Mack Wilberg

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Mack Wilberg
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Mack Wilberg conducting on June 22, 2007
Born (1955-02-20) February 20, 1955 (age 64)
EducationBrigham Young University (B.M.)
University of Southern California (M.M., D.M.A.)
OccupationComposer, arranger, conductor, music director

Mack Wilberg (born February 20, 1955 in Price, Utah) is a composer, arranger, conductor, choral clinician and the current music director of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square (Choir).[1] He was the associate director of the choir and music director of the Temple Square Chorale for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from May 1999 until his appointment as the Tabernacle Choir's director on March 28, 2008.

Biography[edit]

Wilberg was raised in Castle Dale, Utah, and served as an LDS missionary in South Korea where he was part of New Horizons, a vocal group made up of LDS Church missionaries.[2]

Wilberg attended Brigham Young University (BYU) after finishing his missionary service, and earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance and composition in 1979. He then completed both master's and D.M.A. degrees in choral music from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, with a doctoral dissertation researching works written for chorus and piano.[3]

He is a former professor of music at BYU, where he directed the Men's Chorus and Concert Choir. At BYU, he was a member of the American Piano Quartet, which toured internationally and commissioned many original works, with Wilberg creating many of its arrangements himself.

Wilberg's numerous choral compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world. For many of the works he has written/arranged for the Choir, public performances have involved guests artists invited by the Choir, including Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, the King’s Singers, Audra McDonald, David Archuleta, Natalie Cole, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Madeleine Albright, Walter Cronkite and Claire Bloom. In 2006, he was awarded the Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association.[4]

Wilberg's father was part owner of the family's coal mine but was killed in a 1964 mining accident, well before the 1984 fire.

Wilberg and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of four children.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fletcher Stack, Peggy (March 29, 2008). "Tabernacle Choir gets new director". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Church News, November 29, 2008, p. 6.[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Wilberg, Mack. "Choral Music for Mixed Voices with Original Piano Accompaniment". ProQuest. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-03-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Retrieved March 2016
  5. ^ "Mack Wilberg". mormontabernaclechoir.org. Retrieved 1 August 2015.

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