The fact that one can find a member of the Mormon Willey family at almost any musical event in Utah is no accident. Most of Denise and Donell Willey's six talented children were holding and learning to play an instrument as soon as they could walk and barely talk. Today, they consistently take top honors [...]


In a serene and picturesque setting, Park City is the outdoor summer home of the Utah Symphony, with musicians trading in the formal black tuxedos for a more relaxed look of cool white suit coats. via ‘16 reasons to celebrate summer’ | Universe.byu.edu.


If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote William Shakespeare. Classical 89 will do just that when it presents “Organ Fest III” at The Cathedral of the Madeleine today at 8 p.m. The Fest is part of a series celebrating the station’s 50th anniversary. Organ Fest, now in its third year, will feature [...]


An organ appears to be a daunting musical instrument. It has rows of keyboards and stops and a pedalboard. But no help from a sustaining pedal. Not to mention the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organists make it look so simple to play. via Playing the organ made easier | Mormon Times.


A familiar BYU singing group graced the stage of a TV broadcast for the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday night. Vocal Point, a nine-man A cappella group, was invited to sing at the 100th Anniversary BSA Celebration Program, “A Shining Light Across America.” The performance was held in front of thousands of Scouts and [...]


BYU student Lindsey Stirling, from Arizona, started playing the violin when she was just 6 years old. Now 17 years later, she's in the semifinals of NBC's "America's Got Talent." via Inside Mormon Music: BYU student performs 'hip-hop violin' Tuesday on 'America's Got Talent' | Mormon Times.


"Music and the Spoken Word" featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the longest-running radio broadcast in the world, is being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, a result of online balloting by the public. via LDS Church News – Mormon Tabernacle Choir to be inducted in National Radio Hall of Fame.


In 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released what is now considered one of the best musicals ever made, Singin’ in the Rain. This great love story is also a story about adapting to change—it depicts the transition in the 1920s from silent movies to “talkies.” Imagine what a change that must have been! via Music and the Spoken [...]


We call upon you in the arts, you my precious brothers and sisters, to expand your vision of what can be done. If we're going to fill the world with goodness and truth then we must have artists who are worthy to receive inspiration so they can bless the lives of our Heavenly Father and [...]


The performing arts enrich our lives in myriad ways. That's true of adults, but equally true for children, says Michael Ballam, founder and director of Cache Valley's Utah Festival Opera. via Broadway for kids: Utah Festival Opera creates conservatory to bring musical theater to children and teenagers | Deseret News.


Breinholt never thought the CD would be the catalyst for his success as a singer/songwriter. "We had never really been in the studio," he said. "We were college students, but not music students. "At that time I remember hearing about bands in Utah County playing all original tunes and selling out restaurants like Pier 54," [...]


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a free concert starting at 7 p.m. tonight as part of its benefit for the Tri-Valley area food bank. Called "Concert for Cans," the benefit will feature April Meservy and Nikki Forova, musicians, songwriters and singers from Provo, Utah. via Pleasanton Weekly : LDS church [...]


The Mormon Tabernacle organ is one of the remarkable legacies of pioneer ingenuity. Built in 1867 by Joseph Harris Ridges, whose main claim to fame was that he was born and raised near an organ factory in England, it was made of timber brought from the Parowan and Pine Valley Mountains some 300 miles south [...]


It takes courage to keep knocking when the doors you think you want aren't opening. But when your heart's truly in something, continuing to knock is really the only option. Indie singer/songwriter Mindy Gledhill has never been one for giving up. In high school, Gledhill wanted to be in the choirs and plays. She auditioned [...]


Today, independent artists are in the best position ever to become successful. The tools for distribution and promotion are at their fingertips. The biggest challenge now is standing out from the crowd. This area is where the counsel to be new and fresh from presenters at the workshop is valid and important. via Recent Mormon [...]


I know I shouldn't have been that surprised, but when I finally got word that in the midst of the global economic downturn, I was NOT going to be receiving a songwriter bailout package from the government, I was pretty disappointed. Apparently, unlike Chrysler and GM, I am NOT too big to fail. So, like [...]


As a pioneer in local Internet radio, it would have been fitting for YourLDSRadio to have received its 1 millionth stream on Pioneer Day. But the station broadcasting at www.yldsr.com reached that landmark number nine days earlier, on July 15. “Its success surprised even us,” said co-creator Gaylen Rust. “We anticipated not much of a [...]


If you live on the Wasatch Front, you still can tune in to a radio station that programs classical music and produces broadcasts of local performing groups, introduced by passionate, knowledgeable hosts. Nationally, that’s becoming increasingly rare. via Light 50 candles for KBYU | The Salt Lake Tribune.


Long serving Institute teacher Julian Jones has made a positive impact on many students testimonies including that of Alex Boye’ who was baptised in to the Hyde Park Stake in 1986 age 16 and attended Britannia ward until 2000. Alex, having had success as the lead singer of boyband ‘Awesome’, left England in 2000 for [...]


Talent shows usually consist of musical artists and dancers, but one BYU student has combined the two, and it  has pushed her to the top 48 on NBC’s television show “America’s Got Talent.” Lindsey Stirling’s talent consists of playing violin while dancing hip-hop. She played and danced to the song “Right Round” by hip-hop artist [...]


Admirers of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will decide if Music and the Spoken Word is named to The National Radio Hall of Fame. The famed Choir broadcast, on the air since 1929, has been nominated as one of four contenders in the "National-Pioneer category" for 2010. A public vote will determine the winner. via Meridian [...]


Breaking into the Mormon music scene takes talent. That's a given. It also takes work — and a lot of it. But to succeed in the fast-changing LDS market today involves some other components as well. There's luck, being seen and heard by the right people. And there's the thing about self-confidence and selling well [...]


By Janice Kapp Perry Our talents have been given to us for a wise purpose known to God. "To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby." (D & C 46:12) In developing our talents, we don't need to be better than everyone else, we just need [...]


"One word flowed through my mind throughout this concert," LDS President Thomas S. Monson said in brief remarks at the end. "That word is wonderful — wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. We are richly blessed by this choir and orchestra, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with choirs above in singing praises to a just God." via Mormon Tabernacle Choir [...]


We’re a man band, not a boy band,” Smith said, eliciting cheers from the audience. via Jericho Road performs at ‘Sounds of Summer’ series | Universe.byu.edu.


There is a deep yearning for the expression of eternal things that lies at the roots of great art. It seldom seems to find satisfaction these days because so much of what has taken the place of art in our lives is hostile to the things of eternal worth. Nevertheless, if we are to commit [...]


While not the first review of Mack Wilberg’s Requiem, this review by a contemporary fellow composer may bring to light several insights not previously illuminated. Wilberg’s Requiem is unique in at least three ways: First, it represents a historic departure from previous works by Latter-day Saint choral composers in that it is a requiem rather [...]


Utahns don’t have to travel far to see a Broadway star, as a number of stage notables are performing here in the coming months. via Seeing stars: Utah hosts Broadway actors and singers | The Salt Lake Tribune.


Stirling, who served an LDS Church mission to New York, was also — get this — America's Junior Miss from Arizona in 2005. And she finished second in the talent competition at the national pageant. Stirling seemed to surprise a lot of people, not just the judges on "Talent." She's really good. via Returned missionary [...]


Utah Festival Opera unveiled two more works on Friday at Logan’s Ellen Eccles Theatre, bringing all four repertory productions on-line. This allows attendees the opportunity to witness in two days of matinees and evening performances what has turned out to be the company’s strongest season in memory. via Classics fresh yet authentic at Utah Festival [...]

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