This archived article was written by: Nate Manley
The old “adage of time changes everything” is partially true as rehearsals for the annual Messiah production have begun, with a new director wielding the baton. Newly named associate professor of music, Rhoda Rhodes is conducting rehearsals each Sunday night in preparation for the December performance.
Instrumental music is in the forefront of Rhodes’ teaching career, however, she has undertaken the challenge of conducting both , orchestra and chamber choirs in the annual USU Eastern holiday production.
She combines her college choir with the Price Civic Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, to commemorate the semi-sesquicentennial anniversary, with the 66 performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Ushering in the holiday season for Eastern Utah residents, which celebrates the life of Jesus Christ through Handel’s musical works has been a Utah tradition since 1875.
More choir members are needed to add depth to the performance. Rehearsals are Sundays at 6 p.m. for the orchestra and 7 p.m. for the choirs.