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The Choral Arts Society of Utah was incorporated in 1987 as a Utah nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation for the purpose of furthering the choral art in Utah and abroad. Giving artistic support and performance opportunities to local choral groups, the Society primarily promoted and fostered the Jay Welch Chorale until December of 1996. Sterling S. Poulson, founder of the Society, became the conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Utah's one-hundred-voice choir in January, 1997.


Master Chorale

The society has a long history of choral performances, including a performance with the Utah Symphony Chorus of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass in Carnegie Hall in June, 1999. The premiere performance of Michael McLean's, The Garden, was performed by the Choral Arts Society of Utah in the spring of 1996. They have since performed the work a many times in Utah, combining with the Latter Day Sounds in one performance at the Dee Event Center in Ogden. Two of Utah's Governors invited the Society to sing at the Gubernatorial Inauguration. In 1991, the choir sang at the 1998 Olympic Bid announcement in Salt Lake City. In 2006, the choir toured in Austria for the 250 anniversary of the birth of Mozart, giving concerts in Salzburg, Bad Ischl and Vienna.

The choir began its signature choral/orchestral concert in 1997, taking on the responsibilities of the Days of '47 Pops Concert, which is the kickoff event for Pioneer Days in Utah. Pops Concert guest artists have included: Douglas Spotted Eagle, The Goodman Family, Paul Engemann, Gregory Pearson, Envoy, Senator Orrin Hatch and Janice Kapp Perry, Michael McLean, Katie Thompson, Fire on the Mountain, InsideOut, Peter Breinholt, The Salt Lake Scots, George Dyer, the Blue Sage Trio, The Crescent Super Band, Dallyn Vail Bayles and the Lyceum Repertory Orchestra, Kayson Brown, Music Director. The concert is held in Abravanel Hall has maintained the tradition of being free to the public for over sixty five years.

For several years, the choir has gathered in the Historic Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square to present the Days of '47 Sunrise Service, hosting several other choral groups including Sierra Nevada Master Chorale, Davis Master Chorale, Bear River Choral Society, Morgan Community Choir, Legacy Chorale, Box Elder Symphonic Choir, and BYU 21st Stake Choir. The choir has also performed for the Temple Square Concert Series, the ZCMI Christmas Windows Celebration and two big band era concerts with the Phoenix Jazz and Swing Band. The choir travels to southern Utah almost yearly and has performed two outdoor concerts at the entrance of Zion National Park. They have also performed several times with St. George's Heritage Choir and other Utah choirs in the St. George Tabernacle and at Dixie College. The choir also traveled to Nevada to perform with the Sierra Nevada Master Chorale in the symphony hall in Reno.

In March 2007, the Choral Arts Society sponsored a choral festival in Morgan Utah.  The festival featured guest conductor Dr. Craig Jessop, Conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  The Salt Lake Symphonic Choir, George Welch, Condcutor, participated in the event along with the benefactor of the festival, the Morgan Community Choir under the direction of Lois Manning.

choir photo, holiday pops

Since December of 1997, a tradition for the choir, along with the West Valley Symphony, has been the KUTV Holiday Pops Concert, a Salvation Army Angel Tree benefit, which helps bring Christmas to less fortunate children and families in Utah. Well known artists who have performed with the choir for the Christmas season include David Barrus, Thurl Bailey, The Crocker Sisters, Octappella and the Bar J Wranglers. The 1998 concert was televised and won the Utah Broadcasters Association's "Gold Award" for best entertainment program of the year.

The Choral Arts Society of Utah is a partner in business with Taylorsville High School, and performed with the Concert Choir to help raise funds for a new piano. In 1997 the Society also performed a cooperative concert with the Bountiful High School choirs.

The choir braved the cold to present four outdoor performances for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City and Salt Lake City.

Olympic pin photo

If you would like to join the choir or would like more information about the Choral Arts Society of Utah,
call (801) 363-9708.