The Tabernacle Choir Blog

October 2017 Articles

Jeannine Goeckeritz Enveloped in the Language of Music

As the principal flute in the Orchestra at Temple Square, Jeannine Goeckeritz sits behind the violin and viola string sections as they play and in front of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir members as they sing. “I am enveloped in this amazing sound,” said Jeannine. “Being in the middle of this musical language that is being spoken has lifted me up when I’ve needed it. It’s given me peace and the strength I’ve needed to continue moving forward in my life.”

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Reaches 100 Million YouTube Views

On October 30, 2012, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir officially launched its YouTube channel. The announcement included congratulatory videos from Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Brian Stokes Mitchell; Tom Brokaw; Dallyn Vail Bayles; the Piano Guys; Lindsey Stirling; and more. Five years later, the Choir has reached the enormous milestone of 100,000,000 YouTube views! 

The Choir’s Historic 1875 Performance of Messiah

June 1875 was the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Utah and the first Messiah production between Chicago and San Francisco. (The first West Coast performance of Messiah had been in San Francisco the previous November.) Performed by members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir combined with community members of other faiths, it was perhaps the crowning event in the musical history of Utah up to that time. That Messiah performance was directed by George Careless, then the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and produced by the new Handel and Haydn Society, an “inter-denominational musical organization” created by Careless. The performance was given in the Salt Lake Theatre by two hundred singers and a full orchestra to a capacity audience.

Enjoy Christmas This Year With O Come, Little Children On CD and DVD