Keith Carrick

Principal Percussion 

Keith Carrick joined the Utah Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 2012.  From 2007 to 2012, he was Principal Percussionist of the Sarasota Orchestra, and appeared as guest soloist with the orchestra on several occasions.  While in Sarasota, Keith was also on faculty at the State College of Florida.  Keith has performed and taught extensively across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Originally from Mt. Airy, Maryland, Keith began his musical studies at age 8 in the public schools and at age 15 honed his classical training through the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program.  He went on to graduate from Boston University as a student of Tim Genis, and the New England Conservatory as a student of Will Hudgins.    

Keith can be heard on Andrew Beall’s album ‘Deliverance’ available through BMP records, and as a performer on the premiere performances and premiere recordings of Joan Tower’s Splendid Wood and Gunther Schuller’s Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards available through Naxos records.  He has previously attended the Tanglewood Music Center, Verbier Festival, and the Music Academy of the West.  

When not performing with the Utah Symphony, Keith enjoys travelling, hiking, kayaking, and rafting with his wife Kyra. 


Eric Hopkins


Eric Hopkins plays the dual role of percussionist and associate principal timpanist in the symphony. His passion lies in both roles equally. For Eric, percussion is about negotiating the wide array of acoustic possibility, overcoming and embracing the challenges of each unique instrument. On timpani, the large copper kettle drums, Eric strives to maximize the sound color palette to vivify the emotional content of the music.

For both crafts, Eric finds himself pleasantly busy collecting and experimenting with instruments, sticks, and mallets. Some of these implements make it on stage at Abravanel Hall. A few of his timpani sticks started as wild bamboo from his mother's back yard in Florida, with a toy car wheel attached at the top, covered with a layer of green felt from a billiard supplier sewed on using dental floss and a needle. Eric is constantly on the lookout for new percussion gear and admits to compulsively buying old tambourines and triangles on Ebay.

Eric won first place in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 2012 Modern Snare Drum Competition and first place in the Young Artist Competition at Alliance for the Arts in Southwest Florida. He is the recipient of the Big Arts Classical Music Award, New Leaf Arts Scholarship, David G. Robinson Performing Arts Scholarship, Tallahassee Music Guild Award, and the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. While at Florida State University, Eric was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Award. He can be heard as a vibraphone soloist on the CD, FSU Percussion Ensemble Vol. 1.

As of his appointment in 2013 at the age of 24, he is the youngest member of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. Eric earned his Master of Music degree in 2013 from the Manhattan School of Music, where he also served as a teacher in the Pre-college division. He studied in the Orchestral Program with the life-changing faculty of Chris Lamb, Duncan Patton, and She-e Wu.

Michael Pape


Michael Pape joined the Utah Symphony as Section Percussion in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served as Acting Section Percussion with the Utah Symphony. Mr. Pape spent five seasons as a percussionist with the Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic. During the 09/10 season, Michael held a one-year position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He performed with them on several national and international tours and recordings. He has also has held positions with the Canton (OH) Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony and has also performed with the New World Symphony (FL), Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

In 2004, Michael was the winner of the 1st prize at the International Snare Drum Competition in Paris, France. He also received the best interpretation prize for his performance of ‘Breakaway’ by Tim Adams. In 2005, he was invited by Frederic Macarez to perform a solo recital at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

Michael received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. His principal teachers are Timothy K. Adams and Paul Evans. Michael has also studied with Chris Deviney, John Soroka, Andy Reamer, and Chris Allen. Michael is married to Utah Symphony violinist Karen Wyatt.