Music Faculty Bios
Dr. Christopher Quinn, DMA
Director, Department of Music
Christopher Quinn was appointed Director of Music at Westminster College in 1994. Under his leadership, the music program grew dramatically over the next several years. He developed a new music curriculum that included private lessons, performing ensembles, and academic music courses. The music programs’ success culminated in the construction of the Eccles Conservatory for Music and Theatre. “For a program our size, it is one of the finest facilities in the country and a dream come true for the music department.”
In 2003, he was awarded the distinguished Gore Excellence in Teaching Award and the Naomi Weyher Renewal Leave which provided an opportunity to pursue post-doctorate work in conducting. In 2004, he recorded a solo piano cd: A Tribute: The Piano Stylings of Ken Manzer. Last fall, his setting of The Lord’s Prayer was published and has received international critical success. He has several other works near completion and soon to be published.
Dr. Quinn earned a D.M.A. in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an active pianist, choral conductor, composer, and arranger.
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.
Director, Westminster Chamber OrchestraBrandon Derfler studied music theory at the University of Washington, where he received a Ph.D in 2007. In addition to teaching at the University of Washington, he has also taught at the Academy of Music Northwest in Seattle and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an M.A. in musicology. Dr. Derfler also holds a B.A. in music degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Utah. He served as Assistant Editor of the journal Perspectives of New Music from 2001 to 2007. His work has been published in GAMUT Journal, Indiana Theory Review, and Perspectives of New Music. His bookSingle-Voice Transformations: A Model for Parsimonious Voice Leading was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2010. He has been the conductor of the Westminster Chamber Orchestra since 2012. His research interests include minimalism and neo-Riemannian theory. Outside of academia, Dr. Derfler enjoys composing music, hiking and backpacking in the canyon country of southern Utah, and dissecting the minutiae of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.
Director, Westminster Opera Studio
Michael Chipman is a versatile singer whose performance interests range from art song to Baroque music to contemporary opera. Mr. Chipman recently recorded the role of Roderick Usher in Gordon Getty’s new opera Usher House with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and sang the baritone solo in Bach’s Cantata 47 with Utah Chamber Artists. In November 2005 he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the baritone solo in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Other recent performances include the role of Ceprano in Rigoletto with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi with Utah Opera, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc’s Banalites at the Intermezzo Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Howells Requiem at the Deer Valley Music Festival.and a concert tour of London and Paris with Utah Chamber Artists as the baritone soloist in the Requiems of Fauré and Howells. Upcoming performances include composer Kenneth Fuch's "Falling Man" for baritone and orchestra with the Salt Lake Symphony (to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks) and a set of Ives songs with pianist Jason Hardink on the NOVA Chamber Music series.
Mr. Chipman was chosen to participate in a weeklong workshop focusing on Bach cantatas with Ton Koopmann at Carnegie Hall and has been a soloist in the Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New York Baroque Soloists. He sang the role of Major-Domo in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with the New York Opera Project and Masetto in Don Giovanni with New York’s Modus Opera. He has sung with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Utah Opera, Lyric Opera of New York, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Utah Festival Opera and the Brevard Music Festival Opera. He has performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Musical Union and on seven international television and radio broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He was a regional finalist in the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He made his New York operatic debut in 2002-3 performing the roles of Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera of New York.
Mr. Chipman is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied with Richard Miller. He also studied privately for five years with Steve Smith of the Juilliard School and Northwestern University, with whom he was the co-author of “The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing” published by Oxford University Press in March 2007. He is an assistant professor of voice at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.