"9/11 | Coming Together" 20th Anniversary Special

What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

Giving Julie Rohde a Standing Ovation

A standing ovation for Julie Rohde starts right now!

After more than twenty years in The Tabernacle Choir singing as a second alto and over twenty years in the Choir front office as an Executive Assistant, Julie Rohde truly deserves the applause of all the Choir family and its millions of friends. Over that extended period of time, Julie has shown a singular commitment to the work of the Choir, been so influential in ways big and small, and been so encouraging of Choir organization members. As she would say, she has been “more blessed” by being a part of The Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square.

Bells at Temple Square Concert on Friday, June 17

The Bells at Temple Square will present its much anticipated first concert of 2022, “Life's Journeys” on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Anyone who has ever watched this delightful handbell ensemble perform will tell you that the bell ringing engages the audience and often looks like the performers are dancing with their bells. “With the bells, it is not just about playing the notes,” said Teresa Winder, one of the charter members of the Bells at Temple Square. “It’s a visual art.” You won’t want to miss the chance to see and hear the Bells perform!

This concert will be led by LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the Bells at Temple Square, with the assistance of Geoff Anderson, associate conductor. The concert will feature the talented versatility of the handbell choir playing on two sets of English handbells (one with 7 octaves and one with 6½ octaves) and two 6-octave sets of hand chimes. The music for the evening will explore a variety of musical genres from hymns and anthems to classical and jazz. As with past Bells at Temple Square concerts, the handbell numbers will be interspersed with performances by members of the Orchestra at Temple Square and an organ solo, provided in this concert by Temple Square organist Joseph Peeples. 

Prominent Organist to Perform in New “Virtuoso Performance Series”

Few organs—anywhere—have such a storied history, are as well-known or highly regarded as the Tabernacle Organ on historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This world-renowned, iconic pipe organ with five manuals (keyboards) and 206 ranks of organ pipes is among the world’s largest instruments—and one of the most heralded. Its famous golden pipes, made of wood staves fashioned from Utah timber and visible on the front facade, still add to the sound of the famous instrument even today.

To showcase the organ and world-renowned organists, a new “Virtuoso Performance Series” begins Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle. Dr. James Higdon, much admired organist from the University of Kansas, headlines the inaugural event.

Congratulations to KSL on 100 Years of Broadcasting

Editor’s Recommendation: Watch the “KSL Radio 100 Years” Video Tribute.

KSL, the Choir’s long-time broadcasting partner, turns 100 this year. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square pays tribute to the station for its century of service beginning in 1922, for the ingenuity and tenacity of early radio engineers, for the work ethic of all those that followed, and for the vision of leaders in shaping and sustaining such a venture.

Music & the Spoken Word features St. Olaf Choir

On Sunday, May 1, 2022, The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will feature the famed St. Olaf Choir conducted by Anton Armstrong on its long-running Music & the Spoken Word program. Armstrong will conduct the St. Olaf Choir together with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in performing a composition Mack Wilberg previously composed especially for the St. Olaf Choir, “Light Dawns on a Weary World.” The St. Olaf Choir will perform two additional selections—one a cappella and one with piano accompaniment—both conducted by Armstrong. Mack Willberg will conduct the combined choirs and orchestra for the broadcast’s concluding number, “Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends.” The repertoire for the broadcast can be found here.

This year marks Anton Armstrong’s 32nd year as conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. He is just the fourth conductor to lead the ensemble during its 110-year history. In addition to his role as a professor of music at St. Olaf College, Armstrong is in demand as a guest conductor in the international and national choral music scene. Armstrong has been a featured guest conductor on the Music & the Spoken Word broadcast three previous times, while this will be the first time the St. Olaf Choir has appeared with its famed conductor.

The Tabernacle Choir Creates New Managing Director Position

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has created a new Managing Director position to oversee the organization as part of a revised administrative structure. The new position is just the latest in a series of structural changes that started in August 2021 when President Michael O. Leavitt and his counselors, L. Whitney Clayton, and Gary B. Porter, were called to lead the Choir as a presidency—a first for the Choir. With that new organizational structure, the Choir presidency serves at the executive council level and reports to Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The new Managing Director position will enable the Choir to work more effectively with senior leaders in other Church departments to usher in the bold new initiatives that were announced by President Leavitt and his counselors in February 2022. Those initiatives include aligning the Choir with the Church’s mission and missionary efforts, expanding the Choir’s digital audience, and increasing its worldwide visibility.

FAQ for The Tabernacle Choir and Azamara Charity Cruises

This is a unique charitable event. How did it come about?

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square had planned a concert tour to the Nordic countries which would have used an Azamara cruise ship for the Choir’s travel and accommodations. Complications from the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Choir from completing its tour preparations in time which resulted in the cancellation of the tour in February 2022. Due to the shortness of time remaining prior to the previously planned departure, the Choir and Azamara have collaborated in this unique way to make other arrangements for the use of the ship to benefit charities serving around the world.

Cruise This Summer and Make a World of Difference

Book your cruise now at azamara.com/charitycruises. Read below for exciting details. 

Because of scheduling challenges due to the pandemic, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Squarecancelled its long-planned 2022 Nordic tour. However, with the help of Azamara, the leading cruise line in Destination Immersion® experiences, the Choir has turned this cancellation into a remarkable charitable opportunity to benefit those struggling with the effects of conflict, famine, and disease.

Ways to Watch or Listen to HE IS RISEN: A Special Easter Celebration

This Easter season, The Tabernacle Choir invites you to focus on the joy, hope and promise the Resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ brings to God’s children throughout the world. This is an Easter event the entire family will enjoy.

Stream, watch, or listen to HE IS RISEN: A Special Easter Celebration.  This special recorded 60-minute program includes uplifting music celebrating the Savior’s Resurrection with readings from the New Testament accounts that explore the promisethe Resurrection brings for each of us.

Choir Music Adds Spiritual Emphasis to Conference Messages

Religious movements flourish with the aid of religious song. In fact, music has long been the handmaiden of religion. President Harold B. Lee, eleventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, “The most effective preaching of the gospel is when it is accompanied by beautiful music.” So it is that The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has sung at General Conferenced of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The twice a year gatherings, April and October, give leaders of the Church an opportunity to speak the words and will of God. The music of the Choir adds spiritual emphasis to their messages.

Since its first gatherings in the fields of the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 to later filling the Choir loft in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in 1867 to singing from seats in the Conference Center beginning in 2000, the Choir has illuminated thoughts of the divine with words and melodies beloved by audiences around the world.