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Searching for New Tabernacle Organists

The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ on historic Temple Square is one of the most notable musical instruments in America, not only because of its size but also because of the warmth and richness of its sound. It is the renowned Tabernacle organists who are responsible for bringing the sound of this iconic instrument to life for tens of thousands of fans throughout the world.

It has been ten years since the last auditions took place, and now the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization is looking to fill full-time and part-time organist positions in anticipation of future retirements. Applications for the organist positions will be accepted through Tuesday, July 31, 2017.

Since 1867, when the Tabernacle organ was first used, there have been just 20 musicians who have served as a full-time or part-time organist on the Tabernacle organ.  These organists are key members of the Choir’s musical family and perform at the highest professional standard of artistry. All those applying for these positions should have an established reputation and significant record of achievement as a soloist and accompanist on the organ and be proficient on piano as well. 

The organists provide important missionary and public relations service through daily organ recitals on Temple Square and performances with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square as well as broadcasts, recordings, tours, concerts, and other appearances.

For the full-time position, a doctorate in music with an emphasis in organ performance, plus several years of professional experience are preferred. A master’s degree in music with strong emphasis in organ performance, plus substantial professional experience will be considered. 

The part-time organist position does not have a set hourly schedule because workload demands vary at different times of the year. For example, the part-time organist provides keyboard support for the Temple Square Chorale, serves as an instructor in the Choir School to train new Choir members, and participates in rehearsals and concerts for the Temple Square Chorale and Bells on Temple Square performing groups.