The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has announced it is changing its name to “The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.” The choir was organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints more than 150 years ago. The name modification follows a statement in August by Church President Russell M. Nelson asking members to stop referring to the religion as “Mormon” or “LDS.”
In a press release, Choir President Ron Jarrett said, “A new name for the Tabernacle Choir will represent a change after so many years. The name may change, but everything that people know and love about the choir will not only be the same but will get better and better.”
The 360-member voice choir has performed for 10 presidents including seven presidential inaugurations, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The new name preserves the heritage of its home in the historic Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
In 1929, the choir launched its landmark “Music and the Spoken Word” program, now in its 90th year of weekly broadcasts, making it the longest-running continuous network broadcast in history. The nondenominational program features musical selections by the choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, accompanied by the Tabernacle organ, with a short inspirational message. It can be heard every Sunday on News Talk KVNU at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
To coincide with the choir’s new name, its website address and social media sites will be changed.