Web Exclusive: Richard Elliott on his job as organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Web Exclusive: Richard Elliott on his job as organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

(KUTV) Richard Elliott didn't necessarily apply for the organist job for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

He told Shauna Lake that they called him up and asked if he wanted to be considered for it.

"It took a few weeks for my wife and I to decide that we wanted to do it," he said.

After praying about it, they decided it was what they wanted.

Part of his hesitation with taking the job was because of the schedule.

Elliott sometimes works six to seven days a week working with the choir. And practicing the music is also time consuming.

"You've got to keep it fresh," he said. "You can't really take a day off that often."

There are also a lot of nights involved as well for rehearsals and recordings.

That being said, Elliott knows there is something special about hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing.

"It really is an experience that everybody needs to have at least once," he said.

People come from all over to hear the choir--and it is best experienced live in the Tabernacle.

"There's something about being there in that space--there's something magical about the Tabernacle, especially," he said. "There's something that's communicated there that maybe doesn't come through quite as well via the internet, or TV, or radio."

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