Guidelines for Use of the New Choir Name
- Please use the full name of the Choir, "The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square," in the first reference in written material.
- Susequent uses in the same material may refer to "The Tabernacle Choir" or "the Choir."
- The word "The" is part of the name of the Choir and should be capitalized.
- In 2019, a new Choir style guide will be published with revised logos and usage guidelines for the Choir and for Music & the Spoken Word.
Continued Usage of "Mormon Tabernacle Choir"
- Prior publications (both digital and physical) using the name "Mormon Tabernacle Choir" will not be changed. Instances of the old Choir name will be visible but diminish over time.
- The annual PBS Christmas special will continue to use the name “Mormon Tabernacle Choir” in 2018. Now in its 15th year, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville will air on PBS nationwide on Monday, December 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern. (Check local listings for specific air times.)
- The CD, DVD, and book based on the Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville concerts will still refer to the Choir as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The CD and DVD, entitled A Merry Little Christmas will be released on Friday, October 12. The illustrated book, entitled It Is Well with My Soul, the 9th in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert Series, will be released on Monday, October 8. See the 2018 Choir Christmas products for details.
- All products—CDs, DVDs, and books—released in 2018 or prior will continue to use the Mormon Tabernacle Choir name and will not be reissued under the new Choir name.
Brief History of Tabernacle Choir Names
Over the years, a variety of names have been used for the Church choir based on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. In 1847, just three weeks after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, a small pioneer choir was organized to sing for the first conference of the Church in their new settlement. In 1849, John Parry was called to formally organize a choir for conferences. This choir first made its home on Temple Square in an outdoor bowery and then in the small adobe tabernacle that replaced it in 1852. On October 6, 1867, the first conference meetings in the larger new Tabernacle—now standing on Temple Square—were held and the Tabernacle Choir name was in regular use.
By 1869, the Choir was also known as “The Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir” to differentiate it from other choirs organized where additional tabernacles had been built in Utah cities such as St. George, Ogden, and Brigham City. As the Choir began to tour in the 1890s, and when it began to record its music in the 1910s, the names “Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir” as well as the “Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir” were used to identify the Choir for audiences outside of Utah. By 1929, when the Choir began broadcasting its weekly radio program now known as Music & the Spoken Word, the name “Mormon Tabernacle Choir” was used more consistently as the broadcast reached out to a wider audience.
During Church general conference meetings, the name announced for the Choir varied from “Our Choir” to “Tabernacle Choir” to “Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir.” Beginning in the late 1980s, the name “Mormon Tabernacle Choir” was the name predominantly used for the Choir, although the shorter “Tabernacle Choir” was often used.
On October 5, 2018, the name of the Choir was changed to “The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square” to more closely align with the Choir’s sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The new name reflects the heritage of the Choir’s home in the Tabernacle and its location on Temple Square.