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

What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

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.

Audience Invited to Chorale and Orchestra Spring Concert

The Chorale at Temple Square and the Orchestra at Temple Square will join their musical talents for their traditional Spring concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first live concert by the Choir organization ensembles in the Tabernacle with a public audience in two years! The evening performances will be under the baton of Ryan Murphy, associate music director of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and conductor of the Chorale.

Tickets Now Available!

Watch or Stream He Is Risen: A Special Easter Celebration

The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells at Temple Square, and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble will stream He Is Risen: A Special Easter Celebration. The stream will be available around the world wherever the Internet is available. It will be streamed in English as well as an additional 23 languages where translations are subtitled or overdubbed.

Beginning Sunday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. (mountain time) and then On-Demand

The Tabernacle Choir School Begins Again!

After a pause in 2021, the Choir School experience that hopeful new Tabernacle Choir singers have been waiting for has finally arrived for 67 new participants—34 women and 33 men! This large group of 2022 Choir School students includes singers selected from both the 2020 and 2021 audition periods who were successful in passing the first three levels of the audition process to become singing members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The last steps of the months-long audition process include completing the Choir School training and singing with the Chorale at Temple Square.

The Tabernacle Choir audition process began during the summer months of both 2020 and 2021 with a written application and voice recording submission, a music skills assessment test, and an in-person vocal audition and interview with a member of the Choir presidency. Those who passed each level were invited to join this year’s 16-week training school, which is like a graduate course in choral singing but is sometimes thought of as a choral “boot camp.” The choir training also includes singing with the Chorale at Temple Square.

Stream Choir’s Playlists – a New Tradition

It's safe to say that the creation of music streaming services has definitely enhanced the way we listen to music today. Before streaming, if you wanted to listen to music you either had to purchase the music via download to play on your phone or computer, buy a physical recording to play at home on your own  CD player (or for those who remember, a record player or a tpae deck) or you could listen to the radio and just hope you would hear your favorite songs.

How do you find what you want to listen to with so many choices? Digital music streaming provides every listener access to all of the music they love—but it can sometimes be so overwhelming!

Music & the Spoken Word: Return to Live Broadcasts

On March 6, 2022, The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square resume live broadcasts of Music & the Spoken Word from the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square.  It has been ten weeks—eight weeks longer than planned—since The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square members have been able to perform together in person.

Last December Choir organization members had a planned two-week break after completing the December 19 Music & the Spoken Word broadcast and several busy days that week taping the PBS and BYUtv Christmas special--planned for release in 2022.

Choir Presidency Announces Future Initiatives

On February 17, 2022, Michael O. Leavitt, president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, addressed a virtual audience of members of the Choir organization and announced four new high-level objectives that will set a bold and historic direction for The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Leavitt and his counselors, L. Whitney Clayton and Gary B. Porter, have been in place for six months. During that time, they have followed counsel given by Church President Russell M. Nelson when they were called to be Choir leaders. The counsel was that they should prayerfully look for innovative and transformative ways to accomplish the Choir's mission in the future.