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Arts Advocates: Two CSD Employees Win Sorenson Legacy Awards

Canyons District knows the invaluable impact our art teachers have on students. From music to a multitude of mediums, art gives a voice to those who can’t speak. It can provide a haven for struggling students and enhance the learning process.  Two of Canyons’ superstar advocates for the arts have received recognition from the Utah State Office of Education – with support from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation – for their contribution to the arts in Canyons District. Arts Consortium Chair Sharee Jorgensen received the 2018 Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Administration, and Sandy Elementary Music Specialist Debbie Beninati

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Ridgecrest Elementary Choir Composes, Performs an Opera

What if the Three Little Pigs were really the bad guys? What if the Fairy Godmother never showed up? Who would win in a dance battle, Cinderella or Snow White? There’s nothing quite like a fairytale to capture the imagination of a child. So, an invitation to re-write one seemed the most natural place for Sherise Longhurst’s students to start when tasked with composing their own opera. “The kids voted on the ideas they wanted to include in the opera, and then we wrote a plot outline. Then they split up into small groups, and every group wrote one of

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Talented Teen Musicians Picked to Perform with Utah Symphony

Five of CSD’s talented high school instrumentalists have been selected to perform with the Utah Symphony at an All-Star Evening Concert on Tuesday, May 23. The rare honor is granted to 57 students statewide. At the 7 p.m. event at Abravanel Hall, students will perform Dvorak’s Violin Concerto side-by-side with their professional counterparts. The performance will last two hours and admission starts at $12. The following students were chosen based on their performance at the Utah Symphony Youth Orchestra Festival on March 13, 2017: Sean Dulger, Horn, Corner CanyonLaura Lee, Violin, Corner CanyonMicah Clawson, Violin, HillcrestDallin Davis, Cello, HillcrestParker Kreiger,

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School Restores Vintage Steinway Piano to its Former Glory

When Mount Jordan middle was demolished in 2013, then-principal Dr. Molly Hart saved a stack of bricks in her office to pay homage to the 59-year-old school. After the school was rebuilt in 2015 she discovered it had an even greater treasure with a history as old as the original building: a Steinway and Sons 1954 Model B classic grand piano. The piano was cracked, out of tune and badly in need of extensive repairs. After years of being exposed to the open air and shared community and school use, the Steinway looked as bad as it sounded and seemed

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CSD Students Picked to Play Side-by-Side with Utah Symphony

Now this is music to our ears. Eight Canyons District students have been selected to play side-by-side with members of the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall on Tuesday, May 17. The 7 p.m. concert will feature some of the state’s best high school musicians. Cost to attend the event ranges from $6 to $18. The students are: Alta:  Jacob Kilby, acoustic bass; Noah Valentine, violin Hillcrest:  Mitchell Spencer, piano; Michael Zackrison, tuba; Adam Ford, violin Corner Canyon:  Hannah McKay, viola; Kadyn Allen, trumpet Jordan:  Nathan Jensen, French horn

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