Why does The Tabernacle Choir go on a two-week tour every two years? It’s certainly not easy to take 291 singers, another 66 musicians from the Orchestra at Temple Square, staff, and stage crew on 24 commercial flights and send two trucks loaded with suitcases, a large but portable organ, musical instruments, staging equipment, and three costume changes for each singer. The logistical planning alone takes two years. So why go to the trouble in an era when people can pull up performances on YouTube, log in on the internet, tune in on the radio, and listen to recordings?
On May 20, 2018, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attended The Tabernacle Choir’s weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcast. Members of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP and the NAACP Foundation were in Salt Lake City for their board meetings, which were held in Salt Lake City for the first time. They also met with the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and made a joint statement to the media calling for “greater civility and racial harmony.”
The Salt Lake Tabernacle is a historic civil engineering landmark and home to the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was completed in 1867 to house meetings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as the location for the Church’s general conferences for 132 years.
Four beautiful Emmy® Awards now sit in the display case in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir office. Since 1987, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been recognized on four different occasions for its television programming by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences—a membership organization dedicated to honoring excellence in television.
The hymn “O My Father” was written by Eliza R. Snow and was originally titled “My Father in Heaven.” Snow wrote it as a poem in Nauvoo, Illinois, before she and the other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were forced to flee the city due to persecution.
On April 22, 2018, the Choir held a retirement ceremony to say goodbye to 24 devoted members who together represented 288 years of volunteer service in the Choir. Singers in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may serve for a total of 20 years or until their 60th birthday—whichever comes first.
The Theme from the Magnificent Seven is the first video by the Orchestra at Temple Square (without the Choir) to reach 1 million YouTube views. It has become a beloved Orchestra piece on our YouTube channel and inspires comments such as:
On January 22, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced that Brian Mathias would be the new Tabernacle organist taking over for Clay Christiansen following his retirement. Before joining as a Tabernacle organist, Mathias was an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
Let’s face it—life just wouldn’t be possible without mothers. Their amazing strength, selflessness, and determination give them the much-deserved title “the backbone of society.” They take on multiple roles and don’t always receive the praise and appreciation they deserve, yet they continue to raise generation after generation of successful children.
The Bells on Temple Square celebrate spring with their annual concert entitled “Bells Are Ringing!” The performance will take place Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square.
Bob Dylan wrote the song “The Times They Are a-Changin,” and the same thing can be said of today’s music industry. Big-box electronics retailer Best Buy recently announced that they will be phasing out all CD sales by July 1, 2018—and Target is expected to follow.
Today, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sits in the Choir loft in what is known as SATB formation, which stands for soprano, alto, tenor, bass. In the not so distant past, the Choir sat in mixed formation, which involves singers of different parts sitting next to each other, such as basses and altos in one row and tenors and sopranos in another.
Mack Wilberg and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have done it again! Tree of Life: Sacred Music of Mack Wilberg is the brand new release from the Choir and is an essential album for Wilberg fans.
Tickets for the Saturday, June 30, concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, at The Orpheum will go on sale on Friday, May 11. It has been over 30 years since the Choir performed at The Orpheum, one of North America’s finest concert halls and a designated national Heritage Site of Canada. This will be the Choir’s third visit to Vancouver, having previously performed there in 1962 and 1986. During that 1986 visit, the Choir’s August 10 episode of Music & the Spoken Word was broadcast from The Orpheum.
Make way in the million view club for another video with Alex Boyé and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “Where You Are” from Disney’s Moana, has just surpassed its first big milestone of 1 million YouTube video views.
In April of 2018, Clay Christiansen completed his 35-year run as Tabernacle organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His final organ solo “Morning Mood” was performed during Music & the Spoken Word, prior to the Sunday morning session of the April general conference. Watch the solo here »