Former Choir member Erma Rosenhan recently celebrated her 102nd birthday by singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during its Thursday night rehearsal in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. It had been 82 years since she joined the Choir in 1935 as a soprano. Erma’s mother Ida Rosenhan, who sang alto in the Choir for 10 years, was serving when Erma joined. During her time in the Choir, Erma traveled with the Choir on its first European tour in 1955. After singing for more than 20 years, Erma retired from the Choir in 1958.
In 2001, the original Mrs. Potts from the animated Disney classic Beauty and the Beast performed the film’s title track alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The actress who portrayed Mrs. Potts, Angela Lansbury, joined the Choir for the Christmas concerts in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Throughout the years, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have expressed the importance of appropriate music. Music is a powerful and universal language which is referred to in the scriptures as "the song of the heart," and "a joyful noise." Here are 33 quotes from Church leaders and scriptures which state the importance of wholesome music.
If you want to create a custom playlist based on your favorite Mormon Tabernacle Choir songs, Pandora is a great solution. Pandora is a free radio station that allows you to personalize based on your taste. Here’s how you can set up a custom Pandora station in minutes:
When a freak accident moving a table injured Mormon Tabernacle Choir organist Richard Elliott’s left arm in August 2008, he wondered if he would be able to perform for the Choir’s annual Christmas concert scheduled just a few months later—or even return to his accomplished organ career. Fortunately, surgery to repair his arm was successful, but Elliott was still faced with many weeks without the use of his arm. He decided his recovery period provided a unique opportunity to focus on his organ pedaling footwork. The product of Elliott’s efforts during this challenging time was a Christmas concert performance of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” that astonished everyone. Published on YouTube the following year, it has continued to catch the attention and applause of viewers everywhere. Today the video has garnered over 1.5 million views—one of only a small percentage of YouTube videos to accomplish that feat.