The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Littlest Christmas Dancer: 16-Month-Old Naomi

Stories about The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s 2018 Christmas concert continue to surface. Take the dancers, for example.

One hundred twenty dancers filled the stages and the aisles of the Conference Center. They performed with grace and polish in several different numbers during the Christmas concert in front of audiences of over 20,000 at each performance. They were dressed in elegant costumes of whites and creams with the girls bedecked in ribbons and ruffles and floating chiffon, each in an outfit made especially for them. They danced, glided, and twirled, adding beauty and movement to what was already an extraordinary program.

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Tanner Gift of Music to Celebrate Golden Spike 150th Anniversary

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and the Utah Symphony will present the 2019 O.C. Tanner Gift of Music Concert on Friday, May 10, in the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of Golden Spike 150th Celebration events and activities. The Choir and Symphony will be joined on stage by two talented Broadway stars, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty.

Featured Guest Artists

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What Is the YouTube Bell Icon Used For?

Are you a Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square super fan? Do you refresh the YouTube channel to see if new videos have been uploaded? Would you like to be notified every time the Choir uploads a new video?

Some of you may have noticed a bell icon that appears when you subscribe to a YouTube channel—or perhaps a video prompted you to click the bell icon. This bell is your key to getting access to every new upload from the Choir, and it’s super easy.

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Starting 2019 with the Choir School!

The start of the year brings 36 hopeful singers (15 women, 21 men) to this year’s Choir School and the opportunity to sing with the Temple Square Chorale—and ultimately to become members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

This will be the last step of a months-long audition process that began last summer with a written application and voice recording submission, a music skills assessment test, and an in-person vocal audition and interview. Those who pass each level are invited to join the Choir’s 16-week training school, which is like a graduate course in choral singing but is sometimes thought of as a choral “boot camp.” The choir training also includes singing with the Temple Square Chorale. As in past years, this part of the training culminates in a concert by the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square for the public on March 29 and 30 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. 

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Baritone Robert Sims Returns to Music and the Spoken Word

On January 20, 2019, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is pleased to welcome back baritone Robert Sims for its weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. 

Sims was previously a guest on the Choir’s broadcast in 2011, when he performed “Is There Anybody Here Who Loves My Jesus?” “Glory, Glory Hallelujah,” and “I Got a Home in-a Dat Rock.” For this visit, Sims will perform “My Good Lord Done Been Here” and “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around.”

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A Round of Applause for “Backstage” Crew

Thousands saw Kristin Chenoweth on stage with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square during the Christmas season in 2018. They saw conductors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, organists Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth, the Bells on Temple Square, eight herald trumpeters, and over one hundered dancers.

But what about the performers who weren’t on stage, who work backstage, dress the stage, do the makeup and hair, direct the show from the production booth, and operate the cameras and the boom, capturing the concert on film? There are those who developed the concepts for the show, who managed the tickets, who skulked around the stage in black shirts so they wouldn’t be seen moving this and filming that; those who designed the set, choreographed the dancing, and sewed all the costumes, even the bugler’s banners. There is even a doctor at every performance. What we don’t see is the invisible cast of more than a hundred behind the scenes.

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