The Tabernacle Choir Blog

March 2015 Articles

The Children's Song "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" Was a Gift from Mother to Daughter

The children's song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” was written by Sally DeFord and published in October 1993 in the Friend magazine, which is a children’s publication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The song's lyrics help us think about how we might do things differently if the Savior were right there with us as we go about our lives. The last verse affirms that He is with us always, even though we may not see Him.

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Hooray! Choir to Add Android Version of Its App

The Choir not only sings – it tweets, blogs, posts to Instagram, Pinterest, and its website, mormontabernaclechoir.org. But that isn’t all. Just weeks ago, the Choir introduced a new app for iOS users devoted exclusively to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and its music. In April—the Choir will add an app version for the Android! Stay tuned for the launch date!

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performs "Sing!" based on Toccata

If you could imagine the music for a royal wedding ceremony, you just might imagine “Toccata,” which is the fifth movement of Symphony for Organ No. 5 by Charles-Marie Widor, composed in 1879. “Toccata" is Widor’s most famous piece and has been used at royal weddings in Denmark, Norway and England, including the ceremony of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton.

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Five Videos Produced by James Taylor You Should See

Before watching the “Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor and The Utah Symphony ” concert broadcast on BYUtv, here are five must-see videos about James Taylor you should watch. To see the full series of 9 videos produced by James Taylor and Carnegie Hall in 2011, click here.

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Alex Boyé Joins Choir for Atlantic Coast Tour

Think of it: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing at Yankee Stadium and at Carnegie Hall. And now, the Choir is pleased to announce a guest performer will join them for their Atlantic Coast tour -- Alex Boyé. The tour will include stops in Maryland, New York, and Massachusetts from June 25 through July 6, 2015 and will feature the 360-voice world-renowned choir and 68 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.

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A Brief History of “Down by the Riverside”

“Down By the Riverside” is a spiritual that was sung by slaves in the South as a work song. It dates back to before the American Civil War but remained unpublished until 1918, when it was included in Plantation Melodies: A Collection of Modern, Popular and Old-time Negro-Songs of the Southland.

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A Hopeful New Study on How a Boy’s Voice Changes Over Time

You may recall the Brady Bunch episode called “Dough Re Mi” in which Peter Brady’s voice begins to crack while rehearsing a new song with his siblings. In the episode, Peter’s brother Greg decides to alleviate the situation by writing a new song called “Time to Change,” which was designed to mask the voice cracking—hence the word change

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The Unique Story Behind the Children’s Hymn “Love Is Spoken Here”

What do you do when you can’t find the perfect title for a song contest, and the deadline is only two days away? Simple, you ask your husband—that’s just what Janice Kapp Perry did while attending a church party. As she and her husband, Doug, were leaving the party, he looked above the kitchen sink and saw a cross-stitch sampler that read, “Love Is Spoken Here.” He said, “There’s your title, get busy.”

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Spring Concert Showcases Chorale and Orchestra

The April 17 and 18 spring concert is what some might call a double-header! The program will feature both the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale in an evening of rich classical music. The evening's performances will be led by the baton of Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.

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21,000 Voices Close Out Choral Conference

The American Choral Directors Association—singers, conductors, composers by the thousands—came to Salt Lake City for a three day conference the last week of February and witnessed the induction of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. They also attended concerts by the Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square in the Tabernacle and Conference Center, were given a simulated opportunity to sing with the Choir, and celebrated with guest artists and ACDA honor choirs in the finale of the highly successful conference.

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"This Is My Father’s World": The History and Lyrics

“This is My Father’s World” was written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock and was published after his death in 1901. It was originally written as a poem containing sixteen verses of four lines each. Franklin L. Sheppard set the poem to music in 1915 and selected three verses for the final hymn.

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4 Disney Songs Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The music of Disney movies, musicals and theme park attractions has long been a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s repertoire. In the above photo, Donald Duck was the guest con-duck-tor of the Choir back in 1988, where he led them in singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” during a rehearsal. Even before that, the Choir released an album titled, When You Wish Upon A Star, which was a tribute to Walt Disney. Below are four videos of the Choir performing Disney songs—some of which are included on the tribute album.

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