Sundance Trio brings woodwind music to SUU
The Sundance Trio, from left to right: Jed Moss, Christian Smith, and Geralyn Giovannetti, photo courtesy of SUU

The Sundance Trio will perform at Southern Utah University April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall. The trio is based out of northern Utah and comprises oboist Dr. Geralyn Giovannetti, bassoonist Dr. Christian Smith, and pianist Jed Moss. In 2005, the Sundance Trio was created for the purpose of performing trios that were written for the oboe, bassoon, and piano. Their repertoire includes pieces composed by Willard Elliot, Richard Faith, Òscar Àlvarez Valero, Francis Poulenc, Simon Sargon, Theodor Burkali, and many more. The recital is free and open to the public.

Giovannetti, a founding member of the Sundance Trio, is professor of oboe at Brigham Young University and a member of the Orpheus Wind Quintet, the resident faculty quintet. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan and is also a graduate of the Western University in her native Canada. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Brazil. As a member of award-winning Canadian woodwind quintet Essex Winds, she has recorded three albums. Giovannetti has served as a judge for the International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition and the Asian Double Reed Society Competition. She currently chairs the Young Artist Oboe Competition for the International Double Reed Society.

Smith is professor of bassoon at BYU. Beyond his responsibilities with the bassoon studio, he teaches instrumental conducting, directs the woodwind chamber music program, and regularly performs with Orpheus Wind Quintet. An active orchestral musician, Smith has played under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Raymond Leppard, John Williams, Joseph Silverstein, and Maxim Shostakovich. Likewise, he has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint (Michigan) Symphony, Michigan Chamber Players, Utah Chamber Artists, Colors of the Baroque, and the Canyon Winds woodwind quintet. Currently he is principal bassoonist with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Moss is a prolific performer who has appeared on the Columbia Artists’ Community concert series, the Utah Arts Council Performing Arts Tour, the Mendelssohn Society of Chicago series, the Nova Concert series, the Canyonlands New Music series, the Abravanel Distinguished Visiting Composers series, and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah. Moss has toured in Austria and Germany as a soloist with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed with musicians from the nation’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. Moss performs frequently on faculty recitals at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and the University of Utah and has made guest appearances in partnership with various artists at colleges and universities in 14 states. Moss was a member of the Paradigm Trio for six years before joining the Sundance Trio.

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