University of Utah composer David Froom has, for the second year, been invited to be composer-in-residence at Snowbird, under sponsorship of the Snowbird Institute.
Froom will be at the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort Aug. 8-14, during which time he will work on a piece commissioned by the Manhattan String Quartet. The piece he worked on last summer, "Down to a Sunless Sea," was premiered last November by the Utah Symphony.Accompanying Froom during his residency will be his wife, pianist ELiza Garth. She will be preparing for her first BBC recording, of Donald Martino's "Pianississimo," to be made in conjunction with an upcoming tour of England.
* EFFECTIVE SEPT. 1 Laird Rodet will become general manager of the Oakland Ballet, where he will work with artistic director Ronn Guidi. Rodet was general manager of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company before going to the Bay Area as executive director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company of San Francisco, a position he has held since 1983.
Rodet holds an M.A. in English from the University of Utah. He has advanced rapidly in California arts circles, where he is a member of the board of directors of the Bay Area Dance Coalition, the California Arts Council Dance Panel, and advisory board of the Archives for the Performing Arts. He also co-chair of the Dance/USA Managers Council. Rodet is married to San Francisco artist Sharon Shepherd, and they have a 9-year-old daughter, Ashley.
* FORMER UTAHN Don S. Anderson will join the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., as administrative director this month.
From 1971 to 1974, Anderson was director of the dance program at the National Endowment for the Arts. The following year he founded the University of Utah's Insitute of Arts Administration, a degree-granting training program in professional arts management, serving as its director until 1985. While in Utah he also served as director of planning and as manager for the Sundance Institute's Utah Playwrights Conference.
At the festival he is replacing Nancy Trovillion, who is leaving to become assistant director of the North Carolina Arts Council.