Guest Artists

Salt Lake Symphony is committed to keeping Utah music alive by working with local soloists and composers.

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Rainer Eudeikis

Photo of Rainer Eudeikis - Guest Artist Rainer Eudeikis joined the Utah Symphony as Principal Cellist in 2014, having been appointed (at 23 years old) while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has also been Principal Cellist of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music since 2015.

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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.

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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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Sterling Poulson

Photo of Sterling Poulson - Guest Director Sterling is the Music Director and Founder of The Choral Arts Society of Utah, conducting as many as six concerts each year with the 120-voice choir. He was appointed Associate Music Director of the Jay Welch Chorale in 1985 and served under Dr. Jay Welch for eleven years. He was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Utah in December 1996. His career includes guest-conducting performances with the Utah Symphony, West Valley Symphony, the New American Symphony, the Sierra Nevada Master Chorale & Orchestra, the Fillmore Regional Chorus & Orchestra, the South Davis Community Choir & Orchestra and the Southern Utah Heritage Choir. He has had several guest conducting appearances with the Utah National Guard’s 23rd Army Band, including a performance of Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

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Gretchen Windt

Photo of Gretchen Windt - Guest Artist Originally from Chicago, mezzo soprano Gretchen Windt has performed in operas and oratorios throughout the country. She was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera including mainstage performances of Die Fledermaus (Ida). She was an Apprentice Artist with the Utah Symphony & Opera; since completing her apprenticeship, she has returned to Utah Symphony & Opera in concert and stage productions. She was an Apprentice Artist with the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Festival in Illinois. She was also a Young Artist with the Ohio Light Opera; she has since performed in sixteen productions with the Ohio Light Opera over three seasons. She has performed regularly with Cincinnati Opera; highlights include mainstage performances of Golijov’s Ainadamar (Voice of the Fountain), the world premiere of Hailstork’s Rise For Freedom, and a touring production of The Magic Flute. She has performed with Opera Southwest, Chesapeake Chamber Opera, Opera Idaho, and various regional companies in Chicago including Bowen Park Opera, OperaModa, and DuPage Opera Theatre. Internationally, she performed the title role of La Cenerentola in Novafeltria, Italy with La Musica Lirica. Recent performances include Salome (Page) with Utah Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino) with both Opera Idaho and University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble, Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky) and The Mikado (Pitti-Sing) with Ohio Light Opera, and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble.

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Xiao Ming

Photo of Xiao Ming - Guest Conductor Mr. Xiao Ming, director, chief conductor, and executive president of Hunan Symphony Orchestra, is one of the national first class conductors of China. Mr. Xiao graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory Of Music in 1984 and Central Conservatory of Music in 1988, majoring in orchestral conducting.

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Andrew Staupe

Photo of Andrew Staupe - Guest Artist 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.

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