President Applauds Year of “Great Accomplishment”
Choir President Ron Jarrett has a full year of service behind him administering one of the largest choirs in the world. Once a member of the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir, President Jarrett now oversees the whole operation of the Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale.
It’s a big job that he doesn’t see as a job at all. “It is sheer joy; so rewarding, so fulfilling,” he says quickly. What happens on stage reflects the efforts of so many volunteers and staff “who are just as eager as I am to share the joy.”
Looking back at 2013 he sees “excellent progress broadening the base of the Choir’s audience with concerts featuring guest artists like five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor, pop sensation Lindsey Stirling and acclaimed young tenor Nathan Pacheco.”
He also looks at the success of a YouTube launch that has taken the Choir into homes around the world with Music and Spoken Word broadcasts, concert performances and videos. The Choir has nearly at 8 million views on YouTube with an all time high on Christmas Eve 2013 of over 100,000 views. Social media has taken a new front seat with the Choir from Instagram to tweets to Pinterest to Google+. On tour the Choir let the audience select one of the encore numbers for the concert through social media. And a new, improved website—a key priority for the president upon his appointment in this position—is now in place making it easier for Choir fans to access information about the Choir organization.
“I am amazed,” explains President Jarrett, "with everything that has to happen to put the Choir on TV and with fun music videos from our children’s CD, to behind-the-scenes videos of performances to Christmas music videos."