The Tabernacle Choir Blog

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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How Do You Travel with a Large Choir on Short Notice?

With only a few weeks’ notice, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir had to quickly arrange for 215 singers plus staff to travel to Washington, DC to perform at the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inauguration. Moving a group of this size is not a simple task and doing it on short notice made the task even more challenging. It was more than just singing at the inauguration—the Choir needed to make sure they would have airplane seats available at the right times, food to eat, hotel rooms to sleep in, buses to move the Choir around Washington, DC, as well as security clearances for all the participants.  It was a complex task, but one that Choir administrative manager Barry Anderson accepted and quickly got to work to accomplish. Two days after receiving the invitation, through many phone calls and emails, Anderson had all the key arrangements in place.

Because the performance took place outside the U.S. Capitol building in cold weather conditions, it was important to make sure the singers were comfortable. During the Opening Ceremony for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the Choir performed at an outdoor venue in coats provided by the Olympic Committee.  After the Olympics, the attire was gifted to the Choir and stored for future use. The warm, cream-colored Olympic coats with matching turtlenecks were taken out of storage to be used again for this special occasion. The red-plaid scarves made by the ladies’ wardrobe committee accented the coats for this internationally broadcast event.

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FAQ Tabernacle Organ

The 11,623-pipe organ in the Salt Lake Tabernacle is one of the world's most famous organs and an integral part of the signature sound of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Here are some interesting facts about this amazing instrument:

Is the Tabernacle organ the world's largest?
No. If one compares organs on the basis of the number of pipes, the Tabernacle organ is approximately the seventeenth-largest organ in the world, with 11,623 pipes. The world's largest fully-playing pipe organ, the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in the downtown Philadelphia Macy's department store (formerly John Wanamaker's) has more than twice as many: approximately 28,750 pipes.

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General Conference Meme Collection—October 2018

Here is the complete collection of all ‪general conference images from October, 2018 in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The collection includes sharable images for hymns such as "I Believe in Christ," "Come, Come, Ye Saints," "Rejoice the Lord is King," "If I Listen with My Heart," and a hymn written by Russell M. Nelson titled "Our Prayer to Thee."


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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Videos with Over 1 Million Views

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir now has 16 videos with at least 1 million views! Since joining YouTube in 2012, the Choir’s channel has snowballed and reached the 80 million overall views mark. Keep watching, sharing, liking, loving, and singing and dancing along with our videos. Here’s to many more millions of views and many millions of hearts touched by the message of the music.

Here are the current videos that have been viewed over one … or two … or three million times:

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Reaches 40 Million YouTube Views

Currently, there are over 1 billion YouTube users, 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, and 4,950,000,000 videos viewed every day. The average time users spend watching videos on YouTube is 40 minutes. YouTube is now the second largest search engine—second only to Google, which owns them.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir joined the YouTube world in 2012, and the channel has now crossed the 40 million-views mark. When the Choir launched its YouTube channel in 2012, the welcome from fans and fellow artists was overwhelming. Famous names such as The Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling, Tom Brokaw, Katherine Jenkins, and even the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, made welcome videos for the occasion. President Monson concluded his video by saying, “The incredible music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is now at your fingertips.” Indeed, it is—there are currently close to 1,000 videos on the channel, including patriotic, Broadway, and film songs; behind the scenes videos; concerts; broadcasts; music videos; instrumental performances; holiday-themed videos; and many more.

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