Thursday, March 31, 2016

Utah Nonprofits Association Challenge Finalist

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is honored to have been chosen as a finalist in the Community Impact Challenge presented by the Utah Nonprofits Association.  For registration and event information please see the Utah Nonprofits Association events site.  The following is UNA's information about the presenting finalists.  Thank you UNA for this great opportunity!

Community Impact Challenge and Exposition

On behalf of our sponsors, UNA is proud to present the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition.  We sought innovative projects that demonstrate collaboration between Nonprofit Organizations, Government Entities and For-Profit businesses that meet a need in our community and have the potential to: Reduce redundancy in NPO services; Create a new, collaborative and beneficial concept that will benefit our communities; Demonstrate best practices in strategic, partner focused collaboration; Expand and enhance services, projects or programs to serve a greater audience.

These finalists are competing to win the title of Best Collaboration at the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition. Two teams of collaborators will have the opportunity to win a cash prize of either $2,500 for the best NEW collaboration or $1,000 for the best EXISTING collaboration. This award is meant to provide seed money for their project or program in order to foster collaboration.



Assistance League of Southern Utah, Cherish Families and Washington County School District will collaborate to prepare a child for a brighter future by easing the burden of poverty and isolation and provide a wrap-around of community caring to nurture future citizens of Utah.  The impact of this collaboration will create a positive school environment and prepare students to meet the challenges of a new environment and increase academic performance that will last a lifetime.

Presented by:
Shirlee Draper, Cherish Families
Gail Neumann, Assistance League of Southern Utah
Mike Carr, Washington County School District


The Southwest Wildlife Foundation has partnered with Southern Utah University, North Elementary School, and Rainbow Sign and Banner to design and create customizable Education Kits, information panels and interpretive displays to provide more outdoor learning opportunities for students and guests at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park in Cedar City, Utah.

Presented by:
Secretary Nicole Shafer, Southwest Wildlife Foundation
Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southern Utah University
Principal Raymond Whittier, ICSD/North Elementary School
             Patrick Shannon, Rainbow Sign and Banner

Learn and Grow events, as part of an effort to help parents understand developmental milestones Help Me Grow Utah, The Learning Center for Families, and the Washington County Library System have teamed up to provide Learn and Grow events. These events are open play times, combining our knowledge and value of the early childhood years.

Presented by:
Jodi West, Help Me Grow Utah
Stacey Parra, The Learning Center for Families
Grace Mann, St George Branch of the Washington County Library System


eSMART Camp for Girls is an annual program provided in partnership by AAUW St. George Branch and Dixie State University. eSMART is a science summer camp for girls in Southern Utah. Camp activities have already increased interest in STEM fields and future careers in STEM for over 360 local girls entering the 8th grade. This year our team proposes adding engineering specific activities to camp including soldering of circuits. 

Presented by:
Dr. Richard Williams, DSU President
Dr. Nancy Hauck, DSU Education Pro. and Community Engagement Goal Co-Leader
Dr. Erin O'Brien, DSU Chair of Biological Sciences and eSMART Director
Lysa McCarroll, AAUW St. George Branch President Elect

School of Life and the School of Life Foundation partners with schools, school districts, and local businesses with a mission of increasing high school graduation rates. Each entity plays a role in providing a character/life skills training curriculum to at-risk youth in an after school setting. We positively impact the students and the economy.
Presented by:
Jack Rolfe, CEO, School of Life Foundation
Erik Sorenson, CEO, Sorenson Advertising Agency
Justin Keate, Vice Principal, Desert Hills High School
Larry Bergeson, Superintendent, Washington County School District
Pam Graf, Foundation Director, Washington County School District


The Children’s Jubilee/STEAM Festival has truly become a celebration of the talent and knowledge in Iron County.  This event teaches people through performances and interactive displays about the wonders of art and science.  This program has the support and partnership of many organizations and local businesses including the Orchestra of Southern Utah, SUU, Cedar City Public Library, and Cedar Music Store.

Presented by:
Emily Hepworth, OSU Manager
Melissa Leavitt, OSU Education Coordinator
Bill Heyborne, SUU Assistant Professor of Biology

Friday, March 18, 2016

Rhythm of Dance

(Poster design by Rollan Fell)

“Rhythm of Dance” Concert on April 21
by Kristin Beauchamp-Butt

Spring is here, and with it comes longer days, warmer nights, and the bittersweet end to the Orchestra of Southern Utah’s concert season—but though it may be the last concert of the season, the orchestra is determined to go out with a bang! “The Rhythm of Dance” concert, to be experienced on April 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m. promises to dazzle and entertain by showcasing a wide range of classical dance music.

Committed to covering the widest array of music possible, the orchestra will start in the Baroque period with dances from “Symphony Suite No.3,” composed by JohanSebastian Bach and written for strings, oboe, and trumpet. Then, from the always charming Classical period, the orchestra will take on Mozart’s surprisingly aggressive Minuetto movement from his “Symphony No. 40.”

Jumping ahead to the latter end of the Romantic period, the orchestra, joined by the exceptional SUU Ballroom Dance Team, will be tackling Johann Strauss’s vibrant “Radetzky March,” a celebratory march that promises literal dancing in the aisles. The orchestra will also be playing Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld.” Though the title may not immediately sound familiar to the average audience goer, its “Infernal Gallop” theme will be instantaneously recognizable, as it is the origin of the infamous Can-Can.
Taking inspiration from other cultures, the orchestra will also be embarking on Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dances,” as well as a traditional Chinese piece, the “Dance of the Yao People,” composed by Liu Teshan and directed by visiting conductor Qi Li.

On the modern end of the spectrum will be “Summer Dance,” written by Brian Balmages, as well as a piece so modern it has indeed never been heard before—the world premiere of resident composer Keith Bradshaw’s “American Suite,” commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University and the Orchestra of Southern Utah.  The composer’s daughters Natalie and Hannah Bradshaw are featured in soloist roles.

Mirroring the wide variety of styles in this concert’s playbill, the orchestra will be directed by accomplished conductors Xun Sun, Carylee Zwang, Adam Lambert, and guest conductor Qi Li. As a thank you to the orchestra’s many invaluable supporters, a cookie social will be held in the Heritage Center shortly after the concert.

The concert will begin at 7:30 pm at the Heritage Theater.  Tickets are available at the Cedar City Heritage Theater Box Office by calling 435-865-2882 or online at   Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for groups up to 6.  Because concerts are recorded, it is requested that babies and children under the age of six not attend.  Children over the age of six are welcome at all OSU concerts with adult supervision.

Come and enjoy the exuberance of music composed for dance.

Listening links to preview music:

World premiere of "American Suite" by composer Keith Bradshaw 

Sisters Hannah and Natalie Bradshaw perform the solo viola and violin parts for world premiere.

Guest Conductor Qi Li

Dr. Adam Lambert conducted in China over winter break. 
Carylee Zwang in a previous performance of "The Typewriter".

Dr. Xun Sun receiving state recognition as Educator of the Year from American String Teachers Association, Utah Chapter.