6th Annual Rock Concert Features SUU Choirs and Ian Oliver

Published: February 01, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Pollock | Read Time: 3 minutes

Southern Utah University’s Department of Music will perform their 6th Annual SUU Rock Concert, featuring SUU Choirs and SUU freshman, Ian Oliver, on the piano. The concert titled And So It Goes: Billy Joel & Friends will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. available by live streaming only at www.suu.edu/pva/music/webcasts.html.

2021 SUU Choir StudentsThe SUU Choirs performing are Opus Choir, Concert Choir, and Luminosa Treble Choir. Some of the songs to be performed that evening include Everybody Has a Dream, Sound of Silence (Pentatonix), Still Rock and Roll to Me, You Belong with Me (Taylor Swift), and Uptown Girl.

Ian Oliver, freshman Theatre Arts major from Taylorsville, Utah, says, “As opposed to the typical classical pieces you'd get in a choir, performing popular music brings a different dynamic to the table. A lot of people are already familiar with the songs and have had a lifetime of memories, experiences, and other things they correlate with certain pieces. With all the unique attachments individuals have to the music, the energy while performing them certainly feels very different. The room is vibrant; rather than one collective soul of the choir singing, you truly feel the buzz of hundreds of different spirits projecting at you what the music means to them. It's very special.”

Opus is the premier mixed choral ensemble of Southern Utah University. The group is flexible enough to perform music that is suited for chamber ensembles as well as music that demands substantially more sound and depth of character. The Concert Choir is an excellent choral group that has performed a wide variety of literature and genres as part of its musical heritage. Luminosa is an auditioned choir specifically designed to provide a choral experience for treble voices, focusing on the exploration of quality literature from various stylistic and historical periods, and the development of vocal, choral, and musical skills.

Ashley Stackhouse recently graduated from SUU in December 2020 with a degree in music education and a choral emphasis. She has returned as the director of Luminosa Treble Choir. Stackhouse shares, “Honestly, it’s strange and completely normal all at the same time to be back as an instructor. I feel like I belong in the SUU music department, but I also feel like I should be running around to classes and doing homework, not teaching a class and assigning homework! All in all, I love it so far. The faculty members have been so welcoming of me coming back. My favorite piece the students will be performing is You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift. I’m a full on Swiftie at heart, so getting to teach this piece to my students has been so much fun!”

Rock out in your living room to the 6th Annual SUU Rock Concert titled And So It Goes: Billy Joel & Friends on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. live streaming at www.suu.edu/pva/music/webcasts.html. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/music.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring nearly 800 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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