Fill Your Soul with Music of SUU’s Jazz Ensembles (April 12)

Published: April 01, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU Saxophone Student with AccompanistOne of the top five universal forms of communication is music. It can unite a community that has been separated by the effects of the pandemic and bring joy to a dismal time. The Department of Music at SUU presents the Jazz Ensembles Concert on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. It can be viewed at

Derek Mathews, sophomore majoring in music education from Lincoln County, Nevada, conveys, “It would be great for the community to tune into the concert. These events help bring our community together. It’s always a blast to listen to the music of jazz. Dr. Lambert has taken all the precautions pertaining to COVID to make sure we can continue to play. We have worked hard on all of these pieces and are excited to share with everyone!”

The SUU Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos are open to all students by audition. Students prepare and perform jazz music through ensemble and improvisational performance as close to a professional level as possible. Performances include concerts that feature nationally and internationally recognized guest artists.

Dr. Adam Lambert, Director of Bands at SUU, says, “The SUU Jazz Ensembles and Combos will feature great, high-energy tunes with excellent student soloists. We will also feature the thrilling addition of jazz vocalist, Emeline Mortezazadeh. She will sing classics such as Fly Me to the Moon, All the Things You Are, and Can't Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine.”

Zachary Anderson, freshman Music Performance major from Moapa Valley, Nevada, shares what he has learned over the rehearsal process, “I can really progress a lot with practice. The band makes incredible music as we work together. Jazz improvisation gives us a lot of freedom with the music we make. We are able to take it places and explore things that aren’t as common in the wind symphony and other ensembles.”

Let the music fill your soul as you listen to the SUU Jazz Ensembles and Combos on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit

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), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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