SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Former Utah Governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt was named the new president of the Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square on Friday.
As chairman of the choir, the governor on three occasions will manage operations, employees and marketing and oversee hundreds of volunteers. The world-renowned choir, formerly known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, has been a long-standing fixture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“The world longs for peace, and the foundational product of the Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square is music that evokes peace,” said Leavitt. Salt Lake City Grandstand. “The choir has what the world needs, and I will use all my skills to ensure that the largest audience in the world has the chance to hear and feel these feelings.”
The choir has suspended rehearsals, performances and tours during the coronavirus pandemic, but announced last month that it would return with the orchestra with a live broadcast on September 19.
Leavitt replaces Ron Jarrett, who has been troupe president since 2012, and was the first president to be a member of the choir.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and will miss my association with the amazing men and women of the choir,” Jarrett said in a statement. “Please know that I will be watching and singing with them from my living room every Sunday morning.”