Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Confirm New Chorus Masters Barlow Bradford, Caleb Harris
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera announced the appointment of Barlow Bradford as Utah Symphony chorus director, and Caleb Harris as Utah Opera chorus master.
After a decade as chorus master of both groups, Susanne Sheston has decided to pursue other professional music opportunities. The finale for her tenure was marked by the September performance of Berlioz's Damnation of Faust. "Susanne brought a professionalism and integrity to her work that was evident in the quality of performances achieved by both the Utah Opera Chorus and Utah Symphony Chorus," said President and CEO Melia Tourangeau. "She is so 'irreplaceable' we had to hire two people to attempt to fill her shoes."
Dr. Bradford is already well known in Utah for his work with the University of Utah choirs and the Utah Chamber Artists. "Barlow Bradford has already greatly influenced the choral community in Salt Lake City and we are thrilled he will be preparing the Utah Symphony Chorus to collaborate with our world-class Utah Symphony musicians," said Ms. Tourangeau.
After an extended search, Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth was pleased to announce the appointment of Caleb Harris. He comes to Utah from the University of Northern Colorado, where he served as associate professor of music, piano/collaborative piano, and director of the collaborative program.
"Caleb Harris has an impressive background of operatic and collaborative musical experiences. We feel fortunate to bring him into the team of talented artists preparing our Utah Opera performances so quickly after he moved to our community," said Mr. McBeth.
Dr. Harris' first presentation with Utah Opera Chorus will be for the January 18-26, 2014 presentation of Verdi's La Traviata in the newly renovated Capitol Theatre.
Over the course of his extraordinary musical career, Dr. Barlow Bradford has distinguished himself as a conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, organist, and teacher. As an orchestral and choral conductor, he co-founded the Utah Chamber Artists in 1991 and has led that organization to international acclaim for its impeccable, nuanced performances and award-winning recordings-including an INDIE from NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors & Manufacturers) for the CD "Welcome All Wonders," released in 1996 on the BWE label.
Utah Chamber Artists was featured on NPR's "The First Art," a program dedicated to choral music and performed as a featured ensemble with the Boston Pops and Utah Symphony. Under his baton, Utah Chamber Artists also toured Israel with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, performed as the guest choir at the American Choral Directors Association national convention, and joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their national television broadcast. Dr. Bradford's focused, energetic conducting style led to his appointment as music director of the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Prior to that, he was director of orchestras at the University of Utah.