Guest Artists

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

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Charlotte Bell

Photo of Charlotte Bell - Guest Artist For her ninth birthday, Charlotte asked for a yoyo. Apparently hearing only the vowels, her parents instead gave her an oboe. She subsequently learned to play at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, studying for eight years with Ferdinand Prior, the Cincinnati Symphony’s English horn player. She also studied at Indiana University. In 1996 she joined the Salt Lake Symphony. Playing in the orchestra continues to be a highlight of her life. Charlotte has also performed and/or recorded with blue haiku, Anke Summerhill, Scherzando Winds, John Flanders, Kate MacLeod and Smithsonian Folkways.

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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

Alternative classical composer Phillip Bimstein lives in Salt Lake City and Springdale, Utah, where he served two terms as mayor. A recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica and an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bimstein’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Bang on a Can Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival and London’s Royal Opera House.

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Caleb Harris

Photo of Caleb Harris - Guest Artist Caleb Harris was the second of seven children growing up in a musical household in Borger, Texas. When his father, a pilot and rancher who played trombone on the side, decided to take up piano, Caleb and his older brother followed suit. There were also some country singers in the family tree, and Caleb Harris added voice to his musical studies as a teenager.

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University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble

Photo of University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble - Guest Artist The University Lyric Opera Ensemble performs regularly each spring in Kingsbury Hall with the Utah Philharmonia under the direction of Conductor Rob Baldwin. Cathy Reese of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote of the Ensemble in 2012, “The University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble continues to grow. The U.'s opera program, known for its pluck and its DIY scenery in the 1990s, now reliably presents professional-quality productions.” Ed Reichel of “Reichel Recommends” wrote similarly, “It seems that every year the productions get better and stronger and Susannah really shows that the group performs on a professional level.”

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Anthony Buck

Photo of Anthony Buck - Guest Artist Anthony has over a hundred credits to his name as stage director, music director, actor, singer, stage manager and composer on stages in Utah, Ohio, New York and Italy.

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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.

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Hasse Borup

Photo of Hasse Borup - Guest Artist Hasse Borup is Associate Professor of violin and Head of String and Chamber Music Studies the University of Utah School of Music. He has earned degrees in violin performance from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. Borup has released recordings on Centaur, Naxos and Innova Labels: complete works for violin by Vincent Persichetti (Naxos 8.559725), the complete sonatas by the Danish romantic composer Niels W. Gade (Naxos 8.570524), and American Fantasies (Centaur 2918) both to critical acclaim (“Interpretative Empathy and Watertight Ensemble” - The Strad; “Landmark CD” – Musicweb; “Seamless playing” – Tower of the Eight Winds, a CD on the Innova Label, featuring the complete works for violin by American composer Judith Shatin, was described by Fanfare Magazine as “..being played with superb agility by the Borup/Ernst Duo.”

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Gordon Johnson

Photo of Gordon Johnson - Guest Conductor During his tenure as conductor of the Great Falls Symphony, Gordon Johnson has been known for his energetic performances and dynamic leadership. In addition to his responsibilities in Great Falls, Maestro Johnson maintains a busy schedule having guest conducting orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, England, Japan, Germany and France. In February 2009 Johnson was invited by the United States State Department to conduct an American music program with the National Philharmonic of Moldova.

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Rocky Mountain Strings

Photo of Rocky Mountain Strings - Guest Artist Rocky Mountain Strings is an advanced performing group of young violinists directed by Deborah Moench, Ramona Stirling, Asheley Watabe and Chandelle Fairbanks. Shelley Astle is the accompanist, with Michael Thomas McLean as their in house composer/arranger. In August of 2015, they toured Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. In 2011 they toured Belgium and France where they performed in various venues and participated in a workshop with the studio of Koen Rens in Turnhout, Belgium. In August of 2008 the group toured Argentina, performing for thousands in concert halls with the Suzuki students of Buenos Aires and Cordoba. The group has also performed at the International Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Chicago (1998) and in Minneapolis (2006). In 2003 the group gave performances throughout Italy. At the invitation of the Wieniawski School of Music in Lodz, Poland, the group performed in Poland and the Czech Republic in October 2000.

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Deborah Moench

Photo of Deborah Moench - Guest Artist Deborah Moench began teaching the violin when she was in the fifth grade, one year after beginning lessons! This began a love of sharing music with children that has never ceased. In 1978 Hiroko Primrose introduced Debbie to the Suzuki Method of teaching violin. This was a great gift to Debbie and all her subsequent students. Currently Debbie maintains a large violin studio in Salt Lake city. She is co-director with Ramona Stirling of Rocky Mountain Strings, a performance group for their advanced students. Debbie is a past president of the Suzuki Association of Utah and the coordinator of the 2012 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Ramona Stirling

Photo of Ramona Stirling - Guest Artist Ramona Stirling has been the director of the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, for twenty three years. She has been teaching the Suzuki violin method for 30 years. Mrs. Stirling maintains a violin studio of 40 students. Ramona Stirling and Deborah Moench are co-directors of the Rocky Mountain Strings, an advanced violin performing group that has toured Europe twice and recently returned from Argentina. The group performed at the SAA International Teacher Convention in 1998 and 2006. Her other great loves besides the violin are downhill skiing, hiking, traveling, and knitting. She is the Suzuki mother of four grown children. She has a degree in Humanities from Brigham Young University. From 1980-83 she had three years of long term Suzuki training with Hiroko Primrose, and has taken many short term courses over the last 30 years.

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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, " surely as birds must sing, so long as words exist and man is capable of feeling, there will be song."

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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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Choral Arts Society of Utah

Photo of Choral Arts Society of Utah - Guest Artist The Choral Arts Society of Utah Master Chorale is an eclectic group of people who gather weekly to share their common passion for singing. Founded in 1997, the choir has grown to a membership of 100+ members under the leadership of founder and Music Director, Sterling Poulson. Established as a private, nonprofit 501c3 nonprofit corporation, their goal is to help preserve the choral art, promote music appreciation and provide public performance opportunities for singers, musicians, composers, conductors and others. The society performs an average of 5 formal concerts a year, either alone or in conjunction with other artists or organizations as well as a series of community interaction performances and appearances. Most noted of the Society’s annual performances are the “Days of ’47 Pops Concert”, traditionally held in Abravanel Hall to kick off the Pioneer celebration in Utah, and the “Holiday Pops Concert”, a benefit for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Choir members join through an audition process and rehearse every Tuesday evening at Taylorsville High School from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

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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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