What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

Stream Bells Holiday Concert: “Visions of the Season”

Have you ever watched a Bells at Temple Square performance? It is an experience you won’t want to miss because the bell ringers appear to be “dancing” to the enchanting musical sounds of these 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.” Now audiences will be able to watch the concert stream wherever they are in the world!

Stream the Concert on November 18 and then On-Demand!

Choir Broadens Its Mission and Announces Pilot Programs to Extend Its Reach in the World

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is making significant changes to broaden the reach of its music and influence. To that end, the Choir is expanding its mission and instituting pilot programs to better reach all of God’s children

In a special meeting with the entire Choir organization—The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells at Temple Square, and many other volunteers and professional staff—on November 15, 2022, President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed his outlook for the Choir.

Choir Welcomes West Point Glee Club for Veteran’s Day Broadcast

To celebrate Veterans Day, The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square proudly welcome the West Point Glee Club for the Music & the Spoken Word live broadcast, Sunday, November 13. This will be the Glee Club’s first performance with The Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. The program for the broadcast can be found here.

The West Point Glee Club is one of the U. S. Military Academy’s most visible cadet organizations. For over one hundred years, its members have touched audiences around the world through live performance in the nation’s finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and CD and DVD recordings. Over the years, the Glee Club has appeared with the Boston Pops, New York Pops, U.S. Army Band, U.S. Marine Band, and Opera Orchestra of New York, among others. Since 1999 the Glee Club has been under the direction of Constance Chase.

JoAnn Ottley: A Woman with Heart and Soul

The Tabernacle Choir pays tribute to JoAnn South Ottley, a dear friend and exemplary contributor. JoAnn died November 4, 2022, in Salt Lake City, at the age of 87. In her multi-faceted career that covered four decades, she played in major opera roles and oratorios, gave recitals, appeared as a soprano soloist with symphonies and choral groups, and was featured on albums of several masterworks. She served in key roles with The Tabernacle Choir alongside her husband Jerold (“Jerry”) Ottley. She described herself as “a woman of faith”1 and that personal identity guided her choices all her life.

“We have lost a dear friend with JoAnn’s passing,” said Mack Wilberg, music director of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. “She was a consummate artist and with her husband Jerry did such tremendous work with the Choir. We are very grateful for her life and influence.”

Begin Your Holiday Celebrations with The Bells at Temple Square!

The Bells at Temple Square celebrate the start of this year’s holidays with “Visions of the Season.”  Returning again to its annual concert tradition, the Bells will perform Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. (mountain time) in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The program will also be streamed on the Choir's YouTube channel on Friday, November 18 (see details below).

Anyone who has ever watched this delightful handbell ensemble perform will tell you that the bell ringing always engages the audience. “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 watch the Bells appear to be “dancing” and hear their enchanting sounds. Each year, the Bells at Temple Square’s concert tickets have gone quickly to a very appreciative audience. (A downloadable concert program will be posted under "Related Links.")

Stream Organ Virtuoso Performance of Dr. Andrew Unsworth

The audience usually sees organists from the back or the side at best. But the notable Tabernacle organ sits on a rotating disk that allows increased visibility of the organist and keyboards. Those attending concerts receive not only the organ's warmth and richness, but also the skill of the organist at work. So it is with the newly created Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance series in the venerable Salt Lake Tabernacle showcasing some of the greatest talent in organ performance today. 

Dr. Andrew E. Unsworth, one of three full-time Tabernacle organists and one familiar to those who follow The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, will perform Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The evening’s program is the third in the newly created Organ Virtuoso series.

Stream or Bring Home Choir’s New Christmas Music!

Experience the magic and wonder of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square's Christmas performances with the Choir’s O Holy Night: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir album, the companion O Holy Night DVD, and Come to Him This Holy Night: Three Irish Christmas Traditions book. Recorded during the 2021 Christmas performances with Broadway star Megan Hilty and renowned film and television actor Neal McDonough, these Christmas products a celebration of Irish traditions of the season and of the greatest gift of all, our Savior.

Even though the official Christmas season hasn’t yet begun, these new Choir products are now available to stream or purchase. Bring them home to help focus this year’s Christmas season on the Savior with music and uplifting messages from The Tabernacle Choir.

Lea Salonga Is Choir's Guest Artist for Christmas

Acclaimed Award-winning actress of stage and screen, Lea Salonga will be the featured guest artist at this year’s Christmas concerts by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on December 15, 16, and 17, at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Under the direction of Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, Salonga will ring in the Christmas spirit with live audiences after two years of impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. As in past concerts, there will be a guest narrator for the concerts who will be announced at a later date.

“We are delighted to have Lea Salonga with us as we welcome the community back to the Conference Center for our Christmas concerts,” said Wilberg. “Her compelling voice will bring the holiday spirit to the hearts of our audiences with joy, peace, light, and love.”

Available Now: Choir’s Latest Digital Single!

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is pleased to release the second in a series of digital single recordings: “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head.” These digital release singles focus on music that brings peace, reflection, joy, and encouragement to listeners around the world. The Choir’s most recent prior digital single "Meditation," released last July, quickly took its place at the top of the Choir’s most listened-to tracks. “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” is an introductory track for O Holy Night: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir, which will be released digitally and physically on Friday, October 28.

Enjoy this digital release of “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” by streaming it on Spotify and other streaming services. Watch the companion video on The Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel.  Use this link to connect to the streams and videos and to pre-order/pre-save/pre-add the track and album.

More Favorites Added to Best of The Tabernacle Choir

There's no question, that music streaming services have taken over how we listen to music. The  Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is no exception. In today’s world, you don’t need a tape deck – who remembers those? – or a CD player or even a record player to enjoy your favorite Choir music on demand! Now, digital music streaming gives you access to all the songs you love and playlists on the Choir’s Spotify channel make it easy. Video versions are available on the Choir’s YouTube channel.

Since Spring 2022 The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has created playlists that include "Best of The Tabernacle Choir,” “Meditate with The Tabernacle Choir,” “Easter with The Tabernacle Choir,” “Study with The Tabernacle Choir” and “The Tabernacle Choir and Friends.”  Each of these playlists fits a niche for listening and all have been hugely successful. These streaming options are part of the Choir’s "digital first" focus to broaden opportunities to have Choir music always available.