Two counselors have been called to serve with Michael O. Leavitt, former White House Cabinet member and three-term Utah governor, who was called as president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on August 6. In an organizational change announced at that time, it was indicated that Leavitt would serve with his wife Jacalyn and lead a presidency, similar to an organizational structure used in Church missions worldwide. Leavitt replaces Ron Jarrett who has served as president of the Choir since 2012.
The health and safety of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square organization members and its audiences is the highest priority for the leadership of the Choir. Given the community-wide surge in COVID cases and in consultation with the Choir’s adviser, Bishop Caussé and the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Choir leaders have decided to briefly delay the resumption of Choir rehearsals that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 26.
With the August 6, 2021 announcement of former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt’s call as the eighth president of The Tabernacle Choir, you may be wondering about others who have served as president of the Choir.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the call of Michael O. Leavitt as the eighth president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Also announced was a new structure for Choir leadership. Leavitt will be joined by his wife, Jacalyn in fulfilling this new role. Two counselors, to be named later, will complete the presidency.
When Ronald B. Jarrett joined The Tabernacle Choir as a tenor in 1999, he had no idea his love for choral music would lead him from singing to serving as president of the world-renowned chorus. Serving from 2012 to 2021, he was the seventh Choir president and the first to move from a seat in the loft to the president’s chair.
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has new leadership whose work has nothing to do with reading music or directing the Choir with a baton. On August 6, 2021, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointment of Michael O. Leavitt as the eighth president of the Choir succeeding Ron Jarrett who has served since August 2012.