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“I Take Up My Pen”: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1911

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 09, 2013

This letterhead is so busy that it had to be continued to the back of every sheet! (It wasn’t their normal everyday stationery, but was created to advertise their eastern tour of 1911.)






  1. Oh. Wow.

    Comment by Mina — August 9, 2013 @ 11:39 am

  2. That’s one heckuva advisory committee!

    Comment by David Y. — August 9, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

  3. Was Motab a regular church choir in 1911? Or maybe I should ask what an irregular church choir is?

    Comment by Matt W. — August 12, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

  4. 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

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