Bells on Temple Square
|Mormon Tabernacle Choir|
Bells on Temple Square with Dancers and Mormon Tabernacle Choir in LDS Conference Center
|Origin||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Labels||Mormon Tabernacle Choir Label|
|Associated acts||Orchestra at Temple Square, Temple Square Chorale, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Website||Bells on Temple Square website|
The Bells on Temple Square handbell choir is an official music organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was formed in 2005 under the direction of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The group is a double handbell choir, performing with 27 to 35 ringers on 2 sets of Malmark handbells (one 7-octave set and one 6½ octave set) and 2 sets of Malmark handchimes (6 octaves each). The 12 octave 2 bells are Malmark aluminums. Each part is usually doubled (played by two ringers on separate sets), except octave 2.
The Bells on Temple Square frequently accompany the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in concerts and on the weekly Music and the Spoken Word radio and television broadcast, in addition to performing their own semi-annual concerts, which are typically held in November and June. The group is led by Conductor LeAnna Willmore and Assistant Conductor Larry R. Smith.
The 2006 Christmas concert of the Bells on Temple Square, held in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, attracted an audience of over 15,000 people, and is believed to be one of the largest crowds ever to attend a handbell performance.
- LeAnna Willmore, Conductor 2011-Present, Assistant Conductor 2005-2011
LeAnna Willmore taught choir in the Utah area for forty years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Utah. She has served in many leadership positions for the state and national music educators association. Having won many national and state awards as a music educator, she is a frequent guest conductor and adjudicator. She was Assistant Conductor of the Bells on Temple Square from 2005 - 2011. Her husband, Ken Willmore, is a structural engineer with WSA and Associates in Bountiful, Utah.
- Larry R. Smith, Assistant Conductor 2011-Present
Larry R. Smith joined the Bells on Temple Square as Assistant Conductor in June 2011. Mr. Smith has performed, accompanied, and conducted choirs throughout the world. He was a member of the Utah Ambassadors of Music staff, and conducted and accompanied music in London, Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and St. Mark’s in Venice, Italy. He has taught choral music in high schools for over 16 years, and currently works as the choir director at Bountiful High School. He conducts seven choirs consisting of over 400 students. Smith earned his Bachelors and Masters Degree in music from the University of Utah. He also spent a semester studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He and his wife Leslie have three children.
- Tom Waldron, Conductor 2005-2011
Thomas M. Waldron, retired conductor of Bells on Temple Square, was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for many years. Mr. Waldron was asked to form the Bells On Temple Square in 2005, and served as its conductor from 2005 until 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Utah State University and a Master of Music degree in Conducting Performance at Brigham Young University. For many years he was director of music at Brighton High School where he organized and conducted a renowned bell choir. He and his wife, Diane, have 7 children and 27 grandchildren. They reside in the Salt Lake City area.
- "The Bells on Temple Square". Accessed 5 November 2007.
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Bells on Temple Square
- Bells Choir’s Testimonies Ring Clear
- Mormon Channel: Everything Creative, Discussion 34 - Bells on Temple Square