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Expansion of OSU Jubilee and STEAM Festival


The Orchestra of Southern Utah has a long history of combining music, arts, and science to engage students in hands-on learning and fun with their annual Children’s Jubilee. While many local families come each year to participate in an afternoon of music, science and visual art, efforts are currently underway to increase participation across the entire region. For the 2016 installment of the Children’s Jubilee, the Orchestra has partnered with the SUU Center for STEM Teaching and Learning, the Iron County School District, Cedar City Library in the Park, and Southern Utah’s Sustainable Operations Partnership to turn the afternoon event into two full days of engaged learning. The OSU Children’s Jubilee and STEAM Festival promises to be a great addition to the offerings in the Festival City.

On Friday, February 12th, 5th and 6th grade students from across the district will be invited to spend a few hours at the Heritage Center for hands-on science and art plus a student friendly concert “Pathways Between Shores” featuring film composer Chad Cannon and other musicians. Then, on Saturday, the venue will be open to the public from 1-5 pm for hands-on science and art activities, as well as the Orchestra of Southern Utah’s Children’s Jubilee Concert, with doors opening at 1 p.m., music at 2 p.m. with full symphony orchestra, followed by hands-on art and science plus the visiting displays. The nationally recognized Jubilee concert features the premiere of a new piece by Jacob Lee called “Polynesia” and the theme this year is Aloha!

Confirmed educational partners already include the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, the Discovery Gateway Center – from Salt Lake City, Leonardo Museum, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Cedar Mountain Science Center, SUU’s Animal Ambassadors and many more. This will definitely be an event not to be missed!

Currently, the organizing committee is seeking additional educational partners as well as monetary donations to help offset costs associated with the event. If your business or organization would like to organize and present a booth with interactive activities, please contact Laurel Dodgion at If you would like to be a financial supporter of this event, please contact Emily Hepworth at

Students are encouraged to come back Saturday, Feb. 13, with their families after previewing the exhibits on Friday with their school classes. The hands-on science and art activities are designed for children of all ages. Jubilee admission is just $5 per person and babies are free thanks to generous sponsorships. “We are working to engage sponsors to help keep admission affordable for local families, so they can share an exciting afternoon exploring music, art, and science,” said OSU Manager Emily Hepworth. Families may also have one free admission with three cans of food as part of a food drive for Iron County Care and Share.

In addition, a Composer's Seminar with Chad Cannon on Film Composition is set for Thursday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. in the SUU Music Building. This event is free and open to the public. The composer is originally from Utah and has worked on orchestrations and compositions in the film industry, including the Hobbit with Howard Shore and Godzilla with Alexandre Desplat. More info about Chad Cannon:!biography/c1enr


For more information on these OSU community events: Emily Hepworth at 435-233-8213 or



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