Mormon Tabernacle Choir Welcomes New Organist

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 25 January 2018

Dr. Brian Mathias joined the organ staff that accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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  • Dr. Brian Mathias joined the organ staff that accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Ten years since the last auditions were held, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has announced a new Tabernacle organist.

Dr. Brian Mathias joins the current organ staff—Richard Elliott, Clay Christiansen, Andrew Unsworth, Bonnie Goodliffe, and Linda Margetts—as a member of the distinguished group.

“I have been an avid fan of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since I was a teenager, and it is a dream come true for me to have the opportunity to be a part of what they do,” Mathias said in a news release. “The conductors and organists are musicians of the highest caliber, and I am thrilled to work alongside them.”

His duties, as with the other organists, include performing with the choir in telecasts, recordings, tours, concerts, and other appearances, as well as daily organ recitals.

Brian Mathias, a Tabernacle organist.

“We are extremely pleased to have Brian join us,” Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, said in a news release. “He is a gifted musician who will add to the excellent tradition of the choir family.”

Andrew Unsworth, a Tabernacle organist.

Mathias comes from Brigham Young University, where he served as an adjunct faculty member, and Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He also worked as associate organist at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Richard Elliott, a Tabernacle organist.

Mathias has performed solo performances in various locations around the state of Utah, the United States, and internationally.

Some highlights include performances in the nation’s capital at the Washington National Cathedral, at BYU–Idaho, and at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

His international competitions include many prestigious organ competitions, including the 2011 and 2014 Canadian International Organ Competitions and the 2010 Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition.

Bonnie Goodliffe, a Tabernacle organist.

Linda Margetts, a Tabernacle organist.

Clay Christiansen, a Tabernacle organist.