Utah Symphony | Utah Opera hosts masterclasses with visiting guest artists and Utah Symphony Musicians. The public is welcome to audit these classes.

Violin Masterclass with Stefan Jackiw

February 4, 2016 | 4-6 PM
Onstage at Abravanel Hall

Free & open to the public.
Lobby doors will be locked. Enter through stage door down the alley on the west side of the buildling.

Youth Guild Performers:
Gershwin/Heifetz Preludes for Violin and Piano- Karen Ferry
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major- Ellen Hayashi
Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro- Ella Holden
Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor- Soonyoung Kwon


Piano Masterclass with Kirill Gerstein

Kirill Gerstein has cancelled his engagement with Utah Symphony.  The piano masterclass planned for March 23, 2016  has also been cancelled.


Past Masterclasses

Masterclass with Michael Chioldichioldi

Friday, October 9 | 2-4 PM
Vocal Arts Center (1st South and University Street) University of Utah

U of U Voice students will perform. Presented by Students Opera Guild.
Free & open to the public.

Composter Lecture with Nico Muhly

Friday, February 27 | 2-3 PM
Harris Fine Arts Center Room A-410
Brigham Young University Provo, UT
During his hour at BYU, Nico will talk about his experiences as a composer, discuss some of his favorite composing projects, and share his progress so far on his commission for Utah Symphony.

Free & open to the public.

Violin Master with Baiba SkrideSkride4

Saturday, February 21 | 12-2 PM
Utah Opera Production Studios 336 N 400 W Salt Lake City, UT
Violinish Baiba Skride will give a masterclass to Utah Symphony Youth Guild Members. The class is free and open to the public, but registration is required:

Open rehearsal featuring Augusta Read Thomas' EOS

Wednesday, February 18 | 9 AM-12
Abravanel Hall 123 W. South Temple Salt Lake City UT

Q&A with Pianist Marc-André HamelinHamelinbyFranKaufman181
November 6 | 4 PM
Utah Opera Production Studios 336 N 400 W
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin will answer questions from the audience. Utah Symphony Principal Keybard Jason Hardink will join in the discussion.



Piano Masterclass with Ignat SolzhenitsynIgnat-Salzhenitsyn
Thursday, October 23 | 5 PM
Dumke Recital Hall (4th Floor) David Gardner Hall, University of Utah 1375 East Presidents CircleSalt Lake CIty, UT 84112
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Free and open to the public. No registration required.


Youth Guild Violin Masterclass with Zormann
February 15 | 11am-1pm
Dumke Recital Hall
Gardner Hall- University of Utah
1375 Presidents Cir
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Violinist Itamar Zorman will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony on February 14 and 15.
While in Salt Lake City, he 
will teach a masterclass on Saturday, February 15.
No registration is required to attend this masterclass.




Youth Guild Violin Masterclass with Natalie MacMasterNatalie MacMaster
February 22 | 3-4pm
First Tier Room
Abravanel Hall
123 West South Temple Salt Lake City Utah

Violinist Natalie MacMaster will perform with the Utah Symphony on February 21 and 22.
While in Salt Lake, she will teach a masterclass on February 22.
Because of space limitations, observers must register for a seat.



Vocal Masterclass with Michael ChioldiMasterclass-009
Monday, October 14 | 2-4 PM
Westminster College

Baritone Michael Chioldi has performed at nearly every major American opera house including: The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Internationally he has traveled extensively in Japan with Maestro Seiji Osawa, and has appeared in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Macau and Spain. Engagements in 2013 include La Traviata with Palm Beach Opera, Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theater, Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera, Giovanna D’Arco with Chicago Opera Theater, Salome with Utah Opera, and Don Carlo with Austin Lyric Opera. Early in 2014 Michael will appear as Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera, in La Bohème at Royal Albert Hall London, and with Lyric Opera Baltimore in the title role in Nabucco.

Westminster Opera Students will be singing in this masterclass. The public is welcome to observe at no charge.


Vocal Master with Jerry Steichen
Monday, November 11 | 2-4 PM
Gillmor Rehearsal Studio- Jewett Center for the Performing Arts
Westminster College 1840 South 1300 East

Maestro Gerald Steichen has established himself as one of America’s most versatile conductors. He currently holds the positions of Principal Pops Conductor of the Utah Symphony and Music Director of the Ridgefield Symphony (Connecticut). He also completed sixteen seasons as Principal Pops Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Steichen spent ten seasons conducting at New York City Opera, and he has conducted operas for Utah Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, among others.

Westminster vocal students will perform scenes from Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza.
The class is free and open to the public for observation. No registration is required.


Vocal Masterclass with Erie Mills
Friday, November 15 | 2 PM-4PM
Utah Opera Production Studios

Devoted to training young classical singers and emerging artists, Erie Mills teaches privately in the East Bay area of San Francisco. She also gives Master Classes throughout the country and works with major opera companies (at Opera Theatre of St. Louis since 2004 , at the Metropolitan Opera from 2008 to the present and at Santa Fe Opera from 2009 to the present) as an English diction coach/specialist. A past Professor of Music at San José State University where she taught for ten years, she serves on the boards of various music organizations, including the Board of Directors of Opera America. For over twenty-five years, Erie Mills performed to critical and popular acclaim throughout the world, dazzling audiences with her sparkling coloratura voice, captivating personality and vivid portrayal of roles.

Utah Opera Resident Artists will sing in the masterclass. The class is free and open to the public for observation. No registration is required.

Piano Masterclass with Pianist Ronald Brautigam
November 16 | 10am-12 noon
Abravanel Hall Stage

Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony on November 15 and 16.  While in Salt Lake, he has graciously agreed to teach a masterclass.  Mr. Brautigam is renowned for his performances on both the modern piano and fortepiano.   He was a student of Rudolf Serkin.

This class is sponsored by the Utah Symphony Youth Guild and will feature advanced Youth Guild members playing for Mr. Brautigam.  The class is free and open to the public but because seating on stage is limited, we ask that you register if you plan to attend. 

Music to be performed at the masterclass includes the following:

Beethoven                  Sonata No. 18, op. 31; I. Allegro (Bretton Floyd)
Berg                            Sonata, op. 1 (Kana Yoshigi)
Mozart                         Sonata K. 311; I. Allegro con spirito (Trenton Chang)
Rachmaninoff            Polichinelle (Sarah Shipp)

Brass Day
January 25, 2014
Masterclasses & workshops for high school Brass Students. For more information visit

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