Bios: Concert II

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Michael Chipman, baritone

Baritone Michael Chipman is an assistant professor of voice and head of the vocal performance program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has performed twice as a soloist at New York’s Carnegie Hall and has sung with opera companies and orchestras across the United States and abroad. He recently performed Schubert’s masterpiece, Winterreise, on the NOVA Chamber Music Series, and last summer he sang the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte in St. Anton, Austria. He is the co-author of “The Naked Voice”, a book on vocal technique published by Oxford University Press in 2007. He holds a masters degree in voice from the University of Utah and an Artist Diploma in vocal performance from Oberlin College Conservatory.

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Claude Halter, violin

Originally from Paris, France, violinist Claude Halter moved to the United States in 2001 and has since been heard nationwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Claude completed his Bachelor and Masters of music from Lawrence University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively.

As an avid chamber musician, Claude has performed alongside artists such as Menahem Pressler (Beaux-Arts Trio), Robert Mann (Juilliard String Quartet), faculty members of the San Francisco Conservatory and members of the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, and Utah symphonies. Claude is equally passionate about orchestral repertoire and has led many performances as concertmaster under great conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vaanska, Stephane Deneve and many others.

In January 2012, Claude joined the Utah Symphony and Opera as principal second violin. He was previously assistant concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony in British Columbia. When not in rehearsal, Claude enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and fly-fishing in the beautiful Wasatch mountain range.

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Anne Lee, cello

Cellist, Anne Lee, a native of Calgary, Alberta, started music lessons at the age of 5 and has since enjoyed appearances in several music festivals, including Casalmaggiore in Italy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, the Banff Arts Festival, and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In 2003, Anne made her solo debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music at McGill University with professors Antonio Lysy and Elizabeth Dolin. She then received her Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music with teacher Natasha Brofsky. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts grant and spent a year in Barcelona, Spain studying with Lluis Claret. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in 2011, Anne was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Aside from her love of performing the orchestral repertoire, Anne enjoys playing chamber music, teaching, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband Claude Halter.

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Jeff Olpin, M.D., harpsichord

Jeff’s lifelong passion for classical music began at an early age. When Jeff was five years old, his mother attended a music pedagogy class touting the benefits of the relatively new Suzuki method. She immediately enrolled Jeff in violin lessons. Jeff received violin instruction from various faculty members of the School of Music at Brigham Young University, including David Dalton, Percy Kalt and Clynn Barrus. As a high school student, Jeff studied violin with various members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival. During this time, he performed in orchestras under the leadership of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Jeff developed an interest in keyboard instruments as a teen despite having no formal keyboard training. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance at Brigham Young University while simultaneously completing a pre-medical curriculum. He then completed a Masters of Arts degree at the Yale School of Music in Violin and Organ Performance. Thereafter, Jeff set aside his musical endeavors to pursue a career in medicine. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, followed by a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Beth Israel/Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging at the University of California San Francisco. Jeff has been a faculty member in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center since 2003. As an ardent fan of early music, Jeff fulfilled his lifelong dream to build a replica of a 1769 Pascal Taskin double-manual harpsichord from the Hubbard firm of Boston in 2002. He is delighted for the opportunity to perform on his own harpsichord at the 2016 Intermezzo Chamber Music Series.

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Jens TenBroek, bass

Jens tenBroek comes from a long line of musicians. Born and raised in Oakland, CA he received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory. He has participated in many music festivals including Verbier, Aspen, New York String Orchestra Seminar and Music Academy of the West where he was the concerto competition winner. His primary teachers have included Lawrence Hurst, David Moore, Paul Ellison, Leigh Mesh and Peter Lloyd.

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Whittney Thomas, viola

First prize winner in the 2006 Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, and second placesenior laureate of the 2007 Sphinx Competition, violist, Whittney Thomas just completed a two-year fellowship in Japan playing with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.

Her past summers have included participating in the Schleswig Holstein Orchestral Academy asthe principal viola, where she toured Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and Turkey; as well as the Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and many more.

As an avid chamber musician, Whittney collaborated closely with Midori Goto for three years,playing and performing extensively throughout the United States. She has also performed with several wellknown artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Arnold Steinhardt, Isabelle van Keulen, ChoLiang

Lin, and Kathleen Winkler. Ms. Thomas has performed in masterclasses given by Richard O’Neill, Kim Kashkashian, Andrés Díaz, the Takacs Quartet, members of the Cleveland Quartet and the American String Quartet.

Born in San Diego, California, Whittney began her studies on the violin at age 8 and discovered her love for the viola nine years later. In 2009, she earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Donald McInnes and studied with Martha Strongin Katz at the New England Conservatory. Ms. Thomas plays on a 2003 Zanetto model by Mario Miralles made on loan to her through the Maestro Foundation. When she is not practicing, she enjoys cooking and baking and would like to extend her interests to many of the Salt Lake pastimes like hiking and skiing.

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Titus Underwood, oboe

Oboist Titus Underwood recently received his Artist Diploma at the Colburn School, where he studied with Allan Vogel. He received his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas, and additional studies with Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a pupil of John Mack, legendary principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra. There he also studied with Frank Rosenwein and Jeffrey Rathbun. Mr. Underwood has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. Festivals he has attended include Music Academy of the West, Breckenridge Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival and Domaine Forget.

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Julie Wunderle, violin

Julie Wunderle is a second violinist in the Utah Symphony. She joined the orchestra in the fall of 2012 having previously played with the Colorado Symphony, moving to Salt Lake City from Denver.

Obtaining her undergraduate as well as her graduate degrees from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, she was privileged to study with both Mimi Zweig and Alexander Kerr. Julie’s participation in music festivals were a highlight of her college career; attending both the Aspen Music Festival and the Schleswig Holstein Festival- which involved several tours throughout Europe and the United States.

Playing with the Violin Virtuosi under the direction of Mimi Zweig at Indiana University throughout junior high and high school, brought numerous opportunities for performance and touring to various countries in Europe as well as in Japan. The group also enjoyed collaborating with many guest artists.

In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her pets, reading chamber music, and participating in various outdoor activities. Skiing is on her list of endeavors for the coming winter months; an activity not readily accessible in her native Midwest locale.