6 high school choirs to perform with Southern Utah University for ‘Resilience’ concert

Southern Utah University's student choir sings during performance, photo date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY  — Students from six Utah high school choirs, including two from St. George, will join Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts Choir for the final piece of the university’s upcoming concert titled, “Resilience.” The concert will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center Theater in Cedar City.

Dr. Krystal McCoy, assistant professor and director of choral activities at SUU, came up for the name of the concert.

“In the midst of all that college students face during their studies, I felt it was important to consider the theme of resilience, how it is manifested in music, and how it relates to their own lives,” McCoy said.

The inspiration for the theme, which focuses on how compassion and mindfulness impact resilience, came from a book by Rick Hanson titled “Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.”

Timeless choral works including “Bogoroditse Devo” from “Rachmaninoff” and “All-Night Vigil to Monteverdi” from “Lasciatemi morire” will be featured, along with more contemporary works that embody strength and endurance through hardship, McCoy said in the release.

McCoy added that SUU singers have a rich and diverse cultural environment, access to outstanding performance venues and a faculty of talented and dedicated professors in opera, major choral, orchestral works, as well as choral ensembles both small and large.

In addition to the SUU students, the following high school choirs will join the university choir for the final piece: Pine View High School, Desert Hills High School, Salt Lake City Performing Arts, Pleasant Grove High School, Paradigm High School and Park City High School.

Ashley Stackhouse, a junior at SUU majoring in music education with choral emphasis, said that one of the most rewarding aspects of preparing for the concert is listening to everything come together.

“It’s a magical moment when the whole choir nails a section of music and you can just feel that the hard work and team effort is paying off,” Stackhouse said.

For more information on the Southern Utah University department of music, visit the department webpage.

Event details

  • What:  Southern Utah University’s “Resilience” concert.
  • When:  Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Center Theater, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City.
  • Details: Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Southern Utah University faculty, staff and students have free admission with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the show or online.

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