Art can come in many different forms. An explorer and creator in nearly every one of these artistic pillars, Beth Mehocic carried a legacy in music, dance, education, visual art, and poetry that will live on and continue to inspire for years to come. Today, we reflect on her legacy, and the memories we shared with Mehocic during her artistic journey.
In addition to being a voracious composer, Mehocic stood on firm ground in the field of education, seamlessly weaving the various elements of art into a cohesive whole. Beginning in 1985 at the University of Las Vegas, Mehocic was instrumental in developing the school’s art programs for 36 years, serving as its composer-in-residence, music director, and one of the first full-time faculty members of the department of dance.
Having trained generations of dancers in music theory for dance, dance music literature, and dance history, Mehocic spent ample time honing her own skills as a composer during her life, writing over 100 works for orchestra, concert band, chamber and dance ensembles, theater, and film.
The Zagreb Festival Orchestra Recording Beth’s Tango Concerto
Mehocic’s compositions were heard worldwide during her lifetime, making their international debuts at festivals and competitions throughout Europe and Asia, and in several famous Las Vegas Hotels including The Mirage, Caesar’s Palace, and the Las Vegas Hilton. Two of her original dance poems eventually made their way to China in 2005, which were presented at the International Taishan Congress of Cultures and the 19th World Congress of Poets in Tai’an City, recieving a “Gold Medal in Innovation” award for digital poetry, dance, and music by the People’s Republic of China.
Proclaimed “Distinguished Composer” of the City of Las Vegas by Former Mayor Jan Laverty Jones, Mehocic published a large body of her works, several of which saw commercial release.
Her first Navona Records release came in 2018 with her piece Somewhere Between D and C#. A tone poem reflecting the concept of teetering on an edge of conflict and resolve, the recording was featured on MOTO BELLO and performed by the critically acclaimed Trio Casals.