CEDAR CITY — String and piano students will present memorized performances for a panel of judges to receive written guidance and earn Gold Cup trophies at upcoming music festivals in Cedar City.
The string festival will be held March 2 at Canyon View Middle School and the piano festival will be in the Southern Utah University music building on March 16.
Performances are free and open to the public starting at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day.
Over 400 music students from five counties are coming to Cedar City to perform. Over 100 are eligible to earn a Gold Cup. It takes a minimum of three years and top ratings to receive this recognition.
Scholarships of $100 are available for graduating high school seniors who will be attending SUU and have earned at least one Gold Cup.
String students can apply at their website and piano students may contact Angie Maxwell at 435-559-0691 or pick up an application at the piano festival.
There is also a new piano scholarship this year, The Ted & Robyn Schaefer $500 SUU Piano Scholarship, to be awarded to a high school senior currently taking piano lessons.
The applicant must have earned three Gold Cups from previous National Federation piano festivals. Applications for the scholarship will be available at the piano festival.
In addition to the Cedar City Music Festivals there is also an orchestra festival in St. George in the fall directed by Kirsten and Ed Candland that has developed from the original music festivals.
The music festivals have offered performance opportunities and written critiques to help students improve their playing since 1983 in Cedar City.
“Numerous volunteers make this experience possible. We appreciate all of the judges, tabulators, and organizers who offer this service to our music students,” said Sara Penny, founding director of the festival.
For more information contact Sara Penny at 435-586-2286.
Southern Utah String Festival, directed by Marion Colby
- When: Saturday, March 2.
- Where: Canyon View Middle School, 1865 N. Main St., Cedar City.
National Federation of Music Clubs Piano Festival, directed by Angie Maxwell and Brittnie Larson
- When: Saturday, March 16.
- Where: SUU music building, 351 W. University Ave., Cedar City.