Music Staff

Dr. Robert C. Bowden, Musical Director

Robert C. Bowden received bachelor’s and master's degrees in music from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies in Boston as a student, faculty member, and conductor at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a second master's degree in conducting. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy School of Music in Washington D.C., where he performed in the faculty band while an instructor there. He was a conductor of the Nashua New Hampshire Symphony and later appeared on several occasions as guest conductor and arranger with the late Maestro Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra.

Returning to Salt Lake City in 1971, Bowden earned his doctorate at the University of Utah and became assistant conductor of the University Orchestra. He served as conductor of the Salt Lake City Chamber Orchestra, conductor of the Promised Valley Playhouse, and associate conductor of the Tabernacle Choir. Robert C. Bowden served for 25 years as the conductor of the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus until it was dissolved in 1999.

Paul Larson, Assistant Conductor

Paul Larson graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Music degree. He taught bands and choruses for three years in Idaho then returned to Utah, where he taught for 39 years. He recently retired after teaching for 37 years at Timpview High School in Provo. Larson felt privileged to serve for 30 years in the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus, first as a charter member and then as assistant conductor to Robert C. Bowden. Paul Larson lives with his wife in American Fork, Utah.


CWO3 Denny Saunders, UNG 23rd Army Band Director

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Denny Saunders has commanded the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band since July 2009. He enlisted in the National Guard in May 1992 and joined the 23rd Army band as a trumpet player in May 1993. CW3 Saunders graduated from the University of Utah in 1999 with a degree in music education and is currently working on a master’s degree in music education at Southern Utah University. He teaches band and orchestra at South Hills Middle School in Riverton, Utah. He and his wife, Kimberly, have nine children and one son-in-law and live in Kearns, Utah.  


Dr. Linda Margetts, Organist

Since 1984, Linda Margetts has been an organist for the Tabernacle Choir for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance from Brigham Young University and her Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Utah. She is also an adjunct assistant professor for organ at the University of Utah School of Music.

Her duties including weekly recitals on the Tabernacle organ, accompanying the Temple Square Chorale, and performing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's weekly international television broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word." Margetts has performed recitals in Jerusalem and Vienna and has performed in concerts across the United States and Canada.

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