Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

"The Iron Rod" Was Written by Two Sunday School Workers

“The Iron Rod” is a hymn composed by William Clayson, with lyrics by Joseph L. Townsend. The hymn is number 274 in the 1985 hymnal but was originally written for the Payson Sunday School in Utah, where both Townsend and Clayson were Sunday School workers. The hymn was first included in the Deseret Sunday School Song Book in 1892.

The text for this uniquely Latter-day Saint hymn is based on an account in the Book of Mormon. In the book of 1 Nephi, chapter 8, Lehi saw a vision of the tree of life. “This hymn exhorts us toward our destiny; it also reminds us of the dangers that threaten us if we choose to release our hold on the one sure guide,” explained author Karen Lynn Davidson (Our Latter-Day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages [1988], 274).

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Messiah tickets still available!

March 1:  There are still free tickets available for the Conference Center Theater! See link below.

To celebrate the Easter season with Christians around the world, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle on Temple Square.

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How to Volunteer or Donate to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

It takes a ton of time and hard work to keep the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square going—not to mention an army of volunteers.

The Choir has a mission to fulfill. As an ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they sing to transcend cultural and generational boundaries and to unite people through music around the world. Composer John Williams once said, “These are people who are there for the joy of music. It’s not a job with them; it’s a mission.”

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Soloists for 2018 Messiah Concert Announced

On Thursday and Friday, March 22–23, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s Messiah in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. These performances continue a tradition begun in 2014 of performing Messiah live in the Tabernacle every two years. George Frideric Handel’s musical masterpiece, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. Composed by Handel in just 24 days, this 260-page work has been performed around the world for over 275 years.

To enable as many people as possible to participate in this musical experience, on Friday, March 23, the concert will be live streamed to audiences throughout the world. The concert will also be available on demand over the internet during the Easter season on the Choir’s website. Please see for more information.

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"Joseph Smith's First Prayer" Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The account of the First Vision given by Joseph Smith is unlike anything in modern history. 

In 1817, the family of Joseph Smith moved to the area of In Palmyra, New York. A few short years after their arrival, many of the religions began competing for souls, which resulted in differing opinions and great confusion among the people who lived in the area, including young Joseph.

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New CD Featuring Mack Wilberg Sacred Music Coming May 2018

Tree of Life: Sacred Music of Mack Wilberg is the next recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Coming May 4, 2018, this anticipated new album features the premiere recordings of two larger-scale New Testament themed choral works composed by Mack Wilberg—with six additional compositions and three hymn arrangements—all previously unrecorded. 

Listeners around the world have admired Wilberg as one of the leading choral conductors of our time—as well as a talented arranger and orchestrator. But many may not be aware of Mack Wilberg’s reputation as a composer of original choral music, a field in which he also occupies a leading position today. 

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Winter Olympic Games

In winter of 2002, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was booked solid for the entire run of the 19th Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Choir performed a total of 23 times during the three-week run of the 2002 games.

In February of 2002, the Choir participated in the Cultural Olympiad with four signature concerts, one of which featured John Williams, who composed “Call of the Champions” specifically for the 2002 Olympic Games. Williams, who had previously composed the music for three other Olympic Games, was excited to have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to distinguish the piece, saying, "I was like a giddy child working with them; I loved it."

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Reaches 120 Million YouTube Views!

Thanks a million … or 120 million! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel continues to soar to new heights, thanks to dedicated fans such as yourself.

It was only a few months ago, in October 2017, that the Choir’s YouTube channel reached the big 100 million mark—almost five years to the day of the initial launch. The YouTube channel is certainly helping aid the Choir’s mission, which is to transcend cultural and generational boundaries, uniting people worldwide through music.

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