The Tabernacle Choir

History of the Choir

The 360-voice Tabernacle Choir has lifted the spirits of people for over a century. When Latter-day Saints moved to the Salt Lake Valley in the American West under the direction of Church President Brigham Young, a small choir was formed which first sang at a conference of the Church on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after the first pioneers arrived.

From this small beginning, the Choir has become an international musical sensation. In 1929, the Choir began broadcasting Music & the Spoken Word on radio. Now the program—carried on over 2,000 radio and television stations and with over 4,500 episodes—is the world’s longest continuing network broadcast. In 2012 the Choir launched a YouTube channel, enabling more people in countries all over the world to experience the music of the Choir and Orchestra.