Mormon Youth Symphony Chorus holds reunion concert

This past June, as part of the 30th anniversary of the Temple Square Performance series, the alumni from the Mormon Youth Symphony Chorus were invited back for a reunion concert.

The Mormon Youth Symphony Chorus began in 1968-69 with its first director, Jay E. Welch, who was the assistant Tabernacle Choir director at the time, and Lamar Williams, formerly of the Missionary Department.

Williams thought it would be a good idea to have a group of young musicians and vocalists to make some recordings — and Welch supported his idea.

The chorus started with 200 voices and a 95-piece symphony of youth 18 to 30 years old, that was to "serve as the musical basis of weekly radio and television programs circulated by the Missionary Department to some 455 stations throughout the nation and foreign countries." It became an official musical organization of the church from 1969 until 1999.

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