Henry Wolking

Photo of Henry Wolking - Guest Artist Floridian Henry Wolking—composer, trombonist, conductor, teacher, and author—spent his college years at the University of Florida in the horn line for a soul band, touring the “juke joints” of the black backwaters of northern Florida. He completed a Master of Music degree, studying composition with Martin Mailman, at the University of North Texas in 1971. At the age of 24, he began his teaching career as head of the jazz area at the University of Utah. 
He won second prize in the International Trombone Composition Contest in 1973, the beginning of his successful, consistently productive career as a serious composer. Since then his works have been performed and recorded by many orchestras, including London, Utah, New Mexico, Baltimore, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Nashville, Fairbanks, North Carolina, and Cincinnati Symphonies; the Louisville Orchestra and the BBC Jazz Orchestra; and the Boise and Warsaw Philharmonic.

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Ralph Matson

Photo of Ralph Matson - Guest Artist Ralph Matson was appointed Utah Symphony Concertmaster in 1985. He began his violin studies in Detroit with Emily Mutter Austin. Mr. Matson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and a master's degree from the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers were Joseph Silverstein and Steven Staryk. He was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and prior to his Utah Symphony appointment, was Assistant Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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John Eckstein

Photo of John Eckstein - Guest Artist Cellist John Eckstein joined the Utah Symphony in June, 1990. Previously Associate Principal Cello of the New Orleans Symphony and Principal Cello of the Omaha Symphony, he enjoys a varied musical life of orchestral, chamber, and solo playing, in addition to his teaching duties at the University of Utah.

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Monika Jalili

Photo of Monika Jalili - Guest Artist "Masterfully evocative....to call their performance inspired is an understatement." - Lucid Culture

For a talented group of Iranian poets and composers enjoying fame, the Iranian revolution of 1979 extinguished hopes, dreams and careers. Since a serendipitous introduction in 2003, Monika Jalili has worked tirelessly to revive the touching works of these Iranian artists, some of whom are no longer with us, and most of whom have lived the past 30 years unable to express themselves as they once could. It is their songs that Monika sings with passion, appreciation, and love.

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Megan Gould

Photo of Megan Gould - Guest Artist Megan Gould (violin) is one of NYC's most versatile performers of Middle Eastern, Greek and popular music.

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Mike Fjerstad

Photo of Mike Fjerstad - Guest Artist Raised from infancy with classical training, driven by rock and roll, enlightened by jazz, and infused with the ethnic diversity of his upbringing in the San Francisco bay area, Mike Fjerstad enjoys being a man of many hats.

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Shane Shanahan

Photo of Shane Shanahan - Guest Artist Shane Shanahan performs regularly with Yo-Yo Ma as an original member of the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble. Shane’s arrangements and compositions are featured on several of the group’s recordings for Sony Classical. He has also performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Deep Purple, and Chaka Khan, among others. Shane has played in the Broadway productions of Caroline, Or Change, The Color Purple, Shrek, and Spider-Man, as well as Sam Medes’ 2010 Bridge Project.

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Plan-B Theatre

Plan-B Theatre Company develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre with a particular emphasis on new plays by Utah playwrights. PETER AND THE WOLF toured to 30 elementary schools in Salt Lake and Davis Counties last school year, launching our elementary school program.

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Jay Perry

Photo of Jay Perry - Guest Artist Jay Perry (Actor) had appeared in Plan-B Theatre Company's productions of TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, three SLAMs, all eight RADIO HOURs, FACING EAST in Salt Lake, San Francisco and Off-Broadway at New York's Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! in Salt Lake and at the Egyptian in Park City, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, LADY MACBETH, the Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART, A DOLL HOUSE and 8. Jay toured Davis and Salt Lake County elementary schools with Prokofiev's PETER AND THE WOLF, a Plan-B partnership with the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation and performed earlier this season in Stravinsky's A SOLDIER'S TALE, a Plan-B partnership with NOVA Chamber Music Series. Other regional credits include Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Pioneer Theatre Company and Hippodrome State Theatre in Florida. Jay is Program Assistant for U of U Youth Theatre and is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

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Christy Summerhays

Photo of Christy Summerhays - Guest Artist Christy Summerhays (Director) began her directing career in opera at the Intimate Opera Company where she directed many productions including LA BOHEME, RIGOLETTO and Leonard Bernstein's TROUBLE IN TAHITI. Christy received her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and although she has worked primarily as an actor, she has been returning to directing more and more. Her latest project was Stravinsky's A SOLDIER'S TALE with Plan-B Theatre Company and NOVA Chamber Music Series. This year she also worked with Michael McLean on his new musical THREADS and with Plan-B, directing for SLAM and the reading of Eric Samuelsen's MIASMA at THE ROSE EXPOSED. Christy first directed PETER AND THE WOLF for Plan-B and the Gina Bauchauer International Piano Foundation (which began at THE ROSE EXPOSED and then toured to 30 elementary schools) and is happy to be remounting the production with the Salt Lake Symphony!

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Christina Castellanos

Photo of Christina Castellanos - Guest Artist Christina Castellanos, MM, is Principal Flutist of The Salt Lake Symphony, Second Flutist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, a position she has held since 2001 as a senior in college, and Principal Flutist of The Nevada POPS, Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, and Nevada Chamber Symphony. She also frequently plays flute and piccolo in The Utah Symphony, The Orchestra at Temple Square for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and on the Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular show (2006-2012). She had the privilege of playing principal flute under the direction of Itzhak Perlman and has played for many artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Cirque du Soleil, Michel Legrand (PBS Broadcast), Luis Fonsi (2009 Latin Grammys), Jerry Lewis, Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Vanessa Williams, Peter Shickele, Andrea Bocelli (west coast tour), Il Divo, Placido Domingo, and the bands ABBA and KANSAS.

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Michael Huff

Photo of Michael Huff - Guest Artist Dr. Michael Huff was called “a triple threat” by none other than his former boss at Utah State University, Dr. Craig Jessop, owing to his versatility as a conductor, pianist, teacher, arranger, and show producer, and his uncommon comfort with nearly all genres of music – choir, band, orchestra, classical, jazz, and all forms of popular music. His career has followed an unusual arc that can be measured in decades – as Music Director at Lagoon and at theatres throughout Utah during the ‘80’s; in the ‘90’s as an event producer-sales-marketing-director producing college bowl game halftime shows and major festival events all over America; as a freelance conductor-player-producer-arranger and part-time professor at the University of Utah with stops at Westminster College and Weber State University in the ‘00’s; as a full-time professor at Utah State University from 2010 until 2013; and now helping to lead the Music Education-serving non-profit, Legacy Music Alliance (www.legacymusicalliance.org).

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Utah Voices

About Utah Voices Utah Voices was created by a handful of dedicated, hard-working people who truly love to sing. It is the culmination of the dreams and united vision of individuals who are passionate about making music. We desire to provide a unique and fulfilling musical opportunity to those who sing with us as well as those for whom we perform. We will strive to ensure that Utah Voices has a lasting position in our community and in the wonderful world of choral singing. In the beautiful words of the talented composer Gerald Finzi, "...as surely as birds must sing, so long as words exist and man is capable of feeling, there will be song."

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Anton Armstrong

Photo of Anton Armstrong - Guest Artist Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale.

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Christopher Clayton

Photo of Christopher Clayton - Guest Artist Baritone Christopher Clayton is quickly establishing himself as a rising talent on the operatic stage. He has appeared with companies such as Utah Opera, Portland Opera, Sacramento Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Skylight Opera, and Stockton Opera.

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Gerald Elias

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Gerald Elias, an acclaimed concert musician and award-winning author, has performed on five continents and is a former violinist in the Boston Symphony and Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. Music Director of the Vivaldi By Candlelight chamber music series in Salt Lake City since 2004, he has been a regular guest conductor of orchestras in Peru and Ecuador. A recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant in 2008, he taught and conducted at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima. A faculty member of the University of Utah School of Music, Elias has been honored by the Utah Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association as Studio Teacher of the Year. In 1993 Elias co-founded the Abramyan String Quartet, which provided educational and outreach activities throughout Utah and toured internationally.

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Igor Iachimciuc

Photo of Igor Iachimciuc - Guest Composer Igor Iachimciuc was born in the Edinets Republic of Moldova, where he began to study the cimbalom (string-percussion instrument) at age ten at a children's music school. Later, while studying the cimbalom at the Musicescu Academy of Music, he won 3rd and later 1st prizes at the National Competition "Barbu Lautaru". He has also studied guitar and piano. In 1983 he began to study composition at the College of Music in Chisinau, Moldova, where his characteristic folk music influence emerged. He continued his studies at the Academy of Music, composing works ranging from folk, jazz, classical, to new music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, choir, and symphony orchestra.

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Melissa Heath

Photo of Melissa Heath - Guest Artist Hailed as a “soaring, sparkling soprano” with “vivacious stage presence”, American soprano Melissa Heath received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Utah in 2009. Melissa has performed the roles of Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Marianne in Tartuffe, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and First Lady in The Magic Flute.

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Kenneth Fuchs

Photo of Kenneth Fuchs - Guest Artist Kenneth Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, he created three chamber musicals, The Great Nebula in Orion, A Betrothal, and Brontosaurus, originally presented by Circle Repertory Company in New York City. His music has been performed in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan.

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Michael Chipman

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Michael Chipman is a versatile singer whose performance interests range from art song to Baroque music to contemporary opera. He recently recorded the role of Roderick Usher in Gordon Getty’s new opera Usher House with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and sang the baritone solo in Bach’s Cantata 47 with Utah Chamber Artists. In November 2005 he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the baritone solo in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Other recent performances include the role of Ceprano in Rigoletto with Hawaii Opera Theatre and a concert tour of London and Paris with Utah Chamber Artists as the baritone soloist in the Requiems of Fauré and Howells. Upcoming performances include Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi with Utah Opera, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc’s Banalites at the Intermezzo Summer Chamber Music Festival and the Howells Requiem at the Deer Valley Music Festival.

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Erin McOmber

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Erin McOmber has most recently sung the role of Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with La Musica Lirica (Novafeltria, Italy) with Maestro Joseph Rescigno. In 2010 and 2011 she took the stage as Blanche (Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites) at the University of Utah under the baton of Dr. Robert Baldwin, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) with the Paradigm Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Joel Rosenberg, Fiordiligi and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at "Concerts at the Presidio" in San Francisco, and as a soloist with the University of Utah A Cappella Choir.

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Jenny Oaks Baker

Photo of Jenny Oaks Baker - Guest Artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished classical violinists. She began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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Jessica Napoles

Photo of Jessica Napoles - Guest Artist Jessica Napoles is an Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Utah, where she teaches coursework in Choral Rehearsal Techniques and Choral Methods. Her passion is in working with treble voices, training music education students to be effective teachers, and collaborating with local schools in partnerships for her students to gain teaching opportunities.

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University of Utah Women's Chorus

Photo of University of Utah Women's Chorus - Guest Artist The University of Utah Women’s Chorus is a nonauditioned ensemble comprised of students from majors across the university. Dr. Jessica Napoles created the group in 2006, identifying a need for the university to have a group that was open to all students with a desire to sing, without the perceived barrier of an audition. Beginning with just six students, the ensemble has grown in both number and quality under her leadership through five years.

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Phillip Bimstein

Photo of Phillip Bimstein - Guest ComposerPhillip Bimstein uses the voices, natural sounds and culture of his adopted home in his compositions, and he practices politics with music in mind.

- National Public Radio’s All Things Considered

Phillip Bimstein’s works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, London’s Royal Opera House, on PBS, NPR, MTV, and by ensembles such as Relâche, Turtle Island String Quartet, Modern Mandolin Quartet and the California E.A.R. Unit. He has received grants and awards from the NEA, Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica and a recent Emmy Award.

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Red Rock Rondo

Photo of Red Rock Rondo - Guest Artists Red Rock Rondo is an Emmy Award-winning ensemble consisting of six of Utah’s best-known musicians: composer Phillip Bimstein, Kate MacLeod, Hal Cannon, Charlotte Bell, Flavia Cerviño-Wood and Harold Carr, performing on piano, guitars, violins, oboe, English horn, concertina, harmonica, bass and vocals. Their music is a well-crafted synergy of popular, folk, jazz and classical, woven into a truly original New Americana style.

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Kelly DeHaan

Photo of Kelly DeHaan - Guest Artist Kelly DeHaan received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in choral education and choral conducting from the University of Utah. During his undergraduate studies, Kelly co-taught singing for the students in the Actor’s Training Program at the U. Kelly has been teaching high school choir at his beloved West Jordan High School since 1997 and received the Utah High School Activities Association Music Educator of the Year Award in 2009. He has been the guest conductor for the Utah State Junior High Honor Choir twice and has been honored to conduct several district honor choirs as well. He is devoted to his students.

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West Jordan High School Concert Choir

West Jordan High School has a proud history of singing that began in 1983. During the past 15 years that tradition has grown under the direction of Kelly DeHaan. The singing Jaguars have continued to receive only the highest superior ratings at region and state festivals.

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Jennifer Larson

Photo of Jennifer Larson - Guest Artist Ms. Larson has been described by USA Today as possessing a "golden voice." She enjoys a solo performing career that encompasses appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras and chamber ensembles, a growing catalogue of recordings, and successful performances in major operatic roles.

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Kirsten Gunlogson

Photo of Kirsten Gunlogson - Guest Artist Grammy nominated Mezzo-Soprano Kirsten Gunlogson’s voice has been described as “rich”, “creamy” and “beautifully dramatic”. Known for her convincing interpretation of trouser roles and charmingly feminine portrayals Ms. Gunlogson has distinguished herself as an impressive singing actress. Ms. Gunlogson has performed with Indianapolis Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Sarasota Opera. Upcoming performances include the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto with Utah Opera and the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Baltimore Lyric Opera as well as a performance of Strauss Lieder with the Salt Lake City NOVA Chamber Music Series.

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Robert Breault

Photo of Robert Breault - Guest Artist Tenor Robert Breault enjoys an international career that features an extraordinary breadth of repertoire. His warm, flexible voice and superb artistic sensibilities combine to make him a consummate singing actor. As Opera News noted, “Besides a ductile tenor that allows him to negotiate a full dynamic span, from silvery head tone to ringing forte, even within a single phrase, Breault offers truly superb diction.” Opera News also praised him for making “an excellent impression, his mellifluous tenor boasting clarity of both tone and diction; clearly reveling in high notes, he sang with notable dynamic variety.” Opera Canada wrote in 2009, “Tenor Robert Breault made his EO (Edmonton Opera) debut with distinction as the Duke of Mantua. He looks the part of a man who can seduce women with more than just his power and wealth, and he has a lustrous voice.”

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Steve Meredith

Photo of Steve Meredith - Guest Artist A gifted vocalist with a tone described as “seamless and superb” (Arizona Republic), Dr. Steve Meredith is a highly sought-after concert performer. A favorite of the late Robert Shaw, Dr. Meredith sang Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony under his direction with orchestras throughout the United States.

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Susan Duehlmeier and Bonnie Gritton

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Susan Duehlmeier and Bonnie Gritton have performed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Israel. They have collaborated with numerous orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Czech Radio Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, and the Armenian Philharmonic. They have performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Dvorak Hall of Rudolfinum in Prague, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall and Lutoslawski Hall in Warsaw, Royal Academy of Music in Glasgow, the Jerusalem Center and Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna.

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Jeffrey Price

Photo of Jeffrey Price - Guest Artist Jeffrey Price is a professor of piano and opera at the University of Utah, a position he has held for eleven years. In addition to teaching piano and coaching singers, he serves as the musical director for the University’s Lyric Opera Ensemble. During a versatile and multifaceted career, he has been extremely active as a pianist, coach, accompanist, soloist, chamber musician, conductor and musical director, (for opera, musical theater, and dance), as well as composing.

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Sergio Bernal

Photo of Sergio Bernal - Guest Conductor An outstanding Latin American conductor, Sergio Bernal has earned international recognition as a "tasteful technician with a more than technical gift for connecting with a score’s essence." His debut appearance at New York’s Lincoln Center was considered "admirable... Balances were exemplary; attacks and releases precise and explicit; and the sultry atmosphere well conveyed".

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Lawrence Dillon

Photo of Lawrence Dillon - Guest Artist Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Although he lost 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, he began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was shortly thereafter appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music. He was the Featured American Composer in the February 2006 issue of Chamber Music magazine.

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Bryan Hernandez-Luch

Photo of Bryan Hernandez-Luch - Guest Artist As a native of Utah, and of Peruvian descent, Bryan began his violin studies at the age of six. At the age of fifteen he made his solo debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Hailed by the press for his compelling performance at the 2003 Sphinx Competition, Bryan Hernandez-Luch won first place in the senior division while performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. As a Sphinx Laureate, Bryan has appeared with the Cleveland, Atlanta, New Jersey, Utah, Chautauqua, New World, Colorado, Nashville, Grand Rapids, Prince George Philharmonic and Battle Creek symphony orchestras as well as Canada's National Arts Center Orchestra. As a soloist he has worked with such conductors as Franz Welser-Möst, Robert Spano, Keith Lockhart, David Cho, Arthur Fagan and Thomas Wilkins.

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Melissa Heath

Photo of Melissa Heath - Guest Artist Hailed as a “soaring, sparkling soprano” with “vivacious stage presence”, American soprano Melissa Heath received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Utah in 2009. Melissa has performed the roles of Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Marianne in Tartuffe, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and First Lady in The Magic Flute.

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David Price

Photo of David Price - Guest Artist David Price, 19, son of Dan and Susanne Price, is the youngest of nine musical children. His accomplishments include multiple performances with the Utah Symphony, an appearance on national radio as soloist on NPR’s “From the Top” with the Gifted Music School Orchestra, and a tour of Italy with the Rocky Mountain Strings.

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Ron Beitel

Photo of Ron Beitel - Guest Artist Ron Beitel is currently the Associate Principal Hornist of The Utah Symphony. Prior to moving to Utah, he performed as Associate Principal Horn of the San Antonio Symphony and Principal Horn of the Memphis Symphony. His solo and chamber music appearances include performances with The San Antonio Symphony, The Cactus Pear Music Festival (San Antonio), The Olmos Ensemble (San Antonio), NOVA, and Intermezzo. Mr. Beitel is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Barbara Scowcroft

Photo of Barbara Scowcroft - Guest Artist Barbara Scowcroft has been a member of the Utah Symphony violin section since 1982. She served as Acting Assistant Concertmaster in the 2008-2009 and 1998-1999 seasons. In 1986, Barbara and Utah Symphony Music Director Joseph Silverstein co-founded the Utah Symphony Side-by-Side with Utah Youth Symphony program.

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Igor Iachimciuc

Photo of Igor Iachimciuc - Guest Artist Originally from the Republic of Moldova, Igor Iachimciuc is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the University of Utah. The first introduction to music began at the age of ten, when Igor went to study cimbalom, an Eastern European instrument, at the music school in his native city. He moved after to the Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, to pursue his career as a performer.

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John Eckstein

Photo of John Eckstein - Guest Artist Cellist John Eckstein joined the Utah Symphony in June, 1990. Previously Associate Principal Cello of the New Orleans Symphony and Principal Cello of the Omaha Symphony, he enjoys a varied musical life of orchestral, chamber, and solo playing, in addition to his teaching duties at the University of Utah.

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David Cho

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During his three seasons with the Utah Symphony, David has conducted many education, Pops, outreach, and tour concerts.

In September of 2007 David was the recipient of the 1st Prize at the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition held in Mexico City, Mexico. This led to numerous guest conducting engagements in Europe and South America.

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Erin Morley

Photo of Erin Morley - Guest Artist Soprano Erin Morley, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, joined the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program in September 2007, and made her Met Opera debut in Manon Lescaut and Peter Grimes in February 2008.  She will return in the 2008-2009 season to sing Masha in The Queen of Spades, and to cover Woglinde and Waldvogel in the Ring Cycle.  Ms. Morley studies voice with Edith Bers.

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Crawford Gates

Photo of Crawford Gates - Guest Composer Crawford Gates was born in 1921 in San Francisco. He grew up in Palo Alto, California, attended San Jose State University (BA, with great distinction), Brigham Young University (MA), and Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (Ph.D.). His very influential teacher of composition was the prizewinning, internationally acclaimed, Dr. Leroy Robertson. He also studied composition with two Pulitzer Prize winning composers: Dr. Howard Hanson (Director of Eastman School of Music) and Dr. Ernst Toch (of Zurich and Los Angeles). He studied conducting with Eleazar de Carvalho at Tanglewood, and with Hans Swarowsky of the Vienna State Opera.

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Mindy Chen

Photo of Mindy Chen - Guest Artist Born in 1996, Mindy Chen, a six grader from Fremont, California, is currently a scholarship student at the Preparatory Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She started playing the violin at the age of four, made her first concert appearance in the same year, and won her first violin competition at the age of seven.

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Stephen Beus

Photo of Stephen Beus - Guest Artist “Mesmerizing... explosive... intelligent... he belongs on the world stage” (Salt Lake Tribune). American pianist Stephen Beus is recognized as one of the most promising pianists of his generation. In the space of four months, Mr. Beus won first prize in the 2006 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis).

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Kory Katseanes

Photo of Kory Katseanes - Guest Conductor Professor Katseanes is the Director of Orchestras and an Associate Director of the School of Music at Brigham Young University. As Director of Orchestras he oversees the orchestral program that accommodates nearly 400 students enrolled in the five University orchestras, and directs the graduate orchestral conducting program. He conducts the BYU Philharmonic and the BYU Chamber Orchestra in their campus concerts, throughout Utah, and on their regular tours throughout the world.

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Sergio Pallottelli

Photo of Sergio Pallottelli - Guest Artist Sergio Pallottelli captivates and dazzles audiences world-wide. As a soloist and avid chamber musician, his performances take him to halls all over the world, from Europe to Australia, from the US to South America.

Constantly in search of a new composition or a new piece to adapt for the flute, he offers elegant and passionate programming, always communicating with his audiences in the most charismatic way, be it in major orchestra halls or chamber settings alike.

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Susan Goodfellow

Photo of Susan Goodfellow - Guest Artist Susan Goodfellow is a professor of flute at the University of Utah. She holds degrees from Julliard School of Music and the university of Chicago, and studied with Julius Baker and William Kincaid. She has soloed with the Carmel (California) Bach Festival and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and performed with the New York City Symphony and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. She worked as a music editor for Encyclopedia Britannica and was assistant editor of The Britannica Book of Music. She has given lectures, recitals, and master classes across the United States, and served for two years as secretary of program annotator for the Salt Lake Chamber Music Society and on the editorial board of The Flutist Quarterly.

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Susan Neimoyer

A specialist in 20th century and American music, Susan Neimoyer received her Ph.D. in Music History from the University of Washington, where she was a student of American music scholar Larry Starr. Her dissertation, "Rhapsody in Blue: A Culmination of George Gershwin's Early Musical Education" was a finalist for the Society for American Music's H. Wiley Hitchcock Dissertation Prize for 2003.

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Gary Merrell

Gary Merrell began playing the clarinet at age 10 as part of a deal with his parents in which he was allowed to stop taking piano lessons. In elementary school, band class offered several advantages, such as an airtight excuse to miss half of geography class and the chance to go on bus trips with the band. These factors served as strong incentives to become a better clarinetist.

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Bill Newton

Bill Newton graduated from the University of Utah in 1978 with a degree in Music. His most influential teachers were Utah Symphony members Jim Hough and Doug Craig. In 1984, Bill earned a degree in Computer Programming. Since then, programming has been his profession and playing the bassoon his avocation.

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Jim Yehle

By the fifth grade, Jim knew he wanted to play French horn, but he had to put his plans on hold for a year. The school in Denver had only one horn, which was being used by a sixth-grader, so Jim started on cornet. Later that year, a horn recitalist told him that it never works to switch from trumpet to horn, which sealed his fate in an engineering career.

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Hilary Coon

Photo of Hilary Coon - Guest Artist Hilary Coon has been playing with the Salt Lake Symphony since arriving in town in 1991. She started playing the oboe ages ago (at least 3,000 hand-made reeds, by the oboist's reckoning of time). All these reeds met their demise first at various summer music camps and the Aspen Music Festival, then at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in music, and also in math.

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Karen Hakobyan

Photo of Karen Hakobyan - Guest Artist Distinguished for the musical color, brilliance and excitement of his performances, the talented young Armenian pianist and composer Karen Hakobyan (b. 1985) has been acclaimed for his individual style. He graduated from the Tchaikowsky Special Music School in Yerevan, Armenia in 2000 and briefly attended the Komitas State Conservatory before moving to the United States. He attends the University of Utah School of Music as a "Dorothy Rich" Presidential Scholarship recipient, studying piano performance with Dr. Susan Duehlmeier and composition with Dr. Morris Rosenzweig.

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David Park

Photo of David Park - Guest Artist David Park started playing the violin at the age of five in Seoul, Korea. Since coming to the United States in 1976 at the age of seven, Park has studied with some of the most distinguished artists and teachers, such as Jascha Heifetz, Josef Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Yuval Yaron. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Indiana and Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School.

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Elliott Cheney

Photo of Elliott Cheney - Guest Artist Elliott Cheney holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Phyllis Young. He has been the Principal Cellist of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and The Savannah Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Costa Rica, Southwestern University, Armstrong College, and the University of Tennessee. He currently is a faculty member in the Music School at University of Utah.

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Robert Baldwin

Photo of Robert Baldwin - Guest Conductor Appointed as Music Director of the Salt Lake Symphony in 2005, Robert Baldwin is also Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah, and conductor for UK Opera Theatre’s It’s a Grand Night for Singing.nbsp; Previously, he has held conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University.

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Jens Lindemann

Photo of Jens Lindemann - Guest Artist Trumpeter Jens Lindemann is hailed as one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history. Jens has played in every major concert venue in the world; from the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, London, Manchester, Munich, Hamburg, Lucerne and Berlin to Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and even the Great Wall of China. His career has ranged from appearing internationally as an orchestral soloist, recording with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, being heralded as an official trumpeter for the N.H.L. Stanley Cup finals to playing lead trumpet with the renowned Canadian Brass.

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Todd Fiegel

Photo of Todd Fiegel - Guest Conductor Todd Fiegel lives in Draper and has been professor of conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Montana, Idaho State University and Muskingum College, and he is the founding conductor of Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. He is active as guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Canada, in which country he has conducted from westernmost Vancouver Island to the eastern coast of Newfoundland.

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Juan Carlos Lomónaco

Photo of Juan Carlos Lomónaco - Guest Conductor Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Music Director of the Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra, graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto Werner Muller. He has also studied conducting with Charles Bruck at The Pierre Monteux School, as well as Enrique Diemecke and Marc David.

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Elizabeth Palmer

Photo of Elizabeth Palmer - Guest Artist Violinist Elizabeth Palmer is the concertmaster of the Salt Lake Symphony and a charter member of the Orchestra at Temple Square. She is a graduate of the University of Utah and has been featured as a soloist with the University of Utah Symphony, Mormon Youth Symphony, Delaware County Pennsylvania Symphony and the Salt Lake Symphony. She has also performed with the Utah Symphony.

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Rebecca Hample

Photo of Rebecca Hample - Guest Artist Ms. Brandt Hample’s career began in Salt Lake and has since taken her around the world, performing and teaching opera, musical theater, theater, oratorio, concert, movement and dance. She has lived and studied in SLC, NYC, Boston, and Italy.

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Dickran Atamian

Photo of Dickran Atamian - Guest Artist Dickran Atamian has enjoyed a career that has spanned a quarter-century and covered four continents. He has established himself as a pianist of dazzling style, meaningful and exquisite musical insights, incomparable mercurial gifts, and an unmatched visceral excitement. In the year 2000, he celebrated his 25th season as First Prize winner of the 50th Anniversary Naumburg International Piano Competition held at Carnegie Hall. Additional award distinctions include First Prize in the International Recording Competition, a Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music Prize and Prize-Winner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition.

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Marjorie Janove

Photo of Marjorie Janove - Guest Artist Marjorie Janove is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has soloed with the Utah Symphony as pianist and harpsichordist. She appears frequently with the Opus Orchestra, Nova Chamber Music series, Vivaldi Candlelight Series, Marice Abravanel Distiguished Composer Series and Madeleine Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Her performance of Bach's Art of the Fugue for the Bach Tricentennial Celebration was broadcast on National Public Radio. She has performed on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago and the Shadyside Chamber Concert series in Pittsburgh.

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Laurel Ann Maurer

Photo of Laurel Ann Maurer - Guest Artist Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer has been lauded by The New York Times as "...a secure technician and an assured, communicative interpreter." Fanfare Magazine stated that ". . . she is technically superb in every way. Her tone is consistently attractive even in the most treacherous passages, and she plays with great rhythmic drive and impeccable phrasing." American Record Guide said that "...Maurer has a strong, colorful, full sound and a sure technique..."

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Geoff Stevens

Photo of Geoff Stevens - Guest Artist Born in the far north-east of England, near Newcastle upon Tyne, Geoff's first love of the Trumpet came as a child, playing old 78 rpm recordings of Harry James (relentlessly - according to his parents) on an old "wind-up" gramophone player.

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Zina Schiff

Photo of Zina Schiff - Guest Artist Violinist Zina Schiff has been described by The New York Times as an instrumentalist of "Luscious high voltage … vintage Heifetz." The comparison to the legendary Jascha Heifetz is apt, as Ms. Schiff is a Heifetz protégé. With a special blend of virtuosity, musical integrity, and communicative power, she has dazzled audiences and critics throughout the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Israel, Australia, and the former Soviet Union.

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Erin Elizabeth Palmer

Photo of Erin Elizabeth Palmer - Guest Artist Erin Elizabeth Palmer received her first musical instruction at an early age from her mother and father, learning piano, violin and voice. For five years, Erin studied piano with Solveig Lunde Madsen and won second place in the 1996 Utah State Fair Competition.

In the summer of 1997, Erin toured Europe with the Utah Ambassadors of Music as their accompanist. That same year, Erin began her voice training with Betty Jeanne Chipman, and sang as a "Salute to Youth" soloist with the Utah Symphony in 1998. She has twice soloed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the "Music of the Spoken Word" broadcast.

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Jeff Manookian

Photo of Jeff Manookian - Guest Artist A recent recipient of a commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University to compose a concerto for flute and orchestra to be premiered by the Salt Lake Symphony, Jeff Manookian has garnered numerous accolades for his original works. The Frederick Delius Competition conferred its Grand Prize on Manookian's Fantasy and Toccata for Violin and Piano and the chamber music first prize for his Sonata for Flute and Piano. His compositions have figured numerous times on the Frederick Delius Music Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Other top prizes have been awarded to Manookian's works, including the Grand Prize and multiple first places in the Composers Guild International Composition Competition.

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Susan Duehlmeier and Bonnie Gritton

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Susan Duehlmeier and Bonnie Gritton have performed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Israel. They have collaborated with numerous orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Czech Radio Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, and the Armenian Philharmonic. They have performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Dvorak Hall of Rudolfinum in Prague, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall and Lutoslawski Hall in Warsaw, Royal Academy of Music in Glasgow, the Jerusalem Center and Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna.

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Marie Barker-Nelson

Photo of Marie Barker-Nelson - Guest Composer Marie Barker Nelson has a Ph.D degree from the University of Utah and has also graduated from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Paul Hindemith. She currently works with Bruce Reich.

Her first symphony, "The Medead" was premiered bu the Utah Symphony and has been recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony. Her second symphony, "Hodeeyaada" was premiered and recorded by the Manhattan Sinfornia in New York City and has subsequently been performed in Gainesville, Florida and also by the Utah Symphony.

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