January is a good time to audition for a place in the Bells on Temple Square, an official part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir musical family.
Prior experience with bell ringing is helpful, but don’t count yourself out if you haven’t picked up a handbell in years or have never rung one.
The Bells on Temple Square is hosting a month of workshops for interested applicants beginning Saturday, January 7.
The workshops will be held in the Tabernacle from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. through the month. New members of the Bells on Temple Square will be chosen from those participating in the workshops. Those making the selections will be looking for experience, talent, stage presence–and desire to be in the troupe. The bell choir has positions for both men and women.
There are 28 members of Bells on Temple Square. Being in the bell choir is both “fun” and “addicting,” says LeAnna Willmore (who directs the ensemble) in a press release. The Bells often accompany the Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square for concerts and broadcasts, including the Choir’s annual Christmas concert. Twice a year, Bells on Temple Square performs its own concerts.
Bell ringers need to be between the ages of 20 and 45 years old, be active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and live within 100 miles of Salt Lake City. Click here for more information: http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/auditions/bell