First Annual Yule Feast Brings Holiday Joy to SUU

Published: November 22, 2016 | Author: Ashley Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Yule FeastThe SUU Department of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance are introducing a new tradition for the holiday season. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Yule Feast will bring an entertaining evening full of music, dance, and dinner. This dinner and concert will be held in the Great Hall at SUU’s Hunter Conference Center at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for students, and $22 for seniors. Seating is limited to 40 guests so buy your tickets now.

Dr. Steven and Patricia Meredith from the SUU Music and Dance programs have worked together on integrated works for many years. Dr. Meredith, Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies and Associate Professor of Music, said, “The Yule Feast represents the opportunity to combine live music and dance together in a unique way to celebrate the holiday season. By combining the two art forms together, students learn what their colleagues in other areas go through to prepare a performance, and audience members enjoy the excitement of the collaboration.”

Patricia Meredith, Assistant Professor of Dance, said, “The Yule Feast represents the beginning of the Holiday Season each year.  It is an elegant combination of music, dance, food and friends.  I am so happy we are bringing it to the Cedar City and SUU community in our first annual presentation.”

As a student performer, preparing for the Yule Feast is a growing and rewarding experience. Allie Mathis, a Dance Performance major from Spanish Fork, Utah, said, “There is a great amount of time that goes into getting ready for a show, the time spent in rehearsals learning and being able to move and dance is the most rewarding part for me.”

As a current graduate student in the Master of Music Technology program, Natasha Johnson participated in previous Yule Feast celebrations at Snow College under direction of the Merediths. She would, “highly recommend the upcoming performance to community members. The Yule Feast is truly a unique concert experience, fun not only for the audience, but the performers as well, which together creates an atmosphere that really welcomes in the holiday season.”

Her favorite part of the rehearsal process is being able to create music with other students. She said, “Some of the music for this show is beautiful, fun, and just silly, but regardless of the piece, there is something about creating music as a group that brings joy amidst the hustle and bustle of this time of year.” 

Fill your hearts with Christmas joy and your stomachs with delicious food when you come to the first annual Yule Feast at Southern Utah University. For more information, please visit

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