Sonoran Desert Chorale Announces New Artistic Director

Posted By on June 19, 2019

To begin its 26th Season, the Sonoran Desert Chorale announced the appointment of new Artistic Director, Dr. Carric Smolnik.

With the retirement of Founding Director Jeff Harris at the end of the Chorale’s 25th Season, an extensive search was conducted to find a new director and Dr. Smolnik was selected from a field of more than 20 candidates.

Dr. Smolnik holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University and a Master of Music, Choral Conducting and Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. He comes to the Chorale from his previous post as assistant conductor and pianist for Orpheus Men’s Chorus of Phoenix. His experience also includes five years as Artistic Director of Arizona Deseret Choir and six years as Artistic Director of Impressions, a choral chamber ensemble.

Dr. Smolnik has long loved choral music. Throughout his career, he has worked with mixed, men’s, and women’s choruses. While he enjoyed all types of choral ensembles, his favorite is the mixed chorus. He loves the breadth of repertoire that is available and the vast range of notes that can be covered through a combination of men’s and women’s voices.

Concerts begin on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019.

Ashley Ford

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