The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is a historic organization. And although there are many honored traditions at the Choir, it is also accustomed to change and improvement.
In 2022, the choir’s leaders have worked to expand the reach of The Tabernacle Choir.
In February 2022, the choir presidency announced four “high-level” objectives:
1. Expand the choir’s digital audience.
2. Magnify the choir’s missionary role.
3. Ensure that the choir reflects the Church’s worldwide mission.
4. Increase worldwide visibility.
In November 2022, in a meeting with the entire choir membership, including the Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells at Temple Square and other volunteers and professional staff, President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared his vision for the choir.
“The Church will continue to grow. It will fill the world. It will continue to bless more and more nations, tongues and people,” said President Nelson. “The Lord is hastening His work in the promised global gathering of Israel. You can be sure that the Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra and Bells at Temple Square will be a pivotal part of that era.”
The choir’s presidency, which is comprised of choir President Mike O. Leavitt and two counselors, President L. Whitney Clayton and President Gary B. Porter, announced a change in 2022, to the organization’s mission statement — adding the words “throughout the world.”
The expanded mission statement now reads: “The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs music that inspires people throughout the world to draw closer to the divine and feel God’s love for His children.”
President Leavitt said the choir will move forward in faith, one step at a time, to “inspire people throughout the world to draw closer to the divine and feel God’s love for His children.”