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


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

October 3rd, 2015

The Inspiring Solo Recital

Giving a solo recital takes an enormous amount of dedication, preparation, focus, and courage! When taken seriously and given its proper attention to detail, it can be a fantastic vehicle for learning, growth, and sharing. Two of my students will be giving recitals this week, and I encourage you to attend and offer your support and love. You may be inspired to consider preparing one yourself! However, attending the first recital may be a bit unrealistic…

Eliah (2)Eliah Lafleur will be giving his first solo recital tomorrow, October 4th, 2015, in Kazakhstan (Central Asia). He has put in many hours of practice (with the kind and generous assistance of his talented mother) to become wonderfully prepared and is looking forward to sharing his work with his friends and family! If you are able to drop in to watch, do say “hello” from me!

Meanwhile, here in Utah, Ruth Ferguson has also been working tirelessly (along with her mother Hilary (vocals), and her sister Emma on the recitalharp) to prepare a beautiful recital to share at the St. George Tabernacle (18 S. Main Street) on October 10th at noon. All are invited, it is free to attend, and it is much closer to many of you than Kazakhstan!

We wish you both good luck and a fun recital experience!

June 16th, 2015

Empyrean Quartet in Zion

My quartet (The Empyrean String Quartet) will be performing at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale next friday, June 26, 2015, at 7:00 pm as part of the Z-Arts Concert Series held at the edge of Zion National Park.

The program will consist of Mozart Quartet #3, Shostakovich Quartet #8, and Brahms Quartet #3. Tickets are $10 for Z-Arts members and $15 for non-members, and can be purchased by calling 435.772.3434 ext. 313 or by emailing zarts@springdaletown.com.


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