Music Department


Our music faculty have years of experience teaching in the classroom and private studio, performing on stage, and working in the recording studio. We are passionate about helping aspiring musicians transform into highly skilled, competitive artists and performers. We believe in hard work, painstaking attention to detail, and individualized mentoring.

Music Student Singing with Accompanist

Upcoming Music Performances

Westminster offers musical performances from students, faculty, and members of the Salt Lake community throughout the year.

Upcoming Ensembles Upcoming Concerts

Auditions

Auditions for entrance into the music department are held annually in January, February, and March. Music scholarships are awarded based on the audition process. Students who audition before March 1 are given scholarship priority, so we strongly recommend scheduling your audition as early as possible.

How to Audition

Preview Lessons

One of the most important components of any music education is the rapport and trust between teacher and student. We provide the unique opportunity of meeting face to face with our instructors during a preview lesson, so you can find out for yourself if you like their style of teaching. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about your audition or seek advice on your particular career path.

To schedule a private lesson, please contact us at 801.832.2379 or music@westminstercollege.edu.

Student Receiving Piano Lesson

Performing Ensembles and Private Lessons

The music department offers classes, ensembles, private lessons, and other performance opportunities to further explore your interest in music.

Ensembles

Our ensembles are open to capable and committed students, faculty, staff, and in some cases, members of the community. Our ensembles included the Westminster Chorale, Westminster Chamber Singers, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir, Chamber Players, and Westminster Opera Studio.

Private Lessons

All Westminster students can register for one or two credit hours of private music lessons. We offer lessons in voice, piano, guitar, percussion, flute, cello, violin, and bass. You will have 13 weekly lessons per semester, each lasting 30 minutes for one credit hour, or 60 minutes for two credit hours. These courses are graded and cannot be audited. The majority of your lesson will be focused on technique, repertoire, and artistry.

Learn More About Private Instrumental Lessons

Learn More About Private Voice Lessons

Community Partnerships

Westminster’s music department is proud to partner with performing arts organizations across Salt Lake City. Many current Westminster students participate in the following organizations:

If your organization or high-school performing ensemble is interested in collaborating on performance opportunities, or reserving the Vieve Gore Concert Hall for an upcoming event, please contact our music department at music@westminstercollege.edu.

SummerSong

Our music department hosts a summer music camp for talented high-school singers and pianists. Thanks to the generous support of the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation, 25 high-school-age singers and 10 high-school-age pianists will receive a full scholarship for a one-week immersion in the art of performance.

Learn More About SummerSong


Meet the Faculty

Loading
  • {{entry.firstName}} {{entry.lastName}} {{entry.preferredSuffix}}

    {{entry.firstName}} {{entry.lastName}} {{entry.preferredSuffix}}

    Role
    • {{entry.empStatus}}
    • {{entry.title}}
    • {{entry.primaryDeptOriginal}}
    Role
    • {{entry.empStatus}}
    • {{entry.title}}
    • {{entry.primaryDeptOriginal}}
    Pronouns

    {{entry.preferredPronoun}}

    Role
    • {{entry.empStatus}}
    • {{entry.title}}
    • {{entry.primaryDeptOriginal}}
    Degrees
    • {{degree}}
    Role
    • {{entry.empStatus}}
    • {{entry.title}}
    • {{entry.primaryDeptOriginal}}
    Degrees
    • {{degree}}
    Pronouns

    {{entry.preferredPronoun}}

    Contact

    {{entry.email}}

    {{entry.phone}}

    {{entry.officeLocationOriginal}}

    Office Hours

    {{hour}}

    About Me
    Interests

    Personal website

    {{entry.lastName}} {{entry.preferredSuffix}}

    {{entry.primaryDeptOriginal}}

    {{entry.phone}}

    Website

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: BM University of Utah

Phone: 801.839.9423

Email: ehackworth@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Emily recently earned her Bachelors in Music Performance degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Classical Guitar Performance. During her 13 years of guitar playing experience, she has studied multiple music styles including classical, rock, jazz, folk, finger style guitar music, and country. In addition to playing guitar, Emily also plays piano, ukulele, drum set and other percussion instruments, and has also dabbled in banjo playing. Emily has had many opportunities to utilize these skills in performance settings. Her performance experiences include recitals, Christian worship concerts, Sunday church services, private parties, weddings, gelato shops, fundraisers, and musical orchestra pits. Her participation in eleven different musicals have been both with community theater groups and professional theater companies including the University of Utah theater department and the Utah Repertory Theater Company.

Director of Jazz and Popular Music Studies

Degrees: BM Brigham Young University, MM Univeristy of Utah

Phone: 801.635.8649

Email: dhalliday@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: David Halliday has performed with a wide variety of top artists, including: David Archuleta, Jon Batiste, Sarah Uriatre Berry, Kristin Chenoweth, Linda Eder, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, The Four Tops, Galactic, Dizzy Gillespie, Josh Groban, Grace Kelly (saxophonist), Wynton Marsalis, Maxwell, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, The Temptations, Stanley Turrentine, The Utah Symphony, Victor Wooten, and many more, and has performed as the opening act for Diana Krall, B.B. King, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. His performance travels include 46 of the 50 United States, eight European countries, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Halliday’s original compositions have aired in 24 countries worldwide and on American networks: CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, HBO, MLB Network, NFL Network, and Showtime. He has performed on the soundtracks of many television shows, music videos, DVDs, and commercials, and is most recently featured in the minute-long “What’s for Dinner” commercial from KFC starring Jason Alexander. Halliday has produced or co-produced 18 records and appears as a sideman on over 60 more. He has recorded numerous recordings of Broadway musicals for The MT Pit, and founded his record label, Lone Peak Sound, in 2003, which currently has 11 titles.

Halliday’s roots stretch back to northern California. Born in Sacramento and raised in Vacaville, he studied with multi-Grammy Award-winning saxophone legend Joe Henderson at Henderson’s home in San Francisco while still a teen. He later studied with Tony Dagradi at Loyola University in New Orleans and Dr. Ray Smith at BYU. Halliday holds a BM in Saxophone Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from BYU and an MM in Jazz Performance and Composition from the University of Utah where he was the jazz area's Teacher's Assistant from 2004-06. Halliday is the Director of Jazz and Popular Music Studies at Westminster College and Associate Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Utah. He currently leads several bands including The Number Ones and The Jazz Vespers Quartet (JVQ). He is a co-musical director of the Jazz Vespers Concert series, a 30-year-old tradition that takes place on the last eight Sundays before Christmas at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City. Halliday and the JVQ host the Gracie’s Monday Night Jazz Jam every Monday night in downtown Salt Lake City where they have maintained residency since Spring of 2014. He has performed the national anthem at two Utah Jazz NBA games and two Real Salt Lake MLS games. He is also a co-host and co-producer of the 83 Willy Fantasty Football Podcast.

Personal Website: davidhallidaymusic.com

Interests: NFL football, NBA basketball, family, cinema, cooking, hiking, traveling

Pronouns: he/him/his

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: MM Rice University, BM University of Utah

Phone: 801.541.5768

Email: khenderson@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: The energy and passion of Kristiana Henderson’s music-making has led to orchestra positions and solo performances on a national level. She has played with the New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, been assistant concertmaster in the South Dakota Symphony and is currently the Associate Principal Second Violinist of the Ballet West Orchestra.

In Salt Lake City, Kristiana has several performed with several touring Broadway shows including Book of Mormon, Motown, and Phantom of the Opera. She frequently records for Huge Sound, Funk Studios, LDS Motion Picture Studios and others, and enjoys an active freelance career.  Kristiana holds a Masters of Music degree in violin performance from Rice University and a Bachelors of Music degree with a major in violin performance and minor in psychology from the University of Utah.

Kristiana enjoys exploring the versatility of music through teaching. She has maintained a private studio for the past ten years.  She is a member of the Suzuki Association of Utah and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Music has always been in Kristiana’s life. She began studying violin at the age of 4 and won second place in the elementary division of the Utah State Fair Competition. Her main teachers have included Geof Appletgate, Sergiu Luca, Gerald Elias, and Deborah Moench.

Personal Website: kristianahenderson.com, kristianahenderson.blogspot.com

Interests: I love adventure, family, dogs, travel, yoga and being outside! When I’m not playing violin you will find me hiking, reading, baking, or napping.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: BM Berklee College of Music

Phone: 801.550.2994

Email: chough@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Chris Hough, a professional guitarist, vocalist, and studio musician, moved to Salt Lake City from the Boston area where he taught guitar to private school, college, and high school students ranging from ages six to adult for 12 years. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in professional music and has 29 years professional playing experience. Chris has played for a wide audience, including the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Ball and is fluent in jazz, rock, and pop styles. Chris has a unique talent for connecting with students, and his teaching style includes the belief that students learn best within the context of their individual tastes in music in a fun and learning environment. Chris is currently the jazz guitar professor at Westminster College.

Personal Website: chrishoughband.com

Adjunct Music Faculty

Degrees: BM Indiana University

Phone: 801.558.4520

Email: shumphreys@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Sally Humphreys, flute instructor, enjoys the variety of a free-lance musical career. She plays flute and piccolo with the Ballet West Orchestra, appears regularly with the Utah Symphony, and is a member of the woodwind quintet Aspen Winds. A native of Cincinnati, she graduated from Indiana University with the Bachelor of Music degree, and attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for graduate work. Sally played piccolo with the Hartford Symphony for 8 seasons, taught at the University of Connecticut, and performed in chamber groups throughout New England. She has also played with the Colorado Philharmonic, Lake George Opera Company, New Sousa Band, Cincinnati Symphony, the Moab Music Festival, and with the Salt Lake City chamber music organizations Intermezzo and NOVA. Sally is President of the Utah Flute Association and is the local arrangements chair for the National Flute Association, which involves assisting the NFA as they bring their annual convention to Salt Lake City in 2019.  Sally has also embarked on a new challenge, teaching yoga and meditation. She earned her 200-hour teaching certificate in 2017, and has established a yoga studio in her home and in partnership with Elemental Balance Pilates Studio.

Interests: Yoga, hiking, running, cycling, reading great fiction

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: BM Manhattan School of Music, MM Rice University

Phone: 801.651.1972

Email: ljiang@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Violinist Lun Jiang is a native of Beijing, China, and grew up in Westchester, New York. He has been a guest artist in concerts with Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Ian Swenson and members of the Cleveland, Brentano, Pacifica, Miami and Ying String Quartets, to name a few. Lun has appeared in New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francesco, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Oklahoma, Winston-Salem, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Macau, among others; he has been invited to the Manchester, Ravinia, Great Lake, Round Top, Grand Teton and Martha's Vineyard music festivals.  From 2015-2017, Lun performed the complete 10 Beethoven violin sonatas with pianist Vedrana Subotic, sponsored by the University of Utah School of Music. Lun has recorded for Eroica Classical Records and Newport Classical Records, including the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and a solo album with twin brother Quan. Lun was a founding member of the Equinox String Quartet and Gotham Quartet, which was a quartet in residence at Rice University from 1999-2001. Gotham Quartet was a top prize winner at 2000 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Lun is a graduate of the Rice University and Manhattan School of Music, he has studied with Stanley Bednar, Isidore Cohen, Sergiu Luca and Raphael Fliegel. He has also worked with Isaac Stern, Joseph Silverstein, William Preucil and Alexander Kerr. Lun is a member of the Utah Symphony, he is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Utah School of Music and Westminster College. He plays on a Tommaso Balestrieri violin, crafted in Mantua, ca.1750 and a Dominique Peccatte bow, Paris, ca.1830.

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: BM Curtis Institute of Music, MM Juilliard School

Phone: 801.520.2093

Email: ymacqueen@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Violinist Yuki MacQueen joined the Adjunct Faculty at Westminster College in 2004. She joined the Utah Symphony in June 2000. Previously a member of the Nashville Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony, she was also a substitute violinist with the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Ms. MacQueen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet and Jascha Brodsky. She received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York, studying with Robert Mann of the Juilliard Quartet, and chamber music with Jerome Lowenthal and Seymour Lipkin.

She has been a featured performer in the Nova Chamber Series, the Intermezzo Chamber Series, and the Westminster Chamber Series.

In 2016,  along with USUO cellist John Eckstein and BLUME Haiti President Janet Anthony, Ms. MacQueen cofounded the Haitian Orchestra Institute (HOI). This Institute gives the opportunity to 100 of the most advanced orchestral musicians from throughout Haiti to work with Musicians of the Utah Symphony.  The intense week of lessons, sectionals and full orchestra rehearsals culminate in a concert with Maestro Fischer.

When she is not teaching at Westminster College or performing with the Utah Symphony, she enjoys playing chamber music, pampering her Cocker Spaniel, and traveling the world.

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: BM University of Utah

Phone: 801.897.7009

Email: jmark@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Julie Mark has been a guitar educator for 35 years. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah. She teaches acoustic guitar styles: finger style, classical, traditional and contemporary folk, pop and rock. In addition she teaches basic music theory as related to the guitar. Her approach is relevant to students with or without a musical background. Julie currently teaches guitar lessons at Acoustic Music Studios in Salt Lake City where she instructs Westminster students as well as private students. She performs regularly in an acoustic duo with fellow musician Maggie Beers at various local venues. Together they have released CDs of original music. As a composer and orchestrator, Julie has written musical scores for the University of Utah Children’s Dance Theatre’s annual dance concerts. In addition, she performs with Maggie Beers for the Children’s Dance Theatre’s lecture demonstration program at many elementary schools throughout the Intermountain area.

Adjunct Music Faculty

Degrees: PhD University of Utah, MFA California Institute for the Arts, BM University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Phone: 917.971.5979

Email: dmaxwell@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Devin Maxwell, PhD, is a composer, percussionist, and music technology entrepreneur. His chamber music has been described as “amiably strident…clusters hammered insistently” by the New York Times and orchestral works “a beautiful puzzle, … fitting between plucks and pedals that build pyramid melodies” by the American Record Guide.  Awards for composition include the Nief-Norf Composition Prize, the Leroy Robertson Prize, “Best Experimental Film” New York Independent Film Festival, New Music USA/Commissioning Music USA and an Honorable Mention at the American Composer’s Orchestra 2013 Underwood Readings.  Maxwell has collaborated with choreographer Jessica Gaynor Dance (NYC), filmmaker Rollin Hunt (Los Angeles), graphic designer Phillip Niemeyer (Austin), photographer Svavar Jónatansson (Iceland), clarinetist Katie Porter, and violist/songwriter Anni Rossi (NYC).  As a percussionist, Maxwell’s eclectic output includes performing in venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Columbia University, SOUND at the Schindler House, LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, Roulette, Issue Project Room, St Marks Theater (NYC), The Armory, The Sun Tunnels, The Kitchen, Joe’s Pub, Monolith, Mercury Lounge, South by Southwest, String Theory, CMJ and The Stone, among others. He has recorded with record labels including 4AD, Polyvinyl, Parlophone, Cantaloupe Records, and Mode and can be heard on music for TV, film, and video games including Grand Theft Auto IV, The Independent Film Channel, Grey’s Anatomy, and BBC. An avid supporter of new music, Maxwell has commissioned and performed dozens of solo or chamber compositions throughout the course of his career.  In addition to composing and performing, Maxwell co-founded the LoudLouderLoudest Music Production Company in Brooklyn, NY, and was responsible for many firsts in wireless music and mobile game sound for clients such as Sony, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Atlantic Records, HBO and Disney. While in New York, he also co-founded Listen/Space, a venue for new music which now exists as a music commissioning organization located in Park City, Utah.  His creative work is published by Good Child Music New York and Éditions musique SISYPHE.

Personal Website: devinmaxwell.net

Interests: Experimental music, baseball, music technology, intersections of high art and pop culture

Pronouns: he/him/his

Adjunct Music Faculty

Degrees: BM University of Utah, MM University of Utah, PD Indiana University, DMA University of Utah

Phone: 801.649.8522

Email: enelson@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Emily Nelson holds degrees in voice, music history, and early music performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah, where she completed her doctorate in vocal performance. Her passion for teaching stems from her deep love of sharing music as a performer. Her love of music of all kinds has led her down diverse paths that include singing opera in Italy and Austria, studying Medieval song in France, learning how to tango dance and, for a short time, finding herself singing backup in a Brazilian pop band. She co-founded Utopia Early Music, a 501(c)(3) organization that gives historically informed performances of medieval, baroque, and renaissance music in Salt Lake City. She is an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College, where she teaches voice and World Music, and an Associate Instructor at the University of Utah, where she teaches World Music and Survey of Jazz. She also teaches voice and songwriting at Eva Carlston Academy, a residential therapy high school that uses the arts to empower students.

Interests: Travel, knitting, roller skating, browsing the stacks

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: MFA California Institute of the Arts, Advanced Certificate Centre Acanthes (France), BM University of Utah

Phone: 347.276.2514

Email: kporter@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Katie Porter is a clarinetist and curator specializing in experimental music. She co-founded the venue Listen/Space (Brooklyn, NY) and curates the Listen/Space Commissions (Tollgate, Utah). She also co-directs the VU Symposium for experimental, improvised and electronic music (Park City, Utah) and is working on a giant multi-year project of experimental works for solo clarinet at Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, a land artwork in remote northern Utah. She has performed solos or chamber music at Roulette (BK), Issue Project Room (BK), The Kitchen (NYC), The Stone (NYC), C4NM (San Francisco), Willow Place Auditorium (BK), Monkeytown (BK), the Indexical Series (Santa Cruz), Dogstar (LA), Green Umbrella Series (LA), BLIM (Vancouver), NOVA (SLC), Lincoln Center (NYC), The Ontologic-Hysteric Theater (NYC), the Liquid Music Series (St. Paul), Centre Acanthes (FR), Scelciana (Italy) and premiered works by John Luther Adams, Jason Ajemian, Dante Boone, André Cormier, Nomi Epstein, Kevin Farrell, Jürg Frey, Daniel Goode, Peter Gordon, Jennie Gottschalk, Anne Guthrie, Brian Harnetty, John Hastings, Travis Just, Dan Joseph, James Ilgenfritz, Mike Kelley, Michael Pisaro, Larry Polansky, Stephanie Richards, Morris Rosenzweig, Arthur Russell, Craig Shepard, Christine Tavolacci, James Tenney, Maayan Tsadka, Lucie Vítková and Christian Wolff, among others. Her clarinet and percussion duo, Red Desert, can be heard on Phill Niblock’s XI label (NY), Edition Wandelweiser Records, and Infrequent Seams (NY). Locally, in Utah, she can be heard performing with the NOVA Chamber Music Series, the UMFA Chamber Music Series, the Canyonlands Ensemble and several solo projects.  She teaches clarinet performance at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and approaches the instrument in all its uses, orchestral, chamber, solo through a diversity of repertoire, with sound and beauty at the forefront.  In 2019/20 season she will be heard performing solos and chamber music at: Duke University, Peabody Conservatory, University of Baltimore, Bloomingdale School of Music (NYC), UMFA, The Spiral Jetty, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), Westminster College, Northern Southern (Austin, TX).

Personal Website: fromkp.wordpress.com, listenspacemusic.org, reddesertensemble.org, vusymposium.org

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: BM University of Southern California

Phone: 619.820.4776

Email: wthomas@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Born in San Diego, California, Whittney began her studies on the violin at age 8 and discovered her love for the viola nine years later. In 2009, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Donald McInnes and studied with Martha Strongin Katz at the New England Conservatory. After her studies, she pursued a two-year orchestral fellowship with Hyogo Performing Arts Center. She has a been a proud member of the Utah Symphony viola section since 2013. Her past festivals include the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where she toured much of Europe, as well as the Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and many more. When she is not practicing, she enjoys cooking, baking, weightlifting and various outdoor activities.

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: MM University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Certificate of Postgraduate Studies Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, BA University of Glasgow (Scotland)

Phone: 801.718.7376

Email: lvickerman@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Louise Vickerman was appointed Principal Harpist of The Utah Symphony/Utah Opera in 1999 and has been a featured soloist with the orchestra on a number of occasions, most recently being the Utah premiere of Mark Adamo’s “Four Angels” where she was praised by the Salt Lake Tribune for her “powerful impassioned performance.” She has also appeared as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, The Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, on BBC and Norwegian National radio and at the Heidelberg Castle Festival in Germany. Prior to her appointment in Utah, she was Principal Harp for the San Antonio Symphony and The New World Symphony in Miami. Originally from Glasgow Scotland, she regularly appeared with all of Scotland’s major orchestras including The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestra before moving to the USA. She has performed at major festivals worldwide including the Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC London Proms, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and regularly plays Principal for The Grand Teton Music Festival, WY.

An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with violinist Cho-Liang Lin in recital at the Colorado Music Festival and has been regularly featured on the Nova Chamber music series in Salt Lake City. She gave the world premiere of “Awuya” for solo harp by the acclaimed British composer Sally Beamish, a work that was commissioned for her by Glasgow University and was an invited performer at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver, BC. As a teacher Vickerman is currently on the applied faculty at Westminster College, was formerly adjunct professor of harp at Weber State University for 14 years and was interim Director of Harp Studies at Brigham Young University for the 2005-06 academic year. She has been recognized as one of North America’s leading orchestral harpists by having been invited to share her expertise as a clinician throughout North America and Europe. Highlights include presenting masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, The New World Symphony, FL and as a member of the Premier Artist Faculty for the Salvi Harps Summer Institute in Anaheim, CA. She has regularly coached the harp sections of the Utah Youth Symphony and The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Ms. Vickerman is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she earned her Master of Music degree as a student of Kathleen Bride. She received her BA and Certificate of Postgraduate Studies from Glasgow University and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying with Sanchia Pielou and Karen Vaughan. She is a Salvi Harp Artist. Louise is also a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine, instrument, glider (private) and UAS (certified drone pilot) ratings. She is the Northwest Region Ambassador for The Flying Musicians Association, a member of Women in Aviation International, the Ninety-Nines, Women in Corporate Aviation, AOPA and is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight West and PilotsN’Paws. She is married to Utah Symphony trumpet player Peter Margulies. They live in a restored 1901 Victorian home in the East Liberty Park neighborhood of Salt Lake City with their two rescue shih-tzus, Ollie and Bella.

Personal Website: utahsymphony.org

Social Media: Instagram

Adjunct Music Faculty

Degrees: MFA University of Oregon, BA Weber State University

Phone: 801.842.6998

Email: lwest@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: L. L. (Larry) West is a teacher, director and playwright.  He has taught and directed at the University of Utah, Weber State University, Texas Woman’s University, Boise State University, International College– Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Wabash College. He has directed over 200 university and professional productions in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, Indiana and Pennsylvania. His plays have been performed at UNLV (Peyote Jokes) Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Faust III), Utah Shakespeare Festival (workshop production of Whistler's Mother's Son), Pygmalion Productions (Remington and Weasel, The Weyward Sisters) and the Great Salt Lake Fringe (Punxsutawney, Kof 77). Most recent productions: Blackbird, Cabaret (Utah Rep) and an all-female Titus Andronicus, The Importance of Being Earnest (Pinnacle Acting Company). Other favorites include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (PAC), Angels in America (U of U), The Taming of the Shrew (Idaho Shake).

Director of String Studies

Degrees: BM Curtis Institute of Music, MM Mannes College of Music

Email: pwhang@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Pegsoon Whang has been with the Utah Symphony since 1998. She has appeared as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic and Brunswick Symphony. She has played solo, chamber music and orchestra concerts in many cities in US, Europe and Asia. She teaches at Westminster College as well as at University of Utah. Her former students have won international competitions and teaching positions in universities.

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: MM Indiana University, BM Hanyang University (Seoul)

Phone: 812.369.5301

Email: jyang@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Joyce Yang is a native of Seoul, Korea, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Hanyang University. She moved to the United States in 2010 to pursue her Master's degree, Performance Diploma, and Diploma in Orchestral Studies at Indiana University, where she studied with Eric Kim and Janos Starker. Joyce is the Principal Cellist for Ballet West, and performs frequently with the Utah Symphony cello section.

Applied Music Faculty

Degrees: MM Juilliard School, BM Hartt School of Music

Phone: 801.560.9992

Email: tzera@westminstercollege.edu

About Me: Double Bassist Thomas Zera has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1999. Previously a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic, he was also a member of the New World Symphony based in Miami Beach, Florida. Mr. Zera also substitutes regularly in the Bass Section of the Minnesota Orchestra both in concerts and recordings. Mr. Zera holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of music where he studied with Gary Karr and holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic. Thomas has played in the Intermezzo and Nova chamber series in Salt Lake City, as well as the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado and Music from Angel Fire in Taos, New Mexico. He teaches privately, is a faculty member of Westminster College, and has spent two summers as faculty at the Kinhaven Summer Chamber Music Festival in Weston, Vermont.

Interests: When not performing with the Symphony, Mr. Zera enjoys the wonderful outdoor activities that Utah offers, including fishing, hiking, and skiing.

  • Adams-McMillan, Aubrey (voice)
  • Green, Kerri (piano)
  • Kawashima, Kimi (Assistant Director, piano)
  • Keen, Steve (jazz piano)
  • Koolhoven, Hilary (voice)
  • Moore, Craig (trombone, tuba)
  • Neff, Abigail (harp)
  • Rowe, Alex (bass guitar)
  • Sovronsky, Kyra (trumpet)
  • Swidnicki, Susan (oboe)
  • Wike, Lori (bassoon)
  • Williams, Emily (Staff Accompanist, vocal coaching)
  • Yavornitsky, David (double bass)