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Question #91134 posted on 04/25/2018 7:36 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who selects the music for General Conference? I feel like this would have been asked before but I couldn't find it in the archives, so... here it is.

The only thing I could find about it online was this blog which suggests that General Authorities sometimes request certain songs. But I haven't been able to find anything about who is in charge of the overall process. Can you shed any light?

-Conference Goer


Dear Goer,

Sorry for the delay in an answer; someone thought they had a contact they could ask, but it didn't end up working out. I looked around, but I wasn't able to find anything definitive. My guess would be that as director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mack Wilberg chooses all the music. His bio on the Choir's homepage says that he's "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." Nothing on their page specifically mentions General Conference, but I would assume if he's the one in charge of all their music for literally everything else they do, he's also in charge of their music for General Conference. 

If any of the readers have a more authoritative source for who chooses the music, please leave a correction!


posted on 04/30/2018 3:33 p.m.
The directors of the Tabernacle Choir (Mack Wilberg is the Music Director, Ryan Murphy is the Associate Music Director) submit suggested songs to the first presidency who approve the selections. On occasion, the speakers in in conference will ask for a specific song, and it's usually apparent when they do, though sometimes it just happens that the music lines up particularly well with the talks. The visiting choirs (apparently that's the official term for the non-MoTab choirs that sing in conference) submit their songs for approval as well, possibly to the music committee, though my source wasn't as familiar with that process.

Source: I asked a tabernacle organist I know. As there are only 7 living, current or former organists, I'll leave them just a little bit of anonymity.