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Oratorio Society of Utah was founded in 1915 as a non-denominational Utah choral organization by Professor Squire Coop, an internationally trained musician. During its 97 year history more than 10,000 singers have been counted among its ranks. Oratorio Society of Utah is perhaps best known for its 78-year tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Oratorio Society of Utah has performed many great classical works such as Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, and contemporary masterpieces such as Jeff Manookian’s Symphony of Tears and Requiem, which premiered at The Madeleine Festival of the Arts and Humanities in 2000 and 2004. Oratorio Society of Utah has performed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Edmonton, Pasadena, and other national and international concert venues.
Accompanying orchestras include Utah Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Intermountain Classical Orchestra, Nachtmusik, Madeleine Festival Orchestra and the Israel Symphony Orchestra.
Oratorio Society of Utah has been fortunate to perform under internationally recognized music director greats such as Squire Coop, Louis Lane, Crawford Gates, Amos Mellor, Uri Mayer, Thor Johnson, Marlow Nielson, Morris F. Lee, Albert Southwick, Sandor Salgo and Loris Tjeknavorian.
The choral group has a rich broadcast history and has been featured on NBC, CBS, PBS and other radio and television networks. Oratorio Society of Utah is recognized in the Encyclopedia Britannica.