Anthony C. Lund

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Anthony C. Lund
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Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
1916 – 1935
Predecessor Evan Stephens
Successor J. Spencer Cornwall
Personal details
Born Anthony Canute Lund
(1871-02-25)February 25, 1871
Ephraim, Utah Territory, United States
Died June 11, 1935(1935-06-11) (aged 64)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′38″N 111°51′29″W / 40.7772°N 111.8580°W / 40.7772; -111.8580 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Spouse(s) Cornelia Sorenson
Parents Anthon H. Lund
Sarah Ann Peterson

Anthony Canute Lund (February 25, 1871 – June 11, 1935)[1] was the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1916 until 1935.[2] Lund was also a professor of music at Brigham Young University.

Lund was born of Danish immigrant Anthon H. Lund in Ephraim, Utah Territory. At 18 he was made choir director in Ephraim. In 1891 he graduated from Brigham Young Academy. He then studied at the Royal Conservatory in Leipzig. He also did studies in London and Paris.[3] His departure from Brigham Young University to direct the choir was viewed as a loss to the former institution.[4]

In 1897, Lund became head of what was then the Brigham Young Academy Music Department. Under his direction it was changed from being a department to being a school of music in 1901.[5] He continued as head of the music department after the school became Brigham Young University. He also was on the faculty of the Utah Conservatory and the McCune School of Music.[6]

Lund implemented European choral sound in the choir as its director.[7] While Lund was director, the choir made its first electrical recordings on the Victor Label.[8]

Lund was succeeded as director of the choir by J. Spencer Cornwall.


  1. ^ "Certificate of Death" (JPEG). State of Utah. June 12, 1935. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  2. ^ Cornwall, J. Spencer. A Century of Singing: The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1958) p. 359
  3. ^ Cornwall. A Century of Singing. p. 359.
  4. ^ Alexander, Thomas G. Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-Day Saints, 1890-1930 p. 174
  5. ^ History
  6. ^ Cornwall. A Century of Singing. p. 359
  7. ^ Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  8. ^ The Official Site of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir