Celebrating the Life of Hal Campbell Student Tribute Concert

Published: February 09, 2021 | Author: Emily Marie Cacho | Read Time: 3 minutes

Dr. Hal CampbellDr. Hal Campbell was a pillar in the Southern Utah community. As a talented educator, composer, pianist, and director, music defined his life and he was able to share these gifts with the community around him. To honor his legacy the SUU Music department has named a string quartet after Dr. Campbell and SUU students will be performing a tribute concert in his name, which will be live streamed at www.suu.edu/pva/music/webcasts.html, on February 23, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

This concert will feature the newly formed Hal Campbell String Quartet, SUU Music students, and SUU Music faculty. Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Music Department Chair will be the host with Dr. Keith Bradshaw presenting the commentary about Dr. Campbell's composition style throughout the concert. The concert will consist of chamber music composed by Dr. Campbell and performed by the students and faculty.

Dr. Campbell had a big impact on the music community in Cedar City, especially at Southern Utah University where he was instrumental in the music department receiving accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) which the department still maintains to this day, ensuring a high standard of teaching and education.

Dr. Johnson speaks about the significant impact Dr. Campbell had on this community, “Hal was an extremely talented composer, director, and pianist, and he shared those talents with SUU and with community groups, including the Master Singers and the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Dr. Campbell's dedication and impact on the musical life of SUU, Cedar City, and beyond is extensive. This concert is meant to give thanks for his legacy and to carry it forward with his name and his life's work which touched so many people and endeared him forever in our hearts."

The SUU Music department is following all COVID-19 guidelines to keep their musicians and audiences safe. The performance will be live streamed without a live audience, and all performers will be masked.

Dr. Campbell touched the lives of many people, including students at SUU. “Having Hal Campbell as a mentor and friend was the privilege of a lifetime. He was an incredible musician and one of the most inspiring teachers I have studied with. Playing Hal’s music is such a special experience because his unique and witty personality is so strongly preserved in his compositions. Hal, his family, and his music continue to impact my life and I am honored to be performing some of his pieces," states Tyler Neilson, a pianist, previous student of Hal Campbell, and recipient of the Hal K. and Joan D. Campbell Music Scholarship, speaking about how Dr. Campbell impacted his life.

The Hal K. and Joan D. Campbell Music Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding music student who is married with a child at home. To make a contribution to the scholarship, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/music or call Sara Greener at (435) 586-7775 and indicate that the donation should be designated as the Hal K. and Joan D. Campbell Music Scholarship.

The legacy of Hal Campbell will live on through his music and through the mark he made on the Cedar City and SUU community. To engage in this enchanting tribute concert, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/music/webcasts.html on February 23, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts at SUU, please visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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