The Tabernacle Choir Blog

PBS and BYUtv 2018 Christmas Broadcasts Announced!

The 2018 dates and times for the PBS and BYUtv December broadcast specials, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with featured guests Tony Award-winning singer and actress Sutton Foster and renowned actor Hugh Bonneville have been announced. View the trailer of the Christmas special for an overview of what you’ll enjoy!

The program was recorded in 2017 over the course of three nights in front of a combined live audience of over 60,000 people in Salt Lake City’s Conference Center with The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square. 

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Tabernacle Part-time Organist Position Open on Historic Temple Square!

The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ on historic Temple Square is one of the most notable instruments in America, not only because of its size but also because of the warmth and richness of its sound. Three full-time Tabernacle organists assisted by two part-time organists are responsible for bringing the sound of this iconic instrument to life for tens of thousands of fans throughout the world. And now The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square organization is looking to fill a part-time organist position in anticipation of a future retirement.

The Tabernacle organists are key members of the Choir’s musical family. They provide missionary and public relations service through daily organ recitals and performances with The Tabernacle Choir as well as through telecasts, recordings, concerts and other appearances. For the part-time position a master’s degree in music with emphasis in organ performance and several years of professional experience are preferred; a bachelor’s degree in music with strong emphasis in organ performance, plus substantial professional experience, will also be considered.

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How to Use Alexa for The Tabernacle Choir Music and Broadcasts

Just think! Now owners of these amazing inventions can enable Alexa skills for both Music and the Spoken Word and The Tabernacle Choir for their Amazon devices. Once the skill is enabled you will be able to listen to the music of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square with simple voice commands, such as:

  • “Alexa, play The Tabernacle Choir” or 
  • “Alexa, play Music and the Spoken Word.”
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Didn't Get Tickets to the 2018 Christmas Concert?

Tickets were gone in less than an hour for The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Christmas concert with award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth. When Chenoweth was announced as the guest artist, social media lit up with fans sharing their approval in comments such as, “The greatest singer with the greatest choir!” “A winning combination!” “Perfect guest artist!” and “She is amazing!” There were hundreds of thousands of ticket requests from eager fans.

Choir general manager Scott Barrick said, “The Choir and Orchestra perform these free concerts as a service to the community, and we are delighted by the enthusiastic response to this year’s guest artist. With such a high demand for these free tickets, we know there were challenges to securing them online, and we appreciate the patience of those seeking tickets. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the process and user experience.”

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The Story Behind "Over the River and Through the Wood"

“Over the River and Through the Wood” was originally published in 1844 as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child. The poem was published in Child’s book of poems Flowers for ChildrenVolume 2, and was originally titled “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day.” In time, Child’s poem was set to music by an unknown composer, and over the years many children have grown up singing the song in school or community holiday programs.

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Enjoy Choir Christmas Video "Silent Night"

Enjoy The Tabernacle Choir’s newest music video, “Silent Night,” just released for the 2018 Christmas season. The video can be found both on the Choir’s website under its “Watch and Listen” Christmas Videos section and on its YouTube channel at

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“Ring in the Holidays” with the Bells on Temple Square!

The Bells on Temple Square celebrate the beginning of this year’s holiday season with “Ring in the Holidays,” their semiannual concert, on Friday and Saturday, November 16–17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. mountain standard time in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. The concert will also be streamed live at on both November 17 and 18,  at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are free but required for the concerts and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. mountain daylight time online through or by calling 801-470-0080. Each patron may request four tickets, and admission is open to those eight years and older.

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2018 Christmas Guest Kristin Chenoweth

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is thrilled to announce acclaimed Tony® and Emmy® winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth as the featured guest for the 2018 Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir concerts!

Concert tickets have all been distributed. Watch the Choir’s website for more details of future ticket give-away contest.The Christmas concerts will be presented on December 1314, and 15 (Thursday–Saturday) at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The Christmas concerts have become a traditional audience favorite and will include a 600-person cast of 360 Choir voices, nearly 100 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square, the 32-member Bells on Temple Square, and about 100 dancers who combine with the guest artist to present this annual spectacle. 

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The Phantom of the Opera Medley: GENTRI Featuring Richard Elliott

The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra), by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published as a novel in 1910. It was based on the belief that the Palais Garnie opera house in Paris, France, was haunted by a ghost. Leroux was convinced that the Phantom was real and even includes research to prove the truth of the ghost in the prologue to his book—a claim which he upheld throughout his life, until his death in 1927.

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