Erin Pike Tall has been the artistic director for the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir since 2009. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Utah.
As the Director of Choirs at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City from 1999 to 2010, Ms. Tall had the opportunity to work with students and directors in concert venues throughout the state of Utah, California, Nevada, and Washington. She served as an assistant conductor, accompanist, and vocal soloist for the Salt Lake Choral Artists under the direction of Brady Allred. She sang with the Utah Chamber Artists and with the Deseret Chamber Singers. Tall worked for several summers at the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSA) in Fredonia, New York, serving as conductor, theory teacher, and accompanist. Ms. Tall served as the Utah All State High School Choir accompanist, having worked under the baton of renowned conductors Z. Randall Stroope, Ann Howard Jones, James Jordan, Mack Wilberg, Geoffrey Boers, and Lynn Gackle.
Ms. Tall has accompanied for the national ACDA convention, for Heritage Festival of Gold, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Utah, California, and Nevada. Much of Ms. Tall's early career was spent as director and organist for choirs and congregations in the LDS church and as Chancel Choir director for the First Congregational Church. She spent her undergraduate studies as an accompanist, student conductor, and president for the University of Utah Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. John M. Cooksey and as a singer and student conductor for Dr. Edgar Thompson in the University’s A’Cappella Choir.
Ms. Tall maintains a private vocal studio, has conducted and arranged music for the choirs in numerous LDS General Conferences, and enjoys making a home in the Salt Lake Valley. She and her husband Michael are the proud parents of four beautiful children.
Debbie Griffiths has been the accompanist for Salt Lake Symphonic Choir since 2012, and she loves working with Erin Pike Tall. She played for Utah Opera for 14 years and was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 11 years, along with her husband Greg. Debbie’s whole family is musical, and her greatest joy is to perform with her husband and their six children and their spouses. The Griffiths family loves performing throughout Salt Lake, Idaho, and Wyoming, but their most treasured experiences have been performing for inmates at the Utah State Prison.
Monica Pendergast has been an assistant conductor for The Salt Lake Symphonic Choir since 2015. She is the BTSALP Program Coordinator at Weber State University. She received her Master in Music Education and her Bachelor in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis from Florida State University. Choirs under her direction consistently received high ratings at district choral performance evaluations. Monica is a passionate supporter of arts education for all students.
Katie Houston was an assistant conductor for The Salt Lake Symphonic Choir from 2015-2017. She graduated from BYU in 2008 and began her career teaching choir at Dixon Middle School in Provo, Utah. Three years later, she moved to Salt Lake City and began a new job at Highland High School, where she has taught a combination of choir, piano, and English over the past five years. She earned her Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah in 2015. Katie joined The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2017.
Board of Directors: Vicki Armitage, Abby Adams, Dan Bradford, Liz Kershisnik-Gwynn, Kristin Schalk, Roger Crandall, and Bob Jewell