About the Symphony and Chorus



The mission of the American West Symphony and Chorus is to enrich the lives of the citizens of Sandy and the Greater Salt Lake Valley.
By presenting concerts with uncompromising artistic excellence that entertain, educate and expand appreciation for the arts.
By providing a lifelong outlet for the musicians to practice and improve their art.
By offering educational community programs with hands-on learning experiences for youth.

        The American West Symphony and Chorus of Sandy, Utah, is an all volunteer organization. Members come from all walks of life; doctors, educators, lawyers, etc. The Symphony came into existence in 1988. Four or more concerts per year are produced.

        Established in 1988, the American West Symphony of Sandy City is in its 25nd season of providing quality music around the Salt Lake Valley. Each season includes 14 concerts at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Assembly Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Libby Gardner Hall, and the Sandy City Amphitheater. Each concert season is finished with an annual Pops Concert. Throughout the year, concerts are consistently well reviewed in both the The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Eight concerts annually are educational, with the goal of instilling an appreciation for the arts in our youth. Some highlights of past seasons have included the Utah premeire of Verdi's Nabucco, and the William Tell Overture by Rossini. In 2005, the Orchestra's performance of Carmen was hailed by the Salt Lake Tribune as one of the Top 10 Concerts of the Year.

        The members of the Orchestra and Chorus are all volunteers. Our volunteers come from every walk of life, ranging from dentists and rocket scientists to college and high school students. Many are also musicians in other orchestras around the Salt Lake valley, such as the Salt Lake Symphony. Additionally, many of our volunteers play in musicals performed at the Sandy Amphitheater throughout the summer.

        The American West Chorus/Chamber Singers are part of the American West Symphony and Chorus of Sandy (AWSC), a community based volunteer organization dedicated to musical excellence. We provide an opportunity to perform classical and contemporary choral repertoire, independently or with our first-rate symphony. We are currently expanding under our new Chorus Director, Mr. Tyler Kofoed.┬áThe AWSC's new initiative is to build a community chorus of up to 60 members dedicated to musical excellence. Achieving this goal will allow us to perform major works across the entire spectrum of the choral repertoire. We are interested in cultivating public interest in quality choral music and in giving singers the opportunity to excel as musicians. Independently, as the American West Chamber singers, we plan to perform our own concerts twice a year.

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