Founded in 1976, the Salt Lake Symphony is one of the area’s most highly respected volunteer driven orchestras. The Salt Lake Symphony is a non-profit organization dedicated to performing quality classical music concerts for the Wasatch Front community. The Symphony performs around 15 concerts per year.

The approximately seventy-five hard-working musicians of the SLS volunteer roughly 10,000 hours annually to accomplish this goal. Although the members of the Salt Lake Symphony come from all walks of life and frequently work full-time in other professions, they hold one thing in common: They play for the love and passion of music. Their dedication as volunteers sets them apart and creates a unique bond.

Mission Statement

The Salt Lake Symphony strives to be the area’s best community orchestra. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to performing quality classical music concerts for the Wasatch Front community. Our mission is unique in many respects. Our concerts are inexpensive and informal, drawing an audience that might not otherwise attend a classical music event. We are an amateur orchestra in the purest sense, striving always to increase our connections with community members to keep the beauty and passion of classical music alive. In particular, we are committed to education, and will continue to initiate projects that bring music to children. We are dedicated to providing opportunities to Utah performers, conductors, and composers to display their talents to our audiences.


Robert Baldwin is Music Director and Conductor for the Salt Lake Symphony and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah. He is also the founding conductor for Sinfonia Salt Lake, a professional chamber orchestra that made its critically acclaimed debut in 2016. He has appeared across the North America, Europe and Asia as a conductor and viola player. International conducting appearances include the Hunan Symphony in China, Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea, Eutin Festspiele in Germany, Kuopio Academy of Music in Finland, and the Hermitage Camerata in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and tours with the University of Utah Chamber Orchestra to London, Vienna, Graz and Salzburg. In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, he also has conducted performances with the Great Falls Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Singers, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera, and numerous All-State and regional festival orchestras across the U.S.A. His performances and ensembles have received international attention and have been featured on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio, and nationally broadcast radio programs, including Performance TodayHighway 89 and Weekend Edition. Dr. Baldwin’s preconcert talks and community music classes are popular mainstays of the Utah Arts scene. His award-winning blog on music and creativity is Before the Downbeat.

Also an active violist and viola d’amore player, he has had a variety of experiences, including guest appearances with the Amadeus Trio, and both the Saint Petersburg and Stanford String Quartets, as well as with Vivaldi Virtuosi (UT), the Sedona Chamber Music Festival (AZ), the Eutin Festspiele (Germany), and as a soloist with several orchestras in the western US. He was violist of the Arizona-based Coconino Chamber Ensemble from 1989-1999, and was principal violist for the Flagstaff Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Arizona Opera. Recent solo appearances on viola and viola d’amore include recitals in the United States, Germany and Mexico.

Previously, he has held faculty and conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University. Dr. Baldwin studied conducting in the United States and in Saint Petersburg, Russia, holding degrees in viola performance from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Iowa, and a DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona. He makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where, in his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Brandon Horrocks is excited to be returning to the Salt Lake Symphony once again this season
as their Assistant Conductor. In addition to this role, Brandon is the Music Director, Conductor
of the Wasatch Symphony, located in Salt Lake City, and is also the Music Director, Conductor
for the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Bluffdale, Utah.

In his final year as a doctoral student in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Utah,
Brandon serves as an Principal Graduate Conductor of the Campus Symphony and the
University of Utah Philharmonia. He is also the personnel manager for the ensembles.

A vocalist by training, Brandon and maintains connection to the choral community as a choir
section leader with the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir in Salt Lake City and often works at
the Madeleine Choir School as part of the music staff. As an active choral singer and has
performed with Utah Chamber Artists, Salt Lake Choral Artists, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus,
and San Diego Master Chorale.
Brandon holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah where he studies conducting with Dr. Robert Baldwin. He studied voice and opera with Dr. Seth Keeton, Dr. David Power and Dr. Robert Breault. 


SLS Board

Board of Directors

Dick Fox


Presides over SLS Board meetings. Corporate fundraising, contracts and legal issues.

Marty McMillan


Managing Director

Manages operations of the Salt Lake Symphony. Cultivates good relations with musicians, sponsors, and friends of the Salt Lake Symphony.

Mary Anne Peterson


Principal 2nd, Violin
Responsible for ordering, distribution, inventory, and maintenance of all purchased and rented music used by the SLS.

Hilary Coon

Grant Proposals

Section Leader, Oboe
Responsible for writing grant proposals to public and private foundations which contribute a large portion of funding to the SLS budget.

Charlotte Bell

Graphics and Media Relations

Oversees the graphic design for the symphony’s promotional materials, coordinates media relations for the SLS.

Margaret Smith

Vienna Ball Chair

Coordinates various fundraising functions including the silent auction for the Vienna Ball. Assists with public relations and the SLS mailing list.

Sean Raleigh


Maintains all financial records.

Marian Florence


Manages board minutes and assists with grant writing.

Paisley Tarboton

Donor Support

Manages donations and provides donor support.

Operating Officers

Louise Mathews


Correspondence, email, and concert promotion

Jim Yehle

Webmaster, Programming Committee Chair

Author and maintainer of the orchestra’s web site, organizer of the Programming Committee.

Auditions – August 22, 2023 for all open positions

Current openings:

  • Principal Viola
  • Principal Percussion
  • Section Percussion
  • Principal Timpani
  • Section Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass)

Section strings, please prepare two contrasting selections of your choice from your instrument’s solo repertoire, and prepare to sight-read. There are no excerpts for section string auditions.

Please contact Marty McMillan at saltlakesymphony@gmail.com to schedule all auditions, or with any questions.

Principal Viola Audition Repertoire:

  • Solo selection of the applicant’s choice
Orchestral excerpts will be chosen from the following:
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 2nd and 3rd mvts.
  • 2 nd mvt. measures. 1-10; 23-37; 49-60; 98-106
  • 3 rd mvt. measures 146-196
  • Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
  • Reh. 1 to 8 measures after Reh. 3
  • Grieg: Holberg Suite
  • Mvt. 5, Rigaudon (solo part)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 1st mvt. 
  • Allegro non troppo until 6m after reh. C
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, 1st mvt. 
  • Rehearsal 15- 17
  • Rehearsal 32 – 3 after 38

Percussion Audition – Principal and Section

Solo Repertoire
  • Marimba: Bach solo of candidate’s choice
Orchestral Repertoire
  • Snare Drum
  • Delecluse Etude 1 -complete
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Mvmt. 4 –
  • 4 m. before reh. N to m. 19, reh. N, reh. P to reh. R, reh. T to reh. U
  • Xylophone
  • Kodaly Hary Janos Mvmt. 6 
  • beg. to reh. 1
  • Stravinsky Firebird, Complete Ballet 
  • reh. 127 to 133
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Waltz 
  • complete
  • Tambourine
  • Dvorak Carnival Overture 
  • complete
  • Bass Drum
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Mvmt. 4
  • m. 272 to the end
  • Cymbals
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Mvmt. 4 
  • m. 272 to the end

Principal Timpani Audition

Solo Repertoire
  • Marimba 
  • Bach solo of candidate’s choice
Orchestral Repertoire
  • Snare Drum
  • Delecluse Etude 1 – complete
  • Timpani
  • Bartok Concerto for Orchestra Mvmt. 4 
  • m. 42 to m. 51
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Mvmt. 1 
  • coda to end
  • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis Mvmt. 2 
  • 4 m. after S to T
  • 4 m. after V to X
  • 2 m. before Z to end
  • Mozart Symphony No. 39 Mvmt. 1 
  • beg. to mm. 21
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Mvmt. 1 
  • 4 m. Before T to V