In the Press

USU conductor Craig Jessop honored with top Utah arts award

Source: Standard Examiner - Apr 21, 2016

LOGAN — Craig Jessop, founding dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, has the Midas touch when it comes to the arts in the state of Utah and Governor Gary Herbert agrees.

Jessop is one of four honorees of the 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts awards. Other winners include the Utah Arts Festival, James Rees and the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council.



Bach’s Poignant Tribute St. Matthew Passion Ushers in Easter

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune - Mar 26, 2016

Craig Jessop and his American Festival Chorus brought a magnificent Easter gift to the people of Salt Lake City on Saturday: a profoundly moving presentation of Bach's great St. Matthew Passion. Hundreds of listeners sat transfixed in the Cathedral of the Madeleine for the oratorio's nearly 3-hour running time, hearing the story of Jesus' trial and crucifixion unfold.



Music and dance showcase Utah’s cultural and religious heritage

Source: Episcopal News Service - Jul 2, 2015

The Kenshin Taiko drummers from the Japanese Church of Christ in Salt Lake City got the July 1 Utah Showcase off to a thunderous start with a reverberating opening number representing a dragon wishing listeners a long life and good health.



Utah Showcase is cultural highlight of the 78th General Convention

Source: EpiscopalCafe.com - Jul 4, 2015

With the historic organ comprising a dramatic backdrop, the Utah Showcase, held the evening of 1 JUL in the LDS Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square, was the cultural highlight of the 78th General Conference of the Episcopal Church. Organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, the showcase featured song and dance that exhibited the ethnic, cultural and faith diversity of Utah.



Episcopalian Convention Includes Hands-On Interfaith Service Project at Welfare Square

Source: Mormon Newsroom - Jul 2, 2015

More than 10,000 members of the Episcopal Church gathered (for the first time in Utah) for the faith’s 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City.



Worshippers attend Utah Showcase at Salt Lake Tabernacle for Episcopal Conference

Source: Deseret News - Jul 1, 2015

Worshippers gathered at the Salt Lake Tabernacle for the Utah Showcase on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, as part of the Episcopal Church’s 78th Conference. The showcase presented cultural performances from around Utah, put on by assorted religious groups.



Christmastime is here: American Festival Chrous presents annual holiday show

Source: Cache Magazine - Dec 11, 2015

Santa Claus paid an early visit to Cache Valley last week, spreading Christmas cheer through the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra during the seventh annual “Christmas from the Ellen Eccles Theatre.”



Some of Utah's finest musicians coming together for "Christmas from the Ellen Eccles Theatre"

Source: CacheValleyDaily.com - Nov 22, 2015

It is a cherished holiday tradition. The critically-acclaimed American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop, will present "Christmas from the Ellen Eccles Theatre" on Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be two performances on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.