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Behind the Scenes: Special Youth Choir Prepares for General Conference

“I know what some of you are thinking out there.”

Kelly DeHaan was looking out over more than 300 young men gathered in the Murray Utah Parkway Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a recent Sunday evening. Part music teacher and part choir conductor, DeHaan wasn’t quite getting what he wanted from the teenagers as he patiently worked to shape them into the choir that will provide the music for the priesthood session of the church’s 183rd Semiannual General Conference on Saturday.

“Some of you are thinking, ‘I’m not a singer, I’m a basketball player,’ ” DeHaan said, his face damp with perspiration born of the warm summer evening as well as the seemingly boundless energy he expended pulling soft, round tones out of strong, angular boys. 
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