Web Exclusive: Richard Elliott on his life outside of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Web Exclusive: Richard Elliott on his life outside of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Photo provided by Richard Elliott)

(KUTV) Richard Elliott does more than play the organ for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

He has a lot of performances planned outside of the area.

"I'm excited about going to Africa for the first time in a few months and playing with a choir there," he said.

He will be traveling with a choir teacher from BYU-Idaho and working with some local choirs there.

In the fall, he plans on going to Switzerland to play a few concerts.

As for the long-term, he plans to learn more repertoire and keep playing until he retires.

"I hope I'm good for a few more years," he said.

He and his wife also love to serve a few missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and teach people how to play music.

"My wife's an outstanding pianist," Elliott said.

She plays with the Orchestra at Temple Square and then works with the Utah Symphony as a substitute on occasion.

Music runs in his family as well--their two sons play instruments. Their older son plays the trumpet, and Elliott says his younger son is a "killer sax player."

"He really could do it, I think, professionally if he wanted to," he said.

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