Satellite Salon Series Presents Daring Duos at SUU

Published: August 25, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 4 minutes

Duo Lin-LynnSouthern Utah University’s Department of Music is ecstatic to announce that on Thursday, September 9, 2021, the Satellite Salon Series will present a concert titled, Daring Duos, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall at the SUU Music Building. It will feature two duos. The first is DarkWood, a duo consisting of Dr. Lynn Vartan performing with SUU’s new Director of Woodwinds, Dr. Laura Grantier. The other will be Duo Lin-Lynn which is named after its two percussionists, Dr. Wei Chen Lin and Dr. Lynn Vartan. Dr. Wei Chen Lin will be traveling from Taiwan to perform in Cedar City! This concert is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Lynn Vartan, Director of Percussion at SUU, says, “After a year of not being able to concertize in the usual way, it is food for the senses and spirit to collaborate with fantastic artists on stage again! It is a rare gift to share music with people you adore, and these two people that I get to share the stage with I absolute ADORE! Come join us to experience us enjoying music together!”

Created by Dr. Lynn Vartan, the Satellite Salon Series occurs twice a year and provides Southern Utah University and local students an opportunity to attend master classes held by professional musicians. A question and answer session follows, led by SUU faculty member, Dr. Vartan, in the style of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”. Saturday evening offers the community and students alike a chance to see a dynamic, collaborative Satellite Salon concert. The Series is also an educational program, designed to give southern Utah rural high school students the opportunity to learn from professional musicians and artists.Dr. Laura Grantier, member of DarkWood duo

Dr. Laura Grantier, new Director of Woodwinds at SUU, shares, “I am thrilled to be performing with Dr. Vartan for the Satellite Salon Concert. We have already had two rehearsals and the energy is electric! The program we have selected will appeal to everyone. Each work showcases our ability to blend and communicate as well as the ability to show off each instrument's range and versatility. I love a good challenge and this project is testing both my rhythmical and technical skills! SO EXCITED!”

Dr. Grantier recently joined SUU’s faculty after serving from 1995-2021 as a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. as Principal Clarinet, Woodwind Leader, Clarinet Section Leader, and Harborwinds Clarinet Quartet Leader. She performed over 2,250 public concerts, military ceremonies, education workshops, and high-profile protocol engagements for high-ranking dignitaries, including the President of the United States, Vice President of the United States, and Secretary of the Navy.

Dr. Wei Chen Lin, respected percussion musician, states, “As a professional musician, besides practicing and rehearsing for the concert, mind setting is another very important lesson I have to prepare for a successful and meaningful concert. For this particular concert with Lynn, I have been working out at the gym, reading books, and going through my old photos to reflect what is really important in life now. I wish to give the audience a new concept of what a live concert is and also wish to get different feedback from them. I am very excited about the event!”

Dr. Lin is a respected marimba performer, and chamber, contemporary, and orchestral musician. Born in 1982 in Tainan City, Taiwan, he is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and Taipei, Taiwan. His recent marimba repertoire includes music of J.S. Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Francesco Tárrega, and Lyle Mays. Dr. Lin is currently a member of the board committee of the Taiwan Percussion Association, and a member of the Keyboard Committee of Percussive Arts Society. He is currently an associate professor of Yulin Normal University in China (sabbatical) and assistant professor of National Chiayi University in Taiwan.

Don’t miss out on these daring duos DarkWood and Duo Lin-Lynn live and in person on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall at the SUU Music Building. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit

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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 over 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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