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

Carric Smolnik, DMA - Director

Carric Smolnik is currently the Conductor for the Arizona Deseret Choir and the Assistant Conductor of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University, where he served as the Conductor of the ASU Men’s Chorus, the Assistant Conductor of ASU Chamber Singers and Choral Union, and as a collaborative pianist for vocal and instrumental students at ASU. He also holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, both from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, Dr. Smolnik directed and assisted several auditioned choirs and served as the Conductor and Artistic Director of Impressions, his own chamber choir. He loves collaboration, finding fulfillment in his work as a conductor and a collaborative pianist.

Board of Directors
Darlene Brinkerhoff

Amy Ahlstrom

Michael Willson

Steven Reeder

Choir Council
Carric Smolnik, Choir Director
Steven Reeder, President

Doug Reeder, Vice President

Sue Bunker, Accompanist
Lynne Facer, Sec/Treasurer
Michelle Paxton, Membership
Debra Thornhill
, Librarian
Michelle Medlyn, Wardrobe
Jenny Smolnik, Webmaster
Billy Snead, Social
Karen Cherington, Soprano Leader

Nyla Williams, Soprano Assistant
Mary Ann Rieck, Alto Leader

Leno McCook, Tenor Leader

John Pidd, Bass Leader

Jerry Young, Historian