SoundScapes: An Evening with Dr. McKay Tebbs & Dr. Lynn Vartan

Published: March 02, 2022 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

Dr. McKay TebbsSouthern Utah University’s Department of Music is excited to announce a collaborative performance with Dr. Lynn Vartan and Dr. McKay Tebbs in a concert titled SoundScapes on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall at SUU’s Music Building. This performance will feature music played on the guitar and percussion instruments. This concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. McKay Tebbs, Director of Undergraduate Music Technology at SUU, shares, “This soundscapes concert is an opportunity to hear the unique combination of electric guitar and vibes in a modern compositional setting. I always get excited when a composer like Timo Andres calls for guitar pedals like the octave pedal to be used in the score. We’ll also be playing a jazz piece composed by Gary Burton. Dr. Vartan is a prolific musician and I am very excited to perform this concert with her.”

Dr. Tebbs earned a doctorate degree from the USC Thornton School of Music and has over 20 years’ experience as an educator. He performed with Tuacahn in St. George, Theater West of Scottsbluff, NE and was a special guest performer on the Nebraska Public Radio show Friday Live. Dr. Tebbs was a featured soloist in the contemporary guitar concerto Chaos Theory by James Bonney and performed with many different jazz and pop artists.Dr. Lynn Vartan

Dr. Lynn Vartan, Director of Percussion at SUU, says, “Music is sound of course, but the range of colors and styles you can make from the waves of sound is endless. For this program, Dr. Tebbs and I will be sharing colors and styles together as well as playing some solos to take the listener in so many directions. The combination of percussion and guitar is so fun to play in!”

A devoted ensemble musician, Dr. Vartan has been actively involved with Southwest Chamber Music, the violin/percussion duo 61/4 which she founded with Shalini Vijayan, and a duo percussion group Exacta that she formed with Tambuco’s Miguel Gonzalez and Duo LinLynn with percussionist Wei Chen Lin. In addition to her role as Director of Percussion at Southern Utah University, Dr. Vartan is also the Director of the A.P.E.X. Events Series at Southern Utah University and hosts the weekly podcast The A.P.E.X. Hour. Dr. Vartan is endorsed by the Paiste Corporation, Remo Inc., and Marimba One.

Experience this electrifying concert of sound, color, and style on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 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 over 900 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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