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The Tabernacle Choir Creates New Managing Director Position

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has created a new Managing Director position to oversee the organization as part of a revised administrative structure. The new position is just the latest in a series of structural changes that started in August 2021 when President Michael O. Leavitt and his counselors, L. Whitney Clayton, and Gary B. Porter, were called to lead the Choir as a presidency—a first for the Choir. With that new organizational structure, the Choir presidency serves at the executive council level and reports to Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The new Managing Director position will enable the Choir to work more effectively with senior leaders in other Church departments to usher in the bold new initiatives that were announced by President Leavitt and his counselors in February 2022. Those initiatives include aligning the Choir with the Church’s mission and missionary efforts, expanding the Choir’s digital audience, and increasing its worldwide visibility.

“In making these organizational changes, we recognize that we are building on a strong foundation set by those who have served the Choir so diligently in the past, and who are doing so now,” said Leavitt, “We are preparing for a future where we can fulfill a prophetic charge to accomplish things the Choir has never done before.”

The search is on to find just the right person for this critical post. The job posting for the new Managing Director of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square position outlining the clear credentials and experience can be found here. Applications are being accepted now through Thursday, May 12.

The Managing Director position will chart new territory for the Choir which will call for commitment, ingenuity, and leadership. It’s important that applicants have a penchant and passion for music from playlists to performances. Experience in arts management is a plus as the Managing Director will manage the production, performances, marketing, and research for the Choir organization and provide general direction to both staff and volunteers. This position also oversees the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Chorale at Temple Square, and the Bells at Temple Square.

An applicant’s qualifications should include a love for music and an understanding of music organizations as well as the following:

Education - Master's Degree or equivalent is required with emphasis in business, music, international relations, and logistics.

Experience - 15+ years in progressive management positions with at least 5 years of senior level management experience.

Demonstrated Skills - Leadership and management capability, excellent written and verbal communication abilities, demonstrated abilities in maintaining positive relations with staff, department leaders, Church leadership and community.

Under the direction of the Choir presidency the actual responsibilities will break down in this manner:

  • Manage all aspects of the department, developing and implementing operating plans and budgets for an effective and efficient department operation.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the department’s management team in achieving overall objectives, short term and long-term goals, and its mission.
  • Administer and implement Church-wide directives and policies by supporting and coordinating with other managing directors in achieving the goals and objectives of the Church.
  • Assist Church leadership in the discharge of department mission responsibilities.

The Tabernacle Choir is a 360-member chorus of men and women, all volunteers, that are recognized nationally and internationally for their high standard of choral music. Its companion ensembles—the Orchestra at Temple Square with a roster of 200 instrumentalists and the Bells at Temple Square with 32 handbell ringers—are also volunteers. Their home is the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more than a century the Choir’s music has brought peace, hope, and joy amidst trials and triumphs to people everywhere. The Choir’s weekly broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word is legend; their concerts are the hottest tickets in town; their recordings number over 200 since the earliest days of recording and sit at the top of the Billboard® Magazine charts; and their presence on YouTube and streaming services like Spotify has garnered millions and millions of views and streams to transcend cultural and generational boundaries.