The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Starting 2019 with the Choir School!

The start of the year brings 36 hopeful singers (15 women, 21 men) to this year’s Choir School and the opportunity to sing with the Temple Square Chorale—and ultimately to become members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

This will be the last step of a months-long audition process that began last summer with a written application and voice recording submission, a music skills assessment test, and an in-person vocal audition and interview. Those who pass each level are invited to join the Choir’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 Temple Square Chorale. As in past years, this part of the training culminates in a concert by the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square for the public on March 29 and 30 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. 

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Baritone Robert Sims Returns to Music and the Spoken Word

On January 20, 2019, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is pleased to welcome back baritone Robert Sims for its weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. 

Sims was previously a guest on the Choir’s broadcast in 2011, when he performed “Is There Anybody Here Who Loves My Jesus?” “Glory, Glory Hallelujah,” and “I Got a Home in-a Dat Rock.” For this visit, Sims will perform “My Good Lord Done Been Here” and “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around.”

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A Round of Applause for “Backstage” Crew

Thousands saw Kristin Chenoweth on stage with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square during the Christmas season in 2018. They saw conductors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, organists Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth, the Bells on Temple Square, eight herald trumpeters, and over one hundered dancers.

But what about the performers who weren’t on stage, who work backstage, dress the stage, do the makeup and hair, direct the show from the production booth, and operate the cameras and the boom, capturing the concert on film? There are those who developed the concepts for the show, who managed the tickets, who skulked around the stage in black shirts so they wouldn’t be seen moving this and filming that; those who designed the set, choreographed the dancing, and sewed all the costumes, even the bugler’s banners. There is even a doctor at every performance. What we don’t see is the invisible cast of more than a hundred behind the scenes.

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Celebrate: Christmas Music from the Choir!

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without music! Music is everywhere during the Christmas season as people gather to renew friendships, enjoy family, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas music has the power to evoke memories of joyful childhood experiences, of families gathered around the Christmas tree, and of gift exchanges with dear friends.

Enjoy the music of Christmas this season with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square—our gift to you!

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Find the Hidden Symbolic “Easter Eggs” in the “Silent Night” Music Video

For the 2018 Christmas season, The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released a touching video for Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Silent Night.”

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Life Imitates Art: Police Officer Delivers a Baby Reminiscent of “Silent Night” Video

Here’s a heartwarming Christmas season story that was too good (and coincidental) not to share!

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have recently released a new Christmas video of “Silent Night.” The video depicts a police officer’s (Kevin Sorbo) service in delivering a young couple’s baby in an emergency childbirth. The officer’s journey from grief and pain, to joy and peace, has been viewed over 300,000 times.

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Listen to Christmas Music on the Choir’s 24/7 Music Stream

This is your chance to listen to The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Christmas music whenever you want! The 24/7 music stream will provide you with hours of quality Christmas music from the Choir.

Throughout the entire year, a broad repertoire of music from classical choral works to hymns, anthems, folk songs, and Broadway favorites—with music from Choir recordings, concerts, and Music and the Spoken Word specials—is streamed around the world 24/7 everywhere the internet is accessible.  

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