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Barlow Bradford Accepts U Choral Studies Position

Barlow Bradford

On Friday, October 5th, Barlow Bradford will step out onto the Libby Gardner Concert Hall stage in a new job, with a newly formed choir, and delight his audience with the same great choral music that the Salt Lake community has learned to expect from him from more than 30 years of music making.

After an extensive national search, Dr. Bradford was selected as the U's Ellen Neilson Barnes Presidential Endowed Chair for Choral Studies; a prestigious post that includes conducting the newly established University of Utah Chamber Choir and the A Cappella Choir.

"Dr. Bradford comes with a wealth of professional and collegiate experience," explained Robert Baldwin, Director of Orchestras for the School of Music. "I am certain our students will find their time with him extremely enriching and rewarding."

Co-founder and director of the award-winning Utah Chamber Artists, Bradford has distinguished himself as one of Utah's most prominent and successful conductors, along with his acclaimed work as a composer, pianist, organist and teacher. His considerable talents led to his appointment as music director of the Orchestra at Temple Square and as associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The native Utahn's wide-ranging expertise will be well utilized at the School of Music, as director of two choirs, supervising both rehearsals and concerts, as well as heading the graduate choral conducting program and teaching conducting seminars and lessons.

"I really love working at the U. Young musicians have an energy about them and a fresh attitude toward music," said Bradford. "It's magical. It's so fun to be involved in that kind of music-making."

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Last Updated: 3/22/23