Ron Jarrett was appointed president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on August 1, 2012. He previously served as a singing member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1999 to 2008 and followed that service with an appointment as assistant to then Choir president Mac Christensen between 2008 and 2011. He is the first Choir president to have been a singing member of the Choir.
A retired educator, he was a teacher in special education and elementary education for 12 years and an elementary school principal for 22 years. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a post-graduate certificate in educational administration from the University of Utah.
He has been active in his community, serving as a vice president and president of his neighborhood community council for many years. He led the efforts to add new street lights to his community (now a model program for Salt Lake City), served on the planning committee for the construction of the Northwest Recreation Center, and invited neighborhood participation in the community garden.
Prior to this appointment, he served as a bishop and stake president, neighborhood ecclesiastical positions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before his current assignment, he and his wife, Lucie, were serving as full-time public affairs missionaries in Frankfurt, Germany.
As president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, he manages operations, employees, and marketing and oversees the administrative components of the Choir, including the supervision of over 700 volunteers in the Choir organization. He was a charter member of the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus, organized in 1969. While singing, he was appointed personnel manager of the Chorus and worked closely with Ray Furgeson, the president of the organization.
He and Lucie are the parents of three children and have four grandchildren.
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