Choir Leadership Change Announced by First Presidency
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the call of Michael O. Leavitt as the eighth president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Also announced was a new structure for Choir leadership. Leavitt will be joined by his wife, Jacalyn in fulfilling this new role. Two counselors, to be named later, will complete the presidency.
Leavitt replaces Ron Jarrett who has served as president of the Choir since August 2012. Bishop Gérald Caussé, the advisor to the Choir, made the announcement to the Choir organization via Zoom on August 6, 2021.
“We thank Ronald Jarrett for his dedicated service and his vision in expanding the Choir’s influence to a worldwide audience through social media and other innovations,” said Bishop Caussé. “Mike Leavitt will build on this legacy with his exceptional administrative experience. We are looking forward to his leadership and a future of continued success.”
The organizational change to form a presidency for The Tabernacle Choir will parallel a structure commonly used in Church missions around the world. Leavitt and his two counselors will oversee the administrative components of the Choir, including the supervision of over 700 volunteers in the Choir organization. Leavitt says he is committed to continuing to make the selfless service of these volunteers a positive experience.
For more detailed information read the official Press Release from The Tabernacle Choir organization.
Michael O. and Jacalyn Leavitt
“The music of The Tabernacle Choir has always been a personal conduit for spiritual connection with God.”
“Using digital tools now available, the Choir can reach new and bigger global audiences,” said Michael Leavitt, “It can be an emissary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an advocate for people on every continent who seek feelings of peace and joy.”
“Serving as the president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is one of the choicest calls in the entire Church. I am thankful for my opportunity to serve and will miss my association with the extraordinary men and women in the Choir organization.”