Students Inspire Through Orchestra & Choir Concert

Published: April 12, 2021 | Author: Emily Marie Cacho | Read Time: 3 minutes

Symphony Orchestra and Choir Concert PosterMusic brings people together in many ways including virtually. The SUU Music Department presents a combined Orchestra and Choir Concert on April 14, 2021 at 7:30 p.m, and can be viewed at

The teamwork among music students brings to life two pieces from Roman Carnival Overture by French composer Berlioz. They will be directed by Dr. Xun Sun. They will also perform Nelson Mass in D by Haydn through direction from Dr. Krystal McCoy.

Dr. McCoy, Director of Choirs at SUU, states, “This is our third year combining the choral and orchestral program to perform a major work. Haydn's music speaks to the traditional choral paradigm of performing text from the Catholic mass. It is always thrilling to combine our singing forces with the orchestra.”

Dr. Sun, Director of the Symphony Orchestra at SUU, shares, “Performing this concert is an academic achievement because it is such a high-level performance. The inspiration for this concert comes from true artworks such as Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Performing pieces like these will help our students understand the roots of Western culture.”

The SUU Symphony Orchestra is open to instrumentalists from SUU’s campus. This group of dedicated musicians performs orchestral masterpieces from the standard symphonic repertoire. The choirs at SUU are home to music majors and to students from a variety of other disciplines from across campus, all of whom share a common goal of making great music and performing at their very best.

Dr. Sun and Dr. McCoy have been hard at work to make this concert happen. “Our students are learning how to pronounce Latin and articulate as if they are singing string instruments,” Dr. McCoy states.

Performing this concert gives the SUU music students the opportunity to collaborate with each other and trains them to work in a professional music setting. Audiences will enjoy the iconic and classical music being performed in this show. This concert may be viewed virtually at on April 14, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, 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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