Mormon Tabernacle Choir assistant music director Ryan Murphy leads a group of Catholic visitors in song on 2 February 2011 at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. (Photo courtesy of Intermountain Catholic )
If you could sit in the seats of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and ask its leaders one question, what would it be? Those attending the Southwest Liturgical Conference had this opportunity 2 February at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.
Choir president Mac Christensen, assistant music director Ryan Murphy and principal organist Richard Elliott welcomed a group of about 50 Catholics from the conference to sit in the choir seats, ask questions, hear the organ and sing for 45 minutes.
Intermountain Catholic , a weekly print and online publication, reported about the event in today’s edition:
Ryan Murphy, who used to work for a Catholic church in Boston … had the Catholic group sing ‘Music of the Spoken Word,’ a non-denominational work.
"They told me every one of you has a great voice; that you are very well tuned," Murphy said. "It’s meant to be a program of music and inspiration."
Before singing, Murphy had the group stand up and do a warm-up exercise. "I want you to be able to say that you sang in this beautiful space with this fantastic organist," he said.
Read the full story at Intermountain Catholic .