First Choir Photo
The Southern Utah Heritage Choir Over Twenty Years of Music
In 1994, the directors of the St. George Temple Visitors Center organized a choir to celebrate the traditions and rich heritage of Southern Utah and the nation. With Floyd Rigby as director, this first concert, entitled “Celebrate America,” was performed in the St. George Tabernacle for Veterans Day, and two weeks later as part of the Western Governors Convention. With the immediate support and enthusiasm of the Southern Utah community, the Southern Utah Heritage Choir was born!
Beginning its 21st year, the Choir performs in the historic St. George Tabernacle as well as larger concert venues, presenting Christmas and Easter concerts, spring and fall concerts, patriotic concerts, and many musical firesides. The Choir has been selected several times to be the voice of the Mormon Battalion in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and has toured throughout the world, performing concerts in the Czech Republic, Armenia, Mexico, England, Scotland, China and, most recently, Ireland.
Members of the Choir are volunteers from the community, representing many walks of life. They pay their own choir expenses, and give freely of their time for rehearsals and performances. The Choir performs a wide variety of music to accomplish its mission – that of “bringing people closer to the Savior through beautiful music.”