|Poster design by Rollan Fell, photo from 2013 concert by Jim Case. Thanks to both.|
Jack Ashton: He retired as a Utah Symphony violinist after 48 years, but continues to teach a large violin and viola studio as well as directing the Young Artist Chamber Players. He also currently teaches at Snow College. Major teachers include Melba L. Burton, Dr. David Shand, and Oscar Chassow. He has served as Music Chairman for Olympus High School and on the faculties of Utah State University and Westminster College. He has conducted seven European Tours with Rocky Mountain Camerata. He has taught at numerous institutes and workshops and many of his students have become teachers and professional musicians. His students have been soloists with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, Southwest Symphony and Orchestra of Southern Utah. He is married to Marie Yeates and they have eight children.
Amanda Clarke: Throughout her twenty-four years of experience playing the violin, Amanda Clarke studied with Sara Penny, Dorothy Baldwin, and Dr. Xun Sun at Southern Utah University. She has had many opportunities to perform solos, to perform in small ensembles, and to perform with symphony orchestras, whether as a soloist or as an orchestra member. She has experienced various music camps and has been able to work with many renowned Suzuki clinicians. Her experiences have helped her develop a love for music and the positive influence it has had on her life. Having been a teacher for over ten years has helped her to see even more, the positive effects music has on individuals. Seeing these effects in others and not just in herself gives her confidence in saying that any student can learn, any student can develop confidence in their playing, and any student can go as far as they desire to go in their pursuit of musical success. She believes music can be a tool for bettering people and society and with Dr. Suzuki believes that "the real essence of art turns out to be not something high up and far off – it is right inside [one's] ordinary daily self – if a musician wants to become a finer artist, he must first become a finer person."
Jim Hardy: Dr. Jim Hardy teaches cello and directs the chamber music program at Dixie State University. Prior to coming to coming to Dixie, for over 15 years, Jim was Assistant Principal cellist with the Ballet West orchestra, and also performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and in numerous studio recordings for film scores, TV shows, PBS specials, IMAX films, and many other projects. He has appeared live with performers as diverse as Itzhak Perlman, Ray Charles, Josh Groban, Peter Cetera, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Rod Stewart, and the Moody Blues. He co-founded the Cincinnati Piano Trio, and with this group had the honor of being invited performers at the semi-finals of the national Fischoff Chamber Music competition. He studied with Lee Fiser, Harvey Shapiro, Anthony Elliott, Gayle Smith, and coached chamber music with the Tokyo, LaSalle and Cavani quartets. Jim has maintained a private music studio since 1987. Jim is happy to be living in sunny St. George, where he lives with his wife and son.