Bells on Temple Square to Hold Auditions

  • 7-28 January 2012
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7-28 January 2012

“We’re looking at [the musicians’] demeanor—their sight-reading skills, how they smile, and their physical dexterity—if they can do all this and look pleasant.”—LeAnna Willmore, Bells on Temple Square conductor

The Bells on Temple Square is now accepting applications from those interested in becoming a member of the bell choir.

To qualify, candidates must be between 20 and 45 years old, live within 100 miles of Temple Square, and be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in good standing.

Musicians interested in auditioning for Bells on Temple Square need to submit a completed application, which is available, along with further instructions on submitting the application, on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir website.

Generally, prior bell-ringing experience is necessary, although talented musicians without experience are welcome to apply.

“Bell ringing is technically very difficult,” said Bells on Temple Square conductor LeAnna Willmore. “We’re looking at [the musicians’] demeanor—their sight-reading skills, how they smile, and their physical dexterity—if they can do all this and look pleasant.”

A number of applicants will be selected to audition by participating in a series of bell workshops, which will be held in the Tabernacle on Saturdays from 8:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. beginning on January 7, 2012.

“We’ll be teaching them how to ring the bells and seeing how quickly they catch on,” Sister Willmore said.

The workshops will continue each week through the month of January. New members of the Bells on Temple Square will then be selected from workshop members.

Not all candidates will be selected as full bell-choir members, but the choir retains about five bell-ringers as substitutes who attend every practice and can fill in during concerts if needed.

Questions may be directed to the choir office at 801-240-3221.