The following are bios and testimonials for various Professors who have been wrongly terminated from Dixie State University. This page is constantly under construction as new testimonials are added. You can add a testimonial with the form at the bottom of this page.
Current students, alumni, and community members recently came together and put on a large concert in honor of Dr. Glenn Webb and Dr. Ken Peterson. You can see the video of that concert here: Part 1 & Part 2
Former DSU President Lee Caldwell has written a letter regarding these men and the surrounding events. You can read that here.
Dr. Glenn Webb
Dr. Webb was a tenured professor at Dixie State University for a decade, serving as the sole Chairman of the Music Department. He directed the Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble at DSU.
He is an endorsed artist for SABIAN cymbals.
Professor Webb received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from UNLV. He received his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from Weber State University.
Webb is the leading new music percussionist in the Intermountain region. He is the percussionist and Co-Artistic Director of Grand Circle New Music.
Webb is the house drummer/percussionist for the Tuacahn Center for the Arts, performing for 2,000 patrons six shows a week.
He has also been a solo percussionist with the Utah Arts Festival Chamber Ensemble, Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, Utah Symphony and Opera and, formerly Principal Percussion with the Utah Chamber Ensemble and Ballet West.
Webb serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and The DiFiore Center for the Arts.
During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games Glenn was a featured performer in the 2002 Cultural Olympiad with the Jose Limon Dance Company and Repertory Dance Theater. In April of 2009 Webb performed the American premiere of Lee Actor's Concerto for Timpani and Band with the Dixie State University Symphony Band.
Dr. Glenn Webb was terminated from his position at Dixie State University on March 2nd, 2018.
Dr. Ken Peterson
Dr. Peterson was a tenured professor for 16 years, where he was the director of vocal activities at Dixie State University in St. George Utah. He directed choirs, taught voice and voice related courses and served as the music director for university musicals. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Utah State University, his Master of Music degree in voice performance from Illinois State University, and his Doctor of Arts in voice performance and pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.
Prior to coming to Dixie State, Dr. Peterson was a professor of voice at South Dakota State University, and music department chair/professor at Aims Community College in Greeley Colorado prior to that. An accomplished conductor and an awarded music director of the musical stage, Dr. Peterson has been an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing since 1990 and is a published researcher in the field of vocal pedagogy. As such, he was invited in June 2002 to present his original research in respiration at the Voice Foundation's annual symposium in Philadelphia.
As a singer, tenor Ken Peterson has performed throughout the United States in recitals, concerts, music theatre and opera. He has performed with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Arizona State University's Lyric Opera Theatre, Theatre Company of Arizona, Prairie Repertory Theatre Company, Utah State and Illinois State University Opera Theatres among others. He has also been guest soloist for the Northern Utah Choral Society, Longmont Colorado Chorale, Utah State and Illinois State Concert Choirs, the Greeley Colorado Chorale, and the Southwest Symphony and Chorale in addition to others.
As a conductor, Ken is thrilled to have served as principle conductor of the Southern Utah Heritage Choir alongside his accomplished friend and colleague Dr. Nancy Allred who is the choir's Artist Director and piano accompanist.
Professor Varlo Davenport
Actor, Director, Producer, Educator
Master of Fine Arts in Performance
Bachelor of Science in Theatre
Minor in English Literature
Varlo Davenport served for many years as the head of the Theatre Program at Dixie State University, (DSU), where he oversaw the transition from a two year to a four year degree granting program, and rapid program growth. During that same time he assisted in the founding of The Neil Simon Festival in Cedar City, and The Space Between Theater Company in St. George, and DSU’s summer theater program, Comedy Storm. While there he organized and hosted major regional conferences, and also planned and lead an international performance tour.
He was the Producing Artistic Director for The Outlaw Trail Theater, co-sponsored by Utah State University and the Uintah Arts Council in Vernal. There he was responsible for artistic, financial, and personnel management, advertising, promotions and grant writing. His grant writing had a 90% success rate. He also assisted in founding an Arts Council in nearby Roosevelt, Utah, and served as resource coordinator for the region’s arts organizations. During his tenure there, the Arts organizations in both communities experienced significant increases in programming and attendance.
Varlo has served as a member of the Theater Grants Review Committee for the Utah Arts Council, and also on the nomination committee for The Governor’s Award in the Arts. He was a Circuit Coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Region Seven, and served that organization in several other capacities also.
Varlo Davenport was terminated from his tenured position at Dixie State University in 2014 without due process. He was acquitted and cleared of all charges, but the University refused to re-hire him. You can find more information about his ordeal on the "Timeline" and "Links" pages of this website.
If you would like to submit a testimonial of the character of any of these men or any other wronged persons at DSU, please submit them here: