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Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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  • Anna Martha Evans (1900 - 1977)
    Biographical Summary:== Anna Martha Evans (Lewis) (1900-1977). Anna was born in the home of her maternal grandmother, Anna D. Kempe, in St. Johns. Anna not only fell heir to her grandmother's name but ...
  • Jemima Midgley (1834 - 1917)
    When first married she and Joshua lived in a wagon box to be alone, but moved in with her mother when she became pregnant to become more comfortable. About the time of the birth, however, a wind blew t...
  • Clay Rellus Christiansen
    Clay Christiansen Tabernacle OrganistBorn in 1949, Dr. Clay Christiansen was appointed Tabernacle organist in 1982. He served for 10 years as organist and choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral,...
  • John Thomas Longhurst
    John Longhurst (born 1940) was an organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1977 through 2007. He is also noted for writing the music to the Latter-day Saint hymn "I Believe in Christ" and being on...
  • Margaret Darley Kirkham, Source:
    Roy Maughan Darley (1918 - 2003)
    Mormon Tabernacle Organist 1947-1984. Mr. Darley, 85, served as Tabernacle organist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 37 years before his retirement in 1984.Mr. Darley also served...

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, sometimes colloquially referred to as the MoTab, is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning, 360-member, all-volunteer choir. The choir is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). However, the choir is completely self-funded, traveling and producing albums to support the organization.

Called "America's Choir" by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is made up of 360 men and women; all are members of the LDS Church in good standing. Although many choir members live within close proximity of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, some members commute long distances for practice and the choir's weekly television and radio broadcast. Choir members are not paid for their participation, travel expenses or performances. There are many husband–wife combinations and some families have participated in the choir for generations.

The choir was founded in August 1847, one month after the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. Since July 15, 1929, the choir has performed a weekly radio broadcast called Music and the Spoken Word, which is one of the longest-running continuous radio network broadcasts in the world. At the end of the choir's 4165th live broadcast on July 12, 2009, the show's host, Lloyd D. Newell, announced another milestone that the show had hit: the completion of its 80th year in existence. The show has been televised since the early 1960s and is now broadcast worldwide through some 1,500 radio and television stations.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's sound is often said to be world-famous, and instantly recognizable. When recording, the choir is usually accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Tabernacle's pipe organ, or both. With the completion of the Conference Center, a larger auditorium directly adjacent to Temple Square, the choir now has two halls available for performance.

The minimum age for participation in the choir has recently been reduced from 30 to 25. Choir members are currently limited to twenty years of participation, or until the member reaches the age of 60, allowing new members to join the choir on a regular basis. There is also a limitation of the distance a member may live from downtown Salt Lake City, in part to help ensure safety for the travel that would be required for weekly rehearsals and other performances. New choir members participate in the Temple Square Chorale training choir, a combination music theory/performance school.