Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Dance Auditions Announced for This Year’s Christmas Concerts

How would you love to dance in front of 21,000 people? If you or anyone you know is a dancer, this is the opportunity of a lifetime!

The Choir is seeking experienced, enthusiastic dancers of all ages, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes with strong performance skills in the areas of musical theater dance and ballet—especially male adult and children performers. Please share this information with friends and family today:

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Christmas Is with the Choir All through the Year

“Keep Christmas with you all through the year” was the refrain from the very popular Choir and Orchestra Christmas concert with the Muppets® from Sesame Street® several years ago. For the Choir organization, whether it is editing last year’s concert for the CD and DVD to be sold in the fall, working on the illustrated book that will share the concert narration with many more than the original live audience, or making plans for the guest artists and the concert program for the coming year, Christmas is part of what goes on all year long.   

Christmas Concert 2017 Dates and Tickets

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Alex Boyé on the Testimony-Building Song “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”

Alex Boyé has been performing the spiritual “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” since the early days of his membership in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which lasted from 2007-2014.

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A Child’s Prayer Is Answered: Former Cancer Patient Thanks Choir for Strength

The night before the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performed their final concert in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007, something truly extraordinary happened—a young girl who was being treated at St. Jude Children’s Hospital for medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, was given a private surprise concert for one in the hotel lobby by the entire Choir, Orchestra, and guests, who filled the lobby and balcony. Because of the cancer treatment, which made it difficult for her to be in crowds, Chase Burch and her family walked into the hotel thinking they would introduce themselves to a few members of the Choir. What happened next was an amazing experience, never to be forgotten by all in attendance.

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Ron Jarrett: Looking Back on 5 Years as Choir President

It is one thing to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and be able to sing each week. It’s another to be the president of the massive 700-plus volunteer musical organization that includes the Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square, Temple Square Chorale, staff, guest organists, and a large group of volunteers. Ron Jarrett has done both. He is the first Choir president to have been a singing member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir prior to his call as president.

In the summer of 2012 Jarrett was serving with his wife, Lucie, on a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frankfurt, Germany. He received a phone call from Church President Thomas S. Monson that would change his life. It was a phone call he hadn’t expected. Jarrett was stunned to be asked to return home to become the president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization.

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Alex Boyé Talks About Performing African Music in Utah

Alex Boyé is a multitalented performer who was the Choir’s guest artist for the 2017 Pioneer Day concerts in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born in London, England, to Nigerian parents and moved to Utah in 2000. The move was a big change for Boyé, who previously recorded and toured Europe as boy band member and shared the stage with the likes of NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, George Michael, and MC Hammer.

During the Pioneer Day concert, before Boyé performed “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, he recounted the hilarious story of his move to Utah and his mother’s advice about including his African roots in his music. Watch:

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Costume Designer Susan Memmott Allred Awarded Pioneers of Progress Award

Each year, the Days of '47 trustees gather at a special banquet to honor Utahns “who perpetuate a legacy of industry and integrity.” The honorees are nominated by the public and include individuals whose achievements “commemorate principles of pioneering such as faith, courage, industry, integrity and sacrifice, and whose work benefits present and future generations” (“Six Utahns Receive Pioneers of Progress Awards,” Deseret News, July 22, 2017).

Among this year’s recipients was Susan Memmott Allred, who is the costume designer for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts. Allred’s designs have also been featured in the Mormon Miracle Pageant, and she worked with the Utah Opera from 1978 to 2011. Allred’s Pioneers of Progress Award was in the Historic and Creative Arts category. 

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The Choir: Continuing its Musical Activity!

“Happiness is a state of activity,” remarked the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. For members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization, Aristotle’s statement might well read, “Happiness is a state of musical activity.”

The Choir is unique among music ensembles in that it has a public music performance each week: Music and the Spoken Word. In addition, the extended Choir organization—Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square, and the Temple Square Chorale—have additional musical performances throughout the year.

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