Salt Lake Symphony is committed to keeping Utah music alive by working with local soloists and composers.
Linda Margetts is one of five organists at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City (1984 to present) where her responsibilities include playing noon recitals, accompanying and working with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, teaching in the choir school and participating on the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. She accompanies the Temple Square Chorale and plays with Bells on Temple Square.
Bass-baritone Seth Keeton’s performances have been described by The New York Times as “driven” and “emotionally pointed.” He has performed roles on the stages of The Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Central City Opera, Arizona Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Opera Omaha, Chautauqua Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, and Theater Bremen in Bremen, Germany. As an oratorio singer, Keeton has appeared in concert as the bass soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Haydn’s Creation, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In 2006, he was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has received awards from the Sullivan Foundation and the Eleanor McCollum Competition.
Kiersten Erickson is a senior at the University of Utah, studying vocal performance. She has had many wonderful performance opportunities with the UofU Opera, and is branching out to more professional work- most recently as soloist in the Sterling Singers Christmas concert this last December.
John Costa received his DMA from The University of Michigan (1994) where he has been a recipient of the Regents Fellowship, The Christine Rinaldo Memorial Scholarship, and The Eugene & Sayde Power Fellowship In The Performing Arts. His teachers have included Fred Lerdahl, Michael Daugherty, George Balch Wilson, William Albright, Eugene Kurtz, and William Bolcom.
Miguel Chuaqui was born in Berkeley, California, and grew up in Santiago, Chile. He studied piano at the Escuela Moderna de Música and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in Mathematics and Music, studied electroacoustic music at CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technologies), and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Composition with composer Andrew Imbrie. His music, which includes orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic works, has been performed in many venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad by the New York New Music Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Parnassus, Earplay, Left Coast Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Octagon, New York’s Riverside Symphony, New York Virtuoso Singers, Colorado Chamber Players, Canyonlands Ensemble, Abramyan String Quartet, Ensemble Bartok Chile, SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S.), NYCEMF (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival), Festival Ai-Maako (Santiago, Chile).
Russell Guyver is originally from London, England. He has followed a varied career as conductor, violist, composer and educator. As a violist he has played in many orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Opera, Royal Ballet and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. He has appeared as conductor, soloist and chamber musician on four continents and is a guest artist at several annual music festivals in the United States and in Brazil. For many years he has been violist with The London Music Club Quartet.
Pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. Andrew has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchesta, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Bangor Symphony, and many other orchestras throughout the United States. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors Osmo Vänskä, Bobby McFerrin, Jahja Ling, Gerard Schwarz, Andrew Litton, Cristian Macelaru, Larry Rachleff, Lucas Richman, Elizabeth Schulze, Rossen Milanov, Daniel Hege, and Josep-Caballé Domenech.
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.
Soprano Julie Wright Costa enjoys a rich and varied career that includes opera, musical theatre, oratorio, recital, and concert works. Her warm and flexible voice and dramatic acting skills account for her enthusiastic reception wherever she performs. As one of Ohio Light Opera’s leading sopranos for sixteen seasons, Ms. Wright Costa is regarded as one of the country’s outstanding interpreters of operetta. In addition to her role as performer, she serves as Associate Artistic Director with the Ohio Light Opera. She is featured on several compact disc recordings with the Albany, Operetta Archives and Newport Classics Label, including such works as Kálmán’s La Bayadere and Sari, Sullivan’s Princess Idaand The Yeoman of the Guard, Berté's Das Dreimäderlhaus, and the soon to be releasedDer Vogelhändler by Carl Zeller.
Kirstin Chávez has captured attention and acclaim in her signature roles and is recognized as one of the definitive Carmens of today; a role that she has performed with great success throughout the United States, and around the world. Opera News reported that her Carmen in Graz, Austria was “the Carmen of a lifetime. With her dark, generous mezzo, earthy eroticism, volcanic spontaneity and smoldering charisma, Chávez has it all, including a superb command of French and a sense of humor.” Ms Chávez has also showed great success in various pants roles, including Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (Florentine Opera), Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel (Atlanta Opera), and Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo (Metropolitan Opera).
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.
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.