Somewhere Over the Rainbow at SUMA

Jazz music filled Southern Utah Museum of Art on March 27 as SUU faculty and students paid tribute to Harold Arlen in “Great American Songbook Series.”

The “Great American Songbook Series” is a new concert series put on by the Department of Music. The concert series ran four times during the 2017-2018 school year. Each concert highlights a different musician. The Harold Arlen concert was the last edition of the “Great American Songbook Series” concert this school year.

Alren was born in 1905 and devoted his life to the world of music.The pinnacle of Arlen’s career was working on the score for “The Wizard of Oz.

SUU student Joscelyn Sundell sang “Over the Rainbow” as well as the Opus Choir directed by Dr. Krystal McCoy, during one of the final numbers.

The Opus Choir included:


Mandee Dillman
Adelaide Naegle
Macey Nauman
Leslie Perkins
Claire Robinson
Ashley Stackhouse
Aubrey Thomas


Elise Fulton
Josie Naumann
Bonnie Nielson
Gwendolyn Rogers
Sara Rollins
Krysten Tomlinson


Brendan Bennett
Trevor Casperson
Micheal Lowry
Zane Lowry
Brandon Tallerico


Mathew Henry
Christian Lee
Justin Olsen
Samuel Park
Kyle Stringham

One of the songs, “Make It One for My Baby,” is typically sung by a man but due to scheduling conflicts the song was sung by Carol Ann Modesitt.

“Just pretend I am Frank Sinatra with a coat over my shoulder, wearing a fedora,” Modesiit said.

The concert also highlighted a variety of Arlen’s work such as “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “Get Happy.”

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Story by
Cassidy Harmon

Photo by
Mitch Quartz