Silent Film Celebrations & Monster Concerts

The Davis Chapter of UMTA gave our students an amazing experience on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Megaplex Theatre in Centerville, Utah. With 11 films, over 200 students and 23 teachers combined to make the donation of two upright pianos to assisted-living centers in Davis County.

The Davis Chapter of UMTA raised $24,000 to donate new pianos to CenterPoint Legacy Theatre on November 2, 2019. I served on the committee and played in the Avengers (Teacher group). My students performed in Balloon Pop Polka and Pirates of the Caribbean Medley. These concerts are so motivating and this time I got to join in the performance!

UofU Monster Concerts

The UofU Piano Area Monster Concert is a highlight the first Saturday in May. With 15 pianos on stage (5 grands and 10 uprights) and up to 30 performers playing at one time, it’s amazing. Usually 10 groups perform a piece centered around the concert “theme.”

For two years, a community group has been allowed to play with the other groups, organized by me! The secret to our success and sauce is a great piece/arrangement, outside rehearsal time as a group, and a percussionist.

For 2019, our group performed, “Tetris” for the video game theme. My student Elena performed.

For 2018, our group performed, “Fly Me to the Moon” for the “Out of this World” theme. My students Elena, Ben, Drew, and Damon performed.

Silent Film Festival

The Bountiful Davis Art Center has an annual fall event where students play music to match the scenes of Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin’s silent films. Here are photos from the 2018 Silent Film Festival.