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

What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

Counselors in The Tabernacle Choir Presidency Announced

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.

Choir Leadership Briefly Delays Rehearsals, Return to Live Broadcasts

The health and safety of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square organization members and its audiences is the highest priority for the leadership of the Choir. Given the community-wide surge in COVID cases and in consultation with the Choir’s adviser, Bishop Caussé and the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Choir leaders have decided to briefly delay the resumption of Choir rehearsals that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 26.

Instead, a private Choir organization devotional will be held on that evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Tabernacle. With the Choir’s adviser Bishop Gérald Caussé presiding, the devotional will be a celebration of the devoted service of President and Sister Jarrett and an introduction to President and Sister Leavitt and the counselors who will serve with them.

Can You Name the 7 Prior Choir Presidents?

With the August 6, 2021 announcement of former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt’s call as the eighth president of The Tabernacle Choir, you may be wondering about others who have served as president of the Choir. 

Here are some interesting facts about each of the former 7 presidents from an article published in the Deseret News. For more information on each, read the full article found here.

Choir Leadership Change Announced by First Presidency

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the call of Michael O. Leavitt as the eighth president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Also announced was a new structure for Choir leadership. Leavitt will be joined by his wife, Jacalyn in fulfilling this new role. Two counselors, to be named later, will complete the presidency. 

Leavitt replaces Ron Jarrett who has served as president of the Choir since August 2012. Bishop Gérald Caussé, the advisor to the Choir, made the announcement to the Choir organization via Zoom on August 6, 2021.

President Ron Jarrett: A Friend to His Choir Family

When Ronald B. Jarrett joined The Tabernacle Choir as a tenor in 1999, he had no idea his love for choral music would lead him from singing to serving as president of the world-renowned chorus. Serving from 2012 to 2021, he was the seventh Choir president and the first to move from a seat in the loft to the president’s chair.  

His nine years of leadership have been marked by bold innovations and favorite traditions. He will be best be remembered for his love for the Choir organization members themselves—singers, instrumentalists, bell ringers, and other volunteers and professional staff as well—for watching over, caring for, encouraging them, and treating them like family. He has been their advocate and their friend.

Meet the New President of The Tabernacle Choir – Michael O. Leavitt

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has new leadership whose work has nothing to do with reading music or directing the Choir with a baton. On August 6, 2021, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointment of Michael O. Leavitt as the eighth president of the Choir succeeding Ron Jarrett who has served since August 2012. 

The First Presidency also announced a new structure for Choir leadership. Leavitt will be joined by his wife Jacalyn in fulfilling this new role. Two counselors, to be named later, will complete the presidency. The organization structure parallels one commonly used in Church missions around the world.

20th Anniversary Special “Coming Together” on September 11, 2021

It has been twenty years since the devastating tragedies of 9/11 but what continues to give us hope for the future are the compassionate stories of people who came together to help one another. When we remember, it deepens our gratitude for those who willingly chose to raise us up by the sacrifice of their own safety and causes us to forget the things that divide us. It helps us concentrate on the things that connect us and reveals to all of us what we’re actually capable of doing to help one another.

Join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for this 30-minute special “9/11 | Coming Together” with award winning journalist Jane Clayson Johnson. Johnson is known for her work at CBS News, ABC News, and NPR. As the events of 9/11 unfolded, Johnson and her co-anchor Bryant Gumbel were in New York City, on the air anchoring the morning program at CBS News..

Piping Up! Honors Famed Tabernacle Organist: Alexander Schreiner

The Piping Up! Organ Concerts at Temple Square—the newest Temple Square organ tradition—in its July 28th weekly concert stream will honor famed organist Alexander Schreiner (1901-1987) who served as a Tabernacle organist for over 50 years from 1924-1977.

Talented emeritus Tabernacle organists John Longhurst and Clay Christiansen—both former students of Schreiner--will each perform music repertoire highlighting Schreiner’s career in organ and hymn compositions and arrangements. 

Beginning 93 Years of Continuous Weekly Broadcasts!

Did you know that the Music & the Spoken Word broadcast is beginning its 93rd year of continuous weekly broadcasts with the Sunday, July 18 broadcast? 

Although broadcasting technology has changed dramatically in 93 years, the message and the purpose of the broadcast hasn’t changed. For the first broadcast on July 15, 1929, in the early days of radio broadcasting, a single man climbed a ladder and held a microphone in the air to capture the music of the Choir in the Tabernacle. Now in 2021, the weekly broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word is digitally produced by a team of sound engineers for radio, television, and social media broadcast teams.