Sunday, March 22, 2015
3 p.m. Thomson Hall, Alumnae Chapel
Richard Elliott is the Principal Organist
for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. For the
past 24 years he has accompanied the choir on its weekly radio and TV
broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word,” as well as in General Conference, on
dozens of CDs and DVDs, and in the choir’s annual Christmas concerts. As accompanist for the Tabernacle Choir he
has performed in many of the world’s great halls and appeared on numerous TV and
radio programs, including the NBC “Today Show,” the “CBS Morning Show” and “A
Prairie Home Companion.” In his work
with the choir, Dr. Elliott has collaborated with many guest artists including
Andrea Bocelli, the Canadian Brass, Renée Fleming, the King’s Singers, the
Osmonds, and James Taylor.
He also has a busy solo career, having given thousands of organ concerts both on Temple Square and all over the globe, and appearing on seven organ CDs. He is also a published composer and arranger of music for choir, orchestra, and organ.
Before becoming a Tabernacle organist in 1991, Dr. Elliott was an assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University, and for several years he was an assistant organist at the John Wanamaker Department Store (now Macy’s) in Philadelphia, home to the world’s largest functioning pipe organ. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he received his early musical training at the Peabody Conservatory. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and MM and DMA degrees from the Eastman School of Music. His organ teachers have included David Craighead, Dale Krider, William Watkins, and John Weaver.