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The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square: 2019 By the Numbers 

The work of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square organization is multi-faceted. Check out the 2019 update of “By the Numbers” to get a better sense of the amazing work done by this organization made up almost entirely of volunteers!

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200,000,000 

The Choir’s Youtube channel has 200,000,000 views.

900,000 

The Choir’s library contains over 900,000 pieces of music.

545,000 

The Choir’s Facebook page has 545,000 followers.

11,623 

The Tabernacle Organ has 11,623 pipes.

7,708 

The Conference Center organ has 7,708 pipes.

4,698 

By the end of the 90th year celebrations in July 2020, the Choir will have completed 4,739 broadcasts of Music & the Spoken Word, the longest continuous weekly network broadcast in history.

2,000 

Over 2,000 radio, television, internet, and cable stations carry the Music & the Spoken Word broadcast.

360 

The Choir is made up of 360 sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses—all volunteers who rehearse a minimum of 6 hours each week.

200 

The Choir has made over 200 recordings since 1910.

200 

There are 200 instrumentalists on the roster of the Orchestra at Temple Square. The number who perform at a given performance varies by the repertoire. Approximately 65 Orchestra members accompany the Choir on tour.

172 

It’s been 172 years since the Choir’s early beginnings at a Church conference, three weeks after Latter-day Saint pioneers arrived in Salt Lake City in 1847.

152 

The venerable Salt Lake Tabernacle, from which the Choir takes its name, has been in existence for 152 years. It was initially completed in 1867 and re-dedicated in 1875.

90 

The Choir has been broadcasting the weekly Music & the Spoken Word for 90 years, since July 29, 1929—the longest continuous weekly radio broadcast in the world.

75 

On average, the Choir performs 75 times each year

30 

The Choir has visited 30 countries.

The Choir has earned 5 gold records (sales of 500,000 units).

There are 4 performing groups in The Tabernacle Choir organization: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square, and Temple Square Chorale.

The Choir has won 4 Emmy Awards: The first in 1987, for the musical special Christmas Sampler; the second in 1989, a Special Governor’s Award for Music & the Spoken Word; the third in 2013, for The Joy of Song with Katherine Jenkins; and the most recent in 2014 for the special Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor and the Utah Symphony.

Music & the Spoken Word has had 3 program announcers in over 90 years of continuous broadcasting: Richard L. Evans (1930–1971), J. Spencer Kinard (1972–1990), and Lloyd D. Newell (1990–present).

The Choir or Music & the Spoken Word has been inducted into 3 halls of fame: the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2004), the National Radio Hall of Fame (2010) and the American Classical Music Hall of Fame (2015).

The Choir has earned 2 platinum records (sales of 1,000,000 units).

Richard P. Condie, music director of the then Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was presented 1 Grammy Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus—1959 for “Battle Hymn of the Republic” with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.