The Choir seeks to bring everyone closer to Christ through the performance of wholesome music from all styles, periods and geographical locations of the world. It is the desire of the Heritage Choir to showcase the goodness in all people and to place God at the center of society through music and word.
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The Southern Utah Heritage Choir Over Twenty Years of Music
In the spring of 1974, the St. George Temple Visitors Center planned an Easter Sunrise Service at the recently dedicated Temple Visitors Center. Two regional choirs combined in performance. This created a strong desire to continue this choir. Floyd Rigby was asked to be the director of the new choir and Tuacahn offered rehearsal space at their new music educational facility and rehearsals began. The Choir was originally named “The St. George Temple Visitors Center Choir” which was changed to “The Tuacahn Heritage Choir” and later to “The Southern Utah Heritage Choir” when the Choir moved to the St. George Tabernacle which served as the Choir’s home until the structure was closed for renovation in 2016. Facilities at Dixie State University have been used for rehearsals since that time.
The first concert, entitled “Celebrate America,” was performed for Veterans Day, November 11, 1994. Two weeks later, the Choir sang for the Western Regional Governors Conference. The year was concluded with a Christmas program.
Since its founding, the Choir has provided wholesome, uplifting and inspiring performances to Southern Utah and venues throughout the world. The choir presents annual spring, fall, Flag Day, and Christmas concerts in addition to numerous firesides and community event performances. The Choir collaborates with celebrated guest soloists and conductors and hosts regular choral festivals and workshops for the benefit of the choir of the Southern Utah area.
In addition to its regular performance schedule, the Choir tours extensively, presenting national and international concerts which include the Czech Republic, New York and Carnegie Hall, Armenia, Westerns States Tabernacles, Mexico, England and Scotland, Washington DC and Philadelphia, Midwest America, China, Ireland, San Diego, Central Europe, Salt Lake Tabernacle and Assembly Hall and, most recently, Italy. Future tours are being planned.