Tabernacle Choir Appoints New Executive Director

Alan D. Johnson has been appointed general manager of the Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square. The position was created in a series of structural changes that began when President Michael O. Leavitt and his advisers, President L. Whitney Clayton and President Gary B. Porter, were called in August 2021 to lead the choir.

As the new general manager, Johnson will work under the direction of the Tabernacle Choir presidency to oversee production, performance, marketing and research for the choir.

In a press release on about the announcement, President Leavitt said: “We believe Alan Johnson’s management experience and strong interpersonal skills will be instrumental in leading the choir organization. so that it fulfills its mandate to inspire, uplift and bring others to Christ through music.”

In February, Leavitt announced four new high-level goals, including aligning the choir with the Church’s mission and missionary efforts, expanding the choir’s digital audience, and increasing its global visibility.

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According to the advertisement when the position was created, the chief executive is expected to provide general management of staff and volunteers and oversee the Temple Square Orchestra, Temple Square Choir and Temple Square Bells.

Johnson most recently worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as director of the Museums Division of the Church History Department. He has held previous positions with the Church since 2006. He has also held leadership positions in the private and government sectors.

He has over 40 years of experience as a musical accompanist, teacher and performer. He lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, with his wife, Susan. They have five children and two grandchildren. Johnson will take up his new responsibilities at the end of July.

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