SUU Satellite Salon Series Presents Christopher Swist

SUU’s Satellite Salon Series is hosting Christopher Swist in a concert titled Duality – The Life of the Composer/Performer.

Created by SUU faculty member Dr. Lynn Vartan, the Satellite Salon Series is hosted twice a year and provides local students and music lovers an opportunity to attend master classes held by professional musicians. The Series is an educational program, designed to give southern Utah rural high school students the opportunity to learn from professional musicians and artists.

This concert is the second in the 2018-2019 series and will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall at SUU’s Music Building. It is free and open to the public.

Swist has been composing,performing and recording with great technical skill and mastery from an early age. His preferred instruments are percussion and he has a particular interest in the vibraphone as of late.

Swist will be presenting his own pieces comprising solo vibraphone and other percussion instruments. This concert will include a world premiere of one of his newest compositions.

Swist is the Artist in Residence at Keene State College in New Hampshire where he has taught music technology, percussion, composition, and music theory since 2003. He has also taught at Franklin Pierce University, Bennington College, The Hartt School, and Holyoke Community College.

Swist was educated at SUNY-Buffalo and The Hartt School, holding two Master of Music degrees in both performance and composition. He frequently performs with the Hartford Symphony and has been the principal percussionist of the New Britain Symphony for 20 years.

This concert offers the community and students alike a chance to see a dynamic, collaborative Satellite Salon performance, a question and answer session will follow.

Experience the excitement of the vibraphone as played by Christopher Swist. For more information about the Satellite Salon Series, please visit

Story by: Alexis J. Taylor
Photo by: SUU Marketing