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We are counting down the days until Viola Day 2018! (for those of you keeping track at home, it’s only 16 days away!)

Your support of the Utah Viola Society means that we can continue to bring you amazing guest artists and recitalists every year for our signature Viola Day events. This year’s Guest Artist is Brant Bayless, Principal Viola of the Utah Symphony. He will also be performing with his small band, The Teton Trio.

Personally, I think that’s worth the membership, but there is more…a lot more!

You’ll also receive admittance to our annual Members’ Recital. Our Members’ Recitals feature soloist level performances by violists who, like you, are members of the Utah Viola Society, and live and work here in Utah. You won’t believe what kind of viola talent we have here in Utah until you see one of these recitals. SAVE THE DATE! Our Members Recital is Sunday, February 10, Dumke Recital Hall, 3pm.

BONUS! There’s a bonus event this year that you will not want to miss…the details can’t be revealed just yet, but it’s going to be so deeply alto clef you won’t want to miss it. Watch this space for more information, or sign up for our newsletter! (Sign up for the newsletter and blog post alerts on the sidebar of our homepage!)

Additionally, if you are a member, we can help you sell your instrument, help you find an instrument, publicize your recital or viola event, help you find a teacher or meet a new student, and unite you with other like-minded violists in Utah.

Join or renew today! You can use PayPal, you can mail a check, or you can pay on Viola Day. Do you have a large studio that you’d like to bring? Sign them all up for a studio discount!

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Viola Day – Full Schedule!

Dear Viola Friends,
Here we go with another year!  Viola Day 2018 will feature local luminary Brant Bayless, Principal Viola of the Utah Symphony.  Mr. Bayless will be presenting a masterclass in the morning, and the afternoon will feature a special project of his – The Teton Trio. This ensemble was formed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, and has just recorded their first album! They will be presenting an afternoon of world-class chamber music for viola, clarinet, and piano, a combination which features the lyrical and soloistic side of the viola – particularly exciting when in the hands of a masterful performer such as Mr. Bayless.
We’re also lucky in Utah to have a great local community of skilled luthiers. If you’re shopping for a viola, curious about violas, or just love to play all the violas you can get your hands on – you’ll have lots to do at Viola Day!
Scroll down to read through the full schedule of Viola Day events, you can pre-register by renewing your UVS membership here.
We’ll see you there!
Brad Ottesen and your UVS Team
P.S. Alto Clef cookies…

 

Viola Day 2018
Saturday, September 29 – University of Utah, Gardner Music Buildingl
Registration: $20 Adult/$10 Student
  • 9:15 Registration: Viola congregation and camaraderie
  • 10:00 Masterclass: Utah Symphony Principal Viola, Brant Bayless
  • 12:00 Free Pizza Lunch! Hang with your viola pals
  • 12:30 Instrument Demonstration: Fry Street Quartet violist, Bradley Ottesen
  • 1:15 Meet Your Maker: Try out all the violas!
  • 2:30 Special Chamber Music Recital: “A Legend, a Fairytale, and Other Stories in Music”, presented by The Teton Trio – Brant Bayless, viola, Gregory Raden, clarinet, and Jason Hardink, piano

 

 

Upcoming visit from Timothy Deighton, Professor of Viola at Penn State University, April 12-13!

We’re delighted to welcome our good friend, Timothy Deighton, back to Utah on April 12-13!  Tim gave a memorable recital several years ago as the guest artist for the Primrose Memorial Recital at BYU. This time, he will present a recital at the University of Utah with Pianist Christoper Guzman, and give masterclasses in SLC at the University of Utah, and at Utah State University in Logan.

Tim is a great violist and an imaginative teacher.  You won’t want to miss this!  The recital program will include Bach’s Gamba Sonata no. 3, Hindemith’s Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 25 no. 4, and a transcription of Chopin’s Cello Sonata.

All events are free and open to the public:

  • Masterclass: Thursday, April 12, 11:30-1:30, Dumke Recital Hall, University of Utah
  • Recital: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 PM, Dumke Recital Hall, University of Utah
  • Masterclass: Friday, April 13, 3:00-5:00 PM, Chase Fine Arts Center, Room 218, Utah State University

Special thanks to the University of Utah Student Chamber Music Society for arranging this recital  – hope to see you there!

Utah Viola Society Annual Recital!

Dear Friends,
The Utah Viola Society is pleased to announce our annual Spring Recital!  Please join us Sunday, February 18 at 3pm at The University Of Utah School of Music, Dumke Recital Hall.

Come join your local violists and together we will explore the fascinating world of Alto-clef repertoire…

Please help us to spread the word – bring your students, teachers, friends, and family!

Paul Hindemith – Sonata, Op. 11 no. 4
Carl Johansen, viola, Melissa Livengood, piano
 Roy Harris – Soliloquy 
Bradley Ottesen, viola, Mayumi Matzen, piano
Alan Shulman – Theme and Variations
Whittney Thomas, viola, Amy Bach, piano
Sofia Gubaidulina – Quasi Hoquetus
Leslie Richards, viola, Amanda Moreton Hales, basson
Jed Moss, piano
J.S. Bach/Kodaly – Fantasia Chromatica
Scott Lewis, viola
Antonin Dvorak – Terzetto
Andrea Ashdown, violin, Will Hagen, violin
Hillary Alleman, viola

Fanfare!

Fanfare for the Common Violist! Many thanks to Scot Singpiel for his recording and video editing work!

Recorded October 14, 2017 as part of Viola Day 2017 at the University of Utah.

Become a member of the Utah Viola Society, and join us for Viola Day 2017!

Top three reasons to join the Utah Viola Society

  1. Viola Camaraderie. Viola nerds, viola geeks, alto clef readers unite! Imagine being in a group filled with fellow C-string lovers! Being part of a Viola Society is like being with people who understand you, with whom you can share friendly companionship and a sense of community. Violists share a unique bond; some of my oldest and dearest friends are my viola friends. (But don’t tell my french horn friends!)
  2. Utah Viola Society gives you lots of bang for your buck! We are truly a bargain. Your membership dues give you entrance to all Utah Viola Society events, including our signature Viola Day events, our Member’s Recital, and other masterclasses or presentations we have along the way. More than just offering events, we can also help you build relationships in the community. We can help you connect with other violists, assist in finding a viola teacher, introduce you to your next viola maker, and help you promote your recital or studio event.
  3. Membership helps us grow. Your membership allows us to bring fantastic guest artists who help us learn through their masterclass teaching and inspire us in their recitals. Thanks to your memberships, the Utah Viola Society has had amazing opportunities to bring great guests such as our recent masterclass guest Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and other viola luminaries like Roger Chase, Patricia McCarty, and James Dunham, just to name a few! Our members help us push ourselves to create bigger and better viola events, and help us create the kind of society we want to be!

Bonus reason: ALTO CLEF COOKIES.

You can renew or join online, or send a check. We also have a group rate, so you can sign up your entire viola studio or orchestra viola section at a discount! You can also sign up at the door on Saturday, October 14, VIOLA DAY! We will take cash, check, and credit card. (But you might save time standing in line if you join early!)  You don’t even have to be a violist to join, it’s enough if you love the viola or love a violist!

Viola Day 2017 is right around the corner. Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their memberships. We are looking forward to meeting new friends, sharing stories with old friends, and learning from this year’s featured guest artist, Peter Slowik. We hope you’ll consider joining or renewing your Utah Viola Society membership today!