You are invited to join the Orchestra of Southern Utah "Friends of Music Guild", a social, educational and volunteer group organized to support and promote orchestra activities.


Purpose of the Guild

Supporting the Musicians with Collaboration, Creativity, and Concern for Community

Our Children’s Jubilee, formerly called Carnival, focuses on music and adds art and science exploration for a fun filled and education family afternoon.

Exhibits include art, music instruments for the children to try, hands on science activities, art activities, face painting, a toddler area with toys for small children, and games.  Volunteer guild members assist with the activities, perform at the school assemblies, and assist with receptions.


2004 “Carnival of the Animals” (2005 Sally Parker Education Gold Ribbon Award)

We had music by Saint-Saens complimented by science and art activities focused on animals.  Orchestra musicians were available to let the children see the instruments up close and personal.


2005  “Chinese New Year Celebration”  featuring Chinese soloists for the Yellow River Piano Concert and the Butterfly Lover’s Violin Concerto. Dragon kites and Chinese lanterns greeted the audience.  Activities included Chinese calligraphy and an opening concert dragon parade.


2006  “Spanish Trail Suite”  included performances by a Paiute drum circle, singer, and dancers as well as the commissioned work and selections from Rodeo by Copland.


2007  “Planets” with real time video enhancement from Video Ideas to the music of Holst.  Science activities included an indoor planetarium and an outdoor solar telescope manned by Southern Utah University astronomy professors.


2008  “Africa” with complementary music from spirituals to jazz. (Gold Book Award of Excellence)


2009  “Rhythm” included a performance of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas and a guest appearance by the southern Utah University Percussion Ensemble.  The evening concerto added a Marimba concerto.

2010  “Bravo Opera” will feature tenor and soprano soloists with the orchestra. Displays will include costume design and set design.  Science will focus on the laws of Newton and the emphasis will be on the contributions of Western Europe to music, art, and science.


2011 "Dynamic Dinosaurs" commissioned by OSU by Drs. Keith and Daniel Bradshaw explored 10 dinosaurs complete with booming drums for T-Rex, an extensive percussion section, a tango for Argentinosaurus, and Elvis tribute for Cryolophosaurus.  Paleontologist Andrew Milner and other community supporters shared dinosaur tracks, fossils, and hands-on activities with the families.


2012 Pictures at an Exhibition by Moussorgsky helps us explore the relationship between the visual and musical arts.  Science will focus on the science of color under the direction of Laura Cotts. Recognized at League Conference in Dallas for use of science and art hands-on activities with the family matinée.


2013 Ahoy Pirates with science looking at navigation by the stars.  Caribbean Sound steel drum ensemble from Florida with the orchestra.


2014 Flickers designed by VideoIdeas of Tennessee with vintage silent films and classical music.


2015  Building Harmony Around the World included some of the Roy L. Halversen soloists.  More info:


2016  Aloha! Children's Jubilee with music inspired by the Polynesian islands and music of the sea.




Evening concert innovation:


2004 Choral Celebration featuring Global Music with clinician Paul Smith incorporated a community male choir, three high school choirs, and a university choir in an exploration of music from New Zealand, Brazil, China, Scotland, Malaysia and other countries. The massed choirs and orchestra performed “America Sings” as a grand finale.


2008  Video enhancement for Spanish Trail Suite (Gold Book Award of Excellence, Audrey Baird Audience Development Award, and Silver Telly Award). Now available for other orchestras through


Community Musician Participation:


Fall Recital Series since 1997 featuring local adults and advanced students


Collaboration with Southern Utah University:

Science professors and students provide hands-on activities and displays to coordinated with musical theme for Jubilee

Art professors and students provide hands-on art activities and face painting for the Jubilee.  One of the art professors had his students prepare an exhibit showing rhythm in visual art for our most recent Jubilee.

Music Department ensembles perform in fall recital series and as guest artists.


Collaboration with Local Artists and Businesses:

Cedar Music Store displays instruments and musical products for sale at the Jubilee.

Local artists display and sell theme appropriate art in the lobby before and after the Jubilee.


Receptions for Guest Artists and Financial Supporters:


The Friends of Music Guild helps with social activities such as the year end reception for the musicans and financial supporters.

To participate contact Sara Penny at or call 435-586-2286.  Volunteers always welcome.

Orchestra of Southern Utah Xun Sun, Conductor and Music Director
Personnel Board Guild