The Tabernacle Choir Blog

August 2014 Articles

Choir Launches 24/7 Music Stream

We’ve been teasing you about it for a couple of weeks. Now here’s the big news: The Choir has a new feature on its website -- a music stream powered by the Mormon Channel. Now you can listen to Choir music all day, without interruptions. And, all night, too. The music stream is programmed with selections from the Choir’s deep reservoir of recorded music. 

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How To Use the Choir's Sacred Music Library

Did you know the Choir has a past performance music archive that lets you find your favorite songs from specific general conferences? Perhaps you heard a song during last April’s general conference that you keep humming but can't quite remember the title—you’ve come to the right place. Here are some easy steps on how to use the archive:

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Orchestra at Temple Square Spotlight: The Family That Plays Together...

In 1999, Bassoonist Christian Smith received a call about joining a newly formed Orchestra at Temple Square. President Gordon B. Hinckley had approved an all-volunteer orchestra and the roster was beginning to take shape. Smith's skills as a bassoonist were needed and he was put on the roster though his first official concert was in January 2001, due to him still attending school. Smith has been performing with the Orchestra ever since, which was the beginning of what would eventually become a family affair. 

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2001 Tour Quotes

In 2001 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir toured many states in the southern part of the United States. Tour stops included Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Miami, and more. The trip required the use of 3 chartered airplanes, 2 luggage trucks, 1 equipment truck, and 10 buses to transport members of the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

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A Choir Member’s Childhood Experience Comes Full Circle

Choir member Katie Bastian had an early connection with the British vocal group The King’s Singers—“When I was about 10 years old, my mom took me to see a concert with The King’s Singers at the Tabernacle. I was completely entranced the moment they started singing, and continued to be so through the end of the concert. I’d always loved music, but I think that was one of those defining moments in my life where I just knew that music was my thing. That night also began a total obsession with The King’s Singers.I know every word (and part) of their songs from that time period,” said Bastian.

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Richard Elliott Discusses the Wanamaker Organ

The Wanamaker Organ is located in Philadelphia and is the largest operational pipe organ in the world. Richard Elliott, the principal Tabernacle organist, played the Wanamaker Organ for 4 years while he was a student. In this video, Elliott talks about what it's like to play such a large and unique organ.

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Music to a Missionary’s Ears

Have you ever wondered what type of music missionaries are allowed to listen to? Have you ever wanted to send a missionary music but weren’t sure if the music fit within the guidelines for missionaries of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Missionaries are counseled to listen to music that "invites the spirit" and "directs" their thoughts to missionary work and the Savior.

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Four Links to Help you "Share Goodness”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir often publishes stories to its blog. Here are a few of our favorites which reflect the goodness we see around us. Our readers have enjoyed these and shared them with their friends. We hope you do too.

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2014 Christmas Guests are Brought to You by the Letters F-U-N!!!

The wait is over! This year’s annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert guests have been announced, and you’re in for a major treat. Frozen’s Santino Fontana returns to join forces with world-famous The Muppets® from Sesame Street®. The concerts will take place December 11–14. As an added bonus, the minimum age for this concert event will be lowered to ages 5 and up, rather than the usual 8 and up.

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Choir to Sing at Sesquicentennial Celebration in Richfield

It was 150 years ago, in 1864 just as the Salt Lake Tabernacle was being completed, that Mormon pioneers settled in the Sevier valley in central Utah. There they found valleys surrounded by beautiful red rock mountains and snow covered peaks. Richfield, the county seat and largest city in central Utah, was named in recognition of the fertile soil. Even today, farming continues to be a major way of life for many residents. The history and heritage of the people is a cause for a sesquicentennial celebration.

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1873—The First Concert in the Tabernacle

In his book, A Century of Singing, J. Spencer Cornwall, former music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, details many events in the history of the Choir. One important event discussed is the very first concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The following is an excerpt from the book:

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South African Visitors Join the Choir in the Loft

Every summer the Mormon Tabernacle Choir moves from its home in the Tabernacle to the Conference Center next door to make room for the thousands of visitors who attend the Sunday broadcasts, Thursday rehearsals or Pioneer Day concerts. Visitors hail from nations across the globe. Not surprisingly, many are journalists.

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