Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Launch New Mobile App

In the coming days, the Choir will launch a brand-new mobile app for iOS users! The app will include the freshest content available and will include the most relevant and trending topics from our website. The app will be broken out into sections including Featured, Music, Events, Shop and Blog. There will also be History and Downloads tabs available so you can easily return to content you've previously accessed.  A version will be available for the iPhone and iPad. A version for Android users will be available later in the spring.

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Get Tickets for a Special Concert: "From the Treasury of American Song"

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “From the Treasury of American Song,” under the direction of Mack Wilberg, as the closing concert of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference on Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. The public is invited! Free tickets are available beginning Tuesday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m., first come, first served, at www.lds.org/events or over the phone at 801-570-0080 or 1-866-537-8457. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

This exciting concert will feature Grammy Award-winning opera and cabaret soprano Sylvia McNair, as well as Broadway star Santino Fontana, who will be performing on the Conference Center stage for the third time in a year! The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants will also add their distinctive voices. And, of course, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform along with the combined honor choirs from the ACDA National Conference. There will be something to please everyone!

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Scientific Study Shows a Powerful Link Between Musical Training and Successful Children

Professor Harold Hill from The Music Man may have been onto something with his “Think System” after all! A new study by the University of Vermont College of Medicine shows a scientific link between playing an instrument and brain development.

Researchers studied the brain development of 232 children between the ages of 6 to 18, who played a musical instrument. "What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument," said James Hudziak, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, "it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control."

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43 Applicants Take Last Step in Joining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

January begins a new year and new life for 43 singers who take their places in the once-a-year Mormon Tabernacle Choir Training School. Choir School is the last step in the audition process for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This year’s class includes 26 men and 17 women, who will meet Thursday evenings-the first session was January 8-to fine tune their choral skills.

In addition to the Choir School, these aspirants also participate in the Temple Square Chorale, which meets on Tuesdays (the first rehearsal was January 13) in preparation for their yearly concert. This year, the concert will take place on April 17 and 18, in the Tabernacle, under the direction of Ryan Murphy, associate director of the Choir. Dr. Murphy has selected Mozart’s Requiem as the work for this performance. The concert will be a joint appearance with the Orchestra at Temple Square, who will perform their own piece during the concert’s first half. The Chorale, with 129 singers, also includes those who attended Choir School last year as well as veteran volunteers from the Choir.

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Lindsey Stirling Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music List

Lindsey Stirling’s star continues to rise, as she was just named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music list: The Class of 2015. The list highlights influential artists under the age of 30 from a mix of various musical genres. In the article, Stirling is pictured holding a see-through, jewel-encrusted violin, with the caption reading, “Self-described ‘dancing violinist’ produces choreographed videos of herself playing a palatable dance-pop mix. The America’s Got Talent quarter-finalist has more than 5.8 million subscribers on YouTube; her second album, 'Shatter Me,' reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200.”

Making the Forbes list is a huge step forward for the Stirling, who was told early on that she was “too different” to succeed and not marketable. She has recently performed on the 2014 Country Music Awards, The View, and Today. She also came full circle to perform again on America’s Got Talent, where in 2010, she had been told by judge Sharon Osbourne, “You need to be in a group. . . .I don’t think what you’re doing right now is enough to fill a theater in Vegas.”

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8 Must-See A Cappella Videos by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

A cappella is an Italian word meaning “In chapel style,” and is defined as singing without instruments. It is a form of music that has been used in various religions for many centuries. In early religious worship, instruments were forbidden. In fact, musical instruments were not introduced in churches until approximately 600 A.D.

With over 160 years of singing, the Choir has indeed performed its share of a cappella songs. Watch these videos below to hear the Choir without any instrumentation. 

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Learn to Sing Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a goal of so many. It takes skill—some are born with it—and training. That's where Rebecca Wilberg comes in. She holds two bachelor's degrees in music from ASU and a PhD in Musicology and Choral Music from BYU. As vocal coach for the Choir, she works closely with prospective members who have been accepted into the Temple Square Chorale, the training ensemble of the Choir. She does individual vocal assessments for each new Chorale member before that member begins rehearsals. She is a member of the faculty of the Choir School and teaches vocal technique during those classes. She gains further insight into her duties by singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She is married to the Choir's music director, Mack Wilberg. (Former Choir director Jerold Ottley's wife JoAnn also served as a vocal coach to the Choir and as a member of the Choir School faculty.)

Recently, Wilberg was featured in a Groupon article titled Seven Singing Tips from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In the article she shared her advice on common mistake singers make, warming up, stage fright, and singing in the correct range. Below are the seven tips from the article:

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Top 5 YouTube Videos of 2014

Thanks to you, we now have over 20 million video views on our YouTube channel! We are adding multiple new videos every week and there is something for everyone including Pop, Broadway, Patriotic, Behind the Scenes, Sacred Hymns and more. Below are the top 5 most viewed videos of last year.

5. How Great Thou Art

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