Satellite Salon Series
When Dr. Lynn Vartan started her position at Southern Utah University, she wanted to bring her musical world closer to her students in Cedar City, Utah. Her desire to merge these worlds manifested itself in the launching of her Satellite Salon Series. This unique concert series happens twice a year, in September and January at SUU, and brings in a guest artist for a small residency for the weekend. As the series has developed, Dr. Vartan has added a visual artist to the master class and concert. On Thursday, the artist gives a masterclass to the both university and high school students, followed by a Q & A session led by Dr. Vartan, in the style of “Inside the Actor’s Studio." The dynamic, collaborative Satellite Salon concert occurs on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, "Arts Unwrapped" is an interactive workshop for families designed to introduced youngsters to various aspects of the arts. All events are free and take place in Thorley Recital Hall.
2012-2013 Scheduled Events
Dr. Lynn Vartan, percussionist
with Deborah K. Snider, art quilter & SUU professor and guest artist Matthew Coley, dulcimer performer
September 13, 2012- 3:00 p.m. - Masterclass
September 14, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. - "Common Threads" Concert
September 15, 2012 - 10:30 a.m. - Arts Unwrapped
Lynn Vartan and Deborah Snider Matthew Coley, Dulcimer
The photos below are from the various Master Classes with the guest artists.
Guest Artist Kathleen Roland (left) works on vocal technique with an SUU student in Satellite Salon master class.
Dr Vartan asks the artist about their life and their musical path, how they got to where they are and what advice they would give to students on the same path. Friday night finishes with a party at Dr Vartan’s house for the artist, music department faculty and students who attended the masterclass.
In 2009, our September artist was Bridget Convey, who did a whole program about prepared piano and the Sonatas & Interludes of John Cage.
In January, our artist with violinist Shalini Vijayan, who played Bach and Auerbach as well as collaborated with Lynn in their duo "61/4."