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.
At a Choir devotional on Thursday evening, August 26, presided over by the Choir’s adviser Bishop Gérald Caussé, L. Whitney Clayton was sustained as first counselor and Gary B. Porter as second counselor in the new Choir presidency. Elder Clayton is an Emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Brother Porter is a Senior Vice President at Deseret Management Corporation. Together with Leavitt, the new leaders will manage the administrative components of The Tabernacle Choir organization, including the supervision of over 700 volunteers.