Music Director and Conductor Robert Baldwin
Robert Baldwin, in his seventh season as Music Director for the Salt Lake Symphony, also serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Utah. He continues as the conductor of UK Opera Theatre’s It’s a Grand Night for Singing, a post he has held for the past 11 years. Previously, he has held conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University Orchestras.
Maestro Baldwin has conducted concerts across the United States and Europe. Dr. Baldwin’s international appearances include the Eutin Music Festival in Germany, AMKO Sinfonia at the Kuopio Academy of Music in Finland, the 2006 Mozart Orchestra Festival in Austria, and the Hermitage Camerata Symphony in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In demand as a conductor and clinician in the US, he also has conducted performances with the Lexington Philharmonic, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera, and numerous festivals and All-State Orchestras. His performances and ensembles have received national attention and been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Weekend Edition.” In addition, he is author of a book chapter on preparing orchestral viola sections was recently published by the American String Teachers Association. He was named the 2007 Higher Education Teacher of the Year by the Utah Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, creative work and service from the University of Utah College of Fine Arts.
Also an accomplished violist, he has had a variety of experiences, including guest appearances with the Amadeus Trio, and the Saint Petersburg and Stanford String Quartets, and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival. He was violist of the Arizona-based Coconino Chamber Ensemble from 1989-1999. He has been principal violist of the Flagstaff Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Arizona Opera and has performed with the Utah Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and Utah Chamber Artists, among others. Recent solo appearances include recitals in the US, Germany and Mexico.
Dr. Baldwin has studied conducting in the United States and in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, University of Iowa, and the University of Arizona, where he received the 1996 Graduate Achievement Award. His conducting teachers have included Mikhail Kukushkin, Alexander Polishuk, James Dixon, Duilio Dobrin, Eugene Corporon, and Gregg Hanson. He studied viola with Vernon Ashcraft, Ronald Smith, William Preucil, Sr., and Jeffrey Showell. He makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where, in his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, fishing and spending time with his family.
Assistant Conductor Larry Spell
Before joining the Salt Lake Symphony, Larry Spell was the Music Director and Conductor of the Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra in Greenville, North Carolina. The PCCSO was founded by Mr. Spell in 2007 with the purpose of providing a learning ensemble for Pitt Community College music students and an opportunity for community musicians to continue practicing their art. In addition to his duties leading the orchestra, Mr. Spell was responsible for ensuring the success of all the performing arts programs at PCC in his role as the Coordinator for Music and Drama. Mr. Spell is also Music Director and Conductor for the Symphony of Hope, an annual benefit concert that has raised thousands of dollars for cancer treatment.
Mr. Spell earned a Masters of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from East Carolina University. During his time at ECU, he served as Assistant Conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra, Conductor for the Summer Strings and Conductor for the Premiere Performances Concert Series. Mr. Spell is currently a doctoral degree candidate studying Orchestral Conducting at the University of Utah under Dr. Robert Baldwin.