Elder Douglas L. Callister of the Seventy spoke at a BYU devotional in September 2006. In his talk, he spoke of our heavenly home and painted “a word picture of the virtuous, lovely, and refined circumstances that exist there.” He detailed the “language, literature, music, and art of heaven.”
Since 1990, Lloyd David Newell has been a mainstay in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as the host of Music & the Spoken Word, the longest-running nationwide broadcast in the world. When Newell heard that auditions were being held for a backup announcer position in the spring of 1990, he auditioned and was chosen for the job. When Spencer Kinard left the announcer position later that year, Newell stepped in while they looked for a replacement. After a few months, President Gordon B. Hinckley extended the call to Newell to serve as announcer for Music & the Spoken Word.
Music can touch the hearts and minds in ways that words cannot. In 1893 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir traveled to Chicago to participate in a choral competition at Chicago’s World Fair. It was the Choir’s first trip outside Utah and the group was accompanied by Joseph F. Smith, who at the time was a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Of the impact of the Choir’s presence in Chicago on the perception of the Church, President Smith wrote, “It has done more good than five thousand sermons would have done in an ordinary or even in an extraordinary way."
In 1957, Richard P. Condie was named the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Under his direction, he brought the Choir into the mainstream, while still performing sacred and classical music. In 1959, the first GRAMMY Awards was broadcast, where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and won a GRAMMY for the song, which was included on the album, “The Lord’s Prayer. The book, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, says “The doors in an elaborate set parted, framing the nearly 300 singers clad in blue as Richard P. Condie led them in the words “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord….”
Latter-Day Profiles is a BYUtv series that spotlights members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tabernacle organist Clay Christiansen was interviewed in one recent episode of Latter-Day Profiles.
The following story took place among an exhausted group of Marines during World War II in what had once been a large rice paddy on the northern end of Okinawa.
Philip Paul Bliss was born on July 9, 1838, in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He developed an early love of music and singing from hearing his father singing hymns. He did not have much formal education but was taught from the Bible by his mother and eventually became a schoolmaster and later a traveling music teacher.
Alex Boyé completed his service with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday, May 18, 2014. During his time with the Choir, Boyé was featured as a soloist for songs such as “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” “Goin’ Home,” and “Rock-a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.”
BYUtv spent a week with the Music & the Spoken Word production team to give a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in to the weekly broadcast. The BYUtv special features interviews with key members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir support team and details the preparations that go in to the oldest continuing nationwide network broadcast in the world. Watch below:
Some people say that 60 is the new 50. If that’s the case, then why the age limit for members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square? It can’t be possible that one simply loses the ability to sing once they hit the magic number of 60. So why the restriction?
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Earlier this year Noelle Pikus-Pace, a Utah resident and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, won a silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was kind enough to participate in a short Q & A and give us insights on music, the Olympics, and food.
If you know any songs from the Children’s Songbook of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then chances are you know one of Vanja Watkins's songs. Among those songs are such gems as “Families Can Be Together Forever,” “I Will Be Valiant,” and “Latter-day Prophets.” Also included is another well-known Primary favorite, “I Will Follow God’s Plan,” a song about a child’s desire to seek God’s light and to adhere to His word. It teaches that life is a precious gift from God and that all of His children come to Earth for a reason.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir gets its name from the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake Tabernacle, which was completed in 1867 and later designated as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, is one of several tabernacles constructed by early Utah settlers. Tabernacles were also built in St. George, Logan, Bear Lake, Brigham City, Provo, and Ogden, among other places. The buildings typically functioned as venues for religious and civic events.
Since 1984, Linda Margetts has been an organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance from Brigham Young University and her PhD in music composition from the University of Utah. She is also an organ professor at the University of Utah School of Music.
Born in San Francisco, California, in 1943, Bonnie Goodliffe is one of the Salt Lake Tabernacle organists. She has been an organist on Temple Square since 1979 and has a considerable background in music theory, composition, and organ performance.
The Missionary Collection is a CD set from Deseret Book that includes 4 albums for $39.95. This CD collection is perfect for missionaries and loved by all -- truly an inspiration to Hasten the Work. The Missionary Collection includes This Is the Christ, Called to Serve, Teach Me to Walk in the Light, and Praise to the Man.
In 1861 leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called over 300 families to move to southern Utah and establish the area that would soon be known as St. George.
Who helped you tie your shoes or learn a new piece on the piano? When you forgot your science project was due the next day, who made a late-night run for poster board and glue? It was Mom.
The Bells on Temple Square will present “Ring for Joy,” its annual spring concert, on Friday, 13 June 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The dexterity, timing and unique sound of the 32-member bell ensemble has made it popular with audiences who usually snap up the complementary tickets in less than a day.
A recent KSL.com article chronicles the journey of Leisa Higbee in her quest to attain her childhood dream of singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. An excerpt is below:
The May 2014 issue of Friend Magazine includes a story by President Henry B. Eyring about the children's song "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus". An excerpt from the story is below:
In 1987 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed at the Constitution's bicentennial celebration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
John Hugh McNaughton hails from Caledonia, New York, where there is a monument that stands in his honor for his contributions to principles of truth. Born in 1829 to Scottish parents, he was a little-known composer who wrote the well-known hymn “Love at Home.” The hymn is unique in the fact that it doesn’t paraphrase scripture or read like a prayer.
Choir Notes, the e-newsletter of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, has always included in its weekly issue the previous week’s message from the Music & the Spoken Word broadcast. Beginning with this week’s edition of Choir Notes, the Spoken Word for the upcoming broadcast—Sunday, May 4th—will be posted in the newsletter along with the listing for the music program for that Sunday. To facilitate the change, today’s edition of Choir Notes contains both the May 4th Spoken Word and the one from April 27th.