Musical Missionaries: Called to Serve in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
With a shared faith in God and the gift to touch hearts and lift spirits, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a fascinating presence in the world of music. As ambassador's for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Choir's mission is to transcend cultural and generational boundaries and to unite people through music around the world.
Formed in 1847, under the direction of Church President Brigham Young, the Choir continues to inspire and give hope to people through music. Choir president Ron Jarrett said, “The Choir’s main missionary purpose is to sing the very best they can with the Spirit, so the people who hear them are touched by the Spirit.”
When a person joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, they receive an official letter in which they are called to serve as a musical missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This call is not taken lightly, as the all-volunteer, 360-member chorus rehearses up to five hours per week and performs for concerts, conferences, tours, recording sessions, and weekly broadcasts. Their weekly broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, which started in 1929, is the world's longest-running continuous network broadcast.
In addition to their weekly broadcast, the Choir records multiple albums a year, tours the country every two years, sings for the Church's General Conference biannually and performs concerts for Pioneer Day, Christmas, and other occasions.
Below is a video of the Choir performing "Called to Serve," from The Missionary Collection.