“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” has officially become the first* Mormon Tabernacle Choir video to reach 1 million views on YouTube. Since the official launch in late 2012, the Choir’s YouTube channel has gained a huge following and now has over 21,000 total views and 79,000 subscribers.
In the coming days, the Choir will launch a brand-new mobile app for iOS users! The app will include the freshest content available and will include the most relevant and trending topics from our website. The app will be broken out into sections including Featured, Music, Events, Shop and Blog. There will also be History and Downloads tabs available so you can easily return to content you've previously accessed. A version will be available for the iPhone and iPad. A version for Android users will be available later in the spring.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “From the Treasury of American Song,” under the direction of Mack Wilberg, as the closing concert of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference on Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. The public is invited! Free tickets are available beginning Tuesday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m., first come, first served, at www.lds.org/events or over the phone at 801-570-0080 or 1-866-537-8457. There is a limit of four tickets per person.
Professor Harold Hill from The Music Man may have been onto something with his “Think System” after all! A new study by the University of Vermont College of Medicine shows a scientific link between playing an instrument and brain development.
January begins a new year and new life for 43 singers who take their places in the once-a-year Mormon Tabernacle Choir Training School. Choir School is the last step in the audition process for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This year’s class includes 26 men and 17 women, who will meet Thursday evenings-the first session was January 8-to fine tune their choral skills.
A cappella is an Italian word meaning “In chapel style,” and is defined as singing without instruments. It is a form of music that has been used in various religions for many centuries. In early religious worship, instruments were forbidden. In fact, musical instruments were not introduced in churches until approximately 600 A.D.
There is a story behind almost every song the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings. Some are near legend, such as George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” or the folk song “Shenandoah.” Arrangements by Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy have given new life to many hymns. Favorites like Wilberg’s “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” continue to set records on YouTube as well as bringing concert-goers to their feet.
Singing in The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is a goal of so many. It takes skill—some are born with it—and training. That's where Rebecca Wilberg comes in. She holds two bachelor's degrees in music from ASU and a PhD in Musicology and Choral Music from BYU. As vocal coach for the Choir, she works closely with prospective members who have been accepted into the Temple Square Chorale, the training ensemble of the Choir. She does individual vocal assessments for each new Chorale member before that member begins rehearsals. She is a member of the faculty of the Choir School and teaches vocal technique during those classes. She gains further insight into her duties by singing in the Tabernacle Choir. She is married to the Choir's music director, Mack Wilberg. (Former Choir director Jerold Ottley's wife JoAnn also served as a vocal coach to the Choir and as a member of the Choir School faculty.)
The Tabernacle Choir’s music affects people in many ways. Some are brought to tears by the gentle tone and spirit of their favorite hymn—others marvel at the power of the Choir singing a Broadway or patriotic song. Some even enjoy having its music fill their homes while they go about their chores or take a catnap.
Thanks to you, we now have over 20 million video views on our YouTube channel! We are adding multiple new videos every week and there is something for everyone including Pop, Broadway, Patriotic, Behind the Scenes, Sacred Hymns and more. Below are the top 5 most viewed videos of last year.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s blog is loaded with unique content including Choir videos, hymn histories, behind-the-scenes video, interviews, announcements, history and more. Make sure to check our blog often for the latest updates, stories and videos. Below is a list of the top 5 Choir-related stories of December 2014.
Happy New Year! We are excited to get started with 2015 and look forward to all of the great things the Choir has lined up such as the Atlantic Coast Tour, Handel’s Messiah album release, Pioneer Day and Christmas concerts, and much more. We are constantly publishing Choir-related stories to our blog.