Tabernacle Choir adds associate conductor

Lt. Col. Craig D. Jessop has been named an associate conductor of the Tabernacle Choir, the First Presidency announced.

The appointment will be effective June 1, upon the new associate conductor's retirement from the U.S. Air Force. He is commander and conductor of the Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band, based at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He is also music director and conductor of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.Brother Jessop, 45, joins Donald Ripplinger as an associate of Tabernacle Choir director Jerold D. Ottley.

The new associate director is a former member of the Tabernacle Choir. He served a mission to the British Isles, and has been a seminary teacher, high councilor, youth leader, choir director, and a counselor in a stake presidency. He and his wife, RaNae Remund Jessop, are parents of four children.

Brother Jessop, a son of Don and Dortha Jessop, is a native of Millville, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University. For two years he was director of choral activities at Salt Lake City's Granite High School. He has had teaching fellowships at BYU, where he earned a master's degree, and Stanford University, where he earned a doctorate in musical arts.

He began his Air Force career in Washington, D.C., as conductor of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and associate conductor of the U.S. Air Force Concert Band. He later conducted the Band of the United States Air Forces in Europe.

Concurrent with his Air Force assignments, he has served also as music director and conductor of the Maryland Choral Society and the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In addition, he has been a guest conductor of the Tabernacle Choir on three occasions.

As the principal conductor of three major Air Force musical organizations, he has performed in 28 countries before presidents, kings and other heads of state.

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