Lori Wike joined the Utah Symphony as Principal Bassoon in 2005. Originally from North Carolina, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Her principal teachers were John Hunt, Nancy Goeres, Mark Popkin, and Michele Grego.
A former member of the Louisville Orchestra, Ms. Wike has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Festival Opera, the San Bernardino Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony, she performed for three seasons with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Her solo appearances include performances with the Utah Symphony, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the University of California-Irvine Symphony and the Salt Lake Arts Festival. She is a frequent performer on both the Nova and Intermezzo Chamber Music series in Salt Lake and is also a member of the Three Fish and a Scorpion woodwind quartet. Ms. Wike is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Utah and Lecturer at Westminster College.
Associate Principal Bassoon
Leon Chodos joined the Utah Symphony in March, 2007. His duties include contrabassoon and associate principal bassoon. Most recently he came from the Oregon Symphony as contrabassoonist, before which he was a member of the Colorado Symphony and the San Jose Symphony, playing contrabassoon in both.
Mr. Chodos received his Bachelor of Music from California State University, Northridge, studying with Michele Grego. He received his Masters of Music from the University of Michigan and studied with Richard Beene and Robert Williams.
During the summers, Mr. Chodos has spent much time with the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in Keene, New Hampshire, as counselor, student, camp director, and faculty.
He loves all kinds of food, especially ethnic foods, and is an avid baseball fan, getting to a game whenever possible. He lives with his wife Gisela and has two children, Gabriel and Abigail.
Jennifer Rhodes won the position of Second Bassoon of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in November 2012. She has held the position of Principal Bassoon with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 2005 and appeared as soloist with the group in 2007. Praised by the New York Times and Village Voice for her “vivid” and “soulful” musicianship, Ms. Rhodes has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts around the world. As a recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship, she has delved deeper into her love of early music and begun a period instrument performance practice. Jennifer holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She has been on faculty at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN since 2005 and has recorded for the EMI, Furious Artisans, and Naxos labels.