Saturday, September 30, 2017

Phenomenal Festivals: Season Opens on Oct. 12

Guest conductor Trevor Walker and students from Parowan High

Dr. Xun Sun conducting OSU again this season.

Phenomenal Festival Music Opens Orchestra Season

By Tanisa Crosby

William Shakespeare once said, “The Earth has music for those who listen”. The
Orchestra of Southern Utah is excitedly preparing for their first concert of the fall season,
entitled “Phenomenal Festivals”. Cedar City is known as Festival City and the Orchestra’s first
concert will reflect the city’s title. The music will reflect a sense of celebration from fast, lively,
music to musical melodies that will leave a lingering song dancing in the Heritage Hall.

The festivities begin with Parowan High School’s Wind Ensemble directed by Trevor
Walker. An SUU graduate, Walker is both a talented trumpeter, vocalist, and actor. The Wind
Ensemble has been inspired by his passion and are excited to share music by Karl King and
Pavel Chesnokov!

This season marks the return of Dr. Xun Sun from a sabbatical and he will take his
position on the podium for this first concert as the Orchestra plays the exuberant Festival
Overture by Shostakovich and L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 by Bizet. This French composition
includes bold melodies from “The March of the Kings” contrasting with a gentle melody and
ending with a joyous “Carillon” that features the brass section. OSU strings will play Going to  the West Gate arranged for string orchestra by Bao Yuankai.

Parowan High School will be joining on the final number, English Folk Song Suite by Vaughn Williams which will be conducted by Trevor Walker.

The Concert takes place on October 12 at the Heritage Center (105 North 100 East, Cedar
City, UT) and will begin at 7:30 PM. Children over 6 are welcome with adult supervision. No babies or younger children please as the concert is recorded.

Season Tickets (Soiree Included) cost $50; ticket prices are as follows: Adults $12, Students $6, and
Groups of up to 6 cost $40. Tickets are available now by either phone (435-233- 8213) or by
purchase at Heritage(Festival Hall) Box Office.


October 12, 2017: Phenomenal Festival by OSU at 7:30 pm
Heritage Theater: 105 N 100 E
Tickets- $12 Adults and $6 Students. Groups up to 6 $40.
More information: 435-233- 8213

Listening Links to Preview the Music:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Art of Ages: Journey from Elizabethan England to Modern Jazz

Performance Night Photos
Thanks to all involved

Sally Hunter with Julie Beck on Puccini aria (photo by Des Penny)

MB3 Jazz Quartet

Southern Utah String Quartet

Sally Hunter Jensen and Julia Tawa

Julie Beck, Bill Brough, and Sally Hunter Jensen performed Purcell

Joceylnn Green performed a viola concerto movement with Julie Kluber

Purcell opened the recital

Dvorak finale of "American Quartet

Julia Tawa performed original music.

MB3 Jazz Quartet

Special Thanks to Lisa Cox, stage manager, and Frank Stearns, sound engineer, for technical work on recitals
Recital Finale is a Musical Journal on Tuesday

You are invited to the final Fall Recital with a journey through musical styles starting with Elizabethan England and culminating with modern jazz.  The “Art of the Ages” recital sponsored by Orchestra of Southern Utah starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater, 105 N. 100 East in Cedar City. 

Soprano Sally Hunter Jensen begins the evening with a famous aria by Henry Purcell accompanied by Julie Beck and Bill Brough. Jocelynn Green takes us to late Baroque and early Classical era with music by attributed Johann Christian Bach, son of Sebastian, but now understood to be written by a French composer named Henri Casadesus. She plays the exciting first movement in the style of late Baroque and early Classical eras accompanied by OSU musician Julie Kluber.

The Southern Utah Quartet plays the finale of Dvorak’s exuberant “American” String Quartet Opus 96 moving the recital into the Romantic era.  The grand opera melodies of Puccini are in the same musical period with a selection from La Boheme featuring a vocal/violin duet with Sally Hunter Jensen and Sara Penny accompanied by Julie Beck.

Folk inspired music is an essential part of our musical journey and Julia Tawa will share an original piece called Valkyrie with vocal and guitar.

The MB3 Jazz Quartet concludes the recital with favorites such as Doxy by Sonny Rollins and Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk plus an original by David Bolsover.

The OSU Fall recitals are in their 21st year and give community musicians an opportunity to perform in a wide range of musical styles.  “We appreciate everyone who is involved with the recitals,” said Emily Hepworth, OSU manager. “Having a beautiful concert hall like the Heritage Theater and a professional staff gives performers a positive experience.  Everyone who has performed, attended, or assisted with the recital series is helping keep music strong for our area. We recommend this for families ages 6 and up as recitals are recorded.”  More information on the orchestra is at and updates with photos and reviews are at

The Recital is Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Heritage Theater. A suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for students is gladly accepted at the door, although any amount is welcome! Best for ages 6 and above with adult supervision as recital is recorded.

Jocelynn Green

Julia C Tawa 

Sally Hunter Jensen

Southern Utah String Quartet  
MB3 Jazz Quartet
Performer Bios:

Jocelynn Green is 17 years old and is attending her Senior year of Canyon View High School. She is in her eighth year of studying violin and is in her fifth year of studying viola. She started in St. George with the Dixie Strings and Kris Palmer, playing violin while doing choreography. Then she moved to Cedar City and learned in Suzuki Strings. She played in all four of the Canyon View Middle Orchestras, including the Honor’s Orchestra. This is where she started learning viola, and is currently studying viola with Sara Penny. She is also studying violin with Marin Colby. She is currently playing in the Canyon View High School Philharmonic as viola section leader, along with three of Canyon View High School Choirs, including Madrigals. She has been a part of the Orchestra of Southern Utah for a year and a half. She has gone to State Solo and Ensemble every year of High School and has received the highest rating each time. She competes in the annual Music Festival each year and has received Superior ratings every year. She has just recently started instructing students in the Suzuki method. Music is Jocelynn’s passion and she plans to continue pursuing it for the rest of her life.

Her pianist is Julie Kluber who plays bassoon for OSU.

MB3 Jazz Quartet
 David Bolsover plays sax, writes tunes, and leads the group. Christian Bohnenstengel plays keyboard; he is also the piano professor at SUU. Last spring, Christian played a Rachmaninoff concerto with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Lydia Feild plays drums. She is also a pianist and percussionist, and works as a staff piano accompanist in the SUU Music Department. Trekker Burt plays electric bass; he is a student at SUU and plays in several bands in the Cedar City area. The group plays bebop, standards, funk, ballads, blues, and Afro-Cuban styles.

(David Bolsover on sax, Christian Bohnenstengel on keyboard, Trekker Burt on bass, and Lydia Feild on drums.) 

The Southern Utah String Quartet has provided community music for 25 years.  Lindsay Szczesny joins the group this season as first violin.  Other members are Suzanne Stewart on violin, Leah Brown on cello, and Sara Penny on viola.  All are active string teachers.  Lindsay is returning to Cedar City after living in Texas and completing her music degree from Utah State.  The other three perform with the Orchestra of Southern Utah.  Their recital selection is the exuberant finale of Dvorak's "American Quartet" that was written when the Czech composer was spending a summer in Iowa in 1894. 

Sally Hunter Jensen, proud Cedar City native, business owner or The Wizz, a retail store, and graduate student, currently in the Southern Utah University Arts Administration program, finds it absolutely necessary to find time to perform and chair the OSU fall concerts and has been involved as a performer for many years. This is her 4th year as concert chair and is co-chairing with Sara Penny, past president of OSU for the evening of September 26th.

Jensen will tell you that performing is her most favorite sport. “Some people jump out of airplanes and challenge themselves physically and some of us perform, which is the same kind of challenge, but emotionally,” claims Jensen.

This year she is revisiting her operatic roots and will be singing two very different and recognizable pieces, “When I am Laid in Earth” by Henry Purcell and “Quando m’en Vo” by Giacomo Puccini. Jensen’s musical and theatrical background is varied, but her time spent on the stage in operas, has been substantial. In fact, she sang the role of Musetta when SUU last performed “La Boheme.” She has worked with the Shakespeare Festival, Neil Simon Festival as an actor and on stage in many other capacities throughout her career.
Jensen enjoys adding her own creative flair to her pieces and hopes that Purcell and Puccini would be pleased with the unusual arrangements of these two arias. Musical guests Bill Brough, Sara Penny and Julie Beck will be joining her in September.

Julia C Tawa has been what one might call a 'closet artist' for many years. She enjoys painting, collaging, writing short stories and poetry, dancing many different styles, singing and songwriting, and speaking with nature. She has been dancing since she was a toddler, and grew up in an environment surrounded by performers and entertainers. She began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and took some time to grow into her own style. She enjoys a rare method of improvisational performance where her art is not pre-planned and happens in the moment according to intuition and her environment. Julia brings with her a background of diverse cultures, which greatly influences her musical taste. She is often surprised by what comes out when she is on stage, and that is part of what makes her performances so enjoyable.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

At The Movies: Tuesday Recitals Continue

Recital Photos

Recital Overview, Program, and bios below:

Come enjoy an evening of iconic movie music from some of the most memorable films throughout the years. With everything from classic movies to more current ones, there will absolutely be something for everyone!

Performers include:In Jubilo, Take the Z Train, Heather Allen, Christian Bohnenstengel, Krystal McCoy, Jacob Chipman, Benjamin Dowse, Mikelle Dowse, Vanessa Hunt, Gillian Jones, and Suzanne Tegland.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Heritage Center. Suggested donation $8 adults, $5 students. Children over 6 welcome with adult supervision as recitals are recorded.

We look forward to seeing you.

Christian Bohnenstengel
Krystal McCoy

Heather Allen

Jacob Chipman

Vanessa Hunt

Mikelle Dowse

Suzanne Tegland

In Jubilo
In 2001, Jackie Riddle-Jackson and LuWenn Jones had a dream of starting a women’s chorus here in Cedar City. An LDS group of 12 women had prepared a Christmas concert for their local stake, and the following February several additional women joined the group to perform for a women’s conference. With the expertise of Jackie as the artistic director, the group began to grow from there. The winter of 2002 is the official beginning of In Jubilo. There are now approximately 60 women who dedicate their time to the chorale every season, with several who have been with the group since it began.

Not only has In Jubilo grown in numbers, but the group has also grown in musical sophistication and artistry. Each member is dedicated and willing to devote her time and effort to the betterment of the chorale. In the beginning days, concerts were performed in churches and other cozy settings before small audiences. Now, with the growth and presence of the group in the community, In Jubilo is able to invite much larger audiences to come enjoy their concerts in venues such as the Heritage Center Theater.

The group’s name, In Jubilo, means ‘of joy’ or ‘with joy’. They are very happy to be a part of the wonderful arts community in Cedar City, and look forward to many more exciting choral seasons to come.

Take the Z Train
Take the Z Train is an eclectic group of local musicians that just love to get together and make music. They play a variety of genres that include jazz, blues, rock, and pop. They feature Cassie Walker on vocals, Trevor Walker on keys, Hayden Clark on guitar, Dave Shurtliff on bass, and Carylee Zwang on drums.

Heather Allen
Heather Allen is an SUU business management major with three lovely kids, a dog, and a pet chicken named George. Heather is also owner of local Cedar City restaurant Charlie’s Barbecue. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and acting. Favorite roles she’s played are Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Doo-Wop in Little Shop of Horrors.

Christian Bohnenstengel
Christian Bohnenstengel feels equally at home in a wide range of musical genres. He was recently featured as soloist and conductor in Mozart's Concerto in F Major for Three Pianos, as pianist in the musical Chicago and as arranger and continuo player in a concert version of Jean Baptiste Lully's Phaëton. His avid interest in jazz music has led to collaborations with saxophone player Tom Herb and German trumpet player Christian Eberhard during the past year. Praised as "...a master of contrasts..." (Aalener Nachrichten) and for his ability to "...put the audience into a state of sheer awe..." (Gmünder Tagespost), Christian has concertized on three continents, including recitals with flutists John Bailey and Javier Montilla in Venezuela and various solo and chamber music performances at the annual Sommernachtsmusik in Mögglingen, Germany. 
Christian received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in piano performance from Missouri Western State University. He received Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His teachers included Jerry Anderson and Mark Clinton, piano, and Quentin Faulkner, harpsichord and organ. He received UNL Hixson-Lied travel grants to study and perform at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague and to study with Christoph Lieske at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg. He also studied in master class settings with Rita Sloan, Blanca Uribe, Ann Schein, and Murray Perahia, among others. Christian is currently teaching at Southern Utah University. He has previously taught at UNL and Doane College.

Jacob Chipman
Jacob Chipman is a Graduate Student at SUU, working to receive a Masters in Music Technology. He received his Bachelors Degree in Commercial Music from Snow College, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. He currently teaches choir at Canyon View Middle School in Cedar City. Jacob loves performing and has been in a variety of productions across the country, spanning in styles from Opera, Jazz Musical theater, Rock and Roll, and Contemporary Choral Ensembles.

Mikelle Dowse
Mikelle is a singer/songwriter living here in Cedar City. She has always had a passion for music and enjoys sharing her passion with others. She plays piano and ukulele, and loves to sing. She enjoys the songwriting process and is currently working on releasing her first EP entitled My Disguise. She has been involved with the Cedar Valley Community Theater and is currently involved with the Parowan Community Theater's production of Something's Afoot. She and her husband, Ben, have four sweet children, one loving dog, and several chickens. They enjoy their life here in Southern Utah.

Vanessa Hunt
Vanessa Hunt is a native of Price, Utah, but when she moved to Cedar City seven years ago, she decided she never wanted to leave. Vanessa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Southern Utah University, and she now works as the Lead Editor for a locally based magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys all things art, including singing, dancing, and acting. As an active member of the Cedar Valley Community Theatre, Vanessa has had the pleasure to act in productions of "The King and I," "The Wedding Singer," and "Oliver!" You can catch her onstage in the upcoming production of "Something's Afoot" with Parowan Community Theatre. She also currently serves as Secretary for The Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Gillian Jones
Gillian Jones attended Cedar High School and graduated in 2014. Since 2012 she has been a member of Cedar Valley Community Theater. Gillian has always loved the stage. This will be her second time performing for the OSU Recital Series.

Krystal McCoy
Dr. Krystal Rickard McCoy is assistant professor of choral education at Southern Utah University (SUU) where she teaches choral literature, methods, advanced conducting, applied voice, and conducts the Women’s Choir. In addition, she advises the ACDA student chapter at SUU.

Dr. McCoy began her teaching career in high school choral music where she taught in the New Jersey Public School System for five years. Under her direction, the choral ensembles won superior awards at competitions, frequently performed in Carnegie Hall, and traveled to Sydney, Australia to perform in the Sydney Opera House. Her prior collegiate appointments include the College of Southern Maryland and University of Delaware. Most recently, Dr. McCoy focused on creating community choral programs in Southern Maryland for all ages. She founded and was the Artistic Director of Choral Activities for St. Maries Choral Arts, a community choral organization that provides singing opportunities for second grader through adults, encompassing five ensembles. She was co-founder of the Chesapeake Children’s Chorus and consulted with Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest choral organization in the nation for older adults.

Dr. McCoy adjudicates at choral festivals and clinics in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. She presents at conferences and choral reading sessions and conducts honor choirs at various levels, her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University, a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. She studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, James Jordan, and William Payn. She performs frequently as a soprano soloist in choral works such as Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Messiah. She was the soprano in residence for the Bach Cantata Ensemble of Southern Maryland. Her research interests include community engagement, adult music education, and preservice music education.

Suzanne Tegland
When she isn’t teaching chemistry at SUU, Suzanne is just a musical girl. She’s a member of the women’s choir, In Jubilo, and the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Suzanne is also no stranger to the orchestra pit – she has played for Cedar Valley Community Theatre’s productions of Hello, Dolly!, Oklahoma!, Once Upon a Mattress, Oliver!, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and conducted their productions of The King and I and Guys and Dolls. She also played in the pit for Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of South Pacific in 2015.
If she’s not singing or playing, Suzanne is usually still involved behind the scenes, where she serves on the Boards of Directors for both In Jubilo and OSU. She is also the co-director of OSU’s annual Silver & Gold Soirée fundraiser.
Always up for a challenge, this Cedar City native keeps herself sharp by flawlessly reciting the alphabet backwards.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wonderful World of Music Recital, Sept. 12, 2017

Thanks to everyone involved.  It takes a technical team, performers, directors, lobby staff to make this recital series possible.  OSU is happy to provide local musicians with a professional performance venue and appreciates having live music available for our community. Photos from performance night:

Recital promotion and program below: 

Color Country Winds at patriotic program in Cedar City.
Southern Utah Children's Choir
Jack Vickers, pianist
Village Voices

You are invited to recitals each Tuesday in Sept. at 7:30 p.m. Heritage Center

It’s a Wonderful World: Fall Recital Series

You’re invited this Tuesday for another special OSU recital directed by Melissa Leavitt. Every Tuesday in September, OSU hosts a variety of local small ensembles and soloists in a recital. The second of four recitals, this one will be sure to make you smile! It’s a Wonderful World highlights the joy and happiness in the world and within each of us.
We welcome both old and new performers. New performers this year are Jayden Payne and Ellie Leavitt perform on the harp. Jack Vickers tickles the ivories with a Copland tune. Returning performers include the Southern Utah Children’s Choir. A choir for youth ages 8-16, performs music that expresses joy, like True Colors from Trolls, See Us Shine, and Glorious. Village Voices perform fan favorites from madrigals to the Beatles. Color Country Winds shares music ranging from Klezmer to Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson. Marty Vance will play piano and Nicole Roy will be singing.

The Recitals begin each Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Heritage Theater. A suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for students is gladly accepted at the door, although any amount is welcome! We recommend this for families ages 6 and up. Stay tuned each week in September for more information on each upcoming recital. For more information, visit or call 435-233-8213.
For Calendars:

September 12, 2017: It’s a Wonderful World: An OSU Fall Recital. Heritage Theater at 7:30 pm

September 19, 2017: At the Movies: An OSU Fall Recital. Heritage Theater at 7:30 pm
September 26, 2017: Art of Ages: An OSU Fall Recital. Heritage Theater at 7:30 pm.

Heritage Theater: 105 N 100 E
Suggested Donation- $8 Adults and $5 Students.

More information: 435-233-8213