Tad Calcara

Principal Clarinet

The Norman C. and Barbara Lindquist Tanner Chair, in memory of Jean Lindquist Pell

Tad Calcara has been principal clarinet of the Utah Symphony since 1999. He began studying piano at age five and clarinet at 12. Mr. Calcara studied clarinet at the Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition he attended summer music festivals at Tanglewood, Aspen, and Music Academy of the West. Prior to his appointment with the Utah Symphony he performed with the New World Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra.

On several occasions Mr. Calcara has performed as soloist. He performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, the Texas Festival Orchestra at Round Top (broadcast on NPR), and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared several times with the Utah Symphony in performances of clarinet works with orchestra by Mozart, Artie Shaw, and Lutoslawski. In recital he has performed for Radio France in Montpellier, and in the spring of 1999 the first ever New World Symphony Honors Concert.

When not performing with the Utah Symphony he can be heard playing chamber music in and around Salt Lake City, or leading his 16-piece New Deal Swing Big Band, which specializes in classic Jazz & Swing Music from the 1930s and 40s. His performances with New Deal Swing have included concerts with the Utah Symphony, Salt Lake Jazz Festival and centennial tributes to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. He has also performed with Big Band legends Franz Jackson (former member of the Fletcher Henderson and Fats Waller bands) and the sole surviving member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, vocalist Herb Jeffries.

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Erin Svoboda

Associate Principal / E-flat Clarinet

Clarinetist Erin Svoboda is in her first season with the Utah Symphony.  Originally from the East Coast, Erin began her musical studies with the piano at the age of five and added the clarinet at ten. She earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Temple University, and Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Thomas Martin, Ricardo Morales, and Mark Nuccio respectively. She spent her summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.  Erin freelanced in New York City after she graduated, playing with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and American Symphony Orchestra.  She spent a year as the Assistant/2nd/E-flat clarinetist in the Colorado Symphony before moving to Utah.  Also an active chamber musician and soloist, she recorded the trio Tibetan Dances on Spring Dreams with Cho-Liang Lin on violin and the composer, Bright Sheng, on piano.  Erin also premiered Michael Gandolfi's Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon.

When not performing, Erin enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, camping, and biking, and recently learned to ski.  She looks forward to exploring Utah.


Lee Livengood

Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Lee Livengood is currently clarinetist and bass clarinetist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra and President of the International Clarinet Association. Prior to his appointment in Utah, he was a member of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. He received a Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music as astudent of Stanley Hasty, and a Master's Degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with Mitchell Lurie. He has played with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Round Top Music Festival, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival (Italy), and locally in the Nova and the Intermezzo Chamber Music Series.

In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Livengood is well known as a mouthpiece maker and refacer, with clients throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. When not performing in the Utah Symphony or refacing mouthpieces, Lee enjoys time in the outdoors with his wife and two boys, drinking great coffee, and playing the electric bass.