Westminster Opera Studio Welcomes New Director

Feb 24, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Westminster is pleased to announce Dr. Isaac Hurtado as the college’s new Opera Studio director. Hurtado, who began teaching at Westminster as a member of the applied voice faculty in 2014, will take the reins from current director Michael Chipman in fall 2015.

“I am thrilled to have a singer, performer and educator with Isaac’s impressive background come to Westminster to direct our Opera Studio,” said Chipman, who will become the new director of Westminster’s a cappella groups. “Our vocal program has seen significant growth over the past four years, particularly with Opera Studio, and I’m excited to see what Isaac will bring to the table with next year’s productions.”

Hurtado has previously appeared with Opera San Jose, Phoenix Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera North, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Festival Opera at Walnut Creek (CA), Central City Opera, the Bay Area’s Midsummer Mozart Festival and Utah Lyric Opera — to name a few. He holds a doctorate of music, master of music and bachelor of music degrees in voice performance from Florida State University, Cincinnati College-­Conservatory of Music, and Brigham Young University respectively.

“I am honored to have this new opportunity at Westminster,” said Hurtado. “Because of the visionary work of Michael Chipman and others — not to mention the generosity of the Florence Gillmor Foundation — Opera Studio has become an exciting performing entity in a very short period of time. My goal is to build on that momentum and continue to draw positive attention to our program by showcasing our talented singers in imaginative, fresh opera performances.”

Westminster’s Opera Studio provides young singers with the opportunity to learn the art of singing on stage. The group’s operatic repertory focus on music composed up through the eighteenth century, operettas and contemporary chamber operas or musicals appropriate for young voices.

Support for the Westminster Opera Studio has been funded by the Florence Gillmor Foundation.

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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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