Deer Valley Music Festival offers more than concerts |

Deer Valley Music Festival offers more than concerts

Workshops and master classes available

There is more than meets the ears when it comes to the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Deer Valley Music Festival.

While the annual summer event is known for its large outdoor and intimate indoor concerts, it also presents more hands-on offerings to the community, Paula Fowler, director of education and community outreach, said.

"When we have the right resources to meet a musical desire or need in our community, we want to do it," Fowler told The Park Record. "We want our musicians to participate in programs that will personalize them with our music-loving audience. We want to attach musical memories to our community members."

One way of creating unforgettable experiences is to host musician clinics.

"With the fact that there are so many community orchestras in Utah, we know that people love to play music, even though these musicians might be amateurs or chose another profession," Fowler said. "We thought that there must be some way for us to contribute to the continued musical growth of these music lovers in our community, so, we are hosting these clinics."

The Pro-Am clinics will run from 3-5 p.m. at Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd.
Pro-Am means professional and amateur, Fowler said.

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"These clinics, however, are available to the public and can accommodate 10 musicians ages 18 and older," she said. "These clinics are intended for musicians who are not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in instrument performance."

The clinics cost $25 per participant. The schedule and teachers are as follows:

• Strings clinic, July 8
Teachers: Yuki MacQueen (violin), Whittney Thomas (viola), John Eckstein (cello) and David Yavornitzky (bass).
Registration deadline for the strings clinic is June 30.

 "We are planning to do another violin section, because the current one has already 10 people signed up," Fowler said. "We want to make sure the musicians who sign up get an intimate experience and individual attention."

To be placed on a waiting list, email Ky Johnson at

 • Woodwind clinic, July 15
Teachers: Caitlyn Valovick Moore (flute), Lissa Stolz (oboe), Erin Svoboda (clarinet) and Jennifer Rhodes (bassoon).

Registration deadline for the woodwind clinic is July 7.

• Brass clinic, July 29
 Teachers: Stephen Proser (horn), Peter Margulies (trumpet), Sam Elliot (trombone) and Gary Ofenloch (tuba).

Registration deadline for the brass clinic is July 21.

"The musicians from the community will be able to work with our professional Utah Symphony members to hone their skills and practice parts of particular pieces that are challenging," Fowler said. "We held our first clinics last year and loved them, so, we’re doing them again this year and have made them better."

Fowler is grateful for the Utah Symphony musicians who will lead the clinics.

"They will be especially busy on those days, because they rehearse in Salt Lake City during the morning and take a lunch before coming up to the clinics," she said. "After the clinics, they get ready for the Saturday evening performance at Deer Valley. But they are good people, and they love doing this. They have such enthusiasm for the clinics."

Fowler is also happy to partner with Park City High School’s music teachers. 

"A great thing that happened this year is that we’ve been able to collaborate with music teachers at Park City High School, especially orchestra teacher Scott Tanner," Fowler said.

Fowler said Tanner is a good partner every time Utah Symphony travels to Park City to offer a free education concert in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, which is in Park City High School.

"He also runs a Utah Symphony | Utah Opera high school music club and takes advantage of some great ticket deals for students to attend concerts in Salt Lake City," she said. "It's a pleasure working with him and developing programs that music students of all ages appreciate.

"The clinics will be held [at Park City High School] and some of the teachers and students will participate in the clinics, as part of our arrangement of using the space."

In addition to the adult musician clinics, the Utah Symphony will work with the youth during the Deer Valley Music Festival.

"One of the big things my department loves to do is make musical connections with other musical organizations in the community," Fowler said. "Last summer, we did a musical theater master class with kids in the Egyptian Theatre’s YouTheatre program with one of our conductors, Jerry Steichen, who conducts touring musicals."

The session was so popular that Fowler and Steichen decided to do it again this year from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, which is next door to the Utah Conservatory.

"Jerry will hold a musical theater master class, but expand it to not only include the
YouTheatre kids but also students from the Utah Conservatory," Fowler said.

The master class is free and open to the public.

Utah Conservatory Cofounder Debra Cook said the master class is a priceless experience for her students.

"These kinds of experiences can’t be given in a private-lesson setting," Cook said. "Having been in the auditioning world myself, to get a conductor for any symphony to do this is a huge effort. I hope the students will get what a lovely opportunity this is for them."

The Utah Symphony's partnership with the Utah Conservatory goes beyond the master class, Fowler said.

"The first week leading up to the patriotic concert on July 1 (see accompanying story), the Utah Conservatory’s Patriotic Kids Camp will rehearse so they can perform for people in the ticket lines the day of the concert," Fowler said.

A similar event will serve as a prelude to the Classical Mystery Tour Concert that will feature the music of the Beatles on Aug. 5.

These two pre-show performances fits with the Utah Conservatory's mission for outreach education, Cook said.

"We have a group of kids, who are between the ages 5 and 12, in our Patriotic Kids Camp, and they will prepare a 45-minute program," she said. "We did this sort of thing in the past at the Park City Transit Center, but they will get so much more exposure at Deer Valley."

The rock band, known as the Park City Rockers, will play on Aug. 5 is called the Park City Rockers.

"It is comprised of pre- and early teens, and they are already working on songs for their performance," Cook said. "We also have a number of other music camps that will put together some ’60s-era songs for the performance.

"Our orchestra director Tim Rohwer has composed an arrangement of the Beatles 'Hello/Goodbye' for our Flash Mob Orchestra."

Fowler said the Deer Valley Music Festival is the perfect setting for these outreach programs.

"It’s difficult to find time to do this during our regular season that runs from the fall to the spring," she said. "We’re excited for these new projects were doing this summer, and we know they will be amazing."

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