Salt Lake Symphonic Choir

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Salt Lake Symphonic Choir

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.

  • Performed 33 national and international concert tours.
  • Performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia.
  • Featured in a Human Rights Day Concert in San Francisco with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
  • Performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Utah Centennial Celebration in 1996.
  • Sang at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. in 1996.
  • Invited to represent the United States in Yerevan, Armenia for the 1700th Anniversary Celebration of Christianity in September 2001.
  • Participated in the Cultural Olympiad as part of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • Toured and performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia and the Cities of Yerevan, Garni and Gyumri, Armenia.
  • Performed as part of the rededication of the Utah State Capitol Building in January of 2008.

We currently practice on Wednesday nights at Parley's Stake Center . Contact any Board Member about auditioning for the Choir.

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Erin Pike Tall, M.M. - Choral Conductor

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 bachelorís degree in Choral Music Education and a Masterís 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 Educatorís Conference in St. George.

Much of Ms. Tallís 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 AíCappella 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.
Choral Conductor: Erin Pike-Tall
Accompianist: Debbie Griffiths

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Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks

Part of our funding comes from a grant from the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks program.

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Utah Arts Council

We are also funded by a grant from the Utah Arts Council.

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Board Members

The Board of Directors are elected by Members of the Choir. For the 2015-2016 Season, the board members are:

President: Vicki Armatage
Vice President: Roger Crandall
Treasurer: Dan Bradford

Visual Presentation (website, wardrobe): Genevieve Swim
Advertising/Venue: Manny Antonacci
Grant Writer/Music Folders: Carolyn Tinsch
Communications: Abby Adams

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Come join us! Hurry now and schedule your audition.

We are auditioning - especially Bass and Tenor Voices for the 2015-2016 Season

Choir Practice is Wednesday nights at Parley's Stake Center September through May

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