Singers will be first to tour Africa
Singers perform in New York's Carnegie Hall
harmonize in Carnegie Hall, across cultures
Kingdom Progresses in Africa
Temple for West Africa
-- A Household of Faith
This choral group has been called "stunning" and "one of
the premiere choral organizations in the country."╣ The choir
members are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. They have performed in the great concert halls in the United
States (including Carnegie Hall), Europe, the Middle East, and
Australia. They represented the United States at the 4th World
Choral Symposium in Sydney. They have appeared on national television as
part of two programs created for PBS. Is this the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir? No, although they have sung in concert with them several times as
well. BYU Singers is the "premiere choral" group
spoken of -- and the choir along with director Ronald
Staheli are currently performing in Africa.
BYU Singers perform in Carnegie Hall -- photo
courtesy of Sandefur Schmidt
The BYU Singers perform for Jews
and Arabs at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies --
photo courtesy of Mark Philbrick
The group is on a mission to make friends for BYU and The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At a concert held in March,
Ronald Staheli spoke of the choir's excitement to go to Ghana.
"We are hoping to do much good for the Church -- particularly as the
groundbreaking for the temple in Accra approaches."
President Hinckley traveled to Ghana in February 1998 as part of a
five-country tour of the African continent. While in Ghana he announced
that a temple would be built in the capital city of Accra in a
neighborhood near a number of foreign embassies. The temple will
serve roughly 29,000 members of the Church in Africa.
The Church has faced some opposition in Ghana in the past. The
trip by BYU Singers is viewed as a way to build bridges and promote
Glenn L. Pace of the Quorums of the Seventy said during a
sermon in the April 2000 General Conference that since the announcement of
the Ghana temple, "the adversary has been relentless in trying to
prevent that from happening." Perhaps the BYU Singers are part
of the optimism Elder
David B. Haight expressed in that same conference when he
declared, "I know the problem [regarding the opposition] will be
resolved; that will only be a chapter in the on-rolling of this
The BYU Singers complete their four-week tour to Italy, Ghana, Togo,
and Benin on Sunday.
╣Jo-Michael Scheibe, DMA, President of American Choral Directors'
Association Western Division and Maurice Casey, former president of the
American Choral Directors Association.
Resources on the web:
Young University Singers
to BYU Singers endowment fund