© 2021 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Classical 101

Singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

There are certain things which are guaranteed to send chills up your spine.  I'm certain there will be plenty of spine tingling moments Wednesday evening as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square returns to Columbus for the first time in more than 20 years. Why do I say spine tingling?  Because, when 360 voices are raised in song it is, as one reviewer put it, a "veritable Niagara Falls of glorious sound." Another reason is the unique opportunity I have been given to participate in the Wednesday rehearsal with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in Nationwide Arena...not as an observer, but as a singer. While I have sung a lot in my life, both as soloist and choir member, I do not now, nor would I ever place myself in the same league as those who participate in an ensemble such as this.  I can only imagine how it will sound the first time all 360 members begin to sing, surrounding me with music in a way few ever get to experience.   It brings back memories of the first narration I ever did with a symphony orchestra.  As I prepared to rehearse Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with Albert-George Schram and the Columbus Symphony, I was sitting on a stool near the first violins.  Things began quietly enough, but soon...boom!  A wall of sound hit me from behind.  I can only imagine adding another 360 voices to the mix!

I am having nightmares about singing along, missing a cue from the conductor, and belting out an unintentional solo. Â Having over 400 sets of eyes pointed in your direction is not my idea of a good time.

So, I shall watch closely, sing as well as I can, revel in the moment, and look forward to an evening of great music. I'll let you know how it turns out. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform in Nationwide Arena Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30pm. Watch Katherine Jenkins with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VjxWzXad9I