Utah Symphony Chorus


The Utah Symphony Chorus is an audition-only group composed of professional singers from the Salt Lake City area. For information about the Utah Symphony Chorus contact the chorus manager Lance Jensen at 801-869-9006.

Utah Symphony Chorus Director

Barlow Bradford

Utah Symphony Chorus Auditions

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be held in June or July 2020. An exact date will be posted here soon, please check back for updates.

Singers on the Utah Symphony Chorus roster have the opportunity to be contracted and compensated for performances with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall. Well qualified and experienced musicians are invited to apply. Those auditioning are asked to prepare one classical or musical theater piece that best demonstrate your abilities and vocal range. Candidates may be asked to sing vocal exercises.

For additional information, please contact the Utah Symphony Chorus Manager, Lance Jensen, at ljensen@usuo.org.



2020-2021 Season Repertoire

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Fauré: Requiem
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus; Misericordias Domini
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Recent Repertoire

2016-2017 Season

Ives: Symphony No. 4
Mozart: Requiem
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Cantata


2017-2018 Season

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Mozart: Mass in C minor
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

2018-19 Season

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Berlioz: La mort d’Ophélie; Sara la baigneuse

2019-20 Season

Holst: The Planets
Orff: Carmina Burana


Shortly after Maurice Abravanel began his famed association with the Utah Symphony, he set about finding a group of singers that could undertake the great choral masterworks with the orchestra. Abravanel turned to the University of Utah and Music Department Chairman President Leroy J. Robertson, who agreed to let Abravanel use the University’s choirs to combine forces and perform with the Symphony. Their first joint venture was Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, performed on March 13, 1948 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, with choirs prepared by John Marlowe Nielson. Six decades and a wealth of the world’s greatest choral music later, we embrace the future and our great associations with Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer, and the orchestra.

Over the years, the name of the Chorus has changed from The University Chorale to The University Civic Chorale, The Utah Chorale, and finally the Utah Symphony Chorus. John Marlowe Nielson (1948-1962) was succeeded by Dr. Newell B. Weight (1962-1982) as Music Director of the Chorus, followed by Dr. Edgar J. Thompson (1982-2003), Dr. Susanne Sheston (2004-2013) and Dr. Barlow Bradford (2013-present). The chorus has sung under the baton of Utah Symphony Music Directors Maurice Abravanel, Varujan Kojian, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart and Thierry Fischer, as well as numerous guest conductors including Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Roger Wagner, Peter Eros, Bernard Labadie, Andrew Litton, Stanisław Skrowaczewski and many others.

The Utah Symphony Chorus is comprised of professional singers from the Salt Lake City area who come from all walks of life.  The Chorus performs several concerts each season with the Utah Symphony, which may include choral masterworks, pops concerts and our annual audience-participation Messiah Sing-In. All chorus rehearsals take place during evening hours.  There is no time limit for years of service in the chorus, though members periodically re-audition for membership.

We’re proud to continue providing outstanding music to the communities of Utah and beyond, and as always, to be the voice of the Utah Symphony!