Michael Chipman

Michael Chipman

Assistant Professor of Music
Westminster College

Areas of Expertise

Opera, classical singing, vocal performance, vocal pedagogy, classical art song, and operatic languages (Italian, French, German)

About Michael Chipman

Baritone Michael Chipman is a versatile singer whose performance interests range from art song to Baroque music to contemporary opera. He recently recorded the role of Roderick Usher in Gordon Getty’s new opera Usher House with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and sang the baritone solo in Bach’s Cantata 47 with Utah Chamber Artists. In November 2005 he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the baritone solo in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. He has performed twice as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York City and regularly performs with Utah Opera, the Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Artists, Intermezzo Chamber Music and NOVA Chamber Music Series.

Recent performances include the role of Ceprano in Rigoletto  with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi with Utah Opera, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc’s Banalites at the Intermezzo Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Howells Requiem at the Deer Valley Music Festival, and a concert tour of London and Paris with Utah Chamber Artists as the baritone soloist in the Requiems of Fauré and Howells.

Chipman was chosen to participate in a weeklong workshop focusing on Bach cantatas with Ton Koopmann at Carnegie Hall and has been a soloist in the Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New York Baroque Soloists. He sang the role of Major-Domo in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with the New York Opera Project and Masetto in Don Giovanni with New York’s Modus Opera. He has sung with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Utah Opera, Lyric Opera of New York, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Utah Festival Opera and the Brevard Music Festival Opera. He has performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Musical Union and on seven international television and radio broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He was a regional finalist in the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He made his New York operatic debut in 2002–3 performing the roles of Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera of New York.

Chipman is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied with Richard Miller. He also studied privately for five years with Steve Smith of the Juilliard School and Northwestern University, with whom he was the co-author of The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing published by Oxford University Press in March 2007.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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