SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was surprised Thursday night with an induction into the American Classical Hall of Fame.
ACDA’s executive director Tim Sharp made the announcement before its concert for the American Choral Directors Association national conference which is being held in Salt Lake City this year.
The induction honors the choir for over 140 years to choral arts and its contributions to the world of classical music.
“This remarkable ensemble of 360 volunteers has inspired generations of choral conductors such as you and me through concerts, recordings, broadcasts, tours and prestigious appearances at world’s fairs and U.S. presidential inaugurations,” Sharp said, according to a press release. “Together with the Orchestra at Temple Square, they continue to inspire us with their work.”
There have been 128 inductees since 1998, including John Williams, Aaron Copland, Yo-Yo Ma, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.
It is so humbling to be given this honor. We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, dedicating their lives to music because of its power to unite, give comfort, peace and joy.
–Choir president Ron Jarrett
“It is so humbling to be given this honor,” said choir president Ron Jarrett. “We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, dedicating their lives to music because of its power to unite, give comfort, peace and joy. We will continue to pursue excellence in song for generations to come.”
The choir will have an engraved pavement stone on the American Classical Walk of Fame in Washington Park in Cincinnati. Visitors can use mobile devices to learn more about inductees through pictures, audio tours and music.
The American Classical Music Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 and “seeks to build and sustain enthusiasm for classical music in America by celebrating diverse facets of classical music excellence.”