The Tabernacle Choir Blog

May 2018 Articles

Were Nails Used to Build the Salt Lake Tabernacle?

The Salt Lake Tabernacle is a historic civil engineering landmark and home to the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was completed in 1867 to house meetings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as the location for the Church’s general conferences for 132 years.

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The Choir Performs “Lift Every Voice and Sing” for the NAACP

On May 20, 2018, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attended The Tabernacle Choir’s weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. Members of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP and the NAACP Foundation were in Salt Lake City for their board meetings, which were held in Salt Lake City for the first time. They also met with the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and made a joint statement to the media calling for “greater civility and racial harmony.”

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Four Emmy® Award Statuettes Now Grace Choir Display!

Four beautiful Emmy® Awards now sit in the display case in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir office. Since 1987, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been recognized on four different occasions for its television programming by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences—a membership organization dedicated to honoring excellence in television.

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The History of the Latter-day Saint Hymn “O My Father”

The hymn “O My Father” was written by Eliza R. Snow and was originally titled “My Father in Heaven.” Snow wrote it as a poem in Nauvoo, Illinois, before she and the other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were forced to flee the city due to persecution.

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24 Singers Retire from Choir after 288 Years of Service

On April 22, 2018, the Choir held a retirement ceremony to say goodbye to 24 devoted members who together represented 288 years of volunteer service in the Choir. Singers in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may serve for a total of 20 years or until their 60th birthday—whichever comes first.

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Watch Organist Brian Mathias Perform His First Organ Solo

On January 22, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced that Brian Mathias would be the new Tabernacle organist taking over for Clay Christiansen following his retirement. Before joining as a Tabernacle organist, Mathias was an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

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15 Videos to Honor the Best Moms in the World!

Let’s face it—life just wouldn’t be possible without mothers. Their amazing strength, selflessness, and determination give them the much-deserved title “the backbone of society.” They take on multiple roles and don’t always receive the praise and appreciation they deserve, yet they continue to raise generation after generation of successful children.

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How to Download Music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Bob Dylan wrote the song “The Times They Are a-Changin,” and the same thing can be said of today’s music industry. Big-box electronics retailer Best Buy recently announced that they will be phasing out all CD sales by July 1, 2018—and Target is expected to follow.

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Watch Music and the Spoken Word in Over 50 Languages

General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide gathering which happens twice each year. The sessions include spiritual instruction from Church leaders, and uplifting music. The conference is broadcast throughout the world, and translated into multiple languages.

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Did You Know the Choir Used to Sit in Mixed Formation?

Today, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sits in the Choir loft in what is known as SATB formation, which stands for soprano, alto, tenor, bass. In the not so distant past, the Choir sat in mixed formation, which involves singers of different parts sitting next to each other, such as basses and altos in one row and tenors and sopranos in another.

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2018 Tour Concert Tickets for Vancouver, B.C. Available May 11!

Tickets for the Saturday, June 30, concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, at The Orpheum will go on sale on Friday, May 11. It has been over 30 years since the Choir performed at The Orpheum, one of North America’s finest concert halls and a designated national Heritage Site of Canada. This will be the Choir’s third visit to Vancouver, having previously performed there in 1962 and 1986. During that 1986 visit, the Choir’s August 10 episode of Music and the Spoken Word was broadcast from The Orpheum.

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