Peace Through Music Benefit

Join musical guest Kurt Bestor, soprano Celena Shafer, violinist Aubree Oliverson and Gifted Music School's incredible Conservatory Orchestra for an unprecedented effort to bring music programs to children in refugee camps and conflict zones around the world.  The evening Includes a silent auction and a fascinating presentation from Liz Shropshire, director of the Shropshire Music Foundation. Learn how music education is improving the quality of life of refugees, former child soldiers, street children and many others.

October 26, 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah 
Rose Wagner Center for Performing Arts
6:00 PM Social Hour & Hors d'oeurves 
7:00 PM Concert


VIP TICKETS (all tickets at the $100 price point) include an exclusive post-concert reception with performers Celena Shafer, Aubree Oliverson, Kurt Bestor, and Liz Shropshire.

AN ONLINE AUCTION WILL BE OPEN TO SUPPORTERS NATIONALLY in the days leading up to the concert. Bidders need not be present to participate. Items can be shipped. More information and a link to the auction to come soon.


100% of proceeds will go to The Shropshire Music Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to develop youth leadership and capacity for peacemaking in global conflict zones through locally-run, youth-led music education programs. These programs provide local children opportunities for education, trauma relief, expression, and to reduce vulnerability to extremist group participation. Your contribution this evening will help Syrian and Yazidi refugees in Greece, former child soldiers in Uganda, genocide survivors in Kosovo, Catholic and Protestant youth in Northern Ireland, and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Your involvement will also help kickstart an initiative to bring an after-school program to refugees living in Salt Lake City.

This concert is brought to you by Gifted Music School. Gifted Music School is a non profit educational institution in Salt Lake City committed to defining the standard for high level music education. GMS currently serves 500+ students weekly and provides 1,075 hours of lessons and classes every month. With graduates at Juilliard, Curtis, Stanford, and similar institutions, GMS is recognized nationwide as a leader in pre-collegiate music education. The institution also works to bring music education to Utah’s underserved children. THE JOEL AND DIANA PETERSON FAMILY FOUNDATION
The Shropshire Music Foundation is deeply grateful for the donation of time, funds and resources from Joel and Diana Peterson.  Their generous commitment has brought SMF to a new level, expanding its capacity to improve the lives of many more children through music education.

Founded in 1935, EMI Health is a Utah-based, full-service health insurance carrier. They exist to improve how health insurance is delivered and communicated by radically simplifying the process and user experience. They are devoted to upholding their long tradition of excellent service to employees, members, and customers.

Henriksen/Butler is a top provider of furniture, accessories, specialty storage, flooring, and custom manufactured interior construction in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and western Wyoming.  Hendriksen/Butler's customer service, combined with its manufacturers' warranties and commitment to quality, ensures excellent support over the life of its products. This sponsorship was created in partnership with Herman Miller, an American company producing high quality office furniture, equipment and home furnishings. One of its signature pieces is the Aeron chair, which was generously donated to the the Foundation and will be featured in the auction.