The Tabernacle Choir Blog

June 2018 Articles

What Can We Learn from Mormon Tabernacle Choir Members on Tour?

The mission of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square is to unite people throughout the world through their music and to bring joy, peace, and healing to their audiences. To fulfill that mission, starting in1893, the Choir has toured across the United States and abroad. It has performed throughout Europe and in music capitals from Israel and Russia to Japan and Australia.

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Ringing in 10 Years with the Bells on Temple Square

Ten years of bell ringing is something to celebrate. This year, the Bells on Temple Square marked the milestone of its creation in 2005 with special performances with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and concerts at BYU-Idaho and in the Tabernacle. “The 10th anniversary is a great tribute to the 32 musicians,” Leanna Willmore, conductor of the Bells says.

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Nobody Whistles Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

For the Pioneer Day concert in 2014, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed alongside Santino Fontana, who starred as Prince Hans in Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen. The concert was titled "A Summer Celebration of Song," and that it was. The Choir began the night by performing songs to honor Mormon Pioneers, such as “They the Builders of the Nation” and “Faith in Every Footstep,” before seamlessly transitioning into three West Side Story favorites. For “Something’s Coming,” Fontana made his entrance from stage right for the first of three appearances with the Choir and Orchestra in a year, including the Christmas concerts and the concert for the American Choral Directors Association.

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Listen to Choir Christmas Music 24/7 Now Through Christmas!

Now through Christmas Day, the Choir’s 24/7 music stream—powered by the Mormon Channel—will feature nonstop Christmas music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Christmas albums, Music and the Spoken Word Christmas specials, and past Christmas concerts.

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Choir Notes Makeover: Trying Harder to Be Better!

Choir Notes, the weekly newsletter of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization, has a whole new look! With the rollout of this new format, the Choir is continuing to meet the challenge given by Gordon B. Hinckley, past President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and adviser to the Choir organization for 36 years, to “try a little harder to be a little better.” The changes are designed to make the newsletter easier to read on all digital devices, more visually appealing and to provide a variety of information to subscribers.

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What Should You Consider When Planning a Choir Tour? Everything!

When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square go on tour, it is a logistical feat unlike any other, transporting hundreds of people, thousands of pieces of luggage, a clothing store-equivalent of concert attire, dozens of musical instruments—including a touring organ—and staging equipment to venues far from home. The operation is as well-orchestrated and rehearsed as the musicians themselves.

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Organists Are Not "Benched"

For Richard Elliott, sitting on the bench at a Choir performance does not mean he is out of the game. For Choir tours, Sunday broadcasts, and special concerts, he is sitting at the organ doing his magic. Tabernacle organist Andrew Unsworth and newly appointed organist Brian Mathias are equally as involved in performances.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s California Connections

Currently, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is approaching the final California concert of their Classic Coast Tour. The tour kicked off in Costa Mesa, California, before making stops in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Mountain View. The California dates will conclude with a concert in Rohnert Park on June 27 and will be followed by stops in Washington and Vancouver, Canada.

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Mack Wilberg: If the Hall Is Great and the Audience Is Great...

When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir goes on tour this June–July, it is anything but a vacation. Yes, the Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square members pack their suitcases and jet from one location to another—except for the 11-caravan bus ride from Southern to Northern California. But vacation? Think again.

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Ron Jarrett - Nothing Compares with Listening to The Choir in Person

Why does the Mormon Tabernacle Choir go on a two-week tour every two years? It’s certainly not easy to take 291 singers, another 66 musicians from the Orchestra at Temple Square, staff, and stage crew on 24 commercial flights and send two trucks loaded with suitcases, a large but portable organ, musical instruments, staging equipment, and three costume changes for each singer. The logistical planning alone takes two years. So why go to the trouble in an era when people can pull up performances on YouTube, log in on the internet, tune in on the radio, and listen to recordings?

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How to Audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Many people dream of singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir but think it is out of their reach. The truth is, singing with the Choir is within reach for many people who might think it’s impossible. There are a few benchmarks that need to be met, but still, the Choir may not be as far out of reach as one might think.

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The Legendary Choir Performance at Disney Hall

When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir takes to the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 20, 2018, the second stop on the Classic Coast tour, it will bring back treasured memories of a previous concert. In 2005 the Choir performed on that same stage and that concert is as legendary in Choir circles as it gets.

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Tour Songs Playlist—Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is currently touring the West Coast, which will include stops in Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Mountain View, and Rohnert Park, California; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Seattle, Washington.

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On This Day in 1972 Fiddler on the Roof Became the Longest-Running Broadway Show

Fiddler on the Roof is a 1964 American musical about Jewish life in a small village in imperial Russia at the turn of the 20th century. The music was written by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and the book by Joseph Stein. The story’s focus is on Tevye, who does everything in his power to maintain Jewish culture for his five daughters, as traditions seem to be crumbling around him.

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The Story Behind “I Know My Father Lives” by Reid Nibley

In 1969, former Tabernacle organist Robert Cundick and members of the Sunday School and Primary general boards began preparing a new children’s book for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to the book’s preface, members of the Church were encouraged to submit new music for consideration for the new songbook, which came to be titled Sing with Me.

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Watch the “Be One” Celebration with Gladys Knight, Alex Boyé, and Members of the Choir

On Friday, June 1, 2018, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the 40th anniversary of the revelation on the priesthood with song, dance, and spoken word. President Russell M. Nelson said: “Only the comprehension of the true Fatherhood of God can bring full appreciation of the true brotherhood of men and the true sisterhood of women. That understanding inspires us with passionate desire to build bridges of cooperation instead of walls of segregation.”

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Final Tour Preparation: June 14 Concert in the Tabernacle!

Before the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square head west for their 2018 tour, they finish their preparations with a pre-tour concert featuring the repertoire to be performed on the road. The public is invited to attend the concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not required. Admission is open to everyone five (5) years of age and older. Doors to the Tabernacle will open at 7:00 p.m.

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Broadway Stars Join Choir for Pioneer Day Concert.

Three amazing guests—Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III—will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their “Music for a Summer Evening” concert held annually in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations. This special Broadway-themed concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director. 

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