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About Us

Our Mission

The primary objective of Horizon Arts is to provide learning and performance opportunities for youth and young adults that develop their character, leadership skills, artistry, musical ability, and selflessness.

Additionally, Horizon Arts strives to build a tradition of excellence that the organization will come to be known for; to appropriately represent the state of Utah and the performing arts nationally and worldwide; and to stimulate interest in the study and teaching of music and the arts.

Founded in 2019, Horizon Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization based out of South Jordan, Utah, and is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Horizon Winter Guard Update

Due to the personnel change in the administrative team, Horizon arts will not be fielding a winter guard for the 2024 season. Horizon Percussion will proceed as planned. Keep a lookout for the Horizon Guard in the coming seasons!

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Meet the Team

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Jessie Whittaker

Operations Director

Helping us from the beginning, Jessie brings her formal education in non-profit management to the table. She works to make sure our programs function in a way that fulfills the mission of Horizon Arts and provides a safe, uplifting experience for our participants. She is also on the staff of our Horizon Percussion ensemble.


Joshua Hendley

Founder/Horizon Percussion Director

As one of the founders and original directors of Horizon Percussion, Joshua wanted to give kids one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetime and to have their time at Horizon inspire them to be the best people and musicians they can be.

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Shad Woffinden

Founder/Horizon Percussion Asst. Director

Horizon Percussion is the brainchild of Shad. After noticing a void in the indoor percussion activity in Utah Valley, he took it upon himself to create an opportunity for youth and young adults to experience the competitive indoor percussion activity. In the summer of 2019, he built a team of designers and educators to help create Horizon Percussion. He has been with the ensemble since its inception and continues to lead it to new heights.

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