Department of Music

Satellite Salon Series

When Dr. Lynn Vartan started her position at Southern Utah University, she wanted to bring her musical world closer to her students in Cedar City, Utah. Her desire to merge these worlds manifested itself in the launching of her Satellite Salon Series. This unique concert series happens twice a year, in September and January at SUU, and brings in a guest artist for a small residency for the weekend. As the series has developed, Dr. Vartan has often added a visual artist to the event to participate in the merging of multiple arts on stage live for the audience. Typically, on Thursday or Friday the artist gives a masterclass to the both university and high school students, followed by a Q & A session led by Dr. Vartan, in the style of “Inside the Actor’s Studio." The dynamic, collaborative Satellite Salon concert occurs on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm. All events are free and take place in Thorley Recital Hall.

Satellite Salon Series Brings Jazz Horizons to Cedar City

Jazz Horizons

September 15, 2018

Wave Trio consists of members Chris Reyman (piano), Jonathan Rodriguez (drums), and Emma Taylor (bass/vocals). Firmly rooted in the tradition of American jazz, Wave Trio plays influential jazz trios from the “Great American Songbook”. Additionally, their original compositions extend the limits of harmony, rhythm and form within this type of group. They challenge the roles and forms of jazz trios with imagination and courage, in both obvious and subtle ways. Their music creates an intensified communication of progressive jazz with a fascinating and airy openness, collaborative camaraderie, and virtuosic interaction.

Dr. Chris Reyman joined UTEP’s Music Department as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Piano in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has performed and given presentations nationally and internationally and is a well-respected member of the professional music education community.

Jonathan Rodriguez is an emerging percussionist. He received his Bachelor's degree at Millikin University in Latin American Studies and Percussion Performance and holds a Master's degree, also in Percussion Performance, from the University of New Mexico. He has won numerous awards at competitions for performance and scholarship and has taught percussion lessons throughout various schools and institutions across the country.

Emma Taylor is a rising bass player from Central Illinois having graduated from Millikin University with degrees in Music Business and Commercial Music. Emma has been immersed in the cultural arts since birth and grew up performing from a young age. She attributes her musicality to years of studying dance. Emma has won numerous scholarships and awards for her playing and has toured internationally playing in Cuba, Argentina, Chile as well as in the United States.

(written by Ashley H Pollock)


Trios for Two Will Captivate Cedar City
Trios for Two

January 27, 2018

The Satellite Salon Series, hosted by Dr. Lynn Vartan and SUU’s Department of Music, brings Molly Gebrian and Danny Holt to the Thorley Recital Hall in SUU’s Music Building. These outstanding musicians have been performing together since 2011.

During this performance, the guests will play pieces composed for three people by modern composers. The artists have taken the trios and adapted them for two people, hence their program title Trios for Two. Gebrian plays the viola, while Holt plays both the piano and percussion, an extraordinary style of playing that he developed while studying in California. This unique setup ensures an exciting performance that will mesmerize audiences.

Gebrian received her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music consisted of viola performance and neuroscience. When she isn’t touring with Holt, she teaches classes in Viola and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Holt has performed internationally in places such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Copenhagen Jazzhouse, and many more. He serves as the Music Chair at The Oakwood School’s Academy of Creative Education and is the Scholar-in-Residence at Harvard-Westlake School. He has worked with over 25 composers to create music specific to his piano and percussion collective. 

Workshops held by Gebrian and Holt will cover topics that range from career development to current research regarding practicing instruments and the neuroscience behind it. This opens up a new world to students and the importance of their work in the music industry.

(written by Ashley H Pollock)