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Lindsey Stirling Opens Up about Her Life to Television Personality Larry King

Lindsey Stirling has recorded hit albums, won prestigious awards, written a best-selling book, earned a spot on the Forbes Top-Earning YouTube Stars list and continues to inspire through her groundbreaking music videos. In 2013, Stirling spent some time as a guest artist for the Pioneer Day concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, performing her popular song “Elements,” among others.

In an interview that took place during the concert run, Stirling was asked if she had ever considered that she might one day become one of the artists featured with the Choir in the 21,000-seat Conference Center. She answered, “I have to say I’m a big dreamer and I remember just hearing them and feeling the power; they’re so incredible. [I remember] just thinking, ‘To be able to play with them would be absolutely incredible as a musician.’ I never thought it would actually happen though, even though it was like a little wish list. … I couldn’t be more excited!”

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Studies Prove Music Boosts Brain Activity in Alzheimer’s Patients

A recently released documentary titled Alive Inside chronicles how music can awaken and revitalize individuals suffering from memory loss. The film won the audience award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and left audiences clapping and cheering.

Family members of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease often feel helpless to its varying effects, but there are new reasons to be positive. In addition to the research conducted in the documentary, there are number of hopeful new studies that prove music boosts brain activities.

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Venues and Ticket Availability Announced for 2016 European Tour

Last July, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced that for the first time in nearly two decades both the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will tour internationally, performing in seven European cities in June and July 2016.  The Choir has now named the venues where the performances will take place and the start of ticket sales in all seven venues.

At the time the tour was announced, President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “Our goal is for the Choir and its companion Orchestra at Temple Square to be a shining example of the musical arts to all the world. With the announcement of this European tour, I am delighted that these noted ensembles will have the opportunity to touch the hearts of people in multiple nations through their magnificent music.”  These special performances as envisioned by President Monson will take place in some of the most noted concert halls in Europe.  Here are the cities and the concert venues:

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Reaches 40 Million YouTube Views

Currently, there are over 1 billion YouTube users, 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, and 4,950,000,000 videos viewed every day. The average time users spend watching videos on YouTube is 40 minutes. YouTube is now the second largest search engine—second only to Google, which owns them.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir joined the YouTube world in 2012, and the channel has now crossed the 40 million-views mark. When the Choir launched its YouTube channel in 2012, the welcome from fans and fellow artists was overwhelming. Famous names such as The Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling, Tom Brokaw, Katherine Jenkins, and even the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, made welcome videos for the occasion. President Monson concluded his video by saying, “The incredible music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is now at your fingertips.” Indeed, it is—there are currently close to 1,000 videos on the channel, including patriotic, Broadway, and film songs; behind the scenes videos; concerts; broadcasts; music videos; instrumental performances; holiday-themed videos; and many more.

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Were Your Ancestors in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Find Out on Our Historical Roster

Just 29 days after the first pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, a small choir was formed under the direction of Brigham Young. From this humble beginning arose what is known today as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. For over 150 years the Choir has been lifting spirits and touching hearts through the power of music. They have sung in over 4,500 broadcasts and toured the world, and they continue to reach international audiences through social media. “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).

During the Choir’s long history, many changes in membership have taken place. Currently, a person can serve for 20 years or until they are 60 years of age, whichever comes first. Singers can audition as early as 25 years old. Each April, Choir members retire as newcomers take their place in the loft. The same changes occur each year with the Orchestra at Temple Square.

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Join Us For Messiah Events This March

What 2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert sold out in seven minutes? What 1959 Choir recording was one of the most successful classical recordings of its time and became a benchmark for classical musical recordings? The answer to both questions is Handel’s Messiah. This musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works.

In March 2016, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will release their newest recording of the famed oratorio. In addition, they will perform Messiah live in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on two nights, and live-stream the performance to the world over the Internet on the second night as part of Easter celebrations on Temple Square this year.

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Choir School Women Take Their First Tabernacle Tour

The audition process for becoming a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir includes multiple steps, and the final step consists of being invited to participate in a 16-week Choir School. Each year, hopefuls begin the fine-tuning process of twice-a-week Choir School after submitting a voice recording, auditioning in person, and taking a musical skills test. This year, 48 new singers started Choir School after the New Year and got their first taste of what it's like to be a part of the Choir as they were taken on a tour of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

In this revealing behind-the-scenes video, we follow the Choir School women around as they try to remember locations and directions, find lockers, and learn new processes. Along the way some of the women are even reunited with current Choir member friends. The tour is guided by the Choir’s general manager, Scott Barrick, who says to a passerby, “All energy in the air, right? We have new people tonight!”

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Take a Tour of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Attic

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through the attic of the Salt Lake Tabernacle? Well, wonder no more because your virtual chance has arrived. In this video, you will get the rare chance to see the historic Tabernacle as you’ve never seen it before.

The famous building, designed by Henry Grow, was completed in 1867 under the direction of Brigham Young, who was President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time. Tradition suggests that Young made the first model of the Tabernacle using a boiled egg and toothpicks to show the rounded roof. According to a 2007 Deseret News article, his daughter Clarissa Young Spencer commented on the origin of the design:

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The Benefits of Playing Music to Children at Bedtime

Putting children to bed can be challenging time for any parent. Every family is different—some cherish complete silence at a child’s bedtime, while others enjoy singing, storytelling, or playing music for children. Various arguments can certainly be made for the many methods of soothing an infant or child to sleep, but here are some of the benefits of playing music for infants and children before bed.

Pain Reduction 

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