Year of the arts


USU works in cooperation with numerous partners in the community to promote the arts.

Lyric Repertory Company

Celebrating their 50 year anniversary, the Lyric Repertory Company is a small professional theatre founded in 1967 by W. Vosco Call. For the past 50 years the Lyric Rep has produced musicals, dramas, mysteries, farces, comedies, and classics to the delight of audience members from Cache Valley and visitors from around the country.

The Lyric Rep brings in members of Actors’ Equity Association and other professional actors and guest artists to work side by side with advanced theatre students of Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts.

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre is an opera company based in Logan, Utah. The company was founded in 1992 by operatic tenor Michael Ballam, a music professor at Utah State University, and a native of Logan. The company performs four fully staged works every July and August at the Ellen Eccles Theatre on Logan's Main Street. The works performed range from operas to operettas to musicals. Singers, performers, technicians and orchestra come from all over the United States, including artists from Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera.

This season will include Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Seussical, The Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance, Rex, and Madama Butterfly.

American Festival Chorus

Founded in 2008 by Dr. Craig Jessop, the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra has become a leading artistic voice in Northern Utah and has sought to enrich the lives it touches through performance, education, and appreciation of choral art.

The auditioned Chorus brings together more than 200 singers from a 90-mile radius, including talented singers from the community, Utah State University faculty, and outstanding USU students. The Orchestra is a 65-member professional ensemble composed of faculty from USU’s music department, professional musicians from the region, and select USU students.

Although based in Logan, AFC also performs in Salt Lake City and Sun Valley, and provides outreach to smaller communities in Northern Utah and Southern Idaho.

Photo Credit: Weston Lee Allen

Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Cache Valley Center for the Arts, CacheArts for short, is the Local Arts Agency for Cache County and Logan City. They work to promote the arts throughout the region. They manage Logan City’s arts facilities (the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Bullen Center and Thatcher-Young Mansion) which provide a venue for performances, a home for arts education, a marketplace for artists, and a gathering place for the community.
They also coordinate nationally touring performing artist series, visual arts classes, Gallery Walk, and Summer Art Camp and sponsor Artist’s Gallery, New Horizons Orchestra, Logan Youth Shakespeare, ceramics, book and puppet making in the schools.

Arts access and


USU works in cooperation with numerous arts education programs in the community.

Arts Access

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USU Arts Access program is a collaborative initiative between USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, the Utah State Office of Education and others to implement new programs at the elementary school level in arts education.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) provides arts-integrated instruction to elementary students, effectively increasing student performance in every subject —from language arts and social studies to math and science. The program is currently in 300 Utah Schools and is serving approximately 202,800 students.

Youth Conservatory

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For more than 30 years, the Youth Conservatory (YC) helps parents provide the best for their children by fostering the standards of musical excellence in a learning environment filled with enthusiasm and enjoyment. Founded in 1978 by internationally recognized pianist and pedagogue, Gary Amano, the YC occupies a central role among Cache Valley's cultural programs for young people.
Each week, more than 300 pianists, ages 6 months–18, of varying abilities and backgrounds, come to the Chase Fine Arts Center for piano lessons and musicianship classes. Their unique program offers 30 - 85 minutes of instruction per week, with affordable tuition rates starting at $35 a month.

Vocal Performance Camp

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Well known in Utah for over 15 years, Vocal Performance Camp for boys and girls ages 12 through 18 years is held each summer in Cache Valley in the Chase Fine Arts Center at Utah State University. Sponsored by the USU Department of Music, this camp offers a unique cross-training experience believing that young singers benefit from classical vocal training as the appropriate entry to musical theater.

Summer Piano Clinic

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Junior high and high school students, ages 12-18, have the opportunity to take classes and lessons from USU piano department faculty and clinic staff during the summer piano clinic. All activities from morning to evening are supervised in a relaxed atmosphere of education and fun. All participants receive free admission to the Cool Classics recitals. Outstanding classroom and performance students are recognized and awarded scholarships to attend Utah State University.

Cache Children’s Choir

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Cache Children's Choir direct five different children groups: The Cadenza, Caprice, Cadet, Chorale, and Cantate choirs are assembled based on childrens' ages. They also hold summer camps developed with children ages 5-11, and 12-16 in mind. They are designed to be an immersive, collaborative experience for young singers.
Cache Children’s Choir Academy of Singing is supported in part by the Manon Caine Russell Foundation, Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dell Loy Hansen Charitable Trust, Cache County RAPZ grant, Logan City, and the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.

Art’s Bridge

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ArtsBridge allows Utah State University to pair an advanced arts or arts education USU Arts Bridge student scholar(s) with a host school or community organization to create a long-term residency project that actively involves students. Art disciplines include: visual arts, drama, music, digital arts, creative writing, interior design, and landscape architecture. In collaboration they design a project that uses the arts as an engagement tool to help teach core subjects. Scholars go into a classroom twice a week for 30 – 90 minutes per visit, working with K-12 students to develop an arts-based project over 6-12 weeks.