Dr. Karlyn Bond, DMA
Chair, Department of Music
Karlyn Bond caught the attention of Salt Lake City audiences when she gave her first solo recital at the Holladay Library at age eleven and first appeared with the Utah Symphony a few months later at age twelve. Since then her performing career has involved several concerto appearances and numerous solo, chamber, and lecture recitals around the country.
In 1989, Karlyn received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Walla Walla College where she studied with Leonard Richter. As a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship recipient she earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California where she studied with John Perry and completed areas of concentration in piano performance, music history and literature, instrumental collaboration, and analysis of tonal music.
After graduating from USC in 1994, Dr. Bond moved back to Salt Lake City. She began teaching at Westminster College the next year where she now holds a full-time faculty position as Chair of the Music Department, member of the honors faculty, and Director of the Westminster Concert Series. She teaches a variety of music and interdisciplinary courses.
Since its debut in 2002, Karlyn has been a board member of the critically acclaimed Intermezzo Chamber Music Series in Salt Lake, a summer series in which she regularly performs. She is a member of the Salt Lake-based piano quartet, Quattro Amici, with Utah Symphony Orchestra members Lun Jiang, Roberta Zalkind and Pegsoon Whang.
Literature is one of Karlyn’s passions outside music, and she brought a musical perspective to one of her favorite writers in the independent release of her CD, Piano Classics from the World of Jane Austen in 1996. She also recorded a CD with Utah Symphony principal trombonist, Larry Zalkind, in 2002.