Sterling S. Poulson, 1951 –

Poulson_S_colorSterling is the Music Director and Founder of The Choral Arts Society of Utah, conducting as many as six concerts each year with the 100-voice choir.  He was appointed Associate Music Director of the Jay Welch Chorale in 1985 and served under Dr. Jay Welch for eleven years.  He was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Utah in December 1996. His career includes guest-conducting performances with the Utah Symphony, West Valley Symphony, the New American Symphony, the Sierra Nevada Master Chorale & Orchestra, the Fillmore Regional Chorus & Orchestra, the South Davis Community Choir & Orchestra and the Southern Utah Heritage Choir.  He has had several guest conducting appearances with the Utah National Guard’s 23rd Army Band, including a performance of Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

In 1997 he was appointed Music Director of the Days of ’47 Pops Concert held in Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City every July.  He has expanded this free concert to a two-night event and it is one of the more popular summer concerts in Salt Lake City. In May of 2002, he received the Award of Harmony from The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Singing in America, presented by the Saltaires Show Chorus for his work in promoting music education and appreciation in our community.  He served two terms on the board of the American Choral Directors-Utah Chapter, and from 1988 – 2009, he held the position of music reader for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Broadcast Music and the Spoken Word. He is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education with choral emphasis at the University of Utah.

Sterling Poulson is currently the Chief Meteorologist for 2News, joining the KUTV 2News Weather Team as an anchor, weather producer and meteorologist in December 1989. This veteran forecaster graduated with a degree in Meteorology and was trained as a forecaster in the United States Air Force. During his ten years on active duty with the USAF, He served a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He was later given a special assignment to the National Emergency Command Aircraft, 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron in direct support of “Air Force One” at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He was a Severe Storms Forecaster, assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Center at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, providing aviation forecasts in support of Air Force and Department of Defense missions worldwide. He served 11 years with the Utah Air National Guard, and recently retired from the Air force after 27 years of service.

Sterling’s television career began in 1985 when he joined KSL television in Salt Lake City as a weather producer and meteorologist. Sterling is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, with the seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society. He served a three-year term as a member of the Board of Broadcast Meteorologists from 1997-2000. He chaired the AMS Broadcaster’s National Convention in San Francisco in June 2000. He enjoys visiting schools with the 2News Storm Tracker speaking to school kids about weather and science.  He is a member of the Clark Planetarium Board of Directors, Executive Vice President of the Days of ’47, Chairman of the Board of the West Valley Symphony of Utah, and Board Chair of the Choral Arts Society of Utah.

Sterling resides in Centerville with his wife Danette and enjoys fishing and spending time with his family, including his 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Associate Director/Orchestrator – Donny Gilbert

gilbert_colorDonny Gilbert was born in Murray, Utah in 1974. In 1978, he moved to Castle Dale, Utah where he graduated from Emery County High School in 1992. He began his formal musical career by attended Snow College on a trombone scholarship. He later attended the University of Utah where he studied composition privately with Henry Wolking, Dr. Steven Roens, Dr. Morris Rosenzwieg, Dr. Miguel Chauaqui and Bruce Reich, and trombone with Russ McKinney, Bass Trombonist with the Utah Symphony. Donny has earned both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Composition from the University of Utah and will soon pursue his doctoral studies.

Donny has written and arranged music for several performing ensembles and for several student films. He is currently Principle Guest Conductor of the West Valley Symphony and Associate Music Director of the Choral Arts Society of Utah. In addition to his conducting duties, Donny has received several commissions for musical works, including works to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the West Valley Symphony, the 100th Anniversary of bands at Snow College, and even a new fight song for Snow College.

imperiale_colorMichael J. Imperiale, Senior Pastor came to FPC in 2001. A native of New Jersey, Mike served as pastor for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cinnaminson, New Jersey from 1989 – 2001. Prior to that, he served for 5 years as Associate Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Greenlawn, Long Island, New York. He has a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Pastor Mike is passionate about helping FPC to grow in ministry and outreach to others and to share the love of Christ both within and outside the church. “We come from different backgrounds…yet we come together to worship God, study his Word, do ministry together and participate in greater good…a good that none of us could create or experience on our own. I count it a gift and a privilege to lead this amazing congregation.” Mike is also an accomplished musician with a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and is currently an associate conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Utah.

CASU-Evelyn-Westwood-webEvelyn Westwood was born in Murray, Utah and now resides in Granger, Utah.  Her musical studies began at the age of 6, taking piano lessons from Margaret Slack. She later studied with Adele Larsen. She began teaching piano at the Granger Music Store during her senior year of high school. She soon opened her own studio where she was able to earn enough money to attend the University of Utah participating in chamber choir, while studying music theory and harmony. At the age of ten, she joined an after school choir under the direction of Clay Petersen, and continued singing in choirs throughout her school years, including singing with the Concert Choir and Madrigals at Granger High School, under the direction of Norman Wendel. She married her sweetheart, Neal J Westwood, in the Salt Lake Temple. She enjoyed traveling the world with the Air Force, and they now have 6 children and 13 beautiful grandchildren. In 1988 she opened what is still her current music studio, and again began teaching piano.  She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association. She is a member of the Utah Music Teachers Association, and served as president of the Jordan River Chapter, and presently serves as the historian. She is a member of the Utah Federation of Music Clubs – Salt Lake West, where she serves as Hymn Festival Chairman. She sang with the Utah Symphony Chorus from 2001-2004 under the direction of Ed Thompson, Brady Allred, and Suzanne Sheston.  She was a member of “We Also Sing”  directed by Merrilee Webb for several years. She joined the Choral Arts Society of Utah in November 2011.  She has conducted youth stake and regional choirs, children’s choirs, ward choirs, stake, and regional choirs.  She served as the Stake Music Chairman in the Bennion Utah East Stake for over 10 years, overseeing several large stake music productions, hymn-sing firesides, and other activities, and is currently an associate conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Utah.  Evelyn says, “I am indebted to all who have enriched my life by giving me musical opportunities and challenges.  It has been a joyful journey.”

Jacqueline F. Young started playing and accompanying while in elementary school in Marblehead, MA, and young_colorwas a substitute organist for the Baptist and Methodist Churches in her early teens.  She graduated from Lowell State College (now UMass Lowell) with a BS in music and education in 1963.  During college in the early 60’s, she accompanied the Boston-New England Opera Company.  She worked as an accompanist and did graduate work in opera direction and musicology at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston as well as at Brigham Young University in Utah.  During this time she also was the accompanist for the UT Valley Opera and worked in the offices of the UT Symphony.  Over the years, she has worked in the music departments at Sinclair College in Dayton, OH, Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA, and currently at Weber State University in Ogden, UT, performing in various operas, musical theatre productions and recitals.

She has been an organist and accompanist in the LDS Church since 1964 and has accompanied innumerable vocalists, instrumentalists, church choirs and choral groups for over 67 years.  For the past fourteen years, she has been the accompanist for the Choral Arts Society of Utah and has had the opportunity to travel to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria, and the Helena Symphony in Montana.  She has been privileged to participate in the Salvation Army Angel Tree concerts each December and the Days of ’47 concerts at Symphony Hall each July as well as a great many other performances as part of the Choral Arts Society of UT.  She considers it a great blessing to have been able to use her talents to serve others for so many years.