Changes for Temple Square music groups
LDS Church News 2Jan99
By Glenn Guilbeau: Advocate sportswriter
The LDS Church's musical groups based on Temple Square will
undergo major changes this coming year. Some of the groups
will change names and purposes, and the participation in the
groups will change also.
In addition to the well-known Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the
Church also has had a youth chorus and symphony. Now the
Mormon Youth Chorus will change its name to the Temple Square
Chorale, and become the training choir for the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir. The Mormon Youth Symphony's name will also change, to
the Orchestra at Temple Square, and it will no longer have
any age restrictions.
The Chorus and Symphony will continue under their old names
until after their final concert on May 22nd in the Salt Lake
Tabernacle. Their long-time musical director, Robert C.
Bowden, will relinquish his baton June 1st and retire
Also, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's minimum age will be
lowered from 30 to 25, but the maximum length of service
in the Choir will remain at 20 years. Choir members must
also retire from the Choir by age 60.
The three groups, The Tabernacle Choir, The Temple Square
Chorale and The Orchestra at Temple Square, will be run
by a single Church-service president, who will be assisted
by a full-time administrator. Jerold Ottley will continue
as musical director of the Tabernacle Choir and Craig Jessop
will continue as associate director of the Choir, but will
also work with all three organizations. The new associate
directors already announced will work with all three
organizations. Mack Wilberg, one of the new associate
directors, will be responsible for the Temple Square
Chorale and Barlow Bradford will be responsible for The
Orchestra at Temple Square.