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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir - America's Choir

Updated on October 4, 2013

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Inspiring America for Over 150 Years

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, nicknamed America's Choir, has been inspiring the public for over 150 years. Most famously known for it's rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," the Choir is also known for providing the backdrop for the 2002 Winter Olympics under the direction of John Williams.

Becoming more and more ecletic, the Tabernacle Choir stuns audiences not only with sacred hymns, but with folk songs, gospel, opera, patriotic and popular show tunes, often accompanied by famous artists in the music and entertainment industry. In recent years the Choir has appealed to a much younger audience who refer to it playfully as the MoTab. It's not just your grandma's choir anymore!

First Broadcast, July 15, 1929

First Broadcast, July 15, 1929
First Broadcast, July 15, 1929

The Choir's Home is the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah

Recently Undergoing a Two-Year Rennovation, the Tabernacle is Home to the Choir Once Again

The Mormon Tabernacle has been home to the Choir since 1867. Recently undergoing a two-year rennovation in which it was seismically upgraded and completely restored, the Tabernacle became home to the Choir once more in 2007. During the rennovation period, the Choir broadcasted its weekly program from the LDS Conference Center.

Back Home After the Tabernacle's Recent Renovation

Back Home After the Tabernacle's Recent Renovation
Back Home After the Tabernacle's Recent Renovation

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Actually Has Two Homes

The LDS Conference Center is the Choir's Second Home

The 21,000 seat capacity LDS Conference Center hosts the Choir twice a year in April and October during the Church's General Conference. At this time "Music and the Spoken Word" are broadcast directly from the Center. On other occasions, popular entertainers join the Choir, especially at Christmastime, for crowd-pleasing performances and TV specials. Tickets are ordered months in advance.

The Choir's Second Home in the LDS Conference Center

The Choir's Second Home in the LDS Conference Center
The Choir's Second Home in the LDS Conference Center

On the air continuously since 1929, Music and the Spoken Word is broadcast every Sunday morning. Consisting of several numbers by the Choir and a short inspirational talk, for one-half hour audiences the world over are uplifted for the coming week. The signoff is always the consistent, "Again we leave you from within the shadows of the everlasting hills. May peace be with you, this day, and always," accompanied by a fade of the Choir singing "God Be With You Til We Meet Again."

"Again we leave you, from within the shadows of the everlasting hills...."

"Again we leave you, from within the shadows of the everlasting hills...."
"Again we leave you, from within the shadows of the everlasting hills...."

Have a Listen to the Choir's Most Famous Numbers - A sample of the Choir's versatility.

Soothing to rousing, prayerful or lively. There's something for everyone from America's Choir.

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Essential Links for Detailed Information on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Go Directly to Official Sources for Up-to-date Details

History, performance schedules, background, and more, plus related links.

America's Choir - The Whole Story

Beautiful Hard Cover Book

Shopping for new Choir CDs on Amazon - Find everything in one place.

If you're looking for new, not used, and the best selection of available titles, this is the place.

Silent Night, Holy Night - The Story of the Christmas Truce

Heart-warming Christmas Hard Cover Book

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Featuring Sissel

DVD Movie of the Christmas Special Performance

Tabernacle Choir Music CDs Currently on eBay - A good way to start a collection is by picking up some favorites for less than retail.

Whether used or surplus, eBay always has a selection of Tabernacle Choir CDs.

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square - Featuring Audra McDonald and Peter Graves

DVD Movie of the Christmas Special Performance

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Collection of Faith and Peace - Called To Serve

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I love listening to this choir at Christmas time and at moments I need a bit of peace. Thank you for this wonderful lens!

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      Genjud 6 years ago

      The best choir in the world! I love your lens.

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      JenaleeMortensen 6 years ago

      The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been a part of my life from as early as I can remember. We always listened to them on Sunday mornings. It was thrilling to sit in the Tabernacle during one of their broadcasts and then to attend during a Christmas Concert being recorded for broadcast on PBS. Three or four years ago they were on tour and we got to hear them perform live again. Thanks for making this lens on my favorite musical group.

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      Joan Hall 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      My favorite recording of Handel's Messiah is by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It really sounds like English when they sing it.

      Lensrolling this to my choir lensography.

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      slotowngal 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! A great look at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir....

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I had the priviledge to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on a visit to SLC and they are absolutely wonderful. Great lens. 5*

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      Inthedoghouse 9 years ago

      Wow, this was a wonderful compilation on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I love their music and think that they are truly amazing. Thanks for all this work.