Dixie State University Music Department

Cello Festival 2021

Join us for the DSU Cello Festival 2021 concerts!  Audience can join these three performances either in-person or remotely through YouTube Live.  You can have access to the concert links through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dsu.cellofestival  The year of 2021 marks  the 6th anniversary of our festival.  The concerts will also feature works by 19th-century French composer Camille Saint-Saëns as we celebrate his 100th anniversary.  This year’s featured clinicians and artists include Prof. Tom Landschoot (Arizona State University) and Dr. Miranda Wilson (University of Idaho).  Dr. Wilson will give a cello recital on Sept 17 at 730pm, presenting music by African-American and Asian-American composers.  The Matinee Chamber Concert on Sept 18 at 2pm will showcase local and visiting artists as well as first-prize winners of the festival’s new event –  Brimhall Cello Competition.  Prof. Landschoot will be the soloist in the Final Cello Ensemble Concert on Sept 18 at 730pm.  All three performances are held in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, and are open and free to the public.
As a pre-festival event, the Cello Society of Southern Utah cello ensemble will give a concert in the Center for the Arts at Kayenta on Sept 16 at 8pm featuring soloist Dr. Lauren Posey, who will perform the first movement of Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129.  Tickets can be purchased at https://www.kayentaarts.com/  for the Kayenta concert.

Dr. Miranda Wilson Cello Recital

Friday, September 17, 7:30pm (MT), Eccles Concert Hall


  • Reena Esmail: Varsha
  • Adolphus Hailstork: Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer”
  • Bright Sheng: Seven Tunes Heard in China.

In addition, please join Dr. Miranda Wilson on September 18 (Saturday) at 11:00am-11:50am in Eccles Concert Hall for her outreach lecture “Cellos Crossing Borders.”   The lecture is open to the public. Join the lecture online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2tXf1T0A1w&ab_channel=DixieStateUniversityMusicDepartment

*This recital and lecture are possible thanks to a TourWest Grant from the Western States Arts Federation, provided through the Utah Division of Arts & Museums-Utah Arts Council and Office of Museums Services and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Matinee Chamber Concert

Saturday, September 18, 2:00pm (MT), Eccles Concert Hall

Highlights of this chamber program include Susan Lamb Cook performing Pablo Ortiz’s Manzi pour violoncelle seul, performance by the cello group Amichevoli, as well as the first-prize winners of the Brimhall Cello Competition.

Shortly before that.  There will be a performance of Alfredo Piatti’s magnificent 12 Caprices featuring  cellist Hsin Hou Sun at 12pm (location TBA).

Livestream available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZeHPyMRP04&ab_channel=HsinHouSun

Cello Ensemble Concert

Saturday, September 18, 7:30pm (MT) in Eccles Concert Hall


  • French Folk Song (arr. Rodney Farrar)
  • Twinklebell Canon (arr. Rodney Farrar)
  • Swedish Shoemaker (arr. Helen Butterworth)

Ensemble Bravo (directed by Peter Romney, Erica Hardy & Emily Balderrama)

  • Edvard Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (arr. Nick Halsey)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Bacchanale (arr. Tony Rogers)

ACelloRondo (directed by Kamille Brooks and Edwin Candland)

          ~~~ short break ~~~

  • *Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei (arr. Gunter Ribke)
  • *Camille Saint-Saëns: Allegro Appassionato, Op. 43 (arr. Hans Erik Deckert)
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1

              I. Introduction (Embolada)

*Tom Landschoot, cello solo

Festival Soloists (directed by Ka-Wai Yu & Scott McGlasson)



Festival workshop participants are assigned to three different cello ensembles based on their level and playing experience: Festival Soloists (advanced-level), ACelloRondo (intermediate-level) & Ensemble Bravo (beginners)