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'''Caleb Spjute''' is a rising 16-year-old piano virtuoso from Murray, Utah. When he was just four years old, he watched his older brother, Micah, learn to play the piano from his aunt. In an interview with the [https://www.murrayjournal.com/2018/10/04/181446/piano-phenom-caleb-spjute-prevails-against-adversity-in-his-quest-to-play-music Murray Journal] in August 2010, Caleb said, "When I was four years old, my brother was the one playing the piano, and I felt like I wanted to try that because it looked fun. Even though my brother didn't continue the piano, I decided to go ahead and start learning the notes, the rhythms, and the staff without having a piano teacher. Instead, I played through the method books we could find, and eventually I started wanting to play some real songs."
  
'''Elenyi''' is a refreshing new female Pop singing group which just happens to be comprised of three talented teenage sisters (two of whom were born in Chile) – Seli, Desi, and Ari – from Salt Lake City, Utah. Their angelic voices blend beautifully together to create distinctive harmonies that leave their listening audiences awed. They are bilingual and perform their music in both English and Spanish.
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He did not have a piano teacher, but because of his eagerness and determination to play the piano, his mother, Becca, gave him the beginning piano books, pointed to the notes middle C, D, and E and let him take it from there. From there he took off reading ahead and figuring out how to play himself. His mother recalls, "Caleb took that book, read through it and began figuring it out. He said he’d like a song and then I’d find it on the Internet and print it off and he’d figure that out."
  
The sisters have been singing since ages 7, 9, and 10 respectively, and took their first singing lessons with Dean Kaelin, owner of the Dean Kaelin Vocal Studios in the Greater Salt Lake City, Utah area. Eventually, they were asked to sing in front of an audience of over 3,000 people, and recall that they were not that nervous about it. After that experience, they began to feel more comfortable singing in front of an audience and soon was invited to sing in Christmas festivals, at parties, and more. In time, they began to realize that their singing business was becoming quite serious and decided that it was time to give the group a name.
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At his young age, Caleb had found his niche and would be found playing the piano nonstop. In a year’s time, he could master such pieces as "The Entertainer." He also became a teacher of sorts himself, showing his parents where the hands should be placed and what notes to play. It was also about this time that it was discovered that he was ahead of the academic learning curve, so his parents had him skip kindergarten.
  
The original name of the group was “Shine,” but it was later changed to Elenyi. The name "Elenyi" is of Greek origin and means "sun ray." On their official website, they state, "One of our main goals in singing is to be able to touch the lives of others for good. Music was made to help change the mood of people who might be having a bad day, or things just aren’t going right for them."
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After teaching himself for two years, he was fortunate to be accepted as the private pupil of an extraordinary concert pianist and Associate Director of Music at the University of Utah in March 2009. After just one year of private lessons with Dr. Vedrana Subotic, Caleb competed in the University of Utah’s Summer Arts piano competition with students up to 10 years of age. He won four awards: 1st in solo performance, 1st in theory, 2nd in sightreading, and the Iron Man Award for best all-around in his age division. His mother commented, "I thought he was just this cute little kid who played. I knew he must have talent, but I didn’t know he was that good."
  
The group has had the privilege to share the stage with [[David Osmond]] in a humanitarian benefit concert. They also sang backup on "Ave Maria" for [[David Archuleta]] during two Christmas concerts at Abravanel Hall. And, they were invited to open a concert for Aaron James Karr.
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Caleb now has an instructor who is teaching him the proper way to play the piano. To show their support and to help keep him motivated, his parents created a Facebook page and a blog where they post videos of him playing.
  
Some of their favorite artists include Aaron James Karr, [[David Archuleta]], Taylor Swift, Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, Justin Williams, Celine Dion, Charice, Owl City, Sara Barrielles, John Mayor, Colbie Caillat, Carrie Underwood, and Jordan Sparks. Those who have been a great influence in their pursuing a music career include Aaron James and Rachel Karr, Dean Kaelin, Justin Williams, Masa Fukuda, Mariko Osterloh, [[Clive Romney]], [[David Osmond]], Aaron Edson, Micah Miller, and Karl and Peggy Miller. Fans can help support them in making more music videos, as well as, higher quality videos, to share on their [https://www.youtube.com/user/ElenyiMusic YouTube] channel by making donations through their [https://www.patreon.com/Elenyi?ty=h Patreon] page.
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Caleb has achieved several accolades in his short time playing. One of his own compositions won Murray School District’s Reflections music category and advanced to state. In the Spring of 2011, he won first place Piano Concerto in the Con Brio Piano Competition. He won the award again in 2012, and in March 2012, he was invited to play in his first concert playing a concerto with a live orchestra. He has thrice performed concerti with symphony orchestras and has performed at various universities and venues throughout Utah, California, Arizona, and Idaho. He is the pianist of over six school and community choirs, performs as a jazz pianist in his school jazz band, and regularly accompanies violin, guitar, and vocal students.
  
Seli, Desi, and Ari are members of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]. In addition to singing and songwriting, they also play the piano, guitar, and harp. They are also sports enthusiasts of sorts as they like soccer, basketball, swimming, running, tennis, and hiking. They also like art and find great joy and satisfaction in serving others. As a person listens to the melodious voices of these three sisters, it is almost as if a ray of sunlight illuminates the area where they are listening, bringing warmth, peace, and contentment to the soul.
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He has an incredible gift in music, and the ability to create arrangements and original music as well as being an amazing sight-reader and accompanist. However, being able to follow his dream of making music has not come without its challenges and adversities. At his young age, he has had to face having Tourette’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and being on the autism spectrum.  
  
==Follow Elenyi on Social Media==
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Caleb has a musically inclined family. His father is a singer, his older brother, Micah, plays guitar, and his sister plays the violin. His mother said, "I took piano lessons for two years and violin for a year, but I’d be the band manager." The family volunteers to perform at senior homes.
  
:*'''Elenyi's [http://elenyimusic.com/ Official Website]'''
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Caleb’s goal in life is to become a professional piano player. He said, "I want to play at The Roof (restaurant) and be a piano teacher someday." He plans on seeking a degree in Piano Performance and Composition and hopes for a successful future in music. He is the organist for his church and volunteers monthly playing for hospitals, care centers, and nursing homes. His family is happy to support him in making his dreams become a reality.
  
:*'''Follow Elenyi on [https://www.facebook.com/ElenyiMusic/ Facebook]'''
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==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
  
:*'''Follow Elenyi on [https://twitter.com/Elenyi Twitter]'''
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:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
  
:*'''Follow Elenyi on [https://www.instagram.com/elenyimusic/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Elenyi on [https://www.youtube.com/user/ElenyiMusic YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow Elenyi on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Dh2drvBZcvSZ9Hqkqfmt0 Spotify]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow Elenyi on [https://plus.google.com/104819288699003434051 Google+]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
  
:*'''Follow Elenyi on [https://www.pandora.com/artist/all-songs/elenyi/ARmjnbt9366fZ9g Pandora]'''
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:<span style="color:#0000FF">'''Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the [https://www.latterdaysaintmusicians.com Latter-day Saint Musicians] website.</span>
  
:<span style="color:#0000FF">'''Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the [http://mormonmusic.org Mormon Music] website.</span>
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Latest revision as of 11:05, 10 January 2020

Caleb Spjute, Pianist

Caleb Spjute is a rising 16-year-old piano virtuoso from Murray, Utah. When he was just four years old, he watched his older brother, Micah, learn to play the piano from his aunt. In an interview with the Murray Journal in August 2010, Caleb said, "When I was four years old, my brother was the one playing the piano, and I felt like I wanted to try that because it looked fun. Even though my brother didn't continue the piano, I decided to go ahead and start learning the notes, the rhythms, and the staff without having a piano teacher. Instead, I played through the method books we could find, and eventually I started wanting to play some real songs."

He did not have a piano teacher, but because of his eagerness and determination to play the piano, his mother, Becca, gave him the beginning piano books, pointed to the notes middle C, D, and E and let him take it from there. From there he took off reading ahead and figuring out how to play himself. His mother recalls, "Caleb took that book, read through it and began figuring it out. He said he’d like a song and then I’d find it on the Internet and print it off and he’d figure that out."

At his young age, Caleb had found his niche and would be found playing the piano nonstop. In a year’s time, he could master such pieces as "The Entertainer." He also became a teacher of sorts himself, showing his parents where the hands should be placed and what notes to play. It was also about this time that it was discovered that he was ahead of the academic learning curve, so his parents had him skip kindergarten.

After teaching himself for two years, he was fortunate to be accepted as the private pupil of an extraordinary concert pianist and Associate Director of Music at the University of Utah in March 2009. After just one year of private lessons with Dr. Vedrana Subotic, Caleb competed in the University of Utah’s Summer Arts piano competition with students up to 10 years of age. He won four awards: 1st in solo performance, 1st in theory, 2nd in sightreading, and the Iron Man Award for best all-around in his age division. His mother commented, "I thought he was just this cute little kid who played. I knew he must have talent, but I didn’t know he was that good."

Caleb now has an instructor who is teaching him the proper way to play the piano. To show their support and to help keep him motivated, his parents created a Facebook page and a blog where they post videos of him playing.

Caleb has achieved several accolades in his short time playing. One of his own compositions won Murray School District’s Reflections music category and advanced to state. In the Spring of 2011, he won first place Piano Concerto in the Con Brio Piano Competition. He won the award again in 2012, and in March 2012, he was invited to play in his first concert playing a concerto with a live orchestra. He has thrice performed concerti with symphony orchestras and has performed at various universities and venues throughout Utah, California, Arizona, and Idaho. He is the pianist of over six school and community choirs, performs as a jazz pianist in his school jazz band, and regularly accompanies violin, guitar, and vocal students.

He has an incredible gift in music, and the ability to create arrangements and original music as well as being an amazing sight-reader and accompanist. However, being able to follow his dream of making music has not come without its challenges and adversities. At his young age, he has had to face having Tourette’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and being on the autism spectrum.

Caleb has a musically inclined family. His father is a singer, his older brother, Micah, plays guitar, and his sister plays the violin. His mother said, "I took piano lessons for two years and violin for a year, but I’d be the band manager." The family volunteers to perform at senior homes.

Caleb’s goal in life is to become a professional piano player. He said, "I want to play at The Roof (restaurant) and be a piano teacher someday." He plans on seeking a degree in Piano Performance and Composition and hopes for a successful future in music. He is the organist for his church and volunteers monthly playing for hospitals, care centers, and nursing homes. His family is happy to support him in making his dreams become a reality.

Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media

Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the Latter-day Saint Musicians website.