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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. 

Beautiful Savior

This song is included in the Children's Songbook for the Primary and appears on the album This Is The Christ

Rock-A-My-Soul In The Bosom of Abraham

This song is featured on the album, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals

The Battle of Jericho

Here is another amazing song from the album, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals

Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) 

This song was featured on the special broadcast 9/11: Rising Above featuring Tom Brokaw. It also appears on the album, Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The song appears coincidentally at 9 minutes, 11 seconds into the broadcast.

Pilgrim's Hymn

This hymn by Stephen Paulus was coincidentally performed by the Choir on the day of his passing. Read the full story here.

Rejoice, O Virgin

This is a Rachmaninoff piece from All-Night Vigil No. 6. It was performed during the Christmas concert with guest artist Angela Lansbury. Watch the concert here.

I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

Performed with former Choir member, Alex Boyé, this spiritual was filmed on the shores of the Cape Coast in Ghana, Africa. It appears on the album, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals

Old-Time Religion

Here is another gospel song from the album, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals

Here are more a cappella songs by the Choir that are currently not featured as a video but appear on the Choir's albums:

The Morning Trumpet—From the album Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 

O Lord God—From the album Heavensong 

An Angel From on High—From the album Praise to the Man: Songs Honoring the Prophet Joseph

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief—From the album Praise to the Man: Songs Honoring the Prophet Joseph

Ye Elders of Israel—From the album Called to Serve

The Spirit of God—From the album Called to Serve