Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

The Choir Launches a 24/7 Music Stream

We’ve been teasing you about it for a couple of weeks. Now here’s the big news: The Choir has a new feature on its website -- a music stream powered by the Mormon Channel. Now you can listen to Choir music all day, without interruptions. And, all night, too. The music stream is programmed with selections from the Choir’s deep reservoir of recorded music. 

The best part is that the music stream is a easily accessed on the Choir’s website under “Watch and Listen.” Click here for a simple step-by step guide on how to use the new stream.

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“We will now hear a song from a Mormon girl from Utah.”

In 2004, Collin Allan traveled to the Netherlands with his granddaughter, Arianne, and grandson, Jim, to commemorate the anniversary of Dutch liberation. Allan shared a story from the trip with Liahona Magazine. An excerpt is below:

While there we traveled to Hommersum, just over the border into Germany, to attend a ceremony dedicating a plaque where my brother’s plane had crashed. Father Gerard Thuring, one of the event organizers,and I spoke during the ceremony, after which 17-year-old Arianne sang the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Jim, 15, helped raise the U.S. flag.

Afterward I told Father Thuring that we would like to attend the special liberation Mass the following day at his church in Oosterhaus. He welcomed our interest and invited us to attend. I then summoned the courage to suggest that Arianne, with whom I had consulted earlier,would be willing to sing at the meeting.

Surprised, he asked, “What will she sing?”

“‘I Am a Child of God,’” I told him.

This good and kind man thought for a moment and then said, “We are all children of God. Let’s do it.”

When we arrived for the liberation Mass early the next morning, the church was full. Partway through the program, Father Thuring invited Arianne to come up and sing. After escorting her to the front, he said,“We will now hear a song from a Mormon girl from Utah.”

Without the benefit of music or accompaniment, Arianne began. As her voice echoed from the church’s high ceilings, tears began to flow as parishioners comprehended the hymn’s comforting message.

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How To Use the Choir's Sacred Music Library

Did you know the Choir has a past performance music archive that lets you find your favorite songs from specific general conferences? Perhaps you heard a song during last April’s general conference that you keep humming but can't quite remember the title—you’ve come to the right place. Here are some easy steps on how to use the archive:

View the Archive

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Orchestra at Temple Square Spotlight: The Family That Plays Together…

In 1999, Bassoonist Christian Smith received a call about joining a newly formed Orchestra at Temple Square. President Gordon B. Hinckley had approved an all-volunteer orchestra and the roster was beginning to take shape. Smith's skills as a bassoonist were needed and he was put on the roster though his first official concert was in January 2001, due to him still attending school. Smith has been performing with the Orchestra ever since, which was the beginning of what would eventually become a family affair. 

Currently, two of Smith’s daughters (Aubrey Woods and Danielle Thompson) and son-in-law (Alex Woods) perform in the Orchestra alongside him. Soon after Smith joined the Orchestra, his daughter Aubrey joined as a violinist. Orchestra leadership made a rare exception to allow her to join. She was only 15 but a remarkable violinist and under her father's care. Shortly after graduating college she won the concertmaster position with Ballet West. Kory Kasteanes, director of the School of Music at BYU said, “That someone fresh out of college would win a professional concertmaster position in their first audition is remarkable.” Years later, Aubrey introduced fellow violinist and more importantly, husband Alex to the Choir and Orchestra where he joined as well. 

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A Choir Member’s Childhood Experience Comes Full Circle with "Be Thou My Vision"

Choir member Katie Bastian had an early connection with the British vocal group The King’s Singers—“When I was about 10 years old, my mom took me to see a concert with The King’s Singers at the Tabernacle. I was completely entranced the moment they started singing, and continued to be so through the end of the concert. I’d always loved music, but I think that was one of those defining moments in my life where I just knew that music was my thing. That night also began a total obsession with The King’s Singers.I know every word (and part) of their songs from that time period,” said Bastian.

The story goes even deeper. Fast forward almost 20 years and Bastian, who joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 4 years previously, got the chance of lifetime on April 27, 2014. It was your typical Sunday in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, except for a three things: 1) Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in the Tabernacle that day to honor 28 members of the Choir, who were to retire, following the broadcast; 2) There were not one, but two guest conductors, including Bob Chilcott, who had been a member of The King’s Singers when Bastian saw them in the very same building as a child; and 3) Bastian was to sing a solo for “Be Thou My Vision” that day, which was written and conducted by you guessed it…Bob Chilcott.

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Read What Local Media, Music, and Government Leaders Said About the Choir’s 2001 Tour

In 2001 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir toured many states in the southern part of the United States. Tour stops included Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Miami, and more. The trip required the use of 3 chartered airplanes, 2 luggage trucks, 1 equipment truck, and 10 buses to transport members of the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

The tour was very well received and many leaders in media, music, and government made statements that were published in Ensign Magazine. An excerpt is below:

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Richard Elliott Discusses the Wanamaker Organ

The Wanamaker Organ is located in Philadelphia and is the largest operational pipe organ in the world. Richard Elliott, the principal Tabernacle organist, played the Wanamaker Organ for 4 years while he was a student. In this video, Elliott talks about what it's like to play such a large and unique organ.

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10 Music Videos for Your Sunday Afternoon

With nearly 750 videos on our YouTube channel, there is something for everyone to love. A person could literally spend his or her entire day listening and not run out of options. As you begin your exploration of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel, here are 10 videos we think everyone should experience.

Bring Him Home

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Choir Returns Home to National Historic Landmark

There’s no place like home.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir goes “home” to the Tabernacle on August 28 for its regular Thursday rehearsal and for the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word the following Sunday, August 31. The Choir will stay in the Tabernacle until Memorial Day 2015 with the exception of General Conference participation and the entire month of December for the Christmas season.

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