Monday, October 23, 2017

*Magical Mozart* on Nov. 9

“It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a Mozart!”
By Tanisa Crosby

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once said: “Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.”  His world was in a time period of change; the Baroque Musical era was drawing to a close and audiences were looking for a fresh take on music as the Classical era was born.  He wrote more than six hundred pieces of music range from operas to symphonies, feature solo instruments and religious music, chamber music and one of the firsts to write for the piano.  Mozart would later become one of the greatest composers of his time, which makes him the perfect focus for the Orchestra of Southern Utah prepares for a concert dedicated to Mozart’s work.

The Orchestra will feature various works written by Mozart including Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, The Marriage of Figaro Overture, Non so piu cosa son from Le Nozze di Figaro, and Requiem.  Adrienne Read (solo flute) and Lindsey Lopez (Soprano) will be featured during this concert and will be accompanied by the orchestra directed by Xun Sun.  

The Orchestra will be joined by the OSU Chorale, In Jubilo, CVHS A Cappella, and SUU Opus for the Mozart Requiem which will be conducted by Ryan Murphy, Associate Director of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra of Temple Square.  In Jubilo is a major sponsor for this concert.  Jackie Riddle-Jackson, the OSU Chorale Director, has been working hard
with the vocalists and soloists in rehearsing for this concert.

Magical Mozart is set for Thursday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center (105 North 100 East, Cedar City, UT – located behind Lin’s).  Children over 6 are welcome with adult supervision. Babies and younger children are requested not to attend because the concert is recorded.  Ticket prices are Adults $12, Students $6, and Groups of up to 6 for  $40.  Tickets are available now by either phone (435-233-8213) or by purchase at Heritage Center/Festival Hall Box Office.

Listening Club blog has preview listening links: #OSUCedarCity

Ryan Murphy was appointed Associate Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on March 27, 2009. In this capacity, he is responsible to assist Mack Wilberg, music director, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in rehearsals, concerts, tours, and the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. He also serves as the conductor of the Temple Square Chorale, the preparatory ensemble for new singers in Choir service.
Dr. Murphy has extensive choral conducting and professional musical theater experience. Prior to his appointment, he conducted six choirs in the Boston area, including two choirs at the prestigious New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He served for four years as the choral director at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an internationally recognized secondary school affiliated with the New England Conservatory. He was the music director of the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in the St. George, Utah, area from 2005 to 2007 following five seasons as music director at the Sundance Institute in Provo, Utah. While in Boston, he maintained an active performing schedule, including collaborations at the Tanglewood Summer Festival.
Dr. Murphy graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in piano and organ performance and pedagogy. He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones.
Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.
 Adrienne Tedjamulia Read, MM, has been praised for her rich tone, performance finesse and energetic technique. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty at Southern Utah University, lecturing in Popular and World Music, and serves as piccoloist in the Orchestra of Southern Utah.  Adrienne has taken part in various competitions and been selected as a first-place winner for the Utah Music Educators Association Competition, Utah Flute Association Sonata Competition, and the Utah State Fair Music Competition. She has played in a wide array of master classes for top artists such as Carol Wincenc (Juillard), Linda Chesis (Manhattan School of Music), Robert Langevin (principal flute, New York Philharmonic), Jim Walker (former principal flute, LA Philharmonic), Ni Yizhen (China Philharmonic Orchestra), Han Guoliang (Beijing Central Conservatory of Music), and others.  As a concerto soloist, Adrienne has been featured with the Utah Valley Symphony, the Utah Flute Association Concerto Winner’s Concert, the Snow College Symphony, and now the Orchestra of Southern Utah.

Before coming to Cedar City, Adrienne was an adjunct flute instructor at Brigham Young University & Snow College and served as acting principal flute of the Utah Valley Symphony & the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra.  Additionally, she has maintained a private teaching studio since 2003, with her students receiving awards and superior recognition in festivals throughout the state.  Adrienne’s passion for chamber music leads her to collaborate and perform with local artists, and in 2016 she was a founding member of the West Winds Flute Trio.  She received her education at Snow College and Brigham Young University, and her primary teachers include Dr. Jennifer Grim, Dr. April Clayton, and Dr. Elaine Jorgensen.  Beyond music interests, Adrienne enjoys hiking and can often be found exploring the beautiful red rock country of southern Utah with her husband Nathanael and their son Rhythm Anthony.
Lindsey Lopez is a Vocal Performance major currently attending Southern Utah University. Although her emphasis and current study is in opera, she originated from the theater and has experience in acting, prop work, costuming and makeup design.  As an ensemble and soloist performer, she has performed and studied privately for six years now.  Lindsey currently studies voice under the direction of Carol Ann Modesitt and is an active soloist on campus and in the community.  Recent performances include; Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”, Mark Adamo’s “Little Women” in the role of Jo and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” in the role of Dido.
Lindsey would like to thank all of those who have supported her on this rather long journey!  Thank you to my professors that keep me in line, Modesitt who puts up with me, my mother for loving me and for my grandfather and Angel of Music who now watches over me in heaven.  This one is for you Grandpa!
Terri Metcalf-Peterson, soprano, is a recitalist and frequent soloist with opera companies, symphonies, and choral groups. Appearances with the University of Northern Colorado Opera, Grand Junction’s High Desert Opera, and Colorado Opera Troupe include the roles of Le Prince in Cendrillon, Sorceress in Dido and Aneas, Desdemona in Otello, Musetta in La Boheme, and Nella in Gianni Schicci. Terri often performs the full soprano role in Handel’s Messiah. 2015 marked her seventh season with the Boulder Colorado Messiah Chorale and Symphony. 

The Southwest Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Southern Utah regularly feature her in concerts. Other performances include soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem with the Centennial Philharmonic, and in Christmas concerts with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Denver Brass and Cherry Creek Chorale. For six years Terri was a resident artist at the Denver School of Arts, and she now teaches private vocal lessons at Dixie State University and Southern Utah University. After completing her Masters of Music at UNC and as winner
of the Rocky Mountain Competition, Terri returned to UNC to perform Barber’s Summer
in Knoxville with UNC’s Symphonic Band. Terri recently starred in the role of Dolly in
Hello Dolly in Cedar City, Utah. Currently she is pursuing a doctoral degree in music from UNLV and touring a recital of female composers which was recently presented at the state-wide Utah Women’s Higher Education Convention.
Taliah Byers, mezzo-soprano, holds a degree in Music Education from Southern Utah University and is currently a private voice instructor in the Cedar City area. Her students have received high accolades at Region and State festivals. As a soloist, she has been featured numerous times in performances of Handel's Messiah. While studying at SUU, she played lead roles in the operas The Proposal and Trial By Jury.  In 2011, she was a member of the chorus on a Grammy-nominated recording of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. A long-time Cedar City resident, she now resides in Enoch with her husband and three daughters. 
Dr. Lawrence Johnson has sung extensively throughout the Midwest and Southwest, as well as such diverse venues as Munich, Germany and Disneyworld.  Mr. Johnson was an international finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice competition in Philadelphia.  Other awards include the Wisconsin State NATS Winner and Chicago regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  Mr. Johnson has had the privilege of working with such distinguished luminaries as Sherrill Milnes, Mignon Dunn, Martin Katz, Elly Ameling, Geoffrey Parsons, and Tony Randall. Possessing degrees in both voice and piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Northwestern University, Mr. Johnson has also accompanied and conducted numerous concerts, operas, recitals, and shows.  Dr. Johnson currently serves as SUU music department chair. 
Alex J. Byers is an active educator, performer, and composer. He currently teaches choir and guitar at Canyon View High School. His groups have been noted for their expressiveness and consistently receive high ratings at Region and State festivals. As a performer, Mr. Byers has performed lead roles in the operas Don Giovanni (Leporello and Masetto), Die Zauberfloete (Papageno), and The Old Maid and the Thief (Bob). He has also been featured as a soloist in performances of Messiah, Rene Clausen's A New Creation, Charpentier's Te Deum, and Schubert's Mass in G. Mr. Byers' compositions have been featured in the OSU Halversen Young Artist Concert and the Utah ACDA chapter conference (1st place prize). He regularly composes for his choirs at CVHS and has recently been commissioned by OSU to write for their Glorious Galaxies concert. Mr. Byers currently resides in Enoch, Utah with his wife and three daughters.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

OSU President Harold Shirley to Receive State Service Award

Harold and Diane Shirley with composer Mark Dal Porto and his wife Tracy Carr, Nicki Frey, Jackie Jackson, and Emily Hepworth.

Harold Shirley recognized 
with the 2017 Lt. Governor’s Public Service Award
By Tanisa Crosby

Harold Shirley is being awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Public Service Award for 2017 on Nov. 16 in Salt Lake City.  "Civic Engagement is defined as promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. The Lieutenant Governor’s Public Service Award honors an individual who has improved his or her community through BOTH political and non-political processes. Minimum qualifications are 5 years of continuous or near continuous service”  Only one award is given per year and this is a high honor.

During his time in Cedar City, Harold Shirley worked in the Iron County School District as an English teacher at Cedar High School.  He served as a City Council member and served as Mayor of Cedar City for 12 years.  Shirley is a current member of the Master Singers, where he has also been the assistant conductor for over 15 years, and serves as the Orchestra of Southern Utah’s President of the Board.  Harold was instrumental in the building of the Heritage Center when he was serving as Mayor of Cedar City, Utah, which has since become a hub for the arts.  He has shown great acts for service in teaching and in the community, always willing to serve those around him.  He also raised a family, consisting of nine children, on a teacher’s salary.  He has done small and large acts service to promote the arts and helping touch the young minds of children, exposing them to great literature and art.

“Harold Shirley was supportive of initiating a RAP tax (Recreation, Arts, and Parks) that has enabled many local arts groups to flourish and raise standards of performance and engaged participation.” says Sara Penny, a member of the Orchestra of Southern Utah and the Cedar City Arts Council Board. “The Orchestra of Southern Utah, Utah Shakespeare Festival, local choirs, dance and theater groups are in a more stable position because of this crucial funding. Community involvement in the arts continues to grow and has become an important economic driver thanks to inspired leadership from Harold Shirley and others who share his vision.”

R. Scott Phillip wrote that Harold is a “renaissance man in the truest sense of the word.  He seeks knowledge whenever and wherever he can, so in turn he can transform that knowledge into giving back.  He is extremely well rounded and offers enlightenment to anyone who seeks it.  Harold is not afraid to be who he is, and comfortable in his own skin.”  Phillip went on to say that Harold has helped to support scouting and many other activities that have benefited the children in Cedar City and has also served on the Utah Board of Water Resources representing southwest Utah for 15 years “He attends multiple functions each year,” says Phillip, “to support children, cultural organizations, building projects, beautification, cemetery restoration, and historic preservation …Harold is a doer and does not rely on others to carry out his dreams.” 

Since his move to Cedar from Texas 50 years ago, Harold, his wife, Diane, and his entire family have truly embraced Cedar City and the State of Utah as their own. The members and board of the Orchestra of Southern Utah would like to congratulate Harold Shirley on this great honor.  He has served the community and helped to sponsor the arts in Cedar City.  His service for OSU has helped the Orchestra to be a semi-professional group and he has helped the group to receive national recognition. We applaud him for his dedicated service and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Thank you, Harold Shirley, for your continued service and support of the arts and the community and for touching the lives around you in such a positive way.

For more information on the Utah Philanthropy Day awards luncheon contact or 435-233-8213. For more information on the sponsoring state organization:  

For "Flickers" Silent Movie concert

Recognizing June Thorley with Legacy Award

With grandchild at Pirates Jubilee

Supporting R. L. Halversen soloists backstage

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thanks on a Phenomenal Opening Concert

"The music last night lived up to its name - Phenomenal!  Every selection was great," wrote Barbara Kuehl, OSU patron.  Thanks to everyone involved.  

Photos courtesy of Ryan Larson:

OSU directed by Xun Sun

Parowan High Band directed by Trevor Walker

Photos by OSU Musicians and Patrons:

Lobby music

Parowan High School musicians under the direction of Trevor Walker

2017 OSU directed by Xun Sun by Des Penny
OSU and Parowan High combined directed by Trevor Walker by Des Penny

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 Messiah Chorale and Soloists

Performances, Dec. 10 and 11 
at Heritage Center, 7:30 p.m.
Free to the public thanks to sponsorship from State Bank of Southern Utah, the Leavitt Group, and the volunteer work of the Chorale and Orchestra musicians. Tickets available at the Heritage Center.  Ages 6 and above only and no babies please as the concerts are recorded. Please be seated by 7:15 p.m. Empty seats will be released at that time.

Chorale continues Sundays at 7 p.m. to 9:00 Chorale at Rock Church, 50 East Center
Orchestra continues on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Heritage Center.
No rehearsal Nov. 26 because of Thanksgiving
Thursday Nov. 30, Soloists at 8 p.m. so orchestra has from 7 to 8 p.m. without voices, Heritage Center
Sat. Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 12 noon with orchestra, Canyon View High School
Sun. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Chorale at Rock Church
Thursday, Dec. 7, on stage at Heritage Center, Chorale at 7, soloists afterwards

These are the pieces for the Chorale for 2017:
#4 And the Glory of the Lord 
#12 For Unto Us a Child is Born 
#17 Glory to God in the Highest 
#24 Surely, He Hath Borne our Griefs
#33 Lift Up Your Heads O Ye Gates 
#41 Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder 
#44 Hallelujah! 
#46 Since By Man Came Death 
#53 Worthy is the Lamb/Amen 

The Orchestra of Southern Utah Chorale welcomes dedicated vocalists with no auditions, but faithful attendance is required to most beautifully present this glorious music.  Vocalists provide their own scores, available at Cedar Music Store.  Please use Novello edition. For more information contact Jackie Jackson, Sheri Butler, or Emily Hepworth at 435-233-8213 or

Soloist information: 

Many Thanks To All Who Auditioned, it was wonderful to see members of the community who are willing to prepare and participate in bringing about enriching experiences like Orchestra of Southern Utah's production of Handel's Messiah.

Please know that you are valued and appreciated, and that the panel in their discussions and deliberations were so impressed with the quality and care given to efforts well spent.

Each year vocalists are invited to sing selected recitative and arias. This year Terri Metcalf - Petersen and Alex Byers are singing by special invitation.

We would invite all soloists to join the Chorus and add your voice to this annual endeavor, rehearsals begin October 15th, at the Rock Church on Center Street at 8pm.

The following have been selected for the 2017 production of Messiah:

Comfort Ye - Ethan McBride (tenor)

Every Valley Shall be Exalted - Ethan McBride (tenor)

Thus Saith the Lord - Alex Byers (baritone)

But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming - Alex Byers (baritone)

Behold a Virgin Shall Concieve - Krysten Tomlinson (alto)

O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion - Krysten Tomlinson (alto)

There Were Shepherds Abiding in The Field - Leslie Perkins (soprano)
And Lo, The Angel of The Lord - Leslie Perkins (soprano)
And the Angel said unto them - Leslie Perkins (soprano)
And Suddenly There Was With the Angel - Leslie Perkins (soprano)

Rejoice Greatly - Terri Metcalf-Petersen (soprano)

Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opene'd - Brooke Alldredge (alto)

He Shall Feed His Flock/Come Unto Him - Brooke Alldredge (alto), Kristina Maggio (soprano)

Why do the Nations so Furiously Rage Together - Alex Byers (baritone)

How Beautiful Are the Feet - Jaclyn Thomas (soprano)

He That Dwelleth in Heaven - Shane Pierce (tenor)

Thou Shalt Break Them - Shane Pierce (tenor)

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Emily Diamond (soprano)

Behold, I Tell You a Mystery - Richard Waldron (baritone/bass)

The Trumpet Shall Sound - Richard Waldron (baritone/bass)

Many thanks to this great community of singers.

Jackie Riddle-Jackson
Conductor, Orchestra of Southern Utah Chorale

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