Organized in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1949, the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir was led to international acclaim by Armont Willardsen, the founder and original motivating force behind the Choir. Mr. Willardsen served as the Director for the first 27 years. For the next 31 years the Choir was directed by George A. Welch. Dr. Michael Huff led the Choir for the 2007-2009 seasons. The Current Director is Erin Pike-Tall.
The Salt Lake Symphonic Choir is unique in that it is completely independent and funded solely by concert performances and foundation grants. In its 60 plus years of performing, the Choir has toured in excess of 200,000 miles and presented more than 900 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Russia and Armenia, performing for civic music series, cultural organizations, colleges, universities and community groups. Typically singing with appriximately 100 members, the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir is one of the largest traveling choirs in America performing on the professional concert circuit, Its members are committed to the performing arts and choral singing is their primary avocation.
To preserve, enhance, and provide excellence in the art of choral music within the local community and throughout North America; To provide an option for those within the community who would like to continue their choral music involvement beyond high school and college; and to furnish our members with a quality environment and experience that will enable them to enjoy, share and express their musical talents with the citizens of our community.
Joining the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir in the 2007-08 season, Ms. Erin Tall is proud to shape and maintain the fine choral standard long held by this ensemble. She holds both a bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education and a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Utah.
As the Director of Choirs at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City from 1999 to 2010, Ms. Tall had the opportunity to work with thousands of students and directors in concert venues throughout the state of Utah, California, Nevada, and Washington. She served as an assistant conductor, accompanist, and vocal soloist for the Salt Lake Choral Artists under the direction of Dr. Brady Allred. She worked during the summers of 2007 and 2008 at the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSA) in Fredonia, New York serving as conductor, theory teacher, and accompanist with high school students. Ms. Tall performed with the Utah Chamber Artists under the direction of Barlow Bradford and with the Deseret Chamber Singers as a singer and accompanist.
She served as the Utah All State High School Choir accompanist, having worked under the baton of renowned conductors Randall Stroope (Oklahoma State University), Ann Howard Jones (Boston University), James Jordan (Westminster Choir College), Mac Wilberg (Mormon Tabernacle Choir), Geoffrey Boers (University of Washington), and Lynn Gackle (Texas State University). Ms. Tall accompanied for the national ACDA convention in California. She has served as an adjudicator/clinician throughout Utah, California, and Nevada. She has presented lectures in the Vocal Trade Secrets Workshop in Park City and the Utah Music Educator's Conference in St. George.
Much of Ms. Tall's early career was spent as director and organist for choirs and congregations in the LDS church and as Chancel Choir director for the First Congregational Church. She spent her undergraduate studies as an accompanist, student conductor, and president for the University of Utah Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. John M. Cooksey and as a singer and student conductor for Dr. Edgar Thompson in the A'Cappella Choir. She toured Europe with both choirs. She served the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) as Senate President and as senator for the College of Fine Arts from 1997 to 1999. Ms. Tall maintains a private vocal studio, accompanies vocal and instrumental soloists all over Utah, and regularly does clinics with choirs throughout the intermountain west. She is married to Michael Tall and has four beautiful children.