The American Festival Chorus
The American Festival Chorus was founded in the summer of 2008 with Craig Jessop appointed as artistic director and conductor and Cory Evans, as associate conductor. The chorus brings together 220 talented singers from a 90-mile radius including faculty and students from the Utah State University Department of Music and local high school choral conductors. From the beginning its repertoire has been eclectic, ranging from the great choral/orchestral masterworks to hymns, spirituals, songs of Broadway, and patriotic and folk tunes. The mission of the chorus is to provide a culture of musical excellence that edifies, entertains, and educates performers and audiences.
In January of 2013, Edward Reichel praised the American Festival Chorus as one of the Top 15 Concerts of 2012 in the state of Utah:
Craig Jessop is without doubt one of the most perceptive choral conductors today. … As music director of Logan’s American Festival Chorus, Jessop took a small regional choir and turned it into one of Utah’s most respected vocal ensembles. Their performance of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion last August was a study in subtlety and nuance, and powerful for its emotional expressiveness.
Last season, the Women of the American Festival Chorus joined the Sun Valley Sumer Symphony for a monumental performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. Jessop and the chorus present five performances each year in Logan, in addition to ongoing collaborations with the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre and with Sun Valley Entertainment.