The Southern Utah State College music department recently received a gift of musical instruments, equipment, recordings and sheet music worth $70,000 from Orien Dalley of Ann Arbor, Mich. Dalley taught in Cedar City when SUSC was still the Branch Agricultural College.
Included are several rare and valuable manuscripts by Jean Sibelius, who was Dalley's teacher for a time and a personal friend. According to Dalley, this gives SUSC the largest collection of Sibelius works of any school in the United States.Dalley has stipulated that the dozens of violins, violas, cellos and two basses be loaned out to young students in the community. Also included are an $8,000 symphony library, much music for solo instruments and ensemble, and more than 7,000 recordings. Among the 58 violins is Dalley's original instrument, and 12 from his daughter Melinda.
Orien Dalley graduated from the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Wisconsin, then in Kansas, before permanently joining the U. of M. faculty.
His family is highly talented as well. His wife, Gretchen Smoot Dalley, was a cellist. His oldest son, Nielson, who heads the Ford Motor Co. construction department, also plays French horn for two orchestras and collects French horns. Violinist son John studied with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute, then founded the Guarneri Quartet, with which he still performs, and daughter Melinda plays cello and bassoon in several orchestras in California.