Calvin Gaddis has been appointed chairman of the Utah Opera Company board of directors, with Dave Mortensen as president of the board. Gaddis is employed by Wallace Associates and Mortensen is with Mortensen Foods. Both expressed their pride in Utah Opera and willingness to be a part of its continued growth and success.
Other board members are John Bates, Joe Cannon, Phil Cannon, Sandra M. Covey, Gary Fischer, Spencer Greer, JoAnne Frost, G. Craig Hanson, Richard Hemingway, John Henkels, Clark Jones, Nancy Lewis, Robert Rice, Richard Sailer, David Simmons, Richard Lynn Smith, Dee Taylor, Sam Siciliano, Arvetta Brewer and Bruce White.The Utah Opera Company's 10th anniversary season was a celebration in many respects. Season ticket sales rose to a new high of 51 percent; attendance was the highest in its history, and the company finished the season with a balanced budget. Utah Opera's costume shop is also fast becoming an important resource to other opera companies for rentals.
* TWO INDIVIDUALS and an organization have received the 1988 Utah Governor's Folk Art Awards, given by the Utah Arts Council.
The Swiss Chorus Edelweiss received the Governor's Cultural Heritage Award. The chorus was formed in 1934 to promote and preserve Swiss culture in Utah, and now includes numerous second- and third-generation Swiss Americans. It has given nearly 500 concerts over the years, including choir singing, yodeling, folk dance and performance on the alpenhorn and other traditional Swiss instruments.
Award recipient Merle Shumway of Provo is a singing instructor and teacher of such old-fashioned dances as the Chicago Glide, the Varsouvienne and Rye Waltz, along with pioneer standards such as the waltz and schottische. Shumway grew up in Mormon communities in northern Arizona and plays an extensive repertory of pioneer tunes on piano and guitar.
Sandra Jenkins received the Service to Folk Art award for her 10 years of helping Hmong refugees from Southeast Asia. With her husband, she is co-founder of the Hmong Heritage Foundation, which helps Utah's Hmong residents market their beautifully crafted embroidery work. The Jenkins have given dozens of lectures and other presentations about these tribespeople from Laos, with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency without abandoning their traditional ways.
* ANDY DAVID TUREK has joined the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company as technical director and stage manager. Turek will handle the company's lighting, sound and stage requirements.
He is a University of Utah graduate in technical theater and political science. He was a two-year recipient of the Joe Melziener design scholarship award. Turek has worked in film in Utah and created lighting designs for local theater groups and the Murray Arts Council. He is also production manager for "City of Light - This Is the Place," a massive light show scheduled for the summer of 1989.
* ANDRUS MADSEN, 18, Provo, performed his award-winning composition for harpsichord, "Suite (Seven Wonders of the Ancient World)," on June 20 at the national PTA convention in Salt Lake City. Madsen received the outstanding interpretation award in the music category of the association's "Reflections" cultural arts program.
* TRUDY McMURRIN of Salt Lake City received this year's award from the Maud Powell Foundation. She served as editor and director of the entire publishing process for the biography "Maude Powell: Pioneer American Violinist," by Karen A. Shaffer and Neva Garner Greenwood.
* THE SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY, 168 W. Fifth North, has announced the appointment of Victoria Panella as managing director.
Panella holds an MFA degree from the University of Utah's arts administration program. She has worked as director of finance for Repertory Dance Theatre, financial manager for the Salt Lake Neighborhood Housing Service, and was acting chair of the dance department at Snow College.
She was cofounder of the Dance Theatre Coalition.
"The prospects for SLAC's future are endless and exciting," said Panella, who said the company is already working on plans to produce more plays, expand its performance space, take productions on tour and bring in more guest artists.
Panella joins a staff of eight full-time administrators at a time "when SLAC is extremely healthy and vibrant, having grown more than 400 percent in the last six years," according to Artistic Director Edward J. Gryska.
SLAC is a fully professional theater, operating deficit-free with a budget of $500,000. It currently ranks as the sixth-largest performing arts organization in Utah.