History of MYSC

The group historically known as the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus was an official musical organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1969 to 1999. It consisted of young musicians who were between the ages of 18 and 33. The chorus often provided music at general conferences of the Church, and the symphony and chorus performed frequently in what was then known as the Temple Square Concert Series.

The Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus was organized in 1969, with Jay E. Welch as music director. He continued in that position until his appointment as music director of the Tabernacle Choir in 1974, at which time then Church President Kimball requested that Robert C. Bowden, associate conductor of the Tabernacle Choir, become the music director. He served in that capacity for the next 25 years, until the group was dissolved in preparation for the creation of the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Over its 30-year history, nearly 4,000 singers and instrumentalists performed as members of the symphony and chorus. Among the group’s many accomplishments included 12 PBS and commercial television specials, performing with such well-known recording artists as Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Jose Feliciano, and Natalie Cole. They also presented a weekly radio program called, “You and Your World” that ran for seven years on over 450 radio stations worldwide, recorded 28 albums, and earned an Emmy award, two Religion in Media Angel awards, and four medals from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge. They performed on tour several times across Utah and from coast to coast, appearing at the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Philadelphia Bell Square, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, San Diego's Civic Theatre for the Performing Arts, and aboard the USS Stennis and the USS Ranger aircraft carriers for 4500 military personnel.

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