What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

Upcoming Organ Virtuoso Concert with the Tabernacle’s Own Brian Mathias

The organists at Temple Square are thrilled to present the final installment in this year’s 2023 Organ Virtuoso Series on October 13, 2023. The Tabernacle’s own organist Brian Mathias will be this year’s final performance.

Prior to his appointment as a Tabernacle organist in January 2018, Dr. Brian Mathias served as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He also served as associate organist at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Upcoming Fall Orchestra Concert Provides a Chance to Exchange Tickets for Christmas Concert Tickets

The beloved Orchestra at Temple Square will present its annual Fall Concert on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle. The evening’s performance will be conducted by music director Mack Wilberg and associate music director Ryan Murphy of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Wilberg will also be debuting a new work during the evening’s performance.

Not only will concert goers experience a wonderful evening of orchestral music, but they will also have the opportunity to exchange their ticket for a general admission ticket to this year’s Christmas Concert with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square. This offer is only valid for those that attend the Orchestra Concert in-person where the exchange will take place.

Choir Welcomes New Global Participants for October General Conference

Earlier this year, during the April 2023 general conference, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square launched a pilot program that featured global participants being given the opportunity to sing with the Choir during general conference. This pilot program was intended to reflect the worldwide mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Given the success of the April initiative, plans have again been made to welcome new global participant singers to the Choir for the October 2023 general conference.

This group of global participants features singers from New Zealand, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Japan, South Korea, Ecuador, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

New Single Release with The Piano Guys - Tuya es La Gloria

The Tabernacle Choir has once again partnered with The Piano Guys to create a beautiful and unique version of a new single—“Tuya es la gloria,” or in English “To Thee Be the Glory.” “Tuya es la gloria” is a breathtaking piece of music that is truly unique, especially when performed by The Tabernacle Choir and The Piano Guys.

Recently the Choir has collaborated with The Piano Guys on a number of musical singles that have had much success over the past few months, including “Wayfaring Stranger,” “The Mission/How Great Thou Art,” and “Waterfall.”

Classical 89 Presents “Organ Fest XIV” Featuring Tabernacle Organists

Classical 89 is pleased to present “Organ Fest XIV” in the Cathedral of the Madeleine on September 15.

This popular annual event, now in its 14th year, features organists from the Salt Lake Tabernacle (Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Linda Margetts, and Joseph Peeples) and organists at the Cathedral of the Madeleine (Gabriele Terrone and James Goldrick). The concert is free and will be presented at the Cathedral of the Madeleine at 331 E South Temple in Salt Lake City on Friday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the majestic sound of the amazing cathedral organ as it is played by these seven gifted musicians.

A Lullaby: Catch Up on the New Single from The Tabernacle Choir

Did you miss it? Last month, on July 28, The Tabernacle Choir released a new single that has quickly risen to the top of playlists across streaming platforms. “A Lullaby” by Ryan Murphy captures the essence of peace that lullabies are meant to provide and brings a sense of calm to all those who listen.

Listen to and download it here: https://tabernaclechoir.ffm.to/lullaby.

Upcoming Organ Virtuoso Concert

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is pleased to present a new concert and performance as part of the Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series on August 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. This upcoming performance will feature Daniel Kerr, who is the chair of the Music Department at Brigham Young University–Idaho (BYU–Idaho). This event, like others in the series, is free to the public, and no tickets are required. 

Daniel Kerr, in his position at BYU-Idaho, also directs the organ studies program and coordinates the BYU–Idaho Hymn Festival, which commissions new hymn texts and tunes each year. Daniel received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music, where he studied organ with Dr. Ladd Thomas and Professor Cherry Rhodes. Prior to his appointment at BYU–Idaho he taught at USC and at California State University, Los Angeles and was organist and handbell choir director at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The Bells at Temple Square Perform at Handbell Musicians of America Seminar

In the realm of musical enchantment, there are certain instruments that captivate audiences with their ethereal melodies. Among these, the handbell stands tall as a symbol of beauty and precision. The Bells at Temple Square, a remarkable ensemble hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, have emerged as a beacon of excellence in the world of handbell ringing. With seven octaves of handbells and chimes at their disposal, their enchanting harmonies have mesmerized audiences worldwide. Currently, the Bells at Temple Square are thrilled to announce their upcoming performance at the Handbell Musicians of America seminar in Texas on July 14, 2023.

Founded in 2005, the Bells at Temple Square have elevated the art of handbell ringing to new heights. Behind the seamless performances of the Bells at Temple Square are the dedication and expertise of its talented musicians. Handbell ringing requires immense precision, as each ringer is responsible for a specific note or set of notes. The ensemble members spend countless hours honing their skills, perfecting their technique, and synchronizing their movements to produce a unified and harmonious sound. Their unwavering commitment to their craft is evident in every delicate chime and resounding bell note.

The Piano Guys and The Tabernacle Choir: Uniting Souls through Music

In a world that often feels divided and disconnected, music possesses the incredible power to bring people together. On Friday, June 30, 2023, The Piano Guys and The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square released their newest collaborative single, “The Mission/How Great Thou Art.” This soul-stirring piece not only showcases the remarkable talent of these two renowned musical groups but also reminds us of the universal theme and spiritual experience that music can provide—uplifting all people.

Music, they say, is a language that knows no boundaries. It transcends cultural barriers, language barriers, and more. It can evoke emotions, express the inexpressible, and foster connections between individuals from diverse backgrounds. “The Mission/How Great Thou Art” demonstrates the powerful ability of music to create a bridge, allowing different groups and communities to come together. As we listen to “The Mission/How Great Thou Art,” we embark on a musical journey that invokes feelings of reverence, awe, and gratitude. The intertwining melodies and harmonies carry us to a place beyond ourselves, where we can find solace, inspiration, and a renewed sense of purpose.

Tabernacle Choir Summer Concert Announcement and Tickets

Get ready for an unforgettable musical experience as The Tabernacle Choir returns with their highly anticipated Summer Concert 2023! Following their triumphant World Tour in Mexico City, the renowned Choir is bringing the magic of their performances to their hometown in Salt Lake City. Mark your calendars for July 14 and 15, 2023, as this promises to be an extraordinary event showcasing the Choir’s extraordinary talent and vibrant music.

The Tabernacle Choir’s Summer Concert 2023 will be an extraordinary celebration of the music performed during their World Tour in Mexico City. Drawing from the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Mexico, the concert will feature a captivating selection of songs and arrangements that beautifully blend tradition with the Choir’s unmistakable sound.