen is a junior studying music performance with a brass emphasis. David is currently serving as Assistant to the Band Director, Eric Hansen. David is a talented arranger, arranging music for the Young Ambassadors as well as the BYU A Capella group, 1AChord. Thanks to Randy, Eric, John and the whole production staff.

  • Diana Harden
    Diana Harden Band - Synthesizer

    From East Millcreek, Utah, Diana Harden is a student at BYU. She served a mission for the LDS Church in Santiago, Chile, and also served as a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois. Diana is thrilled to be a Young Ambassador and to be able to share her light with others.

  • Ellora Lattin
    Ellora Lattin Performer

    From Frisco, Texas, Ellora is a senior in the Music Dance Theatre program. Ellora is best known for her soaring, effortless Soprano voice. Recent credits include Joanna Wilkes in “Big River” at Hale Center Theater, Anita in “West Side Story” and Faith in “Columbinus” at OhLook Arts. Ellora also has a passion for hiking, cooking, and Spanish, having studied abroad in Mérida, México in the summer of 2015.

  • Elsa Hodder
    Elsa Hodder Asst. Dance Captain

    From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Elsa Hodder is a sophomore studying sociology. Recent credits include Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” Cinderella in “Cinderella”—the musical as well as the ballet—, Lilly in “Secret Garden,” Laurie in “Oklahoma,” Peggy in “42nd Street,” and Blanche Ingram in “Jane Eyre.” Elsa trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Boston Ballet School, Halifax Circus, and Wells Theatre. Elsa toured with the group last year to Brazil.

  • Emily Taylor
    Emily Taylor Performer

    From Boston, Massachusetts, Emily Taylor is a junior studying human development with a minor in sociology. Recent credits include Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate. While serving a mission in Romania, Emily was invited to perform at the classically renowned George Enescu Festival. She is thrilled and grateful to be a performer in the company this year alongside childhood friends and her sweet husband, Preston. Emily has toured with the group to Brazil.

  • Ethan Hemsley
    Ethan Hemsley Band - Bass

    From Alpharetta, Georgia, Ethan Hemsley is a senior studying Commercial Music.

  • Hanna Cutler
    Hanna Cutler Performer

    From Bountiful, Utah, Hanna Cutler is a senior studying Music Dance Theatre. She served a mission for the LDS Church in the El Salvador Santa Ana Mission. Recent Credits include Eliza R Snow in the Nauvoo, Illinois Pageant, Belle in Beauty and the Beast in Alberta, Canada, and Young Winifred in Mary Poppins at BYU. She recently designed the costumes for Argonautika, The Glorious Story Emporium, and Mary Poppins at BYU. This is Hanna’s first year with the Young Ambassadors.

  • Jayne Edwards
    Jayne Edwards Performer

    Jayne Price Edwards is from North Salt Lake, Utah and is a senior studying Public Relations with a minor in Japanese and Civic Engagement Leadership. Previous credits include ensemble in “Les Miserables” and “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.” She served a mission for the LDS Church in the Japan Tokyo Mission. Jayne had the opportunity to be part of the Young Ambassadors last year when they traveled to Brazil, and is so excited to be back in action this year!

  • Jessica Jensen
    Jessica Jensen Performer

    Jessica is from Logan, Utah and is a junior studying Dance. Recent credits include Jane Manning James in the Nauvoo pageant, and a dynamite girl in Hairspray at Pickelville Playhouse. She served a mission in the Philippines, and studied abroad at the BYU Jerusalem Center. She toured with the group to Brazil last year.

  • Jordan Turner
    Jordan Turner Band - Drums
  • Josie Layton
    Josie Layton Tech Crew
  • Kaitlyn Lunt
    Kaitlyn Lunt Performer

    From Spanish Fork, Utah, Kaitlyn is

  • Karrica Egbert
    Karrica Egbert Tech Crew - Costumes
  • Kimball Hill
    Kimball Hill Stage Manager

    From Littleton, Colorado, Kimball is a sophomore studying bioinformatics. This is Kimball’s second year with the Young Ambassadors. He loves music and theatre. Recently, he returned from a two-year mission in San Antonio, Texas, speaking Spanish. He loves to travel and being in the great outdoors. Kimball is an avid skier, biker, and rock climber. He hopes that his time at BYU prepares him well for a medical career.

  • Lucas Pessoa
    Lucas Pessoa Performer

    From Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lucas is a junior majoring in Civil Engineering. He studied piano performance at a music conservatory in Sao Paulo, “Escola Municipal de Musica,” and his passion for musical theater started when he was 17 years old and participated in a production of Aladdin in Brazil. Recent credits include Flotsam in The Little Mermaid (SCERA Shell), and ensemble in My Fair Lady (SCERA). He is very thrilled to be part of Young Ambassadors this year and to work with such amazing people!

  • Mercedes Schaerrer
    Mercedes Schaerrer Tech Crew

    From Lindon, Utah, Mercedes Schaerrer is a sophomore studying athletic training with a minor in nutrition. She began her stage debut by playing a baby boy in Promised Valley at six months old. Now she enjoys working backstage and often helps her parents who both work in the theater industry.

  • Nathan Barton
    Nathan Barton Tech Crew
  • Parker Robinson
    Parker Robinson Tech Crew - Sound

    From Provo, Utah, Parker Robinson is a senior studying commercial music with an emphasis in audio engineering/ production. Recent credits include working as record and mix engineer for the musical score of BYU Animation’s short lm Papá, which won a Student Emmy for Best Music and won him a Silver Award at the Audio Engineer’s Society (AES) Student Recording Competition. He and his wife, Alaura Robinson, have a newborn son named Lando.

  • Ren Cottam
    Ren Cottam Performer

    From Denver, Colorado, Ren is a sophomore studying Music Dance Theatre. Ren is so excited for his first year on Young Ambassadors! Recent credits include Mary Poppins at BYU. This past summer Ren had the pleasure to serve as a Young Performing Missionary for the LDS Church in Nauvoo, Illinois.

  • Scott Hendrickson
    Scott Hendrickson Performer

    From Thousand Oaks, California, Scott Hendrickson is a senior studying experience design and business management. Scott was a featured member of the ensemble in a production of “The Little Mermaid” in California in the summer of 2016. Scott also performed in Nauvoo as a Young Performing Missionary in 2015. Scott has traveled with the Young Ambassadors to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Brazil.

  • Taylor Glad
    Taylor Glad Tech Crew - Sound
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