Music Director and Conductor Robert Baldwin

Photo of Robert Baldwin Robert Baldwin is Music Director and Conductor for the Salt Lake Symphony and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah. He is also the founding conductor for Sinfonia Salt Lake, a professional chamber orchestra that made its critically acclaimed debut in 2016. He has appeared across the North America, Europe and Asia as a conductor and viola player. International conducting appearances include the Hunan Symphony in China, Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea, Eutin Festspiele in Germany, Kuopio Academy of Music in Finland, and the Hermitage Camerata in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and tours with the University of Utah Chamber Orchestra to London, Vienna, Graz and Salzburg. In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, he also has conducted performances with the Great Falls Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Singers, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera, and numerous All-State and regional festival orchestras across the U.S.A. His performances and ensembles have received international attention and have been featured on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio, and nationally broadcast radio programs, including Performance Today, Highway 89 and Weekend Edition. Dr. Baldwin’s preconcert talks and community music classes are popular mainstays of the Utah Arts scene. His award-winning blog on music and creativity is Before the Downbeat.

Also an active violist and viola d’amore player, he has had a variety of experiences, including guest appearances with the Amadeus Trio, and both the Saint Petersburg and Stanford String Quartets, as well as with Vivaldi Virtuosi (UT), the Sedona Chamber Music Festival (AZ), the Eutin Festspiele (Germany), and as a soloist with several orchestras in the western US. He was violist of the Arizona-based Coconino Chamber Ensemble from 1989-1999, and was principal violist for the Flagstaff Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Arizona Opera. Recent solo appearances on viola and viola d’amore include recitals in the United States, Germany and Mexico.

Previously, he has held faculty and conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University. Dr. Baldwin studied conducting in the United States and in Saint Petersburg, Russia, holding degrees in viola performance from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Iowa, and a DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona. He makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where, in his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his family.


Assistant Conductor Matthew Makeever

Photo of Matthew Makeever Matthew Makeever is the Founding Music Director and Conductor of the Milwaukee Philharmonic, and is the Assistant Conductor of the Salt Lake Symphony. He is also the newly appointed Adjunct Faculty and Music Director of the Salt Lake Community College-Taylorsville Symphony Orchestra. Matthew is currently in his second year as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Utah. He serves as the Principal Conductor of the University of Utah Campus Symphony, and Assistant Conductor of the Utah Philharmonia. During his first year of his doctoral studies, Matthew stepped in for the music director of the Salt Lake Symphony to lead the orchestra in their inaugural performance of the 2019-2020 season, and assumed major performance and rehearsal duties with the orchestra, as well as the university orchestras. The repertoire included Franck's Le Chasseur Maudit, Ginastera's Dances from Estancia, Revueltas' Sensemay, Saint-Sans' Organ Symphony, Dvork's Symphony No. 8, and Copland's Third Symphony.

Matthew holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Montana State University, and a Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has directed a variety of orchestral, wind, and vocal ensembles throughout Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Utah. He has collaborated with musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Austin Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Matthew was the 2nd place winner of the 2018-2019 American Prize in Conducting; Community Orchestra Division with the Milwaukee Philharmonic's 2017 performance of Brahms' Second Symphony. His live-stream performance of Brahms' Third Symphony with the Milwaukee Philharmonic in March 2020, when the pandemic took away live performances for over a year, was viewed over 5000 times, and shared by prominent professional orchestras around the country.

Matthew has been a participant in several respected workshops with world renowned teachers, including Diane Wittry, Sasha Mkil, Tito Muoz, Peter Bay, Kyle Pickett, and Donald Schleicher. Notably, in 2017, he was chosen as the winner of the College Orchestra Directors Association Student Workshop Competition in Washington D.C. He worked extensively with the Hillsdale College and University of Tulsa Orchestras and participated in a masterclass with highly regarded pedagogue Anthony Maiello.

Matthew is active in the premiering of new works and is an advocate for the dialogue between living composers and the ensembles performing their works. In 2019, Matthew led the Milwaukee Philharmonic in the premiere performance of Wisconsin Composer Penny Corris' First Symphony, and lead the orchestra in the world-premiere of her Second Symphony in their first post-pandemic performance in July of 2021. Under his direction, the Milwaukee Philharmonic was the first orchestra to perform at the Village Park Amphitheater in Menomonee Falls, WI.

Matthew studied conducting with Matthew Savery (former Music Director of the Bozeman Symphony) for two years and with Dr. Jun Kim while at UW-Milwaukee. He currently studies with Dr. Robert Baldwin at the University of Utah.