The Tabernacle Choir Blog

How COVID-19 Impacts The Tabernacle Choir Organization

Consistent with the direction provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to temporarily postpone large public gatherings in areas challenged by the COVID-19 virus, the Choir organization has cancelled several concerts and made changes to its public broadcasts and rehearsals. 

You will still be able to watch and listen to Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts, but not attend in person. The scheduled Messiah concert on Easter weekend by the Choir and Orchestra will not be live, but you can still enjoy this world-famous oratorio via an internet stream and satellite broadcast. The spring concert by the Chorale and Orchestra is cancelled. 

Temporary changes include: 

Music & the Spoken Word Live Broadcasts Not Being Held: Beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020, live broadcasts originating from Temple Square are not being held. As when the Choir and Orchestra are on tour, previously recorded programs are being broadcast each week at the regularly scheduled time on Sunday mornings.

Spring Chorale and Orchestra Concert, March 20–21, 2020, Cancelled: The public spring concert by the Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Choir and Orchestra Concert of Handel’s Messiah Cancelled; Stream Still Airs: The live event scheduled in the Tabernacle on Friday and Saturday, April 10–11, has been cancelled. However, the previously-recorded 2018 Messiah concert by the Choir and Orchestra with world-class soloists will be streamed over the internet on April 10 as previously scheduled. 

This will permit a performance of this beloved oratorio—an Easter tradition for so many—to be available in homes and areas where public events can still be held. More information to come on

It is anticipated that the biennial tradition of Handel’s Messiah performances by the Choir and Orchestra and guest soloists will resume at Eastertime in 2021.

Weekly Choir Rehearsals Not Being Held: The Thursday Choir rehearsals in the Tabernacle are not being held.  

Weekly Bells Rehearsals Not Being Held: The Wednesday Bells rehearsals in the Tabernacle are not being held.

Daily Organ Recitals Cancelled: The daily organ recitals in the Tabernacle will be temporarily suspended beginning on Sunday, March 15th until further notice


Please check our website for updated information.