2022 SUPAF Adjudicators

Scott Hagen, Band

Recently retired as the Director of
Bands at UofU School of Music, as
well as conducting the UofU Wind
Ensemble. Guest conductor and
clinician. His ensembles are known
for their unique timbre. 1995 UofU
Associated Students “Teacher of
the Year.” Was conductor of the
official Utah Olympic Spirit Band for
the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Bachelor’s, Concordia College in
Moorhead, MN; Master’s in music
education, Univ of MN.

Bryant Smith, Band

Associate Professor and Director of
Bands, DSU. Former Director of
Bands at Columbia Basin College,
Pasco, WA; adjunct positions at
BYU and UVSC; band director at
Spanish Fork HS (2009 “Teacher of
the Year” award). Board member,
UMEA and St George Jazz. Active
clinician, adjudicator, and guest
conductor. Music history topics
researcher. Doctor of Arts degree
from U of N Colorado, bachelors and
masters, UofU and BYU. Enjoys
adventures with his wife, Heather,
and their four children.

Grant Farmer, Choir

Lifelong musician specializing in
Vocology and Music Education,
teaching at both the HS and college
levels as well as conducting
community, church, and opera
choruses. Currently Director of
Choral Activities at The College of
Idaho. Doctoral Candidate in Choral
Conducting at the Jacobs School of
Music, Indiana University. Masters
of Music in Choral Conducting,
Westminster Choir College,
undergraduate degree in Vocal
Music Education, Middle
Tennessee State University.

Roger Hale, Choir

Director of Choral Studies, DSU; guest conductor/clinician; founder and creator of solfasinger.com, a website that helps singers learn Solfege. BME and MM in Choral Conducting, UofU; PhD in Choral Music Education, Florida State University. He lives in the St. George area with his wife and their five children.

Kayson Brown, Orchestra

Founder of Lyceum Music Festival
and director of Lyceum Orchestras
Program at American Heritage
School, the largest youth orchestra
program in Utah. Certified Suzuki
Cello instructor, 20 years. Has
soloed with many symphony
orchestras and conducted 25
symphony orchestras. Recognized
by Best of State Utah and American
String Teachers Association as one
of the leading music educators in
the nation. Bachelor’s in Cello
Performance, UofU; Master’s in
Orchestral Conducting, BYU, where
he served on the conducting and
cello faculty. Married to Danielle,

Lucas Darger, Orchestra

Maestro, Southwest Symphony.
Began conducting at age 16 (All-City
Children’s Orchestra in SLC). Has
conducted orchestras across the
nation. An active violinist, has
performed with orchestras
throughout the country and toured
internationally. Experienced
orchestra clinician and adjudicator.
Bachelor’s in violin performance,
UofU; Master’s in orchestral
conducting, Univ of Iowa.
Fellowship, Pierre Monteux School
for Conductors. Has a brown belt in
Judo, is an avid Utes fan, and enjoys
hiking, motorcycling and skiing with
his family.


Regina Roper, Piano

One of the earliest Suzuki piano
instructors in the San Francisco Bay
Area, 36 years teaching, evaluating,
accompanying, performing, and
presenting workshops before semi-
retiring to Southern Utah in 2015.
Accompanist at San Jose State
(studio lessons, university choirs,
and opera) and community
theater. BA degree in Piano
Performance and Music Theory,
graduate studies.

Ashley Braithwaite, Strings

Private studio and secondary orchestra teacher (seven MS orchestras). Current festival manager for UMEA’s State Jr. High Orchestra. Alpine School District “Teacher of the Year” and “Cluster Teacher of the Year” awards, as well as being chosen as Utah’s featured “Director who Makes a Difference” in 2019 SBO Magazine.  Ashley has performed throughout Europe and especially enjoys playing chamber music. Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, UofU; Master’s in Secondary Education, USU. She loves action sports such as Supercross, and can be found outside on her dirt bike wherever the sun is shining.

Edwin J. Candland, Strings

Retired from 27 years teaching in
WCSD, where he taught String
Orchestra (PVHS, PVMS, FRIS),
band, and choral. His ensembles
have earned superior ratings on
region and state levels and toured
to various destinations around the
US. He studied bow making and
repair at the Univ of NH. An
experienced bow technician, he
owns Ed Candland Bow Rehair.
Conducting/staff appointments
include: American Music
Ambassadors Honor Band, John
Philip Sousa NHS Honor Band,
Alaska All-State Band, Zion Youth
Symphony Orchestra. Bachelor of
Music Education, UofU; Master of
Music Education, Boston Univ.

Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby, Dance

Canadian-American dance artist
and Asst Professor of Dance, SUU.
Formerly danced with Ririe-
Woodbury Dance Co., touring
annually throughout the US and
abroad. Performed as a freelance
dance artist in San Francisco, NYC,
and Israel. Taught at the Ririe-
Woodbury Dance Foundation; the
UofU; Univ of Wyoming; Univ of
Washington; The Royal Ballet
School/Tumbuka Dance Company
in Harare, Zimbabwe; Univ of
Mississippi; and Univ of Georgia.
Various choreographic projects.
MFA in Dance, Univ of Washington.


Kaye Bramwell Bair, Drama

Former WCSD substitute teacher
and public school educator, Drama, Communication, Debate, and English. Former Adjunct professor, SUU, teacher education courses. St. George Musical Theater Director and Asst Director, 1995-2001. DSC Community Education, Summer Theater Camps, Circa
2008-2011. Tuacahn Hafen Theater, Asst Director, “See How They Run,” 2000. St George Dickens Festival, Director, Scrooge and Oliver. Street
performer and greeter, 20 years. Sang with John Houston’s Gospel Choir and one season with Southern Utah Heritage Choir. BA in Speech and Drama Education and MA in Speech Communication, BYU.



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