In the Press

KUED - Contact: Interview with Craig Jessop

Source: - Sep 27, 2018

A brief (3minutes) video interview about War and the Human Heart.

Teaching to the choir: American Festival Chorus teams up with high schoolers for concert

Source: - May 16, 2018

Students from four Cache County high schools had the chance to perform at the Daines Concert Hall with the American Festival Chorus on Tuesday night.

“Whenever I go and do clinics around the country, I’m assured the future is in good hands, if they’ll just turn it over to the choral students of America,” Jessop said.

American Festival Chorus to finish 10th season with 'Sancta Civitas'

Source: CacheValleyDaily - Mar 29, 2018

This is the 10th anniversary season for the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and it concludes on Saturday, April 7 with a deeply moving concert Craig Jessop said you will not want to miss.

Jerry Earl Johnston: A spirit-soaked night of song in Cache Valley with Morten Lauridsen

Source: Deseret News - Apr 23, 2017

It’s always fun when a town from the provinces upstages Salt Lake City in the arts.

It happened when the Hale Center Theater in Orem landed Audra McDonald, queen of the Tony Awards, for the lead role in one of its shows.

17-year-old Logan High composer to debut work with American Festival Chorus and Orchestra

Source: - Oct 20, 2016

LOGAN – The Craig Jessop conducted American Festival Chorus and Orchestra “Halloween Spooktacular” will take place October 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Theatre. The program, produced and hosted by USU professor Cory Evans, will be feature a 220-voice choir, full orchestra, soloists, dancers and surprise guests.

One of the greatest musical pieces ever

Source: - Aug 3, 2016

by Jennie Christensen

This is the last week for the current Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre season. Operations Director Gary Griffin says large numbers of people have been enjoying the performances which have an additional venue this year with the completion of the revamped and remodeled Utah Theatre. 

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: - 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.”