Early Music Festival

Early Music Festival


As part of the Early Music America “Early Music Month” in March 2017, the Dixie State University Early Music Festival aims at promoting early music in Southern Utah, generating interest in historically-informed performance practice, and offering young performers and students valuable performance experience on period and modern instruments. This year, Dr. Sonia Lee, the President of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America, will be our guest artist.

All three events will be held in the Concert Hall of the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the beautiful DSU campus. They are open to the public and admission is free.

The choral concert on March 2 (Thursday), 7:30pm will feature the St. George Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Paul Wiens and the Dixie State Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Roger Hale, and numerous DSU faculty members and students as vocal and instrumental soloists. Arias, madrigals, and choral works by Gabrieli, J. S. Bach, Claudin de Sermisy, Thomas Tallis, among others, will be performed.

The Masterclass & demonstration on March 8 (Wednesday), 10am-12pm will be led by guest artist Dr. Sonia Lee, who will demonstrate on the harpsichord with DSU Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Ka-Wai Yu on viols. Dr. Nancy Ross, Assistant Professor of Art History from DSU, will present a talk on Baroque art.

The Festival will conclude with an instrumental ensemble concert on March 9 (Thursday), 7:30pm, bringing in the Dixie State Baroque Strings and DSU Saxophone Ensemble. Highlights of the concert program include J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, featuring Dr. Sonia Lee, Mindy Arrington as violin soloist, as well as DSU’s faculty member Dr. Candice Behrmann as flute soloist