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.

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 on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. These outstanding musicians have been performing together since 2011. Admission is free and open to the public.

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. This unique setup ensures an exciting performance that will mesmerize audiences.

Gebrian received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the New England Conservatory of Music as well as a graduate degree in viola performance. 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 Pollock)


Composition Conjuring brings musical premieres to SUUComposition Conjuring

January 28, 2017

Two highly decorated musical artists, composer George Gianopoulos and singer Kathleen Roland Silverstein, will join Southern Utah University’s Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Lynn Vartan, and other Department of Music faculty members for an evening of music titled Composition Conjuring. The concert will be held at SUU in the Thorley Recital Hall on Saturday, January 28, at 7:30 pm.

Gianopoulos began studying music in college at the age of eighteen and quickly became an accomplished musician and composer. His music has been performed throughout Europe, America, and China. Gianopoulos has been commissioned to write music for renowned professional companies, such as The Glendale Philharmonic, The Helix Collective, and The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles. He is currently the composer-in-residence for the Los Angeles based Symbiosis Ensemble.

Silverstein is a Fulbright senior scholar and an assistant professor of applied music and performance (voice) at Syracuse University in New York. She has been a featured singer at many music festivals across the country, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival. In the last year, Silverstein has performed in New York and San Diego, as well as internationally in Australia, Sweden, Vietnam, Cambodia and Germany. She is also the author of a musical anthology titled Romanser: 25 Swedish Art Songs with Guide to Lyric Diction.

Composition Conjuring will feature the musical compositions of Gianopoulos. The evening will include a world premiere performance of Gianopoulos’ composition “The Bells”, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem with the same name, by Silverstein and Dr. Vartan. The first live performance of Gianopoulos’ vocal composition “Motet” will also be performed by Silverstein and five members of SUU’s voice faculty. Pianist Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, Assistant Professor of Music (piano), and flautist Candice Behrmann will also be featured during the concert.

(written by Lola Taylor)