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*** Please note that this site has no official connection with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Responsibility for its content rests solely with the author, who strives to be a faithful member of both.

UPDATE: You can now read more about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the Choir's official website at:
www.mormontabernaclechoir.org
Hello, and welcome! I'm Robb Cundick.  I have been singing Second Tenor with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since July of 1990.  I'm developing this site to help others gain an appreciation for what singing in the Choir is like and to answer questions I am often asked. 

On August 22 of 1847 a few hearty Mormon pioneers gathered for the first General Conference of the LDS Church to be held in the Salt Lake Valley.  They had finished their long trek from Iowa only 29 days previously.  The meeting was held in a 28 by 40 foot "Bowery" made of pine poles with a brush and earth roof.  A choir so small it didn't require a conductor sang at the meeting, and it is to that choir that the beginnings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir can be traced. 

Today the Choir consists of approximately 360 members (the number fluctuates as members leave or retire and are replaced during semiannual auditions).  All are required to be faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and at least 25 years of age.  They must undergo a thorough audition process and may remain in the Choir for 20 years or until age 60, whichever comes first.  Most have extensive choral or other musical experience before joining. 

Members of the Choir are not compensated for their services.  Most are not professional musicians; all kinds of professions are represented.  Some of which I am aware include Teachers, Computer Programmers, Salesmen, Doctors, Lawyers, Dentists, Nurses, Homemakers, Lab Technicians, Auditors, Accountants, Business Owners, Engineers, and Heating Contractors.  Most importantly, they are just all around great people -- you'll never find a more loving group.  They are dedicated to sharing the love they feel for the Lord and His Gospel though the universal medium of beautiful music.  As is characteristic of "Mormons" in general, the Choir is always striving to improve and reach new heights of excellence.

Over the past couple of years I have enjoyed writing about my choir experiences for the online LDS Magazine, "Meridian".  Below are links to my articles:

Title Link(s) Description
Notes in the Northeast Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.
An account of the Tabernacle Choir's tour to the Northeastern United States in Spring of 2003.
Sharing Peace and Joy Click here. Talks about the many ways there are to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Silent Night, Holy Night - Walter Cronkite and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Click here. Tells about the 2002 Christmas Concerts and our special guest, Walter Cronkite.
New Members Jump from the Frying Pan into the Fire! Click here. A followup to "Pointing the Way: What Would It Take to Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?" Describes the new members' experiences in the Temple Square Chorale and their first major Tabernacle Choir concert.
Our Days Renewed as of Old: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Nauvoo. Click here. An account of the Choir's trip to Nauvoo, Illinois for the dedication of the Nauvoo Temple in June of 2002.
Pointing the Way: What Would It Take to Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?. Part 1.
Part 2.
Everything you ever wanted to know about auditioning for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Covers the auditions that took place in Spring, 2002.
The Olympics are Finally Here! Click here.
Talks about the Choir's preparations for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
A Vocal Marathon: The Tabernacle Choir and the Olympics. Click here.
Tells about the Choir's experiences in the Opening Ceremonies and the first part of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Meeting the Challenge Click here.
Continues with the remaining experiences during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
A Very Special Guest Click here.
Tells about the Choir's 2001 Christmas Concerts, which featured Angela Lansbury.
Helping to Heal Our Land Click here.
What it was like to help the country mourn the tragic experiences of September 11, 2001.
Songs in the South Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.
An account of the Tabernacle Choir's tour to the Southern United States in Spring of 2001.
Look Out Southern States, Here We Come! Click here.
Preparations for the Spring 2001 Tour to the Southern United States.
Creation of a Masterpiece Click here.
Tells about my father, Robert Cundick's, experiences composing what he considers to be his life's work - "The Redeemer". The Tabernacle Choir performed this work in the Tabernacle in April of 2001. We hope to record it some day.
Adventures in Washington: An Insider's View of the Tabernacle Choir's Visit to the Inauguration. Click here. An account of the Choir's trip to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President George W. Bush in January of 2001.