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Alex Boyé Discusses Race and the Church

During the Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour in the summer of 2015, we caught up with Alex Boyé in Boston before the tour’s final show. Boyé was on tour as the Choir’s guest soloist and performed the spirituals, “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” and “I’m Runnin’ On.” In the final video of our 4 part series, Boyé explains how he handles questions of racism in relation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Laura Osnes Discusses Family and Faith

Our 2015 Pioneer Day concert guest artist—talented Broadway leading lady Laura Osnes—sat down with us for a post-concert interview and discussed her relationship with her husband and how her Christian faith keeps her grounded.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Martin Jarvis

This year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts are packed with talented performers, including returning Pioneer Day concert guest Laura Osnes, four Metropolitan Opera soloists, and British actor Martin Jarvis. Jarvis will serve as the narrator for the concerts and boasts a large resume full of roles you might recognize from every facet of performing arts. Let’s take a closer look at Martin Jarvis.

“It’s Like a Big Hug from a Bunch of New Friends” —Santino Fontana

Guests of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have described their positive experiences with the Choir by describing feelings they haven’t felt before. Beloved actress Angela Lansbury, who performed at the Christmas concerts in 2001, said: “I didn’t realize that I was going to be hit by this extraordinary spirit. I haven’t experienced this before. It’s quite unique, people doing something for the love of it." 2010 guest David Archuleta said, “Getting to be up on that stage with the Choir was one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt in my life.”

Up Close with Laura Osnes

When guest artists come to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, their schedules are tight and focused. Often, the only time fans get a glimpse of the artist's personality is during the Friday morning press conference and the few moments on stage between songs.

Up Close with Martin Jarvis

When guest artists come to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, their schedules are tight and focused. Often, the only time fans get a glimpse of the artist's personality is during the Friday morning press conference and the few moments on stage between songs or narrations.

Lindsey Stirling Wows in CMA Christmas Performance and New “Hallelujah” Video

In 2013 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square hosted Lindsey Stirling for the annual Pioneer Day concert, where she performed “Scotland, the Brave/Simple Gifts,” “Poor Little Lambs,” and her YouTube hit “Elements,” which has almost 70 million views. Stirling also joined the Choir and Orchestra for the finale of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Watch GENTRI on the Music & the Spoken Word Internet Live Stream

If you have never watched a Music & the Spoken Word broadcast live streamed over the Internet, here’s an opportunity for you!  Each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time, the home page of connects followers to the live broadcast as it is performed in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in the Salt Lake City, Utah. Or you can use this link and go directly to the “Watch Music & the Spoken Word Live” web page. Join the broadcast using your computer, phone, or other Internet-connected mobile devices.

Announcing the 2016 Pioneer Day Guest Artists

This year’s Pioneer Day concert guests are one of the Choir’s most popular guest artists, having performed in the 2007 Christmas concerts, four Cultural Olympiad concerts held in the Tabernacle during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and numerous Music & the Spoken Word appearances. We are pleased to announce the King’s Singers as our special guests.

The Complete King’s Singers Video Collection from the 2016 Pioneer Day Concert

Audiences were wowed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2016 Pioneer Day concert, featuring England’s the King’s Singers. The concert included incredible highlights, such as the King’s Singers performing a moving Primary song medley, an emotional farewell tribute to retiring group member David Hurley, and amazing numbers from the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Introducing This Year’s Christmas Concert Guest Artist: Rolando Villazón

We are excited to announce acclaimed tenor and entertainer Rolando Villazón as the 2016 Christmas concert guest artist. The concerts, featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square, will be held December 8–10 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Villazón will also join the Choir, Orchestra, and Bells for the Sunday broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word on December 11, which will not be ticketed.

Tenebrae, English Chamber Choir, Joins Music & the Spoken Word on November 13!

Musical guest for Music & the Spoken Word on Sunday, November 13, 2016, will be Tenebrae, the acclaimed London-based chamber choir.  Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), the award-winning ensemble has established itself as one of the most sought after chamber choirs in England and around the world. The group has the precision of a small chamber ensemble combined with the passion of a large cathedral choir to create a unique and enchanting sound, as effective in medieval music as it is in contemporary works. 

13 Facts You Didn’t Know About Rolando Villazón

The 2016 Christmas concert guest artist, Rolando Villazón, is considered one of the world's top tenors. He has been heralded as “the most charming of today’s divos” (The Times) and “a great singer and brilliant entertainer, at once extremely funny and deeply profound” (Crescendo). The Choir's director, Mack Wilberg, said, “Rolando Villazón is one of the great singers of our time.” The fact that Villazón is an amazing singer and performer seems to be widely agreed upon, but here are 13 facts you probably didn’t know:

King’s Men, Organists Perform in the Tabernacle!

The King’s Men, an a cappella ensemble comprised of 15 choral scholars from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, England, plus two organ scholars, also from King’s College, will present a special program on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 12:00 noon in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. The King’s Men are members of the Chapel Choir at King’s College, which is currently touring in North America. The King’s Men function separately from the main choir, and the smaller ensemble is run entirely by the members of the group itself. They perform regularly around Britain and have performed in Australia, Hong Kong, and North America. The two organ scholars, Richard Gowers and Henry Websdale, who play for the services at King’s College, will each perform a solo number on the noon program.

Hear What Santino Fontana and the Puppeteers from Sesame Workshop® Thought about Performing in the Choir’s Christmas Concert

It’s not every day that a performer entertains over 21,000 people in a single concert. It can certainly be intimidating for an actor or singer to undertake such a challenging task. Santino Fontana described it by saying: “This experience is unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. Not only because of the size of the Choir and the size of the Orchestra but also the space. It’s huge—21,000 seat auditorium—there’s nothing to prepare you for that.”

Tony Nominated Broadway Star Is Guest Artist for Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert

The singing and acting sensation who brought George Washington to life in the Broadway hit Hamilton, will be the featured guest artist for this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day Concerts. Christopher Jackson joins the Choir in two gala performances in “Music for a Summer Evening” on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center. The concerts will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.

Lindsey Stirling Opens Up about Her Life to Television Personality Larry King

Lindsey Stirling has recorded hit albums, won prestigious awards, written a best-selling book, earned a spot on the Forbes Top-Earning YouTube Stars list and continues to inspire through her groundbreaking music videos. In 2013, Stirling spent some time as a guest artist for the Pioneer Day concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, performing her popular song “Elements,” among others.

Watch The King’s Singers Perform Two Spirituals

The King’s Singers are world famous for their crisp, harmonious vocals and their ability to entertain audiences. They have been repeat guests with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and have performed songs such as “I’m Runnin’ On,” “Down to the River to Pray,” “The Dying Soldier,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Veni, Veni Emmanuel,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and many more throughout the years.

New Mahler Symphony No. 8 Album Features the Choir and Utah Symphony

On November 17, 2017, a two-disc recording featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, directed by Thierry Fischer, will be released. The album also features choristers of The Madeleine Choir School and soloists Orla Boylan, Celena Shafer, and Amy Owens (sopranos); Charlotte Hellekant and Tamara Mumford (mezzo-sopranos); Barry Banks (tenor); Markus Werba (baritone); and Jordan Bisch (bass). Pre-orders are available on Through November 16, purchases at the Utah Symphony Guild Store are $5 off.

Former Choir Guest Artists Perform Music from The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is an American musical film, released on December 20, 2017. Surprisingly, in the first week of its release, the film was actually considered a box-office bomb. An early review boldly stated, “Considering the film that triumphantly declared itself ‘the greatest show’ had an $84 million budget, this is a flop for 20th Century Fox. Condolences to Hugh Jackman and his passion project.”

Learn the “Hallelujah” Chorus Singing Parts with Peter and Evynne Hollens

Early in 2016 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir gave fans the chance of lifetime by inviting singers to join in the world’s largest virtual “Hallelujah” Chorus. Fans from around the globe were encouraged to submit videos of themselves singing along with the “Hallelujah” part of their choice (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Select singers were chosen to be featured in the final video with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Sutton Foster

The Christmas season is just around the corner. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been working on Christmas music for weeks and the physical preparations for the annual Christmas concert have been going on for months. The annual concerts by the Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square this year will feature Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville as guest artists.

10 Things You Didnt Know about Sutton Foster

Although it’s not quite Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is just around the corner. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been working on Christmas music for weeks, and the physical preparations for the annual Christmas concert have been going on for months. The annual concert by the Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square this year will feature Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville as guest artists.

Watch a Pioneer Day Concert Special Featuring Alex Boyé on BYUtv

BYUtv has produced a 60-minute special of the Pioneer Day concert with Alex Boyé, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Boyé was a big hit with audiences, performing “Where You Are” from Disney’s Moana, “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You” from The Lion King, “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” a Nat King Cole medley, and more.

Lindsey Stirling Makes Strong Dancing with the Stars Debut

Former Mormon Tabernacle Choir guest artist and YouTube powerhouse Lindsey Stirling just made her debut as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. This isn’t the first time Stirling has been a part of a television talent show—in 2010, she made her television debut on America’s Got Talent, where she was a quarter finalist.

Alex Boyé Talks About Performing African Music in Utah

Alex Boyé is a multitalented performer who was the Choir’s guest artist for the 2017 Pioneer Day concerts in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born in London, England, to Nigerian parents and moved to Utah in 2000. The move was a big change for Boyé, who previously recorded and toured Europe as boy band member and shared the stage with the likes of NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, George Michael, and MC Hammer.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alex Boyé

This year’s Pioneer Day concert guest artist, Alex Boyé, is known for his African-infused music videos and larger-than-life stage personality. But there is much more to Boyé than that—his music career stretches back to the early 1990s, when he was a backup dancer and boy band member in England.

Alex Boyé to Replace Christopher Jackson as Guest Artist for Pioneer Day Concert

Due to unavoidable and unanticipated scheduling conflicts with the filming of his current TV series, Christopher Jackson will be unable to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Pioneer Day concerts on July 14 and 15. Mr. Jackson is sincerely disappointed at this turn of events and is looking forward to another opportunity to appear with the Choir and Orchestra in the future. 

Tony Award Nominee Christopher Jackson is This Year’s Pioneer Day Guest

This year’s Pioneer Day concert guest artist, Christopher Jackson, is a Tony Award nominated actor, as well as Grammy and Emmy Award winning songwriter/composer. Jackson is best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical, Hamilton, and currently appears in the hit CBS drama Bull. Jackson also recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana that premiered in 2016.

The Song That Moved Nathan Pacheco to Tears

Nathan Pacheco’s music career is on a major upswing. Earlier this year, his latest album, Higher, reached no. 1 on three Billboard charts (Classical Albums, Classical Crossover Albums, and Heatseekers Mountain). He is also successfully touring and making exciting music videos in support of his album.

Lindsey Stirling Wins a Billboard Music Award

In the summer of 2013, a spritely Lindsey Stirling took the stage in front of 21,000 people with her trusty violin. She was a guest artist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Pioneer Day concert. At this point in her career, Stirling’s star was already on the rise. In 2010, she became a quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent, where she gained a loyal following. Shortly after, her videos on YouTube began to gain viewership in the millions, and by 2012, Stirling’s song “Crystallize” made no. 8 on the top ten list of videos of 2012, with 42 million views.

The Complete Santino Fontana Video Collection

Santino Fontana made Mormon Tabernacle Choir history when he performed as a guest artist with the Choir three times within a year. In July 2014, Fontana made his first appearance in the summer Pioneer Day concerts. Five months later Fontana was back on the Conference Center stage singing Christmas songs. Only two months after the Christmas concert, Fontana returned to perform in a concert for the American Choral Directors Association. 

Lindsey Stirling Song Featured in Pete’s Dragon Movie

Former Choir guest artist Lindsey Stirling is flying high with her new song “Something Wild,” from the Disney movie Pete’s Dragon. “Something Wild” is a collaboration between Stirling and singer Andrew McMahon and already has 5 million video views on YouTube. Pete’s Dragon entered the box office charts at #3 and remains in the top ten after its third week in theaters.

King's Singers Perform an Emotional Primary Medley

When it was announced that the King’s Singers were returning to Salt Lake City to perform in the 2016 Pioneer Day concert, fans knew they were in for a musical treat—what they didn’t know is that the King’s Singers would perform the most epic Primary song medley ever!

Broadway Star Laura Osnes and the Choir Sing “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz

In 2015, Broadway leading lady Laura Osnes graced the Conference Center stage for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Pioneer Day concerts. The overwhelmingly positive response to her performance led to her return a mere five months later for the Christmas concerts. The concerts also featured British actor Martin Jarvis as the narrator and four Metropolitan Opera soloists.

The Puppeteers from Sesame Workshop® Feel the Love from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The 2014 Christmas concert was nothing short of magical. Santino Fontana, along with the Muppets® from Sesame Street®, were guests of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the concerts. When we sat down with the puppeteers from Sesame Workshop® after the Christmas concert run, they were effusive in their praise of the Choir, the crew, and the entire organization.

“Bring Him Home”: Alfie Boe Returns to Broadway in Les Misérables

Opera singer Alfie Boe is back on Broadway as Jean Valjean in the hit Broadway musical Les Misérables. Boe has admitted that Valjean is a special role for him and that it took his career to a new level when he sang in Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary  at London’s O2 Arena in 2010. "That was the moment that turned my career around. . . . It's something that I'll respect for the rest of my career, something I hold very dear to my heart," said Boe. His Broadway run began September 1, 2015, and marks his first return to Broadway since his debut in La Bohème in 2002.

Broadway Star Laura Osnes and Beloved British Actor Martin Jarvis Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Annual Christmas Concert

Back by popular demand after charming audiences at this summer’s Pioneer Day concert, Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on December 17, 18 and 19 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Taking the stage with Osnes will be acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis. Under the direction of Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, these powerhouse talents will ring in the holiday spirit for audiences young and old.

Guest Artists Speak of What’s Good in the World

Guest artists share more than just the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Many appreciate the Choir’s feelings of hope, peace, and joy expressed in song. In both interviews and personal conversation, these new friends of the Choir speak of how they have felt at home with the Choir and blessed by the experience.

Alex Boyé’s America’s Got Talent Surprise

During the Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour in the summer of 2015, we caught up with Alex Boyé in Boston before the tour’s final show. Boyé was on tour as the Choir’s guest soloist and performed the spirituals “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” and “I’m Runnin’ On.” At the time of our interview, he was fresh off the stage from sound check and excited about his America’s Got Talent television audition performance that was making its way around the Internet and being shared by celebrities.

Alex Boyé: From Rags to Spiritual Riches

During the Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour in the summer of 2015, we caught up with Alex Boyé in Boston before the tour’s final show. Boyé was on tour as the Choir’s guest soloist and performed the spirituals “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” and “I’m Runnin’ On.” Boyé opened up to us about the trials of being homeless in his youth and overcoming challenges through scripture study and positive thinking.

Watch Alex Boyé’s Full America’s Got Talent Audition

This week Alex Boyé has been sharing the stage with the “America’s Choir” on the Atlantic Coast Tour. He even excited the Choir on the airplane, leading Choir members in an in-flight sing-along. Watch the video here.  Last week Boyé was watched on millions of television screens across the Unites States when he and his band amazed the audience and judges with a rousing rendition of “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift.

Alex Boyé Takes the America’s Got Talent Stage by Storm

Things are about to get wild on America’s Got TalentAlex Boyé will be taking the stage by storm. In the show’s preview, Boyé is seen dancing with a band mate, followed by a clip where he appears to jump off the stage. As the clips are shown in the preview, the announcer is heard saying, “One act stops the show—literally.” One of the show's judges, Howie Mandel, then asks, “Is he ok?” followed by the show’s host, Nick Cannon, saying, “We have an injury on the side of the stage.” A clearly concerned Howard Stern then turns to his fellow judges and affirms, “He’s on the ground.” The sound of sirens is then heard blaring in the background.

Alex Boyé Receives Prestigious Governor’s Mansion Artist Award

Alex Boyé is everywhere! In addition to being a YouTube mega-star, he will be joining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on this summer’s Atlantic Coast Tour. His recent YouTube video for "Uptown Funk" was featured on numerous media channels including BuzzfeedTIME, New York’s Daily NewsHuffington Post, and more. This past week, Boyé was awarded the Utah Governor’s Mansion Artist Award in performing arts. We congratulate Alex for this amazing achievement!

Free as a Bird: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Fine-Feathered Friends

Believe it or not, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has had its share of fine-feathered guests throughout the years. As a matter of fact, giant birds make excellent conductors. A little bird told us. Here are some instances where the Choir and birds go hand in hand, or hand in wing, like birds of a feather. OK, we'll stop . . . for now.

Acclaimed Soloists Join Orchestra and Chorale for Spring Concert

The glorious music of Brahms, Mozart, and Smetana will resound in the spring concert of the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Ryan Murphy, associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will conduct the performances. (Tickets have all been distributed but patrons are encouraged to come for standby seating.)

“This Little Light of Mine”—Performed by Sylvia McNair and the Choir

Those who were lucky enough to attend the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) concert in February were treated to a beautiful rendition of "This Little Light of Mine” by two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. McNair’s three-decade career spans the musical territories of musical theater and cabaret, opera, and oratorio, and she has been featured as a soloist with practically every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world. 

Five Videos Produced by James Taylor You Should See

Before watching the “Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor and The Utah Symphony ” concert broadcast on BYUtv, here are five must-see videos about James Taylor you should watch. To see the full series of 9 videos produced by James Taylor and Carnegie Hall in 2011, click here.

Alex Boyé Joins Choir for Atlantic Coast Tour

Think of it: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing at Yankee Stadium and at Carnegie Hall. And now, the Choir is pleased to announce a guest performer will join them for their Atlantic Coast tour -- Alex Boyé. The tour will include stops in Maryland, New York, and Massachusetts from June 25 through July 6, 2015 and will feature the 360-voice world-renowned choir and 68 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.

Santino Fontana Performs “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story

This week will mark the third time Santino Fontana has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when he joins them on stage during the American Choral Director's Association concert. It’s hard to believe that just seven months ago, Fontana walked onto the stage at the Conference Center singing “Something’s Coming” from the award-winning musical, West Side Story. Although the original Broadway production opened almost 60 years ago, Fontana brought a youthful enthusiasm to the performance, making the Leonard Bernstein song sound brand new.

Deborah Voigt Quilt

Guest artists do more than perform on stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They become part of the Choir family. And family members do special things for each other.

Santino Fontana to Perform with the Choir for the Third Time in a Year

Perhaps three really is a magic number; Broadway and film actor, Santino Fontana, will perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir next weekend at the American Choral Directors Society (ACDA) concert. He will become the first guest artist to perform with the Choir three times in the space of a year. Fontana made his debut with the Choir at the 2014 Pioneer Day concert last July and returned a mere five months later for the Christmas concert, which also featured the Sesame Street Muppets.

AJ Jacobs and the Choir Sing I Think The World Is Glorious

Imagine putting together the world’s largest family reunion in history—not for the Osmond’s or the Duggar’s, but a bigger, international family reunion. On June 6, 2015, author, journalist and founder of Global Family Reunion, A.J. Jacobs is determined to do just that. He is currently building a family tree that connects the entire world. According to, the reunion will be “An event like no other. The biggest, most inclusive and most fascinating family reunion in history.” The best part is, all 7 billion members of the human family are invited to the reunion, with all proceeds going directly to benefit Alzheimer’s. Jacobs said, "Once we realize we're all related….we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer's." 

Choir Sings Music from the Masters and Grandmothers

There is a story behind almost every song the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings. Some are near legend, such as George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” or the folk song “Shenandoah.” Arrangements by Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy have given new life to many hymns. Favorites like Wilberg’s “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” continue to set records on YouTube as well as bringing concert-goers to their feet.

Beloved Actor Edward Herrmann Passes Away at Age 71

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization wishes to offer its sincere condolences to the family of award-winning actor Edward Herrmann, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 71. He died Wednesday, December 31 at New York Hospital where he was being treated for a stage 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor. His manager Robbie Kass said, “Besides being an accomplished actor, Ed was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man…he will be sorely missed.”

The Unforgettable Natalie Cole

Update (1/1/16): Natalie Cole passed away on December 31, 2015. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization wishes to express its sincere condolences to her family. In a press conference during her 2009 guest appearance with the Choir, Cole said, '"I really think we are here to honor our Lord Jesus Christ. He will be definitely honored, and I'm sure he's pleased. It's so nice to take the 'I' out of it and make it a team effort." She also lovingly referred to the Choir as her "Wonderful backup singers."

How Lindsey Stirling Became an Internet Sensation

In 2013, Lindsey Stirling joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Pioneer Day Concerts. She was performing as a guest artist in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she had been to watch performances in previous years. She was a star in her own right, but before the huge arenas, millions of YouTube views, awards, and screaming fans at her sold out concerts, Lindsey Stirling was doing everything she could to make it in the music business, without much luck.

Face to Face with Lindsey Stirling

In the summer of 2013 violinist, Lindsey Stirling, joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Pioneer Day Concerts. The concerts were held on July 19, and 20 in the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She performed her hit song, “Elements,” along with the Choir, as well as “Poor Little Lambs” and “Scotland, the Brave/Simple Gifts.”

"Glorious" by David Archuleta—Fan Supercut Video

When Meet the Mormons was released in October, the song “Glorious,” performed by David Archuleta quickly gained over 1 million views on YouTube. At the time, we wrote an article titled, Watch David Archuleta’s New Video for “Glorious,” from Meet The Mormons. The popularity of the song led Meet the Mormons to issue a video contest and the response was overwhelming, with fans around the world submitting over 420 videos. The countries represented in the video range from the Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Canada, Costa Rica, and many from the United States.

Christmas Character Reveal Elmo

We are pleased to introduce another Sesame Street Christmas concert guest—if you haven’t guessed from the photo above, our character reveal of the week is…Elmo! If you listened to the announcement with Doug Wright, KSL Radio host, on the Doug Wright Show, this comes as no surprise, but we wanted to give each of our distinguished guests a proper introduction.

Gladys Knight is "On Top of the World"

Gladys Knight's history with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir dates back to June, 2000, when they both performed at the 90th birthday celebration for then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley. She returned later that year as a guest of the Choir for its December, 2000 Christmas concert and again in 2005 for Hinckley's 95th birthday celebration. 

"Bring Him Home”—A Universal Prayer of Hope

“Bring Him Home” is a song from the popular Broadway musical a Les Misérables, which is performed by the main character, Jean Valjean. In the musical, Valjean pleads to God to preserve the life of another man. The television show 20/20 did a video interview on the writing of “Bring Him Home” in which the narrator said, “One of the most emotionally powerful moments in the show is a prayer Vajean sings offering his life to God in exchange for the younger man’s life.”

"Rock-a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham" Performed by Alex Boyé and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The phrase “Abraham's bosom” appears in the Bible in Luke 16:22–23 as part of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The story contrasts the beggar who was carried away to Abraham’s bosom with the rich man who ends up tormented in hell. The term "bosom of Abraham" is "used to denote the place of the righteous dead. . . . It connotes the harmony that exists among the righteous in paradise as they await the Resurrection" (Bible Dictionary, "Abraham's Bosom").

World-Renowned Conductor Robert Shaw and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

In the early 1980s the Choir was invited to perform with Robert Shaw at the Grand Teton Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Choir director Gerald Ottley found out that Shaw had heard recent recordings and broadcasts and had a favorable opinion of the Choir. Ottley remembered, "We had a wonderful experience with him. . . . He came in and did a wonderful job. We had a great experience together.”

2014 Christmas Guests are Brought to You by the Letters F-U-N!!!

The wait is over! This year’s annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert guests have been announced, and you’re in for a major treat. Frozen’s Santino Fontana returns to join forces with world-famous The Muppets® from Sesame Street®. The concerts will take place December 11–14. As an added bonus, the minimum age for this concert event will be lowered to ages 5 and up, rather than the usual 8 and up.

South African Visitors Join the Choir in the Loft

Every summer the Mormon Tabernacle Choir moves from its home in the Tabernacle to the Conference Center next door to make room for the thousands of visitors who attend the Sunday broadcasts, Thursday rehearsals or Pioneer Day concerts. Visitors hail from nations across the globe. Not surprisingly, many are journalists.

Santino Fontana Takes a Selfie at the Conference Center

When Santino Fontana took the stage during the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert, he said, "This is a big first for me tonight. And it's going to be a night of firsts for all of us." Later, just before he performed the song "How to Handle a Woman", he revisited his previous statement: "I said this is a night of firsts. This really is. I have to take a selfie." With that, Fontana took out his smartphone, snapped a couple photos, and made history. Later, Fontana posted the photos to Twitter and Instagram.

Behind-the-Scenes: Happy Medley - Santino Fontana

A behind-the-scenes look of the first and only rehearsal of the "Happy Medley", the popular song from the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert featuring Pharrell's "Happy", with Santino Fontana, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Orchestra at Temple Square. Hear Mack Wilberg and Fontana discuss the logistics of this crowd-pleasing piece.

The Osmonds and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Remembering the Pioneer Day Concerts

The Osmonds have been performing together for over 50 years, a remarkable feat to say the least. People all over the world have connected the Osmond family with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church), for as long as they’ve been a household name. It only seemed natural to celebrate their 50-year anniversary with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so that’s just what they did. "Can you imagine 50 years? It's unbelievable, and the life they have lived, the example they have set, not only for the Church, but the entire world!" said Mac Christensen, former president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Watch the Video of David Archuleta’s Live Worldwide Facebook Event

The Face to Face LDS Youth event on Facebook was a huge success! People around the world were able to watch the event in real time and participate in a question and answer session with the recently returned missionary, David Archuleta. For those of you who missed it, you’re in luck because you can watch the entire video below or here. This inspiring video will only be available until June 2015, so make sure to watch it while you can. The event was moderated by David L. Beck, Young Men General President, and Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President.

Introducing Kendra Lowe: Multi-talented Pianist for David Archuleta

If you’ve watched the YouTube video of David Archuleta performing “Be Still, My Soul” for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, you’ve heard Kendra Lowe. She is the pianist accompanying Archuleta with a beautiful arrangement of the hymn. Lowe has also toured the world several times with Archuleta, performing violin and piano for his concerts. Of her tour-mate and friend she said, “David has taught me more than I can say. He has a beautiful light around him. He is so pure and so good and has made me want to become a better person by watching his example.”

Frozen Star Headlines Choir Summer Concert

The artist who brought magic to life as Prince Hans in Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen will headline this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day concerts. Santino Fontana joins the Choir in two gala performances entitled “A Summer Celebration of Song,” which will be held on July 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center.

Congratulations to Audra McDonald for Her Sixth Tony Award Win

Former Choir guest artist and veteran Broadway star Audra McDonald has done what no one has done before: she won her record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She received a standing ovation as she accepted the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. The record for most wins was previously shared by Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury, who each had five Tony Awards. Lansbury was also a former guest artist of the Choir.

Bryn Terfel’s Connection to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Runs Deep

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has embraced Welsh bass-baritone, Bryn Terfel. He and the Choir have performed together numerous times and have collaborated on two albums, Requiem and Homeward Bound, which feature American and Welsh folk songs, classical music, and spirituals. The 6 foot 4 opera and concert singer has mentioned that he wants to invite the entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Britain to sing at Royal Albert Hall, saying, “They sing in stadiums to 20,000 people, but they haven’t travelled across the Atlantic for many years now.”

Katherine Jenkins Pioneer Day Concert

Katherine Jenkins is known and loved throughout the world. Born in Neath, Wales, the mezzo-soprano has brought classical music to mainstream audiences, releasing 10 studio albums since 2004, when she signed the biggest ever classical record deal. When her fifth album entered the charts at #3, Jenkins said, “I never imagined when I was a young girl listening to them on the radio that I would outsell the Spice Girls and Celine Dion. It’s almost too much to take in. I can’t thank my fans enough for all their support." Her albums have sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

Two Lucky Breaks Led Janice Kapp Perry into Songwriting History

With more than 1,000 songs, over 60 albums, and 9 cantatas, Janice Kapp Perry is a musical force to be reckoned with. She has composed music that ranges from sacred hymns to children’s songs including 10 songs that are published in the Children’s Songbook. Her husband Doug said, “Anytime you go to primary, 99% of the time you’ll hear at least one of Janice’s songs.” Her musical career would eventually lead her to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which has performed and recorded many of her songs throughout the years, such as “Love is Spoken Here,” and “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus.

Lindsey Stirling Wins an Echo Music Award

Congratulations to Lindsey Stirling! She can now add Echo Award winner to her ever-growing list of accomplishments. To put this into perspective, the Echo Awards are the German equivalent of the GRAMMY’s in the United States. Stirling won the award for best crossover act saying, “I was the violinist that wanted to dance,” during her acceptance speech. “I know that sounds strange but now I’m living my dream,” she added.

James Taylor Offers Free Guitar Lessons

In a career marked by artistic triumphs, the past few years for James Taylor have been notable for both creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement. In 2012 he was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and in 2011 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He has also been inducted into both the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Recently, he added another achievement to his musical resume: Guitar Teacher.

James Taylor Joins with Choir and Utah Symphony for BYUtv Concert

James Taylor, one of the world’s most enduring and recognizable singer-songwriters, recently teamed up for a musical gala that also featured the internationally renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the critically acclaimed Utah Symphony. This unique concert, performed in September 2013 and made possible by the O. C. Tanner Gift of Music, will air on Friday, May 30, on BYUtv, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (MDT), with live streaming available at Additional information about the concert and future airings is available at

The Story of Gladys Knight: “The Empress of Soul”

Most people can’t mention the name Gladys Knight without including a reference to The Pips. Gladys Knight and the Pips consisted of her brother and cousins, and performed together from the 1950’s-1980’s. Their trademark song was the #1 hit “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which won a GRAMMY in 1973 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Knight eventually parted ways with The Pips in 1989 and continues to perform as a solo artist.

Sissel: The Voice of Titanic

Sissel has a Titanic voice…literally. She was the ethereal voice that was heard in perhaps one of the most famous movie scenes of all time. The scene took place on the bow of the ill-fated ship, Titanic, where the character Rose declares to Jack, “I’m flying!” In fact, the very first sound in the entire film was Sissel’s voice, not singing words, but hauntingly memorable arias, that were present throughout the film. Music critics have described her voice as ‘exquisite,’ ‘crystalline’ and ‘captivating.’

Before The Super Bowl Renee Fleming Performed In Another Big Arena

With parents who were both music teachers, Renée Fleming was born to sing. On February 2, 2014, Fleming will become the first opera singer ever to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. However, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” is no easy feat. It is known for being a difficult song to sing because of its one-and-a-half octave range. The song is based on a poem by Francis Scott Key and set to a popular British tune by John Stafford Smith.

Alex Boyé: I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

Music has the ability to change people’s lives. It can heal broken hearts; lift spirits, and has the power to move us beyond our troubles, even if for a moment. Music holds a special place in the hearts of those facing burdens, who use it to express emotions and take their minds away from the harsh conditions they encounter.

Bryn Terfel Blog Bio

Born in North Wales, Bryn Terfel displayed natural musical talent at a young age. He went on to study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama after winning several singing competitions in his youth. By his 20s, Terfel was performing at opera houses across the globe, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the Royal Opera House in London.

Welcoming back old friends

What a wonderful time I had this morning as I renewed my friendship with several of the King Singers and met the newer singers I had yet to experience. Each of them were very genuinely pleased to see me as well. Most of the morning was kind of a rush as per normal and yet I was able to experience their joy and love of music. The three newer singers that had not been with the choir before were absolutely carried away in the moment, singing in front of the choir and being in that wonderful space we call the conference center, I watched as the more experienced singers had kind of the expression on their faces that suggested a “I told you that you would be very surprised by how you feel in front of that magnificent Tabernacle Choir”, look.  

Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies to Join Choir for Christmas

It has become a tradition.  The Choir announces the guest artists for the eagerly anticipated Christmas concerts on a local KSL radio program with much-revered, talk-show personality, Doug Wright.   Joining the Choir and Orchestra on stage this year will be one of the world’s most sought-after sopranos, Deborah Voigt and celebrated British actor John Rhys-Davies.  The Christmas concerts are scheduled for December 12-15 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake.

So Warm and Engaging

While folk icon James Taylor and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may initially have seemed like an unlikely pair, as we rehearsed and then performed with Mr. Taylor, what we truly had in common became apparent to me—we both sing music that speaks to the heart and real human experience.  One could not listen to him without relating to his material and being moved by it, as I hope people are similarly moved when they hear the Choir sing.

Swooning our notes

Thursday evening the Choir got an up close and personal opportunity with our guest artist, James Taylor as the Utah Symphony was getting ready for rehearsal.

Bryn Terfel And Choir Plan Fall Release

Renowned Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are releasing an album, Homeward Bound, on Deutsche Grammophon this fall. The project reunites the Choir with Terfel, who appeared at a Christmas spectacular in the Salt Lake Conference Center 10 years ago with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Announces James Taylor, Lindsey Stirling and Nathan Pacheco for Summer Concerts

Salt Lake City — Music lovers have much to anticipate this summer, as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir partners with three very diverse artists for two remarkable concerts. Up-and-coming Latter-day Saint artists Lindsey Stirling and Nathan Pacheco will be the featured performers with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at this year’s Pioneer Day concert on Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 July, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. On the other end of the summer concert season, on Friday and Saturday, 6 and 7 September, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist James Taylor will perform with the Choir and the Utah Symphony at the Conference Center for the 30th anniversary of the Tanner Gift of Music concert series.

James Taylor plus Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling in Choir Summer Concerts!

Hip hop, opera, and pop! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square can do it all, as this summer’s concerts will witness. Joining with up-and-coming LDS artists Lindsey Sterling and Nathan Pacheco at the Pioneer Day Concert Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, and with James Taylor and the Utah Symphony for the 30th annual Tanner Gift of Music concert on Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, the Choir will be crossing “generational and cultural boundaries,” says Choir President Ron Jarrett.

For those not familiar with Lindsey and Nathan, both are new, bright, shining stars on the music scene. Lindsey, a classically-trained violinist, first came to the public’s attention in 2010 as a quarterfinalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent for combining the melodic sounds of the violin with the dynamic energy of hip hop—and dancing at the same time. Her YouTube videos have been viewed over 300 million times.

Nathan is a versatile opera-to-pop tenor who has toured North America with famed composer Yanni, performed across Britain with Katherine Jenkins (last year’s Pioneer Day concert guest) and the London Symphony orchestra, and performed for Prince Charles.

James Taylor, guest artist for the Tanner Gift of Music concert in September, is known and loved by music fans everywhere. His music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal form. His career spans four decades, with close to 100 million albums sold and five Grammy Awards won. His warm baritone, introspective lyrics, and unique guitar sounds are immediately recognizable. In 2011 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama at The White House, and in 2012 James was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

This concert will mark 30 years since the first Tanner Gift of Music concert in 1983, which was the Verdi Requiem. The series was created by two friends, Obert C. Tanner and Gordon B. Hinckley, to build bridges in the community through a free biennial concert of the Choir and the Utah Symphony. Mack Wilberg will conduct the Choir and Symphony in this anniversary concert.

Tickets are available for the Pioneer Concerts—at no cost—at or by calling 801-570-0080. Check back later in the summer for James Taylor/Tanner Gift of Music tickets.

Igor Gruppman—Conductor

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Bryn Terfel And Choir To Team Up On CD Mothers Day Broadcast

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Deutsche Grammophon, one of the leading classical recording labels in the world, announced today that they will collaborate on a recording to be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The CD, slated for release worldwide in September 2013, will feature the Choir; its companion ensemble, the Orchestra at Temple Square; and internationally acclaimed baritone Bryn Terfel.

Guest Conductor Charms the Choir and Audience

“What a rush,” Justin Lewis, winner of the “Conduct the Choir” contest on Facebook, said of directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square following a Music & the Spoken Word broadcast. “It was like driving a sports car you can’t afford!”