December 9th, 2017

The Perseus Trio

I’d like to introduce you to my recently formed piano trio: The Perseus Trio, with Sharon Gow-Knickle (piano), me, Bonnie Romkey (violin), and Ifan Williams (cello).

We were first introduced to each other beneath the dome ceiling above the chancel of St. John’s Anglican church in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, upon which is painted the constellation of Perseus as it appeared in the night sky above the church on the night of the first Christmas.

This is a recording of our first concert given December 6, 2017 in the same location where we originally met. You can see the Perseus constellation in the background.

 


 

 

April 11th, 2017

Regional Music Sterling Scholar: Hannah Grace Klassen

I am very delighted to announce that Hannah Grace Klassen has been chosen as the Regional Music Sterling Scholar.

She performed Jardins Sous La Pluie by Debussy, and her portfolio included a remarkable array of achievements in piano, violin, voice, and theater/drama.

This award represents an enormous amount of dedication and devotion and is a well-deserved honor.

As Regional Music Sterling Scholar, Hannah will automatically receive scholarship offers to universities throughout Utah, including BYU, the University of Utah, and USU.

Congratulations Hannah! I’m very proud of you and so happy for you!

December 23rd, 2016

2017 Sterling Scholars

 

Congratulations to Hannah Klassen and Whisper Sariah Saltzman! 

Hannah was awarded the 2017 Sterling Scholar in Music for Cedar High School.

Whisper was chosen as the Music 2017 Sterling Scholar for Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts.

Kudos to both of you for the hard work and dedication you have devoted to developing your talents and earning this distinguished title!

November 15th, 2016

The Five Strings

The Five Strings are a performing family band made up of five students of mine from Dallas, Texas — Talisa, Tavia, Trevin, Tiana, and Tiarra, ranging in age from 7 to 17. They are accomplished and talented violinists, and have worked hard developing their abilities in violin, mandolin, guitar, ukelele, piano, singing and dancing. They are currently working on their 4th CD, perform regularly throughout the states and have a YouTube channel chock full of high quality videos and collaborations with other artists.

They just released their first original:

 

 

And a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” with Alex Boye:

 

And their newly released Christmas Video:

 

Visit their YouTube channel or Facebook page to support them and to see more of their inspiring videos!

 

June 22nd, 2016

Violin Recital at St. Jude’s in Cedar City

marinMarin Colby will be giving a violin a recital next thursday, June 30, 2016, 7pm at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church (70 N 200 W St. Cedar City, UT 84720). She will be joined by her cousin, Mary Furse, on the violin, and accompanied by Tracy Bradshaw on the piano.

The program will include the entire Suite #1 (originally for cello) by J.S. Bach (performed by Marin), the second movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (performed by Mary), followed by the first movement of Sonata #2 by Schumann (also by Marin). The program will end with a beautiful duet rendition of Mi Mancheri (adapted from the Josh Groban recording).

All are invited and admission is free!

June 12th, 2016

Miss Washington County 2016

SavSavannah Langston was awarded Miss Washington County 2016!

For her talent, she played ‘Toccata” – a David Garrett violin arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor originally written for organ.

This is a prestigious award that requires much preparation (and many hours of practice!!) and will pay dividends for Savannah in the form of scholarships and experience, strengthening her resume, and opening doors in the future.

Way to go, Savannah!

April 5th, 2016

Youth Concerto Classics Soloists 2016

Southwest Symphony

Congratulations to Abby Clark, Aly Candland and Audrey Godfrey… chosen to solo with the Southwest Symphony on April 8th, 2016! Abby will be performing the haunting first movement from Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto #2 in G minor, and Aly and Audrey will be playing the virtuosic and playful “Navarra” written by Pablo Sarasate.

The Youth Concerto Classic Concert is at 7:30pm in the Cox Auditorium on the Dixie University Campus. You can order tickets or get more information here: http://www.southwestsymphony.co/concert-dates.html

January 1st, 2016

2016 Sterling Scholars

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Congratulations to Abby Clark and McKenzie Sampson! Abby was awarded the 2016 Sterling Scholar in Music for Desert Hills High School. m-ss (2)McKenzie was chosen as the overall 2016 Sterling Scholar for Desert Hill High School, where she entered in five categories, one of which was (of course!) music. Congratulations to both of you for earning this distinguished title and best of luck at regionals this coming April!

November 30th, 2015

Open Registration for Festivals 2016

It’s time to sign up for festivals!

The Southern Utah String Festival is on March 5, 2016 and registration is due December 19, 2015. Please go to their website and complete the forms to register – payment is made online through their site after the form is filled out using Eventbrite. Let me know if you need any help or information when registering.

SUPAF (Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival) registration is now open and are due on December 18, 2015. You can visit their website to sign up. Beginning and Intermediate Strings are on February 18, 2016; Advanced Strings are on February 23, 2016


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