Matt, the Choir had existed as the Salt Lake Stake’s choir at least since the Tabernacle’s dedication in 1867, and they gave large concerts all through the 1870s and ’80s. Probably the moment it became a really professional choir was when Evan Stephens took it to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, competing against great choirs from around the world — and winning second place. Evan Stephens is really the one who deserves the credit for making the Choir one that represented the whole Church instead of just the local stake. The Choir made its first records in 1910.
An irregular church choir would be when somebody in your ward decides to have all the elders sing in Sacrament Meeting with one hurried practice.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 12, 2013 @ 9:43 pm