Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Choir Members Volunteer “For the Joy of Music”

When composer-conductor John Williams conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square during the Cultural Olympiad for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City he observed: “These are people who are there for the joy of music. It’s not a job with them; it’s a mission.”

John Williams was correct. Sharing their joy—and love—of music is what the Mormon Tabernacle Choir members, all volunteers, have in common. Being a Choir member is not a “job.” They have employment and family responsibilities outside of their Choir experience, but they volunteer their time and talents to share with others the joy that comes through uplifting music.

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Bells on Temple Square Concert: “An Expedition of Sound”

The Bells on Temple Square will present “An Expedition of Sound” on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

This spring concert, led by LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the Bells on Temple Square, will feature the talented versatility of the handbell choir playing on two sets of English handbells (one with 7 octaves and one with 6½ octaves) and two 6-octave sets of hand chimes. The music for the evening will explore a variety of musical genres from hymns, folk music, and classical to jazz, gospel, and patriotic. In keeping with the pattern of Bells on Temple Square concerts, the handbell numbers will be interspersed with organ solos by Temple Square organists Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, as well as pieces by members of the Orchestra at Temple Square

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80 Million YouTube Views!!!

Just four short months since reaching 70 million YouTube views, our channel has hit another milestone—80 million views! Thank you for your hours and hours of watching Mormon Tabernacle Choir videos.

One of our most recent videos, “Beauty and the Beast,” by Angela Lansbury, is a glimpse of what’s to come on the Choir’s upcoming album Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Friends. The album is due in May and can be preordered on Amazon or Deseret Book.

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New Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends CD announced!

On May 12, 2017, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will release their newest recording, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends, featuring twelve special performers who have all become dear friends. Even though the official release date is in May, the CD is available now for pre-order on Deseret Book and Amazon.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been performing for over 170 years. During those years, the Choir has become a leading choral ensemble, earned global recognition for its unique heritage and sound, and enjoyed the privilege of collaborating with some of the finest musical talents—not only in the sacred choral repertory for which the Choir is renowned, but in a diverse range of styles and genres, from rock and roll, pop, and Broadway, to classical vocal and instrumental.

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Videos with Over 1 Million Views

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir now has 16 videos with at least 1 million views! Since joining YouTube in 2012, the Choir’s channel has snowballed and reached the 80 million overall views mark. Keep watching, sharing, liking, loving, and singing and dancing along with our videos. Here’s to many more millions of views and many millions of hearts touched by the message of the music.

Here are the current videos that have been viewed over one … or two … or three million times:

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Enjoy Inspiring Music This Easter Season

Music is an integral part of Easter celebrations that focus on the life and Atonement of Jesus Christ. Past LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson spoke of the power of music in this way: “Inspiring music may fill the soul with heavenly thoughts, move one to righteous action, or speak peace to the soul.”

Here are five ways the music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square can help you experience the inspiration and peace that comes from the music of Easter:

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Celebrating the Prince of Peace at Easter

Each year Christians around the world remember and celebrate the life of Jesus Christ and His Atonement during the Easter season. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square traditionally present an Easter concert of music to help bring the joy, peace, and healing of the season to their audiences. This Easter, Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives, as well as a new Mack Wilberg composition, A Cloud of Witnesses, will be performed in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on April 14 and 15. Although tickets have already been distributed, last-minute seating is usually available. Those who would like to attend are encouraged to stand by for last-minute seating.

As ambassadors for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Choir and Orchestra have participated in the Church’s programs to share simple yet powerful messages about Jesus Christ during Easter and Christmas. Some may remember the Choir and Orchestra’s participation last year in perhaps the world’s largest virtual "Hallelujah" Chorus, which was viewed over a million and a half times.

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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.

No tickets will be required: The performance of the King’s Men and organ scholars will replace the regular noon organ recital normally held in the Tabernacle. The doors to the Tabernacle will open at 11:50 a.m.

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Singing with the Choir Again at Age 102!

Former Choir member Erma Rosenhan recently celebrated her 102nd birthday by singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during its Thursday night rehearsal in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. It had been 82 years since she joined the Choir in 1935 as a soprano. Erma’s mother Ida Rosenhan, who sang alto in the Choir for 10 years, was serving when Erma joined. During her time in the Choir, Erma traveled with the Choir on its first European tour in 1955. After singing for more than 20 years, Erma retired from the Choir in 1958.

At a rehearsal in early March, Erma smiled and waved her cane as she was introduced to the members of the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square by music conductor Mack Wilberg. They welcomed her with a standing ovation. She was proudly wearing the black skirt that had been part of her Mormon Tabernacle Choir uniform during her time in the Choir. It was obvious to all how much she was enjoying the experience of being with the Choir again.

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