The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Love to Sing? Choir Audition Cycle Starts June 1!

If you—or someone you know—have expressed interest in becoming a member of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the once-a-year online audition application period opens on June 1, 2020. All applications must be submitted by August 15, 2020

Even though the current pandemic situation has not permitted the Choir to rehearse or perform publicly since March, the Choir is looking to the future when gathering together to make music will once again be possible. 

Now Available! When You Believe: A Night at the Movies

Released May 22, 2020, When You Believe: A Night at the Movies is a recording movie fans have been eagerly anticipating. The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have recorded inspirational and powerful music from award-winning blockbusters that will touch our hearts and remind us all to value our better impulses and see the good in others.

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square enjoy a longstanding tradition of performing inspirational music from the movies and the Broadway stage. This selection of movie music shows that no matter the story, the genre, or style, a night at the movies can encourage the divine within us and aid us in our quest to believe.
 

The Inspiring Story Behind a Worldwide Choir

Around the world, choirs of Church members from six continents joined The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square to sing “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” at the close of the Sunday afternoon session of the April 2020 general conference. It was this specially structured performance, prepared through the use of modern digital technology, that left conference participants feeling a sense of unity with others around the world—yet watching separately and safely in their homes. 

As promised by Church President Russell M. Nelson, the April 2020 general conference was indeed a memorable one for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Instead of originating from the Conference Center which holds 21,000 people, the speakers in each session gave their talks from a small auditorium on Temple Square in Salt Lake City without a live audience and all the music was pre-recorded. 

More Changes: Learn New Ensemble Names!

Recently the Choir organization announced name changes to two of its music ensembles—along with The Tabernacle Choir’s new visual identity—to provide name consistency across the Choir organization.

Going forward, the bell choir will be known as “Bells at Temple Square” and the training choir ensemble will be known as “Chorale at Temple Square.” Previously published articles and videos using the prior ensemble names will not be changed.

Find Out About The Tabernacle Choir’s New Logo!

What has changed? The Choir’s logo has changed—but not their longstanding tradition of performing inspirational music for audiences around the world.  

Building on the historical legacy of prior Choir logos that showed the iconic Salt Lake Tabernacle organ pipes, on April 23, 2020 The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square announced a new visual identity using a simplified organ pipe logo with a fresh, modern look.

Help for Home-Centered Worship

With churches worldwide temporarily closed to group gatherings, homes throughout world have become centers of worship for individuals and families.

To provide resources for the home and to help people draw closer to the divine and hear the voice of the Lord, the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have prepared music playlists on its YouTube Channel that can be used worldwide.  As J. Reuben Clark, former counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once explained: “We get nearer to the Lord through music than perhaps through any other thing except prayer.”

FAQ: Handel's Messiah

Will Messiah still be streamed on the internet on April 10? 

Yes! A special Messiah peformance, previously recorded in 2018, by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with renowned guest soloists--Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, And Tyler Simpson--will be streamed over the internet on Good Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) on a variety of websites and social channels to enable individuals and families worldwide to draw closer to Jesus Christ and celebrate Easter at home. It will also be available on-demand after the stream ends. See tabchoir.org/messiah for further details.

Watch Messiah with Online Commentary from Dr. Luke Howard

Beginning April 10, 2020, a performance of Handel’s Messiah by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, originally recorded in 2018, will be streamed and available on-demand around the world. The Choir and Orchestra extend an invitation to everyone this Easter to draw closer to Jesus Christ through music by experiencing the world’s most beloved oratorio which tells the story of His birth, life, and resurrection.

“During these uncertain times, we feel music can bring comfort and peace,” said Choir president Ron Jarrett. “We hope members of all faiths join with us by means of this internet stream to celebrate the Savior this Easter with Handel’s classic Messiah. Whether they join in singing with the Choir and Orchestra or just enjoy the music, they can feel united in a worldwide celebration.”

The Tabernacle Choir: Setting an Atmosphere of Worship

Members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square prepare twice a year to sing in the general conference meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their sponsoring organization. “Music can set an atmosphere of worship which invites the spirit of revelation and testimony,” remarked Boyd K. Packer, former president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mindful of the responsibility they have as musicians and as disciples of Jesus Christ to contribute to each conference meeting, Choir members work diligently at home and in rehearsals to memorize their music, perfect their performances, and find ways to express the feelings of their hearts through the music they have the opportunity to sing.