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Choir Loses a Dear Friend, Elder Richard G. Scott

Elder Richard G. Scott, tenderhearted member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1988 and dear friend of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Elder Scott will be remembered and revered by Choir members for his support and encouragement.

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings the University of Utah Fight Song on ESPN's College GameDay

Beloved sports icon, the late Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu, all over again.”
Three weeks ago, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was featured singing Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus on ESPN’s College GameDay in honor of the two back-to-back, game winning Hail Mary passes from BYU freshman Tanner Mangum (See previous story). What a difference three weeks can make! Now another ESPN appearance for the Choir but the team and the music are different. This time the team is the University of Utah Utes and music the Choir sang is the U's fight song, “Utah Man.”

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featured on ESPN's College GameDay

There it was on television screens across America—an image of Mack Wilberg holding the baton and conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performing “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah. But something was different: this wasn’t a Music and the Spoken Word broadcast or a concert rerun on BYUtv—this was on ESPN. Yes, that ESPN.

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Singers and Bloggers Shout “Hallelujah!”

Can we get a “Hallelujah?” Better yet, can we get a few thousand? We are looking for singers of all skill levels to join the world’s largest “Hallelujah” chorus, and that means you, your friends, your grandparents, or your choir. YouTube star Peter Hollens and his wife, Evynne, have teamed up with us to record videos for four individual singing parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Submitted videos will then be used to make a grand virtual choir of epic proportions.

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Australian Choir Fan Shares His Story

When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square toured Europe in the summer of 2016, fans were ecstatic. It had been 18 long years since the Choir has been to Europe—The tour visited eight European cities over 20 days and included performances in Berlin, Nuremberg and Frankfurt, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Zurich, Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Choir fans came from far and wide to see them.

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Hear What President Thomas S. Monson Said about Seeing the Choir Live in Concert

Most people who have experienced the music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have experienced it through a television, tablet, phone, or computer screen. While all of those are great options to watch the Choir’s weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts or YouTube channel, there is an even better option to experience the fullness of the Choir’s wall of sound—and that is to see a live concert.

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God Be With You Elder Hales

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir lost a dear friend as Elder Robert D. Hales passed away in an area hospital on Sunday afternoon October 1 following the morning session of the 187th General Conference.  Elder Hales had served as a General Authority since 1975. He was 85.

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New Mahler Symphony No. 8 Album Features the Choir and Utah Symphony

On November 17, 2017, a two-disc recording featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, directed by Thierry Fischer, will be released. The album also features choristers of The Madeleine Choir School and soloists Orla Boylan, Celena Shafer, and Amy Owens (sopranos); Charlotte Hellekant and Tamara Mumford (mezzo-sopranos); Barry Banks (tenor); Markus Werba (baritone); and Jordan Bisch (bass). Pre-orders are available on Amazon.com. Through November 16, purchases at the Utah Symphony Guild Store are $5 off.

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Tribute to President Monson

President Thomas S. Monson, sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died January 2, 2018, at age 90. He had served as President since 2008, as a counselor in the First Presidency since 1985, and as an Apostle since 1963. He was no stranger to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the entire Choir organization mourns his passing.

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How to Enjoy Messiah Even If You Didn’t Get Tickets!

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present their 2018 Messiah concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, 2018. Although all the tickets for the concerts have been distributed, there are still many ways for you to enjoy Handel’s famous oratorio.

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Music to Celebrate the Life and Mission of Thomas S. Monson

On January 12, 2018, funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. President Monson died from causes incident to age on January 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City at the age of 90.

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The Choirs Favorite Lists

Christmas is a time for making lists! It’s a time to organize, to review, and to make plans. List-making has become a necessity as we try to juggle all of the information we receive in our busy lives.

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Jeannine Goeckeritz Enveloped in the Language of Music

As the principal flute in the Orchestra at Temple Square, Jeannine Goeckeritz sits behind the violin and viola string sections as they play and in front of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir members as they sing. “I am enveloped in this amazing sound,” said Jeannine. “Being in the middle of this musical language that is being spoken has lifted me up when I’ve needed it. It’s given me peace and the strength I’ve needed to continue moving forward in my life.”

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"He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” from the American Choral Directors Association Concert

It appeared as if the whole world was on the Conference Center stage during the American Choir Directors Association concert on Saturday, February 28, 2015. For the finale of the concert, the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir was joined by Santino Fontana, Sylvia McNair, the Unites States Air Force Singing Sergeants, and five ACDA Honor Choirs—for a combined 1,700-voice choir. The result was a thrilling combination of voices, singing together as one. It seemed only fitting to close the event with the American spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” They were accompanied by 85 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.

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Songwriter Janice Kapp Perry Shares the Stories Behind Her Songs

Songwriter Janice Kapp Perry is known and admired throughout The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has written over 1,000 songs, 60 albums, 9 cantatas, and several musicals. Ten of her children’s songs are published in the Church's Children’s Songbook. Among her most famous songs are “Love Is Spoken here,” “I’m trying to Be like Jesus,” “The Church of Jesus Christ,” and “I Love to See the Temple.” She also wrote “A Child’s Prayer,” which was voted number 1 by LDS Living readers in a survey to determine the 100 Greatest LDS Songs of All Time.

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Music in Our Refined Heavenly Home

Elder Douglas L. Callister of the Seventy spoke at a BYU devotional in September 2006. In his talk, he spoke of our heavenly home and painted “a word picture of the virtuous, lovely, and refined circumstances that exist there.” He detailed the “language, literature, music, and art of heaven.”

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Former FranklinCovey CEO Shares His Most Memorable Choir Experience

Former FranklinCovey CEO Jon Rowberry currently serves as an assistant to the President of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A short Q&A with Rowberry was recently published by Marriott Alumni Magazine, a publication of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University that showcases innovative business research, provides lifelong learning opportunities, and highlights alumni achievements.

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Its a Small Word Announcement

In a historic, global event, guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the world will unite in song on April 10, 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “It's a Small World."

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Composer John Williams: From Superman to Champion, and Everything in Between

John Williams is a living legend. Whether you are aware of it or not, you’ve probably heard his music. He is considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time and has won numerous awards, including 63 GRAMMY Awards. His most popular film scores include those of the movies Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Lincoln, to name a few. If you happened to miss all of those films, he also composed the music for NBC Sunday Night Football and NBC Nightly News and the original theme song for Gilligan’s Island. He has also written theme music for four Olympic games, including the instantly recognizable “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” from the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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