Every year between July-August the Mormon Tabernacle Choir posts audition materials on its website. It’s that time of year again! If you have ever thought about becoming a member of the “MoTab”, now is your window of opportunity. This year – 2015 – you have until August 15th to download and submit your application and CD via mail.
That’s just Step One of a multi-step audition process.
Becoming a Choir member is not easy (nothing worthwhile ever is), but it’s also not really that painful. Think of it as a fun adventure! After all, what’s the worse that can happen? You don’t make the cut. But, you do have a great story to tell, you do get a lot of great feedback and suggestions for improvement – and then you try again next year.
(Note: A large percentage of members audition more than once before gaining membership)
Everyone’s path to membership in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is different. Some come early in life, and some later. Some members are professionally trained musicians, and others have no formal music training. Some are working in musical careers, but most are working in every other career under the sun – doctors, lawyers, plumbers, undertakers, administrative professionals, homemakers, electricians, and everything in-between. Audition age ranges from 25-55, so members come from every age and stage of life; ranging from young single adults to grandparents. 🙂
There are a few core similarities required of all applicants:
- Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in good standing, [temple-recommend worthy].
- Live within a 100 mile radius of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.
- Willing to commit to the arduous time and attendance demands of Choir membership; travel time, weekly rehearsals, Sunday broadcasts, extra rehearsals, tours, special concerts, etc.
- Are in good health – able to meet the physical and emotional demands of #3.
Number 3 cannot be over emphasized enough.
Everyone has their own audition experience and their own stories to tell. I’ve told my story several times [here, here, here, here]. There are several great videos of Choir member and behind-the-scenes videos compiled on this playlist here.
Every member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir remembers when and how they felt the desire to audition – sometimes as a sudden event, or possibly as a feeling they had for years – however, it was the moment they decided to act on that desire that made all the difference.
What will your story be? – MoSop
Alex Boyé Shares His Story