Utah Symphony, Opera hire new chorus masters

First Published      Last Updated Oct 11 2013 12:31 pm

Barlow Bradford, known for his work with the University of Utah choir and the Utah Chamber Artists, was appointed the Utah Symphony chorus master on Friday,

In addition, Caleb Harris, a professor of music and collaborative piano at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., was named the Utah Opera chorus master.

Both musicians replace Susanne Sheston, who stepped down in September after a decade as chorus master of both groups.

Sheston has decided to pursue other professional music opportunities. Her finale was marked by the recent performance of Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, said Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Melia Tourangeau. "She is so 'irreplaceable' we had to hire two people to attempt to fill her shoes."

Harris' first presentation with Utah Opera Chorus will be Jan. 18-26 with Verdi's La Traviata in the newly renovated Capitol Theatre.

Over the course of his musical career, Bradford has distinguished himself as a conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, organist, and teacher. He co-founded the Utah Chamber Artists in 1991 and has led that organization to international acclaim.

Harris is a pianist, chamber musician, conductor, and vocal and opera coach. He is equally at home at the keyboard and on the podium. Harris has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In the United States, he has performed or given masterclasses, or both, in some of the country's top music schools.