It takes a ton of time and hard work to keep the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square going—not to mention an army of volunteers.
The Choir has a mission to fulfill. As an ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they sing to transcend cultural and generational boundaries and to unite people through music around the world. Composer John Williams once said, “These are people who are there for the joy of music. It’s not a job with them; it’s a mission.”
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square are all volunteer organizations—though it might come as a surprise to some that the Choir is self-funded and does not rely on tithing funds. When asked how the Choir manages their apparel, Choir president Ron Jarrett explained, “There’s no cost to the Choir [members] for any of the clothing or accessories that are provided. It’s all paid for by the Choir fund, which comes from the sale of our products (CDs, DVDs, and books) plus other earnings. The Choir fund is self-sustaining and separate from Church funds.”
How to Donate
Throughout the years, people have reached out to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization to find out how they can donate funds or volunteer their time to help the Choir meet its mission. For this very purpose, an simple online donation page was set up by LDS Philanthropies for those who would like to donate. Use the link below to make a one-time, monthly, or yearly donation. The donation can also be made on behalf of a loved one, which gives you an option to send a card or email to the recipient.
How to Volunteer
You can apply to be a Church-service volunteer by applying here. Ushers serve for a period of two years and are assigned to either the Tabernacle or Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Those who wish to continue can extend their service to three years. The ushers help at general conference, Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts, special broadcasts and firesides, and concerts.
In greeting Temple Square visitors twice a week, Church-service missionaries have an excellent opportunity give a positive first impression of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.