ARIZONA DESERET CHOIR
ABOUT THE CHOIR

The ARIZONA DESERET CHOIR is a community service music organization of men and women from the Phoenix Area. The choir has performed with combined vocal and orchestral groups in all sizes of venues throughout the State of Arizona. Performances have included a wide music variety, from challenging masterworks to pieces that are down-right fun. The music we perform is meant to uplift and ennoble all, and echoes the statement:

"... If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
- LDS Article of Faith

Joan Rodgers -Interim Director

Mrs. Joan Rodgers has a degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from the University of Utah.  While at the University, she studied under Richard P. Condie, long-time director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Jay Welch, who also served as musical director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  She also sang with Maurice Abravanel, conductor of the Utah Symphony and made choral recordings with Eugene Ormandy, then-director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
 
Mrs. Rodgers later joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and participated in the Grammy award-winning recording of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.  She was a member of the Jay Welch Choral for many years.  Mrs. Rodgers went on to teach vocal and instrumental music for 20 years in public schools and privately, including piano instruction at BYU Hawaii.  She co-founded Pages Lane Theater in Centerville, Utah, which later became Rodgers Memorial Theatre and is now Centerpoint Theatre, a non-profit professional theater organization.  She served as musical director and accompanist for 100+ musical theater productions and concerts at Pages Lane Theater.
 
Mrs. Rodgers served as Entertainment Co-Chair of the Utah Centennial Statehood Gala, which included performances by the Osmonds, Utah Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Grant Johannasen, among others.  She also co-founded the Rodgers Performing Arts School.  Alumni of the School now perform in Broadway National Tours and work as professional recording artists and theater and musical professionals across the country.  Mrs. Rodgers also has a lifetime of experience serving in various musical capacities in her local Church congregation.

           

Board of Directors
Michele Medlyn

Choir Council
Joan Rodgers, Interim Choir Director
Michele Medlyn, President

Leno McCook, Vice President

Sue Bunker, Accompanist
Lynne Facer, Sec/Treasurer
,anelle Morris, Membership
Michelle Paxton, Librarian
Michele Medlyn, Wardrobe
Amee Gonzales, Webmaster
Chantel Mower
, Social Media
Becky Hansen, Social Media
Karen Cherington, Soprano Leader

Nyla Williams, Soprano Assistant
Mary Ann Rieck, Alto Leader

Leno McCook, Tenor Leader

John Pidd, Bass Leader

Jerry Young, Historian