Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir traces its beginnings to a small chorus that sang three weeks after the pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. That small band of singers in the sagebrush has now become a choir of 360 members that has sung for kings and presidents as it has shared a musical message of hope and inspiration.
What hasn’t changed in all these years is that the Choir is composed entirely of volunteers who give of their time and talents because of their love for music and their love for the Lord. Their service is given without monetary compensation. Concerts performed on Temple Square are free to the public, including the immensely-popular Christmas concerts which draw tens of thousands of people each year. The concerts are shared at no charge with PBS each year so that millions more can enjoy the show on television at Christmas time.
Even the Choir’s weekly radio and television broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, which has been on the air weekly since 1929 and is the longest continuous network radio program in history, is offered as a public service without any charge to broadcasters. (Concerts given while on tour require tickets to offset the enormous expenses of touring with such a large performing group and support staff.)
The Choir organization has grown to include the 150-member Orchestra at Temple Square, a companion volunteer ensemble whose stature and reputation have increased each year since it was formed in 1999; a 28-member hand bell choir called the Bells on Temple Square; and a training ensemble known as the Temple Square Chorale. A large group of hard-working volunteers also assists these musical groups with wardrobe, music library services, backstage support and many other functions.
Over the years, fans of the Choir and its companion organizations have expressed an interest in helping with the cost of this large volunteer effort. Such gifts have been gratefully received and well used. To make the process of donating to the Choir more accessible, an on-line donation page for the Choir has been set up so that those who wish to participate in this great effort may do so conveniently.
May we say thank you to all who have been so supportive of the Choir over the years in donating time, talent and resources to assist in this wonderful musical experience we know as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.