Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy – The Tabernacle Choir and Missionary Work

April 11, 2019

Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy are the Musical and Associate Musical Director for the world famous Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Some may be surprised that every member of the Choir, Orchestra, and Bell Choir, are all set apart as Missionaries! The organization has been an ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for decades, bringing the spirit of the Restoration message to the world through music.

Let Us All Press On: hymns of Praise and Inspiration for sale at Deseret Book.
The latest album from The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Learn the behind the scenes information about the recording of this album.

We had the privilege of interviewing Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy in the Tabernacle Choir offices underneath Temple Square to talk about their latest album release that can be purchased now from Deseret Book (click here). This album features a song written by President Russell M. Nelson, how exciting!

President Nelson at the recording of the latest Choir album. Notice the quilts and blankets on the seats in the Tabernacle? Listen to this episode to hear the story behind them. (photo from

While you have time, visit the Tabernacle Choir’s home page and see some of the neat features that the page has, as well as some upcoming events that we discussed in this episode of the Latter-day Saint MissionCast featuring the directors of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in a rare and wonderful interview.

Mack Wilberg – Music Director

Mack Wilberg was appointed music director of TheTabernacle Choir at Temple Square on March 28, 2008, having served as associate music director of the Choir since May 1999. Dr. Wilberg is responsible for all musical and creative aspects of the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in rehearsals, concerts, tours, and recordings, as well as the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word.

Ryan Murphy – Associate Music Director

Dr. Murphy has extensive choral conducting and professional musical theater experience. Prior to his appointment, he conducted six choirs in the Boston area, including two choirs at the prestigious New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He served for four years as the choral director at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an internationally recognized secondary school affiliated with the New England Conservatory. He was the music director of the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in the St. George, Utah, area from 2005 to 2007 following five seasons as music director at the Sundance Institute in Provo, Utah.

New album coming out which we will get to, but first, a little bit about the men behind the music that we have come to appreciate at Conference Time, Christmas time, and throughout the year every Sunday with Music and the Spoken Word.

Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with directors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy.
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