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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography
Author Michael Hicks
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Reviewer George L. Mitton

Michael Hicks has written what is surely the most complete history and discussion of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Hicks is a professor of music at Brigham Young University and the author of a notable earlier book that provided a general history of music in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first study may be seen as an informative backdrop to this one. It included a concise and insightful chapter on the Choir and its place in Mormon music, which is greatly magnified by the present work. Hicks has an engaging style to be appreciated both by the specialist and general reader. Writing from a vantage point where much historical documentation is available on the subject, he shows skill also in finding obscure sources that offer enriching detail.